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
Oct 10

20 Pakistanis complete PhDs from foreign universities

Islamabad: Another 20 Pakistanis have completed their PhDs under Higher Education Commission‘s (HEC) Overseas Scholarship Program.HEC Devolutions Case

Considered to be a middle ranking country when it comes to literacy and education, Pakistan’s s higher eduction sector is going through financial crunches these days.

According to official statistic, though literacy rate has increased from 57 percent to 58 percent in the country, the target of increasing reach of higher education from 5 percent to 10 percent has yet to be achieved.

HEC statistics obtained by Independent UK-based news website The News Tribe inform that under Overseas Scholarship Scheme 1 five students have completed their Ph.Ds in fields of Management Sciences, Applied Mathematics, Social Sciences, Electronics Engineering and Natural Sciences.

Under Overseas Scholarship Scheme 2, 15 candidates completed their doctoral degrees in the month of August in fields of Engineering, Physical and Biological Sciences, Agriculture and Social Sciences.

The candidates out of which only one is female belong to LUMS, International Islamic University, COMSATS Abbotabad, National Textile University Faisalabad, Punjab University, NESCOM, Quaid-e-Azam University, SSUET, UET Peshawar, Bahauddin Zakaria University Bahawalpur, MAJU Islamabad, CME College Rawalpindi and IBA Sukhur.

Feb 23

HEC Announces Universities Ranking in Pakistan 2012

Islamabad (Thursday, February 23, 2012) – HEC (Higher Education Commission Islamabad has issued Ranking of Universities of All Pakistan. Following are lists published by HEC on 23-2-2012 Higher Education Commission of Pakistan Overall Top Ten HEIs of Pakistan (Top 10 Universities of Pakistan

  1. Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
  2. Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  3. Aga Khan University, Karachi
  4. University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
  5.  University of The Punjab, Lahore
  6. National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
  7. Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University
  8. University of Health Sciences, Lahore
  9. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT)
  10. Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore

CATEGORY WISE RANKINGS (Top 5)  Agriculture/Veterinary

  1. University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
  2. Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi
  3. University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore
  4. KPK Agriculture University, Peshawar
  5. Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam

Art & Design

  1. National College of Arts, Lahore
  2. Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, Karachi

 Computer Sciences & IT

  1. COMSAT Institute of Information Tech Islamabad
  2. National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences , Islamabad
  3. Qurtaba University D.I.Khan
  4. Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences, Quetta
  5. City University, Peshawar

 Engineering & Technology

  1. Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science, Islamabad
  2. National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad
  3. Ghulam Institute of Engineering and Technology , Swabi
  4. University of Engineering and Technology , Taxila
  5. Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad

Business Education

  1. Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore
  2. Institute of Business Administration, Karachi
  3. Iqra University, Karachi
  4. Sukkur Institute of Business Administration
  5. National College of Business Administration & Economics, Lahore

Medical Universities

  1. Aga Khan University, Karachi
  2. University of Health Sciences, Lahore
  3. Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi
  4. Isra University, Hyderabad
  5. Khyber Medical University, Peshawar

General Universities (Large)

  1. University of the Punjab, Lahore
  2. University of Karachi, Karachi
  3. Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan
  4. University of Peshawar, Peshawar
  5. International Islamic University, Islamabad

General Universities (Other)

  1. Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
  2. Government College University, Lahore
  3. Gomal University, DI Khan
  4. Kohat University of Science and Technology
  5. The University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir

The following HEIs are exclued from ranking based on three reasons:

  • Established after December 2008
  • Distance education institues (AIOU and Virtual University)
  • incomplete data
S # University Name Year of establishment
1 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University Karachi.


2 HITEC University, Taxila


3 University of Wah, Wah Cantt.


4 Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan.


5 Institute of Southern Punjab, Multan


6 Lahore Leads University, Lahore


7 Global Institute, Lahore


8 Sindh Institute of Medical Sciences, Karachi


9 Al-Khair University AJK


10 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Benazirabad


11 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Upper Dir KPK


12 University of Swat, Swat


Distance Learning Institutions
13 Allama  Iqbal Open University.
14 Virtual University.
Incomplete Data
15 Lahore college for women University
16 Northern University Nowshera
17 Al hamid Islamic University Quetta