Gul Hamaad Farooqi Chitral/Bahawalpur
The most historic district of South Punjab, Bahawalpur, has great importance in all respects.
The state of Bahawalpur was established in the seventeenth century and the Nawab of Bahawalpur state established a seminary here in 1925which taught religious studies in Persian and Arabic.
On October 5, 1950, Brigadier Sahibzada Muhammad Abbas Khan laid the foundation stone of Jamia Abbasiya Bahawalpur.
The purpose of this seminary was to establish a religious school in the style of Al-Azhar University in Egypt.
In 1975, it was formally recognized as a general public university and was renamed as Islamia University Bahawalpur. Government of Punjab granted 1300 acres of land to Baghdad-ul-Jadeed Campus.
Ninety percent domine of all education are taught in this university. Giving an exclusive interview to our correspondent, Engineer Prof. Dr. Athar Mehboob, Vice Chancellor, Islamia University, Bahawalpur said that the university has a total of five campuses, three of which are in Bahawalpur, one in Bahawalnagar and the other in Rahim Yar Khan. Dr. Athar said that the largest campus is Baghdad-e-Jadeed. Eighty percent of the students are studying in this campus.
There are 5,500 students in Bahawalnagar and 4,000 in Rahim Yar Khan. He said that there is an old campus in Bahawalpur city called Abbasia Campus and it has been set up on 30 acres of land. This campus was built by Nawab Sadiq Khan.
According to the Vice Chancellor, the large campus of the university has various departments including research farms, solar energy parks and faculty buildings.
In addition, there are 13 faculties and four colleges in Management Science, Computer Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Education, etc.
In terms of knowledge, ninety percent domine of the education are taught here from bachelors to PhDs.