Department of Geography

Contact No: +92919221033
Email: geography@uop.edu.pk

Introduction

The Department of Geography, University of Peshawar, was founded in 1956 to cater for the educational requirements of the inhabitants of the province, the adjoining FATA and other nearby areas. It is committed to the mission of quality teaching and research, in the field of the Physical, Human and Applied Geography, under the major themes of man-environment interaction, natural resource management and conservation, application of Technical Geography i.e. Geomatics and Spatial Analysis of various natural and anthropogenic phenomena. The Department has contributed a lot in the initiation of new and emerging disciplines, required to fulfill the need of highly skilled personnel in the region. Some of the important programs initiated by this department included Environmental Planning and Management (EPM), Urban and Regional Planning (Established in 1993 with the collaboration of the Institute of Planning Studies, now the School of Built Environment, University of Nottingham, U.K) and Disaster Preparedness & Management. These programs currently exist as full-fledged departments of Environmental Science, Department of Urban Regional Planning and Center for Disaster Preparedness & Management in the University of Peshawar. Keeping in view the importance of consistent changes in the field of Geography in national and international scenario, the Department regularly updates its curriculum and has recently incorporated the emerging tools of Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) at both MSC and BS 4-year levels. The Department provides a variety of programs, services and resources to enhance students’ professional training and career success. In order to fulfill the market demand, Post-Graduate Diploma in Geomatics has also been started in the Department in 2007. Later on, BS 4-year program in GIS and RS (Geomatics) was also introduced from 2011-12 session. Currently, there are two BS 4-year programs i.e. Geography and Geomatics, one MSC degree program in addition to MPhil and PhD programs. This department is equipped with latest facilities and equipment. Apart from an excellent collection of books and research journals in its Seminar Library, the Department has well-furnished laboratories of Cartography, Geomorphology, Remote Sensing, Computer and GIS. There is a very good collection of new and historical maps of various scale and aerial photographs covering the entire country and adjoining areas.

Vision

To improve the quality of education and status of teaching and research in the field of Geography and Geo-spatial Sciences (Geographical Information System, Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis, Global Positioning System).

Mission

Our mission is to provide stimulating and practical programmes of education and training in the field of Geography/GIS and Remote Sensing relevant to the need of the society at large in today’s rapidly changing world.

The education and training imparted to the students in this department are aimed at bringing positive change in the student’s approaches and making them more useful citizens so that they could contribute in the uplift of the environment and wellbeing of the humanity of the world in general and that of Pakistan in particular.

Objectives

To provide quality education by teaching and conducting research, in all fields of Geography including Physical and Human Geography as well as Geographical tools, such as, Geographical Information System (GIS) Remote Sensing, Surveying and Mapping.