August, 17, 2008 was a historic day for the residents of Vehari City when a new campus of CIIT was launched, to make it possible for the students of the far flung and under developed areas to take advantage of the opportunities of state - of – the – art education. The event was important for both CIIT and Vehari city because the dream of an IT institute was a distant dream come true. CIIT’s presence in Vehari has ensured the availability of professional academic skills not only to the locals of Vehari but also to the adjoining areas of Punjab. Since then the Vehari Campus has gained a commendable reputation among the CIIT campuses all over the country.
The culture of Vehari district is purely the local culture developed by close link with the neighboring districts. People are very simple in speaking, eating, manners and dealings. The older and elders are respected and the young are loved. Women are given proper regards. Owing to discouraging rate of literacy, people are not civilized and polite. They are straight forward, simple and hospitable.
Being villagers and farmers mostly the people of the district like to eat coarse food. Very often, it is produced by their own farms. Butter and Lussi (curd missed with water) are considered a necessary part of the food. Guests and elders are served with tea, Beef, mutton, chicken and greens are favorite dishes of each and every. A greater part of the population works either on farms or at shops, so they enjoy a sound health. Population as compared with big cities is very little. Lack of facilities and knowledge sometimes creates health problems.
The crafts in the Vehari are of two types: the crafts produced in the rural areas and the royal crafts which flourished in the urban centers. The former include cotton textiles, basketry, embroidery etc. while the latter are tile and woodwork skills, ivory, silver and gold work, naqqashi and architectural crafts.
The hand-woven cotton cloth like khaddar is popular. The cloth woven on handlooms is either block printed or beautifully embroidered. Vehari is famous for beautiful hand-woven bed covers and embroidered shawls and shirts.
- Vehari is a rich agricultural land. The major profession of the people of Vehari is agriculture. The major crops are Wheat, Groundnut, Maize and all kinds of vegetables. However almost 10- 20 % people are job workers or running their own businesses.
- The majority of people of Vehari belong to middle class. Both men and women are working in fields the whole day to fulfill the necessities of life.
- The famous cuisines are Chana Pulao, Katwa Gosht, Fish, Sarson ka Saag, Maki ki roti, Makhadi Halwa and Lassi.
- In Vehari almost all men and women wear shalwar kameez. However trend of modern clothing can be seen among few men.
- The major games played are Cricket, Volleyball and in the villages Kabaddi and Gully danda are the part of sport activities.
- The major attractions are Head Siphon Mailsi, Jhandir Library, kashmir chowk, Bagh wali Masjid, Women Library.