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Top Universities Of Pakistan Recognized by Higher Education Commission Pakistan

Here I have arranged Top 15 National Level universities Of Pakistan recognized by higher education commission of Pakistan, number of prestigious institutions which manifest the best quality on terms of research and training. Here are the 15 top universities of Pakistan according to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) ranking. Higher Education Commission (HEC) University Rankings   Top Universities of Pakistan recognized by higher education commission (HEC) of Pakistan. For the development and progress any country, Quality of higher education is the key factor.  HEIs  are  considered  to  be  the  originators  of change  in  technology  and  culture  of  the nations. In  order  to  strengthen  the  quality  of  higher  education  in  Pakistan,  Higher  Education Commission  (HEC)  has  taken  various  initiatives  to  bring  the  HEIs  of  Pakistan  at  par  with international standards. Ranking is one of the measures to scale the success of efforts of the HEIs to achieve the international competitiveness in education, research and innovation. Ranking is helpful for students, parents for selection of Institution for their education, it is also helpful for organizations both public and private for better election of graduates according to their needs. Rankings is a controversial subject all over the world, In spite of the difficulties associated in ranking, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan is the first one in the Islamic world that has done rankings thrice, 1st in 2006, 2nd in 2012 and 3rd in 2013; however the criteria over the period amended to respond to HEIs feedback and to make HEC’s ranking more compatible with global rankings.

1-National University of Sciences and Technology

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) was established in March 1991 for the promotion of higher scientific education in the country, especially in the fields of science and technology, by providing a stable and disciplined academic environment together with need-based research, pertinent to industrial requirements. The University was granted its Charter in 1993. Over the years, the university has expanded in scope, services and stature and has emerged as a leading comprehensive University in the public sector.

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Within two decades, NUST has achieved important milestones and gained immense significance as an institution of higher education in Pakistan. The University produces professionals and researchers of high caliber, capable of developing indigenous technologies to meet the growing demands of the 21st century. It is envisioned to grow as a center of excellence for the country’s scientific and technological progress. An outstanding feature of the University is that while maintaining traditional values of excellence in teaching and research, it challenges conventional practices and creates new ways of developing and delivering courses, pertaining to emerging and cutting-edge disciplines, on most modern lines.

NUST is a new-age university defining new frontiers in teaching and research. The programs are distinctive for their high-quality research orientation. Notwithstanding the significance of undergraduate courses, there is ever-growing emphasis on postgraduate studies and research output. Creativity and innovation are embedded as core values in all scholastic activities. The conducive academic environment at the campuses facilitates educational pursuits.

NUST has developed linkages with international universities of repute to ensure two-way flow of knowledge and to be in step with modern trends. Split programs and visits of eminent professors from reputed foreign universities is a regular feature of the academic activity. These eminent scholars deliver lectures on the latest developments in their respective fields and also help update and review the academic programs.

2-University of the Punjab

Established in 1882 at Lahore, the University of the Punjab is the largest and the oldest seat of higher learning in Pakistan. It was the first to be established in the sub-continent in Muslim majority area.

Located in the historical and culturally alive city of Lahore, this University has played a leading role in higher education in the country. The University strives to provide a conducive environment for the pursuit of the academic activities. On account of its quality degrees, pleasant environment and low tuition fees the University remains the institution of first choice for admission seeking students. Allama Iqbal Campus, named after the great South Asian thinker and mystic poet, with Islamic architectural design is in the middle of the bustling city of Lahore.

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Quaid-i-Azam Campus, after the name of the father of the Nation, is located 12 kilometers to the South of Allama Iqbal Campus. Spread over an area of 1800 acres of lush green landscape, this campus is the center of academic and administrative activities of the University. A canal dividing the academic blocks from the student lodgings and adds to the beauty of the campus.

The University has also a summer campus at Khanaspur, located at a height of about 7,000 ft. in the Himalayan range near Ayubia. This Campus, in addition to providing research facilities, is also used as a recreational center for the faculty and the students.

The University has also started Sub-Campuses at Gujranwala and Jhelum, with four disciplines i.e. Business Administration, Commerce, Law and Information Technology. Few more disciplines will be added in near future.

