Ihsan Ali

Ihsan Ali

Ihsan Ali

Professor Dr. Ihsan Ali is a Pakistan-based archaeologist. He contributed his services as VC (Vice-Chancellor) to Hazara University from 2006-2009 and Abdul Wali Khan University from 2009-2017. He also worked as an Additional VC of the Islamia College University of Peshawar.

As an administrator, researcher, and academician, he has served in several fields. Currently, he has been charged with making illegal appointments during his stay at Abdul Wali Khan University. This article carries every detail about him, including Ihsan Ali Biography.

Name:Ihsan Ali
In Urdu:احسان على
Famous As:Prof. Dr. Ihsan Ali
Also Served in :Researcher, Academic, and Administrator
Primarily a Professor in:Archaeology Department
Education:Archeology, PhD
Alma Mater :The University of Peshawar, University of Cambridge, UK
Institutions:Hazara University (2006-2009), Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (2009-2017)
Fields :Archeology
Awards :Sitara-i-Imtiaz
Date:3 February 1955
Place:Charsadda Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan

Ihsan Ali Biography

Ihsan Ali Biography

Ihsan is a well-educated and talented person serving his country by contributing his services to different fields, particularly the academic field. His academic record is exemplary and proud worthy. He not only received a gold medal in Master’s but has set a record of maximum marks that is still unbreakable.

Ihsan Ali also holds the credit of having a Ph.D. degree from the world’s prestigious educational institute Cambridge University. He justified the decision of KPK Govt to make him Director Archaeology & Museums by establishing nine-museums. Leading and well-reputed universities of Italy, America, and the UK call him to deliver Archaeology lectures, and he has made his country proud.

He has authored over sixty research papers in International and National journals. He is a trendsetter figure, and within only 4-years, he has succeeded in making AWKUM a successful and full of knowledge institute. His efforts turned fruitful when HEC ranked AWKUM 34th out of one-hundred and eleven public universities in Pakistan.

Ihsan Date of Birth

He opened his eyes on 3rd Feb 1955 in Charsadda, KPK.

Education of Ihsan

He attended Peshawar University to study Archeology and then secured his Ph.D. degree from Cambridge University.


He served in several positions at Peshawar University from 1981-2002. He delivered lectures in several universities, including Pennsylvania, New York, Harvard, Ohio, Boston, & California State University in the US, Cambridge, Southampton, Leicester, Sheffield, & Glasgow Universities in the United Kingdom & ULM universities in Germany. 

As an Author

Ali has published over sixty-three research papers and edited seventeen journal volumes in archaeology for Peshawar University and Hazara University. 

As Director Archaeology & Museum KPK

After serving as chairperson of Archaeology, Peshawar University for 3-years, he got designated as Director Archaeology and Museum KPK in 2002. During his service as a director, he founded 6-museums and began a new Journal, Frontier, Archaeology. 

Efforts for AWKUM

In 2008, the KPK Government assigned him the responsibility of founding Abdul Wali Khan University with 9-campuses. Three of these universities have gotten independent universities (University of Buner, Swabi University, and Bacha Khan University). 

Legal Charges Against Ali 

In Oct 2016 court summoned him for making illegal recruitments at AWKUM. NAB (National Accountability Bureau) claims that he was engaged in illegal recruitments of six-hundred and twenty-five university staff members. NAB also reported misuse of university funds and the issuance of illegal scholarships by Ali.

In 2016 High Court of Peshawar directed him to co-operate with the inquiry. In May 2015 executive board of NAB conducted an inquiry against him and other officials of AWKUM and arrested Ali on 15th Sep 2015. On 23rd Sep, Ali got released from detention on bail and denied NAB charges against him.

Ihsan Ali Awards and Recognitions

He is the recipient of several prestigious awards. Some of which include:

  1. In 1980 he was awarded a gold medal for his highest score in Masters degree in Archaeology from Peshawar University.
  2. In 2007 he received the award for being Best Administrator and a Gold-Medal for 2007, Hazara University in Mansehra.
  3. He received the award for being the best researcher and a Gold-Medal in 2008.
  4. In 2010 he received the award for being Best Administrator and a Gold-Medal for 2008 to 2009, AWKUM.
  5. He was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz for his contributions and services to Archaeology Department in 2013.
  6. He secured British Council Fellowship from 1987 to 1989 for studying at University College London in the U.K.
  7. From 1995 to 1998, he was awarded the Central Overseas-Training Scholarship by, Pakistani Government.
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