It gives me an immense pleasure to have an opportunity to lead an institution in this remote part of the country which has rich cultural values and untapped potentials to excel in every sphere of life. In the backdrop of the opportunities and challenges to lead a nascent organization, I have a vision to take the University of Chitral to the role of leading change in the socio-economic arena while firmly clinging to our established social norms and ethical values. This vision could be materialized only through team-work, synergy and sharing responsibility by all stake-holders from within the campus including faculty, administration and students and the outside stake-holders viz. local intelligentsia, parents and the public at large. We shall provide a congenial environment of mutual trust, unity, discipline and respect for all the stakeholders in order to achieve our goals of excellence in teaching, learning and research.

Here, in the University of Chitral, we will strive to undertake cutting-edge research on the problems faced by the community at local level and by the nation at the broader perspective and to apply the outcomes of that research for developing efficient, cost-effective, sustainable solutions to such problems and to create competitive advantage, for building a knowledge driven economy.

Furthermore, we will equip our graduates with necessary Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSA) to enable them benefit from the opportunities and prospects offered by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at national as well as at global levels. While finding ways and means to benefit from the cost-effective local / regional opportunities of better livelihood in the spheres of tourism, horticulture and agriculture would also be given priority.

With the help and support of well qualified and dedicated faculty, talented students and competent staff, the University of Chitral will achieve several milestones in near future. I am confident that with the commitment of colleagues and prayers of well-wishers, the University of Chitral will become a high seat of learning and will soon find a place among the top universities in the country. I wish that the University of Chitral becomes the top model university in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and remains successful in its future endeavours.

Prof. Dr. Zahir Shah
Vice Chancellor
University of Chitral