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Kabul University is located in Kabul
Kabul , spelt Caubul in some classic literatures, is the capital and largest city of Afghanistan. It is also the capital of the Kabul Province, located in the eastern section of Afghanistan...

, the capital of Afghanistan
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. It was founded in 1931 but officially opened for classes in 1932. Kabul University is currently attended by approximately 7,000 students, of which 1,700 are women. As of 2008, Hamidullah Amin
Hamidullah Amin
Hamidullah Amin is an Afghan geographer, and the chancellor of Kabul University. He has held the post since 2008, having also worked at the university prior to fleeing Afghanistan in 1988....

 is the chancellor
Chancellor (education)
A chancellor or vice-chancellor is the chief executive of a university. Other titles are sometimes used, such as president or rector....

 of the university. The university is still recovering from the long period of war and chaos in the country. The main building was renovated about 500 meters from the old one, which has almost the same design.

Kabul University consists of 14 faculties in fields of Agriculture
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, Economics
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, Pharmacy
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, Islamic Studies
Islamic studies
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, Law
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, Language and Literature
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, Science
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, Computer Science
Computer science
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, Engineering
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, Journalism
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, Veterinary medicine
Veterinary medicine
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, Social Science, Psychology
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, Geoscience and Fine Arts.


There is some debate on the name of the university. Officially, the university is known by the Pashto name Da Kābul Pohantūn (دکابل پوهنتون). Recently, it has been suggested to use three different official names in Pashto, Persian (دانشگاه کابل) and English (University of Kabul); most of all, because Persian-speaking students feel discriminated by the governmental ban of the Persian word for university. This led to a clash between students and the police in November 2008, as mostly Persian-speaking students demanded to lift the ban on Persian words.

Previously, the Minister of Culture, Information, Tourism and Youth Affairs
Council of Ministers (Afghanistan)
The Council of Ministers was the governmental organ in the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and later the Republic of Afghanistan. The leader of the Council of Ministers choose ministers for the different ministeral posts in the country. Under the leadership of Nur Mohammad Taraki, Hafizullah...

, Karim Khoram
Karim Khoram
Abdul Karim Khoram is the current Minister of Culture, Information, Tourism and Youth Affairs of Afghanistan in the cabinet of Hamid Karzai.-Biography:...

, had decided to ban the use of Persian expressions in government institutions and in state-controlled media, and a young journalist for a state newspaper was fined for using the Persian word for university in a report. A similar clash took place a few weeks earlier in the mostly Persian-speaking city of Mazar-e Sharif
Mazar-e Sharif
Mazār-i-Sharīf or Mazār-e Sharīf is the fourth largest city of Afghanistan, with a population of about 375,000 as of 2006. It is the capital of Balkh province and is linked by roads to Kunduz in the east, Kabul in the south-east, Herat to the west and Uzbekistan to the north...

 in northern Afghanistan. As a result, that university's name was officially changed from Pashto (Pohantūn-e Balkh) to Persian (Dāneshgāh-e Balkh).


Kabul University was established in 1931 during the reign of Mohammed Nadir Shah
Mohammed Nadir Shah
Mohammed Nadir Shah was King of Afghanistan from 15 October 1929 until his assassination in 1933. Previously, he served as Minister of War, Afghan Ambassador to France, and as a general in the military of Afghanistan...

 and then Prime Minister
Prime minister
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 Mohammad Hashim Khan, opening its doors one year later to students from across the country. Having benefited from partnerships with the governments of France
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, Germany
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, Russia
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, and the United States
United States
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 the university became one of the finest institutions of its kind in Asia
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, the intellectual heart of the country.

In the 1960s foreign-educated scholars populated the campus, exposing the new generation to new topics such as communism
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, feminism
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 and capitalism
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. Students influenced during this era included Ahmad Shah Massoud, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is an Afghan Mujahideen leader who is the founder and leader of the Hezb-e Islami political party and paramilitary group. Hekmatyar was a rebel military commander during the 1980s Soviet war in Afghanistan and was one of the key figures in the civil war that followed the...

, Dr. Faiz Ahmad
Faiz Ahmad
Dr. Faiz Ahmad was the founding leader of the Afghanistan Liberation Organization , a Marxist-Leninist organization established in Kabul.Ahmad was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan...

, and Saydal Sokhandan
Saydal Sokhandan
Saydal Sokhandan was an Afghan poet, a Maoist activist, and a student leader. He was studying at the Kabul University in early 70's. He was a speaker, who organized pro-Progressive Youth Organization students in the university...


Many different political groups were influenced in the University such as Khaliqis
Khalq was a faction of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan. Its historical leaders were Presidents Nur Muhammad Taraki and Hafizullah Amin. It was also the name of the leftist newspaper produced by the same movement. It was supported by the USSR and was formed in 1965 when the PDPA was born...

, Parcham
Parcham was the name of one of the factions of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan. The Parcham faction seized power in the country after toppling Hafizullah Amin....

is, Sholayees
Sholah-ye Javid was a Maoist political party founded around 1964 in the Kingdom of Afghanistan. Its strategy was populist, gaining support from students, Shia Muslims, professionals, and the Hazara...

, Ikhwan
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is, and etc.