The University comprises of 5 Campuses, 13 Faculties, 10 Constituent Colleges, over 73 Departments, Centers, Institutes, and 614 affiliated colleges. It has over 818 permanent faculty members involved in teaching/research and over 36,000 on campus students.

3-COMSATS Institute of Information Technology

The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) is an international organization. It aims to reduce the ever-growing gap between the developed and developing world through useful applications of science and technology. The Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) initiated the proposal for the formation of COMSATS under the leadership of Nobel Laureate, Dr. Abdus Salam.

The foundation-conference of COMSATS was held at Islamabad on 4th & 5th October 1994. Representatives from thirty-six countries attended. The participants included twenty-two Ministers, members of the diplomatic community of Islamabad and representatives of international organizations, like UNESCO, UNIDO, UNEP and the World Bank.

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology

The conference decided that the Headquarters / Secretariat of the Commission would be based permanently at Islamabad, Pakistan, and the Head of State of Pakistan would act as the first Chairperson of the forum. It was agreed that the host -Government, Pakistan, would provide for the operational and administrative expenses of the Secretariat, while the development programs of the Commission would be supported and financed through Technical Assistance Fund. This fund would be established by contribution from member countries, income from services provided to member countries, grants from international agencies and project funds, if under taken under contract.

The CIIT was established in 1998, as a project of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), which is an inter-governmental organization with 21 member states in three continents; Asia, Africa and Latin America, namely Bangladesh, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea (DPRK), Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Currently, CIIT has the status of a public sector degree awarding higher education institution, and was given charter by the Federal Government in August 2000.

4-University of Management and Technology

The University of Management and Technology (UMT) was established in Arlington, Virginia in January 1998. UMT is chartered by the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia and accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. UMT’s degree programs in project management also are accredited by the Global Accreditation Center (GAC) of the Project Management Institute. UMT is an institutional member of the Council of Higher Education Accreditation and a Global Registered Education Provider of PMI.

UMT is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to provide Federal Student Aid (FSA) to eligible students enrolled in eligible programs at UMT. UMT is authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to accept F-1 visa students. UMT is authorized by U.S. Department of State to sponsor J-1 visa international exchange students.

University of Management and Technology

UMT is approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for purposes of various veterans’ education benefits programs. In addition, UMT has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and it is authorized to accept funds from the DoD Tuition Assistance Program.

UMT has entered into Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with certain organizations. In 2004, UMT and Defense Acquisition University entered into an MOU related to acquisition management and project management programs. In 2006, UMT and National Technical Information Service entered into an MOU related to online degrees and certificates in project management and acquisition management.

UMT offers undergraduate-level and graduate-level education to men and women desiring to obtain up-to-date knowledge, skills, and insights in management and technology needed to operate effectively in modern, fast-paced, and complex enterprises. UMT is committed to excellence in management and technology education. Its courses focus on contemporary management and technology issues. Faculty members are carefully screened to assure that UMT instructors possess a balance of scholarly and practical insights on current management practice and technology applications. The members of the UMT community believe firmly that universities must stay on the cutting edge of technological change. UMT is committed to employing modern teaching delivery technology to offer its students the best management and technology education available. UMT faculty and staff have extensive management and education experience working with major universities, companies, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. These entities include government branches, such as The White House, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Department of States, the National Health Institute, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Social Security Administration; large corporations, such as AT&T, Lucent Technologies, NCR, SITA (France), ABB (Switzerland and Sweden), IBM, Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, Verizon; and international organizations, such as the World Bank. UMT’s faculty and staff possess extensive international experience having worked in more than twenty countries and recognize that management today requires a global outlook.

Through online education, students throughout the United States and in sixty-nine countries are enrolled at UMT. With its global outreach, UMT is committed to bringing the best knowledge, practice and professional skills to students everywhere.

UMT is located in Rosslyn, Arlington, Virginia, just minutes from downtown Washington, DC. Rosslyn is a busy commercial and federal government agency district. Rosslyn is easily accessible throughout the greater Washington metropolitan area by Metro and is convenient to air transportation via Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

For additional information about UMT’s programs, accreditations, ownership, and governing structure, please contact the Dean’s Office.

