The story of genesis of this University and its evolution through various stages, started in the year 1986 when Engr. Muhammad Tanveer Javed established at Peshawar a small private sector institution, CECOS Data Institute, with only five computers and a very few students. CDI then designed a One Year diploma course in Computer Science and got it approved from Board of Technical Education (B.T.E) for implementation in NWFP (now KPK). Later this institute got affiliated to Peshawar University becoming the premier college to offer postgraduate courses in Computer Science and University of London for certain Computer courses. Today, Alhamdolillah, it has on its role over three thousand students.
Gradually but steadily, realizing the need to integrate computers and business education, CECOS moved forward; established a private sector Commerce College in 1987, which was rather the first Private Sector Commerce College in Peshawar, affiliated to Peshawar University for B.Com-I and II and B.T.E for D.Com / DBA courses. Later, in 1994 our campus extended to Hayatabad, as CECOS Data College was established and programs of BSIT, MIT, BCS, MCS, BBA and MBA were started. CECOS Data College was also authorized to be “Action Learning Centre of Software Development” by UGC (now HEC) and Ministry of Communication to conduct Postgraduate Diploma in Software Development. During the same time, the prestigious Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP) declared us as their Peshawar Centre. It is the honor of CECOS that the Post-Master professional IT oriented courses in Management Accountancy commenced, for the first time at CECOS, Peshawar. Previously the ICMAP enrolled students had to go to Islamabad, Lahore or Karachi for these professional courses. The year 1996 saw the opening of the College of Engineering and Information Technology to run Communication and Civil Engineering programs. Later, the College also got affiliation with NWFP (now KP) University of Engineering and Technology for B.Sc Civil and Electrical Engineering.
Besides these in-land institutions, CECOS also moved to open the CECOS London College of Information Technology and Management in 1998, registered under UK rules, to facilitate credit transfer of our students to American and European Universities and to market software developed by us & conduct split degree programs. CECOS London College is fully accredited and affiliated to world prestigious bodies like City & Guilds London, Institute of Management & Information System UK, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ACCA (UK) and British Computer Society to conduct diploma, advanced diploma and graduate diploma in IT, MIS and Business studies. These diplomas are equivalent to first year, second year and third year degree programs of most of the UK Universities with full credit transfer. All the courses of CECOS London College are fully accredited by British Accreditation Council (BAC, UK) and Accreditation Services for international Colleges (UK). Another landmark was achieved in the year 2001 when CECOS IT Park Project was opened with the aim to provide live facility to students for the development of software and to capture the huge international software market.
Finally, the dawn of a new era began when Government of NWFP (now KPK) after realizing the dedicated and zealous efforts of CECOS Educational Institutions in imparting quality & professional education, granted Charter for University under the name & style of CECOS University of Information Technology and Emerging Sciences. This Charter was promulgated vide Ordinance No. XXI of 2001. The University is recognized by Higher Education Commission (formerly known as University Grants Commission – UGC), Government of Pakistan and upon fulfillment of all the requirements of Higher Education Commission, CECOS University has been elevated to Category W3(W***) status (W4 being the highest category). Its Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Programs have also been accredited by Pakistan Engineering Council.
The University is housed in three owned campuses (comprising over 90 kanals of land) and spacious buildings and one campus in rented building. The education, environment and modern facilities provided to the students do not only provide an academically conducive environment but also cater for the co-curricular and extracurricular activities.
The CECOS University has also acquired 260 Kanals of land at Islamabad to establish CECOS University Islamabad Campus.
In pursuance of the mandatory requirement of Higher Education Commission / Pakistan Engineering Council regarding establishment of a strong INDUSTRIAL LINKAGE for maintaining close and sustainable UNIVERSITY – INDUSTRY INTERACTION, CECOS University has established “CECOS Industrial Liaison Centre” (CILC) at its plot in Industrial Estate, Peshawar by setting up necessary Engineering Workshops and Laboratories in Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical and Micro Processing / Communication which are essential to achieve the professional goals of our University – Industry Linkage programmes.
The aim of the CILC is to strengthen long term relationship between Industries/ Firms and Academia. This collaboration will not only anticipate and adapt to technological change, but will assume a proactive position at the leading edge of technology. It will primarily lead to a sustainable collaboration between academia & industry and formulation of ideas for implementation of practical skills that we can build on our reputation as a provider of a highly skilled and highly educated workforce, where research, development and innovation thrive.
Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) are working with CECOS University Peshawar for establishment of Peshawar Light Engineering Centre (PLEC). The Salient features of PLEC are:
- To establish a state-of-the-art engineering support Centre in the premises of CECOS Industrial Liaison Centre in Peshawar.
- To support the light engineering sector with the provision of precision manufacturing and relevant manpower training on contemporary machines and equipment.
- To enhance productivity and global competitiveness of the allied industry.
The Centre will extend the modern product design, fabrication solutions, training and technical consultancy specifically to the Small and Medium Industrial units comprising the light engineering Centre in KP.