The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Thursday announced its ranking of universities in Pakistan putting Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad on top of the list.
Dr Javaid R. Laghari, the chairman of the HEC, spoke to the media that the ranking was based on quality teaching and research. After evaluation of data and statistics the 116 universities and degree-awarding institutes were divided into eight categories.
He said 17 institutions established after December 2008 as well as distance education universities and those who did not provide data were excluded from the ranking.
According to the ranking, the overall top 10 universities were:
1. Quaid-i-Azam University
2. Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences
3. Islamabad; the Aga Khan University (AKU), Karachi
4.University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
5. University of the Punjab, Lahore
6. National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad
7. Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi
8. University of Health Sciences, Lahore
9.Comsats Institute of Information Technology
10. Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore.
In the category of agriculture/veterinary, the five universities were ranked as:
1.University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
2. Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi
3. University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore
4. KP Agriculture University, Peshawar
5. Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam.
Only two universities were placed in the art and design category – National College of Arts, Lahore, and Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, Karachi.
In the category of computer sciences and IT:
1. the Comsats Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad is on the top
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.
First five universities which were ranked in the category of engineering and technology were: 1.Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science, Islamabad
2. National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad
3.Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering and Technology, Swabi
4. University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila
5. Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad.
University of the Punjab, Lahore, topped the list of general universities (large) having more than 3,000 enrolment followed by the University of Karachi, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, University of Peshawar and International Islamic University, Islamabad.
In the category of general universities (other) with less than 3,000 enrolment, the QAU was on the top followed by Government College University, Lahore, Gomal University, D.I. Khan, Kohat