5-Quaid-i-Azam University

Quaid-i-Azam University (once named Islamabad University) was established in July 1967 under the Act of National Assembly and started teaching and research programmes for PhD and MPhil degrees. It was, however, gradually and later decided to offer Master’s, graduate, and now undergraduate programmes. The University, for its international repute, faculty and programmes attracts a large number of foreign students although it offers admission to a measured number of students from all regions of the country as it is a federal public sector university.

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It has been able to establish its links with some selected universities in Europe, South Asia and the United States. The international educational and research institutions including UNESCO, IRSIP, Agencia Espanole de Cooperacion International (Spain) etc. collaborate their research activities with the Quaid-i-Azam University. Moreover, a reasonable size of the faculty members of the University have been working in the international universities like Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, Heidelberg etc. earning applause and awards such as International Peace Award from Brussels.

Currently, the Quaid-i-Azam University has four faculties and nine other teaching and research Institutes, Centre and Schools. Briefly included; Faculty of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Medicine (affiliated), Area Study Centre for Africa, North and South America, Centre of Excellence in Gender Studies, National Institute of Pakistan Studies, National Institute of Psychology, National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research, National Institute of Asian Civilizations, and the Computer Centre.

For growing educational and technical needs of the country, the University imparts quality education and training on lower strata of life in the field of computer and runs a wide range of short term certificate and diploma courses. In all, the University’s academic programmes, have an enrollment of over 5,500 students.

The University also maintains a high standard in providing services. It has well equipped classrooms, state of the art labs and libraries. Other facilities like hostels for male and female students, sports and play fields, transport, mosque, bank, utility shop, post office, photocopying and thesis/paper binding, telephone, café etc. are centrally located on the Campus.

6-University of Central Punjab

Education in the twenty-first century demands a balance between continuity and change. The technological leaps and the consequences thereof have overtaken the old educational paradigms and new concepts have emerged in the world of learning. The Punjab Group of Colleges (PGC) was among the first to realize this transition and its challenges. The PGC, therefore, submitted a petition to the Government of the Punjab, in August 1996, to allow to establish a university in the province. A No Objection Certificate was issued in October 1999. The charter to establish the University of Central Punjab (UCP) was awarded in April 2002.

University of Central Punjab

Thus this University clinched the distinction of becoming the first private sector university in the Punjab which acquired the status of a degree awarding institution. When the University started its operations in October 1999, it offered courses in Management Studies, Information Technology, Commerce and Law through its principal constituents i.e. Punjab College of Business Administration (PCBA), Punjab Institute of Computer Sciences (PICS), Punjab College of Commerce (PCC), Punjab Law College (PLC) and Punjab College of Information Technology (PCIT), all situated in Lahore.The University of Central Punjab seeks students of high intellectual ability and energy who are capable of contributing to the strength and excellence of its academic community. The curriculum offers students an opportunity for the pursuance of their future goals. Each faculty offers a range of programs and a variety of possibilities for exploring abilities and talents. Whatever you choose to study at UCP, you will find our faculties a place for critical thinking and intellectual engagement and all the resources to make it happen.

The campus life provides you an opportunity to collaborate and interact with other students that prepare you for the practical life after university years. By studying issues from a range of disciplinary perspectives, you learn deeper lessons about reality and the implications of alternative ways of conceptualizing problems. Volunteers in Service (VIS) program helps you to gain awareness of social responsibility and lifelong obligations to civic engagement. We invite you to visit our campus to see the first-class facilities, meet our top class faculty and feel the warmth of our congenial environment.

7-Bahauddin Zakariya University

Multan has always remained a centre of excellence in education. Hazrat Bahauddin Zakariya (1172 – 1262 A.D.), a Muslim religious scholar and saint, established a school of higher learning in theology in Multan; where scholars from all over the world came for studies and research. Multan has maintained its central position and century’s old cultural heritage and therefore suited ideally to become a center of learning. Thus the University of Multan was established in 1975 by an Act of the Punjab Legislative Assembly. To pay homage to the Great Saint, the name was changed from University of Multan to Bahauddin Zakariya University in 1979.

