Muslims of the sub-continent were very slow in acquiring modern knowledge and this was even more visible on the North-Western Frontiers of India. The Pathans looked with disdain both on the British and the knowledge coming from their schools.
It was Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qaiyum Khan, a civil servant in the British administration on the Frontiers, who realised the consequences of such an attitude.
His visit to
Thus, having won the sympathy of the Ulema and the landed gentry, he was able to muster public support for general education.
In April 1911, a Committee was formed to collect subscriptions and look after the various other connected issues. This Committee had Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qaiyum Khan as its first Honorary Secretary, for he could serve as the best intermediary between the government and the masses.
It was amazing to see that in mere six months time about five lacs rupees were collected, which amount later swelled up to fifteen in 1914. What was most touching was the sight of poor widows and workers happily parting with their little savings for the College, with the hope that their children would live a better future through their education.
The choice of the site for the Dar-ul-Ulum fell on the area at the entrance of the tribal territory with the view to attract the tribal youth as well.
It was here that a total of 916 Kanals and 17 Marlas of land was bought for Rs 30,683/1/4, at the rat of Rs 30 per Kanal. The foundation stone was then laid on 21.3.1912 at the hands of a revered scholar, Haji Sahib of Turangzai.
Classes were started in the
The Dar-ul-Ulum, comprising an Arts and
The Frontier youth took active part in the struggle for
The College‘s contribution to the intellectual growth of the area is universally acknowledged. It has provided educated manpower to the Province in particular and to
The College celebrated its Golden Jubilee in October 1963 and will be celebrating its Diamond Jubilee on completion of its 75th year of its establishment in October, 1988.
To commemorate the 75 Year of Islamia College Peshawar, the Pakistan Post Office is issuing a stamp of Rs 3 denomination on December 22, 1988.