In 1967 Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad, was authorized by Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan, to establish a Centre for the Study of the Civilizations of Central Asia in order to cooperate with UNESCO as a participating member representing Pakistan in its program on Central Asia. In UNESCO there was proposal to expand the scope of the centre and make a comparative study of the civilizations of whole of Asia. With the consent of the Governmentof Pakistan, QAU accepted the proposal and accordingly the name of the centre was changed to Taxila Institute of Asian Civilizations (TIAC).
The syndicate of the University approved the project, thus, accepted the TIAC as a constituent part of the University and permitted it to enrol students for M.Sc, M.Phil and Ph.D programs. Accordingly, TIAC got approved its courses for M. Sc, M. Phil and Ph. D in 2010 and enrolled students in all the three programmes in 2010 - 2011 academic year.