The Pashto Academy, University of Peshawar is a teaching, research and publication institution. It is situated in the historical valley of Peshawar that has been home to the rich cultural heritage of the Pashtoons. The Academy was established in 1955 at the University of Peshawar due to the untiring efforts of its founder Director Maulana Abdul Qadir who through his academic and administrative skills and potentialities gave a very solid foundation to this unique institution.
The main objective of the Academy since its inception has been the promotion and depiction of the Pashtoon social and cultural life. The Academy attracts scholars and researchers from all over the world who have worked and are still working on all aspects of the life of the Pashtoons.
Under the patronage of the Academy the Pashto Department was established in 1961 as a Postgraduate teaching department. The Academy consists of different sections that conduct research on folklore, classical literature (prose& poetry) dictionary etc. This unique institution also performs the work of an archives. The Academy has linkages with the Pakistan Academy of Letters, Islamabad and Lok Virsa, Islamabad. In collaboration with Lok Virsa, Islamabad the Academy has recently completed and published 40 projects on Puktun Culture, society, language, history, and folklore.
The Academy has also close contacts with the regional languages i.e Sindhi, Balochi and Punjabi through their respective institutions and centers. Over the years the Academy has published many books on every aspect of Pukhtoon Culture, society, history, language and literature.
It also provides all the educational and supportive material for the Pashto syllabus for primary level in Balochistan and Afghanistan. The Academy regularly publishes a Quarterly Research Journal Pashto and has recently launched a creative journal Zarghune Fikhroona. The Pashto Acadmey was attached to the Faculty of Islamic and Oriental Studies in 2002. In January 2006 the Academy took on the status of a teaching body by introducing a M.Phil/Ph.D programme in a purely new discipline Rohology. Rohology is the study of the Pukhtuns language, literature, culture and history.
The third batch of students have been admitted and are progressing with great zeal. It is a unique programme because it is the only degree that will be given in culture and linguistics. Future program includes introduction of a four year Bachelor and one year Master program in Rohology.