The University is located at a distance of 10 km from the city center. The main Campus is spread over 960 acres of land. The University has a fleet of 28 buses and 3 coaches which provides transport facilities to students and staff. The University started functioning in 1975 in rented buildings with 8 departments. Presently, it has more than 51 departments/institutes/colleges. Out of its 619 faculty members, 389 hold doctoral degrees and among it’s around 26659 students, half are female.

Bahauddin Zakariya University

 

The University offers a wide range of programs: M.A., M.Sc., MBA, M.Com., MCS, M.Phil, and Ph.D. Additionlly, in recent years, the University has taken a lead in introducing 4-Year Undergraduate programs in Science, Commerce, Business, Pharmacy, Engineering, and English Literature and Linguistics. Various short-time courses and diplomas have become popular with the general public and are offered from time to time. The University is widely known as an institution of strong performance and high ambition because it has continued to make excellent progress toward its goals. It plays a significant role in developing indigenous human resources through its highly productive achievements, both in sciences and humanities.

The University through different phases has made tremendous progress, but some recent developments are remarkable. To promote the activities of art and culture, Multan College of Arts was established in 2003. In order to cater to the needs of textile industry, which is a major industry of the area, the University College of Textile Engineering was established in 2004. The University has also established three sub-campuses at Sahiwal, Layyah and D.G. Khan to provide education facility at the doorsteps of the people as part of the policy of the Government. Steps have been taken to establish the University’s linkages with the community and Industry. There has been significant enhancement in students’ enrollment. To ensure quality in academics and research, Quality Enhancement Cell has been established. A large number of buildings are under construction. These buildings will provide better facilities to the students. The University has implemented semester system in almost all the departments and organizing international conferences and seminars has been a routine academic activity. A significant number of faculty members have been awarded post-doc research fellowships. The establishment of the Saraiki Area Study Centre, Institute of Biotechnology and Faculty of Veterinary Sciences are some recent developments.

The Bahauddin Zakariya University is the fastest growing public university in Pakistan, and it will continue to play a vital role in the development of the country.

8-Government College University, Faisalabad

Government College University, Faisalabad has emerged as a leading center of learning and research in a short span of time. The University with its dynamic faculty and innovative syllabi has become a catalyst of intellectual, social and industrial change. It caters to the diverse needs of society by imparting education in almost all the major fields of learning.

The Government College University’s journey started as a primary school in 1897 in the present building of Govt. College for Women, Karkhana Bazar, and Faisalabad. It was promoted to High School and Intermediate College in 1905 and 1924 respectively. It was elevated to the degree level in 1933 and postgraduate disciplines were introduced in 1963. The long journey that started with the humble beginning reached its climax when it was granted the status of University in October 2002.

Government College University Faisalabad

The Government College University, Faisalabad has a long history of excellence and distinction as an institution. Renowned scholars and eminent personalities have served this institution in various capacities at various stages of its history. It has produced outstanding personnel who have earned great fame not only for themselves but also for the nation.

The luminaries like Mr. Abdul Hameed, Mr. W.H.F. Armstrong, Mr. Lala Chattan Annand, Mr. Hashmat Khan, Mr. Taj Khyal, Mr. Namdar Khan, Mr. Karamat Hussain Jafari, Mr. Mukhtar Mahmood Qureshi, Dr. Asif Iqbal Khan and Dr. Arif Zaidi have served this institution.

The university is situated at the Jhang Road not far from the historical Clock Tower. The main campus is spread on 37 acres and the construction of new campus has been started on an area of 200 acres some 3-4 kilometers away from the main campus at Jhang Road.

The University is offering educational degrees in different disciplines. The University is a hub of educational, social and cultural activities with a close liaison with industry.

9-University of Karachi

At the time of creation of Pakistan as a sovereign state in 1947, means for higher education and research were negligible. Responding to the impending requirement of higher learning, Pakistan started establishing relevant educational institutions of higher learning and research and thus underwent rapid modernization. The University of Karachi was established by an act of Pakistan parliament in June, 1951. The present campus, to which the University shifted in 1959, is spread over 1279 acres of land, situated 12 Km away from the city center.

