PESHAWAR: The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) will play a major role in the region by providing professional education and training to young graduate and scholars. University of Peshawar (UoP) Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Rasul Jan said after the inauguration of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies at UoP here on Thursday. The institute completed in two years and Rs 120 millions was spent on the completion process and considers being the most spacious institute of the university. Dr Jan said in his address our focus is on Peace Building, Peace Making, Social Cohesion enriched with the appropriate skills to address conflicts by peaceful means.” The Institute meant to work on policy research center specializing in policy researches and qualitative analysis addressing both national and international issues in its specialized area of focus. Dr Rasul Jan said University of Peshawar is the oldest University of KP and one of the premier academic institutions established after independence of Pakistan in 1950. IPCS Director Dr Jamil Ahmad Chitrali said that IPCS would serve a model of academic programming equipped with excellent human resources and competence in the field of peace and conflict studies. He said it coupled with the requisite resources and modern technology will direct transforming our rich cultural heritage into a knowledge base for future programming and national development. He added while addressing “The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies aims to attract and develop those groups of students who wish to deepen their understandings of the processes involved in conflicts and are interested in sharpening their knowledge of how to manage conflicts constructively”. He said it offers the foundations that emboss the essential social psychological routes involved in understanding and managing conflicts at all levels. He added the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) is envisioned to bring Peace into the society by incorporating alternative conflict resolution mechanisms to the curriculum. The University of Peshawar is the pioneering institution in KP offering academic programs under the auspices of the IPCS with the objective of producing both Innovative Researches and offering Academic Programs at the under-graduate and post-graduate levels.