Launch of “Report on Campus Life” tilted “Diversity, Peace, and Tolerance at University Campuses-A brief report from FGDs in Universities of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa

The formal launch of “Report on Campus Life” was held by Media House with sponsorship of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) on November 05, 2018 at Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Hall, University of Peshawar (UoP). The report is tilted “Diversity, Peace, and Tolerance at University Campuses-A brief report from FGDs in University Of Peshawar, Kohat University of Science and Technology, and University of Swat, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Pakistan”.The purpose of the activity was to publish and launch the report for wide readership.

The event was graced by Vice Chancellor, University of Peshawar, Prof Dr. Muhammad Asif Khan and Dean Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Johar Ali. It was attended by students including female. Aoun Abbas Sahi, the author, Dr Khadim Hussain, Managing Director Bacha Khan Trust, Mr. Akhtar Ali shah, former police officer, Dean Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Johar Ali, Prof. Dr. Anoosh Chairperson, Gender Studies, Prof Dr Nasir Jamal Khattak, Department of English and Applied Linguistics, and Prof Dr Jamil Chitral spoke on Diversity, Peace, and Tolerance.

To understand the structural factors and drivers that shape up thinking of students at universities, in 2017 with support from FES, Media House did Focus Group Discussions i.e Dialogue: Life at Campus in three universities of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KP) province viz. University of Peshawar, University of Swat, and Kohat University of Science and Technology with both students and teachers.

The Vice Chancellor appreciated the efforts of Media House and FES to choose the highly pertinent topic. He emphasized the need for a broad-based approach engaging all stakeholders to address the issue of extremism and intolerance at universities. He also emphasized the need to provide greater cognitive opportunity to students to broaden their horizon and improve their dynamism. He pointed out that there is need to provide greater cross ethnic, religious, sectarian, cultural, and ideological exposure to students in universities.