The university was founded as an expansion of the Islamia College.
KCD was founded in 1964 as the dentistry department of Khyber Medical College Peshawar by Prof. Ahmad Iqbal who envisaged a facility to train Dental Surgeons for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan.
Among the other founders were General Mohammad Akram, the then Principal of Khyber Medical College and Mr.
For Jinnah the university was a gift to students of the province, in recognition of the part played by them in the making of Pakistan, and how it was the Pashtuns who had fought the Indians and captured Azad Kashmir.
The department was established in 1983 as a Computer Study Centre to provide training in computer languages.
Presently research activities are revolving around the areas including mechanical design, design of earthquake-resisting structures, mining techniques, processing of low grade industrial minerals and metalic ores, environmental management, water resources management and application of computers in engineering.
The University Library contains one of the greatest collections of latest books and manuscripts related to various engineering and computing disciplines.
Today the department offers the BCS programme in the morning as well as in the evening, which is run under a self finance scheme. Shahabuddin Muhammad Moghni laid the foundations of the department as its first Professor and Chairman. The department has a library and a laboratory, a computer section, and a Mass Communication laboratory.
The department is situated on the first floor of the north wing of the Old Arts Block adjacent to STC. Initially it offered a Masters programme of two years duration. A 4-year Integrated BS Programme was started in 2009 and Diploma Courses in Clinical Psychology, CBT, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology are planned for 2010-11.
There was a Head of the Department, four teachers and 14 students.