NCE in Geology

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The National Centre of Excellence in Geology (NCEG), University of Peshawar (UoP), is an institution of higher learning and research in geosciences. It was established in 1974 under an act of the parliament. Dr. R.A. Khan Tahirkheli was the founder Director of the Centre. Upon his retirement, Dr. M. Qasim Jan succeeded him in 1988 who was succeeded by Prof. Dr. Syed Hamidullah in January 2001, Dr. M. Asif Khan in 2002 and again by Dr. Syed Hamidullah in 2003. After, the death of S. Hamidullah, in an air crash, now Dr. M. Asif Khan is the Director of the Center.

The functions of the Centre include:

  • To engage in goal-oriented high-level teaching and research;
  • To train research workers;
  • To establish M.Phil. Ph.D., and other programs in the relevant discipline in accordance with the standard and requirements of the University in which the Centre is established;
  • To promote co-operation and inter-disciplinary relationship with other teaching and research establishments;
  • To arrange conferences, seminars, workshops and refresher courses for the development of teaching and research; and
  • To conduct teaching and research in such particular disciplines as is assigned to it by the Federal Government in consultation with the University in which the Centre is established".

The NCEG has been successful in the pursuit of these aims and objectives and has developed an efficient program of post-graduate studies and research. It has a faculty strength of 36, of which 16 are Ph.D. holders, 11 are at various stages of completing PhD at universities in USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Austria and Italy and 9 hold MS/M.Phil. degrees. The faculty has diversity in their specializations, education background (USA, UK, Australia,Canada, Germany, Netherland, Italy and Pakistan), and research focus. NCEG faculty and students have published more than 600 research papers, five special volumes, five books and sixteen colored maps of different parts of Pakistan. The Centre is publisher of a high quality regional research journal entitled “Journal of Himalayan Earth Sciences”. The journal is the only HEC recognized (Y category) journal in Earth Sciences in Pakistan having published 45 volumes since its inception as Geological Bulletin, University of Peshawar in 1964. The Centre has produced 89 M.Phils., 26 Ph.D’s , MS 40 and 364 Post-Graduate Diploma graduates, some of them currently holding leadership positions in geosciences related industry, R&D organizations and academia in Pakistan and abroad. Several faculty members of the NCEG are fellows/members of the prestigious academic societies such as Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Geological Society London and Geological Society of America. NCEG faculty has earned international and national recognition in terms of Fulbright Awards (7), Commonwealth Awards (2), Civil Awards (Hilal-i-Imtiaz (1), Sitara-i-imtiaz (2), Tamghai-Imtiaz (2)), Presidential Awards (Izaz- i-Fazeelat (2)), Star Laureate (2), PAS Gold Medals (5), IUCN-Environmental Awards (2), Earth Scientists Awards (4) and Research Productivity Awards (4) for their outstanding contributions to science and education in Earth Sciences.

NCEG has distinction of receiving and completing several national and international development projects. Two PC-1 schemes worth Rs.39.9 million and Rs.36.954 million for the up-gradation of the Centre’s library and laboratories, respectively, have been recently completed under the auspices of the Higher Education Commission, Islamabad. ECNEC approved PC-1 scheme worth of Rs.800 million is underway for the Up-gradation of NCEG to an institute of international standing. NCEG is currently implementing following  major international and national research projects:

  1. Integration of Geological and Remote Sensing Data for Finding Source Rocks for Gold in the Northern Areas of Pakistan funded by the US State Department and Higher Education Commission.
  2. Regional Geochemical Exploration for Precious Metals in Southern Parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa funded by the Directorate General of Mines & Minerals, Minerals Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Sciences” .This project is sponsored by DELPHE (Development Partnership in Higher Education) of British Council.
  3. Watershed Management & Land Rehabilitation, NW Frontier Region, Pakistan in collaboration with ICARDA.
  4. NCEG, (University of Peshawar), Universities of Leicester, Prague, Keele and Kabul are tied through an international project titled “The Institutional Strengthening of Universities at Kabul and Peshawar (Afghanistan and Pakistan) through support to Earth and Environmental Sciences” .This project is sponsored by DELPHE (Development Partnership in Higher Education) of British Council.
  5. Rhizoremediation of Oily Sludge Soils of Potwar Plateau.
  6. Space Technology for Municipal Planning and decision making process, a case study of Peshawar, under DOST.


NCEG is one of the most well-equipped institution in the country in the fields of Geology, Environmental Geosciences, Geospatial Sciences and Geophysics Sciences. The laboratories include:

  1. Electron Microprobe
  2. XRF
  3. XRD
  4. Geochemistry
  5. Thin Section Preparation
  6. Petrography
  7. Gemology
  8. Crushing/Powdering/Sample Preparation
  9. GPS Geodesy
  10. GIS/RS
  11. Paleontology / Sedimentology
  12. Petroleum Geochemistry
  13. Environmental Geochemistry / Environmental Soil Science
  14. Geophysics
  15. Geotechnical/Engineering Geology
  16. Radon Lab
  17. Museum