I visualize a very brilliant future of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan which would cater for the needs of thousands of young scholars whose rich intellectual potentialities have not been hitherto allowed to develop properly due to non-provision of opportunities. The university would attract the students from Mardan, Swabi, Nowsehra, Charsadda, Swat, Shangla, Dir, Bunair, Chitral, Northern Punjab, Kohat, Southern parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the extensive Tribal region along the boundaries of the Province. These dynamic and youthful minds of the region will certainly contribute to make AWKUM a true seat of learning and citadel of peace, serenity and harmony for joining together the vast empire of human society and would eliminate the menace of ignorance, poverty and disease from this Pak Land of ours.
The youth will be fired with evolutionary insight for developing a culture of creative and research oriented thinking through collaboration with the prestigious universities of the world for sharing the rapidly expanding horizons of modern knowledge in Basic and Applied Sciences besides acquiring technical ingenuity.
I still vividly recall my first appointment as Vice Chancellor, Hazara University on the 20th May, 2006. The Campus of the University was rendered completely ruined and presented a gloomy and woeful look of some Archaeological sites caused by the devastating earthquake of 2005. We immediately started the classes in tents and expedited the construction work of the prefab buildings. Hazara University was re-opened on the 22nd of May, 2006. Classes were started in tents by bracing the extreme weather condition of the area. Meanwhile the damaged buildings were got repaired on emergency footing within a couple of months. The prefabricated structure was also miraculously completed and the classes were moved to safe location. In order to accommodate the great influx of the students, we managed to establish Havelian and Haripur campuses, which solved the problem of congestion at the Garden Campus. Moreover the students of Haripur and Abbottabad districts were provided the facilities of higher education in their home towns. It is worth mentioning that opening of the two new campuses at Havelian & Haripur was managed within the existent funds. We attracted 62 PhD faculties from all over the country to the rural location of the main campus at Dhodial besides sending 35 scholars for PhD studies in the renowned universities of UK, America, Australia and Japan.
In my eventful and dedicated career, I have the rare distinction of establishing 06 Museums in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa namely Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Khan Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at university of Peshawar, Kalash Museum at Bamburit, Pushkalawati Museum-Charsadda, Hund Museum-Swabi, Mardan Museum, Gurkhutlree Museum Peshawar in addition to the extension of Peshawar Museum and Dir Museum at Chakdara. Under the Govt. of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lately the two Museums i.e
1. Garden-Campus, Hazara University, Mansehra,
2. Abbot Museum Abbotabad
This founding Vice Chancellor of AWKM as a Professor of Archaeology had travelled worldwide and delivered lectures on History and Culture of the region in the famous universities of the USA, UK, Europe and Japan.
The Gandhara Civilization with its birth place in the area around Mardan, disseminated the fine culture and civilization based on learning and scholarship throughout the world, particularly China, Korea and Japan through generation of new knowledge evolved at a host of institutions in this region at the time.
I appeal to all those at the helm of affairs to join us in this gigantic noble task of national importance to make this University a great seat of learning. We wish this University flourish and prosper. May Allah help and guide us to embark on the golden road map of success.
Prof. Dr. Ihsan Ali Vice Chancellor
Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan