It was not the most auspicious of starts, particularly as club owner Mike Ashley had told Pardew that his remit within the new bumper deal was to "win every week".
Pardew knows that results will dictate whether he is still in charge at the Sports Direct Arena in 2020 and he was honest enough afterwards to concede Newcastle had not deserved the point.
But the length of the contract has given Pardew the confidence that he can build the club in the same way as Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have built theirs.
Burundi midfielder Gael Bigirimana, 18, enjoyed an impressive league debut while 21-year-old Shane Ferguson made another telling impact off the bench.
"Most managers look at the history of a football club and worry because there aren't many clubs that keep their managers for too long," Pardew said.
"The length of contract is Mike's confidence in me and I have to use that confidence.
"It is a world where events can take over. It doesn't mean to say I'll be here eight years. I have to keep winning games.
"The length of contract allows me to look at all our youngsters.
"We have focused on our under-21 group because we know we have so many games and we have been trying to get them to perform at this level, which is a tough level.
"Bigi has a great future for us. He was up for the battle today, he made a few tackles. I thought he was excellent.
"Ferguson has a great left-foot delivery that we haven't got in the squad and that is why he is so important for us.
"And we haven't seen Sammy Ameobi yet. He will have a big say in our season and we have great hopes for young Adam Campbell."
Pardew's first target is to break into the Champions League places, although they will need a vastly-improved performance from the one they produced at the Madejski Stadium.
Despite the effective midfield axis of Bigirimana and Cheick Tiote, Newcastle could not conjure a shot on target for the whole first half.
Reading seemed on course for a deserved win after goals from Jimmy Kebe and Noel Hunt in the space of four second-half minutes, just after Newcastle had lost defender Steven Taylor to injury.
Ba had equalised in between the two Reading strikes with a magnificent volley from Tiote's pass and he then stole a point for Newcastle six minutes from time.
"Fergie crossed it and I headed it and unfortunately my hand was on the way to the ball and it goes in," Ba told Match of the Day.
"The referee said it was a goal. It was not on purpose."
Ba pointed sheepishly at his arm as he celebrated in front of the Newcastle supporters.
"When this team is fully fit, we can build on nicking these points," Pardew said.
"There is a model and I have accepted the model and I think we can work within it to break into the Champions League positions.
"We came very close last year, we were fourth with two games to go.
"We have kept all our best players, we have tried to get our young players to be better, which I think they are, and we have improved a bit with Vurnon Anita.
"I genuinely think we can win something (during the eight-year plan)."
Taylor limped off with a hamstring injury, leaving Newcastle short of options at the back. James Perch switched from right-back and was exposed by Reading.
Pardew is hopeful one of Taylor or Fabricio Coloccini will be back to face Manchester United next weekend but he retains confidence in Perch.
"We have been solid defensively and that was the first game we have been got at, mainly because of taking a centre-half off at that time," Pardew said.
"Going from right-back to centre-half is a difficult mode and he (Perch) just got caught out.
"He has been brilliant when he has played there, I have no worries about him.
"Colo isn't far away. I think for Manchester United we'll be sweating on Colo and Steven."
Reading manager Brian McDermott was left frustrated with referee Andre Marriner but encouraged by the performance of his men, who built on their midweek Capital One Cup victory over QPR.
"It is disappointing to say the least," McDermott said.
"In this league you need to get the big decisions right.
"It makes you feel a lot worse. If they score a great goal you can live with that.
"We played on the front foot, with tempo and identity. That is how we have to perform in this league.
"We took the initiative and we thought we were going to win."