University of Karachi

Today the University is recognized as a premier center of learning and research in the Subcontinent and in the Third World. A number of scientists and scholars affiliated with the University are working in important positions both within and outside Pakistan and have won recognition and acclaim. One of the institutes of the University has got the distinction of being made the Centre of the Third World Academy of Sciences. Students from several foreign countries are also pursuing for the Masters and Doctorate degrees. Because of high academic and research standards of the University a large number of students from Karachi and other parts of the country apply for admission here. Keeping in view a very high number of applicants, the University has started evening classes in several departments at BS and Masters Levels and a Directorate of Evening Program was established to control and run Evening Program.

At present teaching at the University campus is conducted under six faculties: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Faculty of Management & Administrative Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Pharmacy. There are over 52 departments and 19 research institutes/ centers, which are imparting education to more than 24,000 students including students from foreign countries. The faculty comprises of more than 700 highly qualified and experienced teachers; many of them have obtained higher degrees from abroad and enjoy a high repute internationally. The non-teaching staff comprises more than 1700 people to help with administrative and other matters.

The University of Karachi is also an affiliating and examining body and at present, 145 colleges and institutions are affiliated to the University. The courses of studies for these institutions are approved by the University and examinations are also conducted under its auspices. The University conducts examinations of about 150,000 students studying in these colleges/institutes, prepare their results and award degrees.

10-NED University of Engineering and Technology

The NED University of Engineering & Technology, was established in March 1977 under an act of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh after upgrading of the former NED Government Engineering College, which was set up in 1922. The NED University is thus one of the oldest institution in Pakistan for teaching and producing Engineering graduates. Prior to this, the D.J.Sindh College, used to run classes to train subordinates for the Sindh P.W.D., the Municipalities and Local Boards.

On August 29, 1921 College Principal C.S Shahani made a concerted effort to get Engineering Degree classes started to meet demands of Civil Engineers on the project for completion of the Sukkur Barrage. Application to this effect was made to the University of Bombay through the Commissioner of Sindh, who was ex-officio president of Sindh Collegiate Association (a registered society of subscribers for providing higher education in Sindh).

NED University of Engineering and Technology

The Bombay University however rejected the application on the grounds of insufficient finance and insisted on entirely separate buildings, laboratories for the engineering college as a separate institution. After collection of donations from the Puribai and Becharbai Trust, Vishandas Fatehchand Brothers and one huge donation (for that time) of Rs.150, 000 from Mr. Nadirshaw Edulji Dinshaw, the new college buildings and laboratories were constructed on separate land. The new college was originally the Prince of Wales Engineering College but later renamed in memory of Nadirshaw Edulji Dinshaw. The NED College was provisionally granted affiliation on 23-05-1923 by the University of Bombay for the first and second year courses in Civil Engineering and 78 students were provisionally admitted into first year classes in 1922. Permanent affiliation followed in February 1927.

The first-full time Principal of NED Engineering College was Mr. G.N.Gokhale who joined on 1st July 1923. Prior to this, Rai Sahib Bhupatrai had acted as Honorary Principal. The first professor (and Vice Principal) was Mr. S.B. Jannarkar who, along with Mr. Gokhale, did all the spadework in organizing and equipping the various departments and ordering the equipment for the Power House, Boiler Room, Hydraulics Laboratory, Engine Room and Machine Shops.

The original NED Engineering College was housed in four blocks of buildings and two sheds. The main block was named as Seth Fatehchand Dewandas Khilnani Hall. The block housing the Power House, Electrical and Hydraulics Laboratories, and Workshops was named after Bai Puribai and Bacharbai. Further additions were made to this block to provide accommodation for the Machine Shop on the ground floor and a (Mechanical) Drawing Hall on the first floor. The fourth block, completed in 1945, contained a Classroom and Clerk’s Office on the ground floor and another (Civil) Drawing Hall on the first floor.

Two sheds were also built, one to house the Carpentry and Smithy Shops, and the other, alongside the Electrical Laboratory and Engine Room, to train technicians. The total cost of the buildings was just over Rs. 265,000 and the cost of equipment (including machinery, electrical instruments; models, steam, gas and oil engines; surveying and leveling instruments), books and furniture was just under Rs. 400,000. The college remained affiliated to the University of Bombay from its inception in 1922 to 1947, after which it was taken over by the Government of Sindh; renamed as NED Government Engineering College and affiliated to the University of Sindh. After establishment of the University of Karachi in 1951, the affiliation of the College was transferred to this University. In 1964 a comprehensive plan was prepared to shift the college from its location in the congested downtown area (where no expansion was possible) to a new site adjoining the University of Karachi. The project was carried out with the assistance of the World Bank which provided Rs.118 millions in two phases and the College was shifted to its new 40 hectare Main Campus in 1975.

