Jul 05

LUMS, NUST and Aga Khan dominate HEC University Rankings 2013

ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) released the “Quality & Research-based Ranking 2013″ for Pakistani universities on Friday.

HEC chairman Javaid Laghari said the rankings were based on a criteria that relied on feedback from universities and international rankings models.

“These rankings are supposed to be a mirror – they let the universities know their strengths and weaknesses,” he said.

In a press conference, the HEC detailed that the rankings are divided into four discipline-based and three-enrollment-based categories.

LUMS on top

Lahore School of Management Sciences (LUMS) emerged as the highest-ranked university in the category of “Business Education”.

Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science (PIEAS), on the other hand, was declared to be the best university in the “Engineering & Technology” category.

University of Agriculture and Aga Khan University were accorded the highest rank in the respective disciplines of “Agriculture/Veterinary” and “Medicine”.

For the “General Universities” category, three sub-categories were made according to the enrollment size of universities.

Universities with a student body strength of over 7,000 were put in the large sub-category, universities which had 3,000 to 7,000 students were put in the medium sub-category, while universities which had less than 3000 students were categorized as small.

NUST ranks high

National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad and University of Faislabad were ranked highest in the large, medium and small “General Universities” category respectively.

“For the 2013 HEC rankings, each university has been named only once in the rankings,” Laghari explained.

He said the universities themselves chose which category they wanted to be considered for.

For instance, NUST opted to be categorized in the general category instead of the “Engineering & Technology” category.

The HEC rankings were based on the implementation status of quality assurance, teaching quality and research produced at the universities in the year 2011-12.

Even though HEC research grants, HEC travel grants and HEC approved PhD supervisors were included in the ranking criteria for research, Laghari asserted that the rankings were conducted objectively.

Vice Chancellors present at the press conference urged the HEC to consider the services of an independent, third-party organization for ranking in the future.

Laghari replied in the affirmative and said that HEC is going to seek the services of an independent body to ascertain university rankings for the next year.

No overall list

The HEC did not release an overall list of university rankings.

HEC Chairman said that it was too difficult to equalize data in different categories to arrive at a consolidated list.

Following is a list of universities according to their ranking in the various categories as released by HEC:


  1. University of Agriculture – Faisalabad
  2. Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University – Rawalpindi
  3. University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences – Lahore
  4. The University of Agriculture – Peshawar
  5. Sindh Agriculture University – Tandojam

Business Education

  1. LUMS, Lahore
  2. IBA, Karachi
  3. Sukkur Institute of Business Administration, Sukkur
  4. SZABIST, Karachi
  5. Institute of Management Science – Peshawar

Engineering and Technology

  1. Pakistan Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad
  2. UET, Lahore
  3. GIKI, Topi
  4. Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro
  5. Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad


  1. Aga Khan University, Karachi
  2. University of Health Sciences, Lahore
  3. DOW University of Health Scienes, Karachi
  4. Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro
  5. Khyber Medical University, Peshawar

General Universities (Large)

  1. NUST, Islamabad
  2. University of Punjab, Lahore
  3. University of Karachi, Karachi
  4. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad
  5. Government College University, Faisalabad

General Universities (Medium)

  1. QAU, Islamabad
  2. Government College University, Lahore
  3. FAST-NUCES, Islamabad
  4. Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi
  5. Gomal University, D I Khan

General Universities (Small)

  1. The University of Faisalabad, Faisalabad
  2. Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
  3. Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad
  4. University of Science & Technology, Bannu
  5. Isra University, Hyderabad
Jun 08

LUMS 24th Convocation Ceremony (June 23 )2012

Lahore, The LUMS 24th Convocation Ceremony is scheduled to be held on June 23, 2012.LUMS 24th Convocation Ceremony

The LUMS community will celebrate the graduation of an awaited 734 students from the three schools; Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB), School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law (SHSSL) and School of Science and Engineering (SSE). The students would be bestowed with awards and medals over excellence in their academic performances.

This Convocation for LUMS graduates will be the largest convocation ceremony in the University’s history, with over 700 students in the graduating class. The celebrations will start an evening earlier, on June 22, 2012, with the traditional impressive Graduate Night Dinner, where graduates attaining excellences in subject areas.

Students on the Deans’ Honours Lists will be bestowed medals and shields. The Corporate Gold Medals will be presented with their proud parents, friends and faculty members. The ceremony usually concludes late in the evening with a formal dinner arranged at the campus lawns.

The Convocation Ceremony will be held on June 23, 2012 at the Syed Maratib Ali Sports Complex, LUMS. At the ceremony, degrees will be presented to the graduates and the National Management Foundation (NMF), the governing body of LUMS, will award gold and silver medals to graduates earning top positions in various programs. The major address will be delivered by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy – Pakistan’s first Academy Award Winner 2012. Chinoy is the first Pakistani Oscar winner for her documentary “Saving Face.”

May 01

Alumnus visit: Foreign minister Khar talks politics at LUMS


Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Monday ruled out a unilateral withdrawal of troops from Siachen while speaking at her alma mater, the Lahore University of Management and Sciences (Lums).Minister Hina Rabbani Khar

(Khar graduated from Lums in 1999 with a BSc in economics).

What is important is not just withdrawing troops, she said, but that the withdrawal happens when both countries trust each other. Talking about Kashmir, Khar said the issue was still a hurdle in improving ties between India and Pakistan. She added that it was time to determine how to resolve the issue.

Asked about Pakistan’s relations with its neighbours, Khar said it was in Pakistan’s interest to establish peaceful ties with each of its neighbours. Any instability in the neighbouring countries, she said, would result in a “spill out” effect that would affect the entire region. Khar, while replying to a question about what role Pakistan will play in the Afghanistan peace process, said that “if asked to be a party” to an Afghan-led reconciliatory process, Pakistan will assist in whatever capacity possible.

The foreign minister had a simple solution to foreign policy problems: ask “Is it in Pakistan’s interest?” She added, “In pursuing its goals and objectives, Pakistan wants to be a responsible global player.”

She described drone attacks as a “complex problem”, saying that the relationship with the US, though valued, could not continue “at the cost of [Pakistan’s] sovereignty”. “A long term relationship with any super power can only work if it is based on mutual interest and respect,” Khar said while talking about the recent tension in Pak-US ties.

Asked about US special envoy Marc Grossman’s meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Khar said the meeting should not cause any undue concern. Every national institution is a stakeholder, including the GHQ, she said.

Discussing “the role of foreign elements” in Balochistan, Khar stated that PM Gillani had raised the issue with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a meeting between the two premiers at Sharm el-Sheikh. However, Khar added, it was necessary for Pakistan to become “strong internally” to resist threats from external elements.

On a lighter note, the minister told the students that studying economics as a major had served her well. “Everything is moving towards economic diplomacy so having an understanding of the subject has helped me.”