Pakistan Study Centre

University of Peshawar



The main objective of the course is to make the students fully aware about Pakistan Studies as a separate discipline and remove all the misconception about its subject matter. It involves an interdisciplinary approach to the study of social sciences. It is an area study covering academic disciplines related to Pakistan. As a new discipline it is facing many problems like the crisis of identity and methodology. Emphasis will be on, how to cope with the changing circumstances in the post cold war era and to make a place for Pakistan Studies in the social sciences in Pakistan.



1.             Origin and Development of Area Studies in the World.

2.             The emergence of Pakistan Study as a discipline in Pakistan: Government of Pakistan Act No.XXVII of 1976; Government of Pakistan Ordinance 1978.

3.             Objective of Pakistan Studies: Cognitive, Practical and Affective.

4.             Institutional Framework.

5.             Key ideas in the approaches to Pakistan Studies.

6.             Subject Matter.

7.             Problems: Crisis of Identity, Problems of Methodology.

8.             Towards a Proper Approach to Pakistan Studies---Indigenisation of Knowledge.



1.                   Government of Pakistan Ordinance making Pakistan Studies as a compulsory subject up to Graduate level, 1978.

2.                   Pakistan Study Centre Act No. XXVII of 1976, Government of Pakistan.

3.                   Saeed Shafqat, Political System of Pakistan and Public Policy, (Lahore: Progressive Publishers, 1989). pp. 1-21

4.                   Saeeduddin Ahmad Dar and Sarfaraz Hussain Ansari, Pakistan Study as a Discipline, S. H. Hashmi (ed.), The State of Social Science in Pakistan, (Islamabad: Quaid-i-Azam University, 1989).  pp. 295-334

leftThe University of Peshawar is a public sector university in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan. The university was established in October 1950 by Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan as an offshoot of Islamia College Peshawar, which was founded in 1913.  read more