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Area Study Centre

Introdution

A Department or an institution to impart knowledge on the Land and People of Central Asia was one of the aims of the University of Peshawar but lack of funds marred its realization for some time. The Education Policy of 1972 made provision for the "Area Study Centre" and the University of Peshawar gave its choice for Central Asia. An Area Study thereafter was established in each University of Pakistan under ACT XVL 1975 of Parliament. The Government of Pakistan, through the University Grants Commission and the Ministry of Education, released funds for the establishment of the Centre at the University of Peshawar. A Sum of Rs. 28, 15,000/- was remitted to the University of Peshawar out of which it established a double storied building on the Campus of the University, housing both the Area Study Centre and Pakistan Study Centre. The Building is situated on road No. 1 of the University at the back of Law College.
     The Centre has been functioning since April 1978 as a unit academically attached to the University of Peshawar and financially linked to The University Grants Commission. A Board or Governors and Academics Committee, both statutory bodies under the Act, control its administrative and academic performances. The Centre, with grant from the University Grants Commission is gradually equipping itself in teaching and research facilities and is assuming a shape befitting it. It has been publishing a six-monthly Journal (Central Asia) since winter 1978 and enrolls 10 to 15 students each year in its M.Phil and Pd.D courses.