On the 1st of March, 1977 the NED Government Engineering College became the NED University of Engineering and Technology. From an enrolment of 50 students in 1923, the student population, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, has now gone up to nearly 7000. The faculty of Bio-Medical Engineering is located at NED LEJ Campus for which the land and building – estimated value Rs. 350 million – was donated by (Late) Latif Ebrahim Jamal, a well-known philanthropist.

The first Vice Chancellor of the University was Mr. A. M. Akhoond who was succeeded in sequential order by Prof. Dr. A. T. Khan, Prof. Dr. Jameel Ahmed Khan, Prof. Dr. M. Munir Hasan, Prof. Dr. A. Q. Qazi and Engr. Abul Kalam. Prof. Dr. M. Afzal Haque is the present Vice Chancellor.

11-Aga Khan University

Aga Khan University is a unique hybrid: an institution of academic excellence that is also an agent for social development. A leading source of medical, nursing and teacher education, research and public service in the developing world, the University prepares men and women to lead change in their societies and to thrive in the global economy. AKU’s faculty, students and graduates go where the need is greatest, working in informal urban settlements, remote villages and regions where conflict or neglect has decimated basic services. Indeed, in many cases, such communities are their homes.

Aga Khan University

Based on the principles of impact, quality, relevance and access, the University has campuses and programs in Afghanistan, East Africa, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. Its facilities include teaching hospitals, Nursing Schools, Medical Colleges, and Institutes for Educational Development, an Examination Board, and an Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations.

At AKU, students flourish in a welcoming, supportive environment that embraces pluralism, demands excellence and encourages leadership, teamwork, intellectual curiosity, debate and direct engagement with real-world problems. Admission to the University is based on merit, without regard to financial need.

12-Allama Iqbal Open University

The Allama Iqbal Open University was established in May, 1974, with the main objectives of providing educational opportunities to masses and to those who cannot leave their homes and jobs. During all these past years, the University has more than fulfilled this promise.

It has opened up educational opportunities for the working people and has provided access to the females on their door steps. It has also done pioneering work in the field of Mass Education. It is now breaking new grounds in the fields of professional, scientific, and technical education. It is attempting to reach out to the remotest areas of Pakistan. It is also attempting to harness modern information Technology for spreading education in Pakistan.

Allama Iqbal Open University

The idea of Distance Education was first mooted in UK in late 60s by the British Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Wilson. He was of the view, which educational opportunities must be provided to those who might have missed better education due to early employment and wish to upgrade, their knowledge and skills, in their spare times in the evenings at home. The UK Open University was, thus established in 1969. Since then it has become a major institution of learning in UK and has opened up opportunities for millions of working people. The gospel of distance and Open Learning has, since then spread throughout the world. More than sixty Open Universities are operating around the world on the basis of Distance Education. Modern information Technology has made the task of Distance Education much easier and effective.

The AIOU, when established in 1974, was the second Open University in the world and first in Asia and Africa. It, thus, speaks of the foresight of the policy-makers of that time. As these past years of AIOU have proved, Distance Education has opened up new opportunities for millions, particularly women, and supplemented the efforts of the federal and provincial governments in a big way and that too without becoming a burden on their resources.

The idea of Distance Education assumed greater relevance and acceptance in Pakistan due to the factors of poverty and relative deprivation of women. The rate of literacy, incidence of dropouts, and excess to higher education is much lower in the poorer classes of Pakistan. The incidence of poverty is much higher in the rural areas, where formal education is much less established. The rate of literacy and education is much lower for females in Pakistan, particularly in the rural areas, due to poverty and conservative traditions. Many conservative parents under the pressure of old age traditions do not allow their daughters to go out to the schools. The AIOU, through its system of Distance Education has, thus, provided educational opportunities to these housebound girls and women. This explains the reasons why the majority of the students enrolled with the University are females.

