The University of Peshawar has recently announced the reopening of its Seerat-un-Nabi (SAW) Studies Department, which had been closed for seven years due to low enrollment numbers. The department’s relaunch was marked by a significant change: there will be no admission fee for students enrolling in this department.
The decision to waive the admission fee is a strategic move aimed at encouraging more students to enroll in the department, which had previously been shut down in 2016 due to insufficient student interest. The university hopes that removing financial barriers will make the program more accessible and appealing to potential students.
Peshawar University Relaunches Old Department
The inauguration ceremony of the department was presided over by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Haji Ghulam Ali. He was accompanied by several prominent religious scholars, including Mufti Ghulamur Rahman, Mufti Shahbuddin Popalzai, and Maulana Mohammad Idrees. Also present were the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Mohammad Idrees, and former provincial ministers such as Maulana Amanullah Haqqani and Zahir Shah, among others.
In addition to announcing free admissions, the governor also declared a 30 percent reduction in fees for Arabic and Islamic Studies programs in response to a request from the Vice-Chancellor. This further demonstrates the university’s commitment to making education more affordable and accessible to all.
Dr. Idrees, the Vice-Chancellor, pledged that the department would receive the necessary faculty and resources without delay. This assurance is crucial in ensuring that the department can provide quality education to its students.
The relaunch of the Seerat-un-Nabi (SAW) Studies Department at the University of Peshawar marks a significant step towards promoting religious studies in the region. By eliminating the admission fee and reducing other costs, the university is making a clear statement about the importance of accessibility and affordability in education. It remains to be seen how these changes will impact enrollment numbers in the coming years.