In a clash between Ikhwanis and Sholayees, a poet named Saydal Sokhandan was killed by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in the 1970s. Saydal was fired upon and shot by Gulbuddin during an argument.

During the governance of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA)
People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan
The People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan was a communist party established on the 1 January 1965. While a minority, the party helped former president of Afghanistan, Mohammed Daoud Khan, to overthrow his cousin, Mohammed Zahir Shah, and established Daoud's Republic of Afghanistan...

, Kabul University lost several lecturers and staff. The majority of the university's faculty left during the 10 year period of unrest or civil war that followed after the fall of the PDPA government in 1992.


After the removal of the Taliban government
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
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 in late 2001, the international community focused on rebuilding all the educational institutions in Afghanistan. By January 2004, the campus had only 24 computers and one stethoscope
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. As part of its recovery program, Kabul University has established partnerships with four foreign universities, including Purdue University
Purdue University
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 and the University of Arizona
University of Arizona
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. It was reported in 2007 that Iran donated funds to Kabul University's dentistry
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 faculty. It also donated 25,000 books to the university. The main library of Kabul University was built by the United States, which is the best-equipped library in Afghanistan. It is equipped with many computers, books and magazines. Nancy Dupree, wife of Louis Dupree
Louis Dupree (professor)
Professor Louis Duprée was an American archaeologist, anthropologist, and scholar of Afghan culture and history. He was the husband of Nancy Hatch Duprée, who is the Board Director of the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University in Afghanistan and author of five books about Afghanistan...

, is the Director of the Afghanistan Center at the university.

In 2008, the campus of Kabul University was provided with the local network facilities by the Information Technology
Information technology
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 center of Kabul University (ITCK). Currently each building is connected to the campus network and is provided with the internet connection from a fiber optic backbone. The Voice over IP (VoIP) technology was also part of the networking project and was successfully implemented.


  • The Faculty of Law and Political Science, has two departments: Law and Management(Political Science).

  • The Faculty of Computer Science, was previously a department of the faculty of science.

  • The Faculty of Economic , has four Department 1.statistic department 2.financial department 3.business administration 4. national Economic departement

  • The Faculty of Science, has four departments: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics .

  • The Faculty of Engineering, has four departments: Architecture, Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering. An estimated 600 students are taking classes there.

  • The Faculty of Pharmacy, has five departments: Pharmacognosy, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Biochemistry and Food Analysis. It has seven functioning laboratories and recently the new curriculum of this faculty has been approved and is being implemented. An estimated 400 students are taking classes there.

  • The Faculty of Agriculture, has six departments: Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, Animal Science, Forestry and Natural Resources, Horticulture, and Plant Protection.

  • The Faculty of Veterinary Science, has five departments: Paraclinic, Preclinic, Clinic, Animal Husbandry, and Food Hygiene.

  • The Faculty of Journalism, has two departments: Radio & Television and Printing Press.

  • The Allama Iqbal
    Muhammad Iqbal
    Sir Muhammad Iqbal , commonly referred to as Allama Iqbal , was a poet and philosopher born in Sialkot, then in the Punjab Province of British India, now in Pakistan...

     Faculty of Arts
    , built at a cost of around $10 million by neighboring Pakistan was established in 2010. The building contains 28 classrooms, two seminar-halls, library, two computer labs, 20 faculty offices. it coveres an area of 143379 square feet (13,320.3 m²), which would help the university in accommodating several faculties of social sciences. Afghan and Pakistani officials innaugurated the new building in July 2010.


In 1992, the library held 200,000 books, 5,000 manuscripts, 3,000 rare books, periodicals, photographs and calligraphic specimens. Following a civil war, most materials were sold in book markets, burnt, destroyed or lost. It served as the National Library of Afghanistan.

Notable lecturers and alumni

  • Abdul Hashim Sahak (Professor)
  • Baz Mohammad Sherzad  (Professor)
  • Abdul Qahar Samin (Professor)
  • Ghulam Mohammad Bahram (Professor)
  • Fazluddin Fazl (Professor)
  • Wasef Bakhtari
    Wasef Bakhtari
    Wasef Bakhtari is a renowned Persian poet, literary figure and intellectual.-Life and education:Even though his father was from Kabul, he spent most of his childhood in Mazari Sharif. He attended Bakhtar School for his primary and for most of his secondary education. After his family moved to...

  • Hamida Barmaki
    Hamida Barmaki
    Ass. Prof. Hamida Barmaki was a renowned Afghan law professor and human rights activist. She was killed in a suicide attack with her entire family.- Academic career :Hamida Barmaki was born in Kabul on 4 January 1970...

     (Law Professor and Child Rights Commissioner)
  • Mawlana Faizani
    Mawlana Faizani
    Mawlana Faizani was born 17 April 1923 in Herat, Afghanistan to a family of miagan...

     (Philosopher and reformer)
  • Nancy Dupree, expert on the History of Afghanistan
    History of Afghanistan
    The written history of Afghanistan can be traced back to the Achaemenid Empire ca. 500 BCE, although evidence indicates that an advanced degree of urbanized culture has existed in the land since between 3000 and 2000 BCE. Alexander the Great and his Macedonian army arrived to Afghanistan in 330 BCE...

  • Saeed Nafisi (Professor)
  • Abdul Wahed Zia (Professor)

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