13-University of Peshawar

The University of Peshawar, as a mother educational institution of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is an outcome of the dream of the father of the nation and was created as the first ever University after independence. It is vigorously working with its full zeal and spirit, truly serving and sacred cause of education altogether.

The University of Peshawar, being a mother Institution of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is not only catering for the academic needs of Peshawar but also of the whole province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The highly qualified and trained faculty, student friendly and supportive administration, modern curricula, conductive academic environment and excellent infrastructure are the hallmarks of the University. Its role in political, industrial and government leadership is recognized. The University has an over whelming contribution in bringing positive changes in the society.

University of Peshawar

University of Peshawar is one of the most established institutions in the country. It offers immense opportunities and faces daunting challenges. While we are aware of the paramount importance of education for the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, we are also cognizant of the needs and requirements of the local and global environments and markets. We try our best to address our social, academic, cultural, and economic problems in a befitting manner.

14-Islamia University Bahawalpur

Bahawalpur has always been a seat of higher learning. Uch Sharif, a nearby ancient town, had one of the largest universities where scholars from all over the world used to come for studies. As a continuation of that tradition, Jamia Abbasia was established in Bahawalpur in the year 1925, following the academic pursuits of Jamia Al-Azhar, Egypt. The renowned scholars spread Islam by teaching Tafseer of Quran, Hadith, Fiqh, and History along with other contemporary subjects.

In view of the changing scenario, Jamia Abbasia was declared as a chartered University in the year 1975, and renamed as The Islamia University of Bahawalpur. Initially, it started functioning at Abbasia and Khawaja Fareed Campuses with ten Departments. In order to construct a modern and self-contained campus, 1250 acres of sandy land was acquired by the University on Hasilpur Road about eight kilometers away from the city center.

Islamia University Bahawalpur

Over a period of time with continuous efforts and hard work, the sand dunes have been converted into well-built faculties, green lawns, hostels, residential colony, farms and orchards. It is known as Baghdad-ul-Jadeed Campus. Currently, there are 60 Department offering 127 programs. Apart from conventional disciplines of Religious Affairs, Languages, Social and Basic Sciences; education is being imparted in the areas of Business Administration, Engineering, Agriculture, Veterinary Sciences, Computer, Law, Education, Fine Arts, Pharmacy, Life Sciences and Sports Sciences. The University values quality education rather than quantity. A team of highly qualified and committed faculty members have been engaged to achieve this end. Moreover, the research has been made cornerstone of our educational philosophy.

In order to provide opportunities of higher education to the youth at their door step, two campuses are functioning at Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalnagar since 2005. A recent unique addition to the University is its Ranger Campus in the heart of city. Initially, Departments of Management Sciences and Computer Science & Information Technology were established for which response was very encouraging.

15-University of Agriculture Faisalabad

Bahria University is one of the leading public sector universities of Pakistan, which is dedicated to meeting the many complex challenges facing us today.  The university has campuses, Research institutes and colleges all over Pakistan which work towards grooming today’s youth into becoming tomorrow’s leaders.  We provide a platform for promising minds to come together, pioneer new thought and serve the world around them. And for this we provide the right  mix  of  faculty,  resources,  environments  and  technology  so  that  both  learners  and Teachers are inspired to create, to explore, to discover, to challenge and to lead.

University of Agriculture Faisalabad

At Bahria it is our vision to make our university the best educational institute in the country. Our strategy to achieve this vision is to ensure that theory and practice go hand in hand.  We would like to open all the doors for promoting the research potential of the students, which will enable them to use their academic knowledge for practical projects. To this end we have built bridges between the University and the corporate sector, opening the way for research, and making students apply their academic skills to practical projects.

And we aim for all this to take place in a university environment that is safe and friendly, and at the same time disciplined, as envisaged by the Quaid e Azam. Because we feel that along with Studies it is equally important to develop the good old values of character, decency, honesty and consideration for one another.

We believe that young people should have a say in shaping their destinies, we therefore help them to discover their potential, prepare for life and help make a positive impact on the world around them.  The unusually high youth population of Pakistan presents a wonderful Opportunity for us to play a role in motivating young people to be passionate about rendering Positive service to society, and make them be able to do so.  Because real fulfillment for any Person lies in service to his fellow human beings.

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