Is it that time of the year again, when students must choose a university for their further education? Choosing universities for higher education has always been a difficult task as there are so many options but students get confused as to which university falls in the best category. But don’t worry, we have got your back. In this article, we have listed 6 of the top best universities in Pakistan for you.

1. National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)

National University of Sciences and Technology also known as NUST, was established in 1991 and since then it has been ranked among the top emerging universities of Pakistan. It is in the capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad. The university offers graduate and undergraduate degrees which also include professional and doctoral degrees. NUST entry test is extremely difficult, and the competition is also very high as students from all over Pakistan apply here. The acceptance rate at NUST is 4%.

2. University of the Punjab (PU)

University of the Punjab was established in 1882 in Lahore, it is the largest and oldest university in Pakistan. The university has over 5 campuses, 13 faculties, over 83 departments and research centers. Punjab university is also a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities of the United Kingdom. They offer a vast variety of programs for their students that include Law, Commerce, Arts and Humanities, Islamic studies, Engineering and Technology, Economics and Management Sciences etc. It is the most selective institution with an acceptance rate of 20%.

3. University of Engineering and Technology (UET)

University of Engineering and Technology also known as UET, was established in 1921, it is one of the oldest engineering universities of Pakistan. It is situated in Lahore. The student population at UET is over 11,000 across undergraduate and master’s disciplines. UET offers a variety of 92 STEM courses within the facilities of civil engineering, architecture, business planning, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and the list goes on. UET is also linked to 42 international institutes including a few universities in the UK which include: University of Manchester and Queen Mary University.

4. COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI)

COMSATS University Islamabad, also known as COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) is a public university which was established in 1998. When this university was established, it was the first exclusive institute of Information Technology. Comsats is a multi-campus university, the main campus is in Islamabad, but the sub-campuses are found in Lahore, Sahiwal, Abbottabad and Attock. The institute offers various undergraduate programs such as Business Administration, Accounting and Finance, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Geology, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Electrical Engineering and much more.

5. Aga Khan University (AKU)

Aga Khan University is one of the most prestigious universities, it was founded in 1983. In 2000, the university expanded its operations to Afghanistan, Kenya, Uganda and the United Kingdom. Aga Khan University is one of the largest private health-care providers in Pakistan as well as East Africa. The university in Karachi, Pakistan, is an 84-acre campus which also includes a hospital and hostels for their students. Aga Khan University provides all kinds of facilities for its students, they have a huge sports center, cricket and football grounds with an indoor gymnasium, squash courts and much more. The acceptance rate at Aga Khan is 80%.

6. University of Management and Technology (UMT)

University of Management and Technology (UMT) is a private university located in Lahore, it was established in 1990 and recognized by HEC, the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. UMT comes in the W4 category of HEC which is the highest attainable HEC ranking for Pakistani universities. UMT offers more than 100+ bachelor’s, doctoral and master’s degrees. They have a diverse range of programs and fields which include media and communication, textile design, banking, computer science, aviation, management, technology, liberal arts, engineering etc. Their acceptance rate is 100%.

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Oriental College of University of the Punjab (PU) has organized a book launching ceremony for “Everest’s Land – Travelogue Nepal” written by eminent writer Tahir Anwaar Pasha.

The event was attended by Ms Simli Awan, Hussain Ahmed Shirazi, Prof. Dr Nasir Abbas Nayer, Prof. Dr Ashfaq Ahmed Virk, Cartoonist Javed Iqbal, Shahid Zaheer Syed, Dr Ayesha Azeem, Nasir Mahmood Malik, Director Al-Hamra Zulfiqar Ali Zulfi and others.

On this occasion, the participants appreciated the travelogue and declared it one of the best travelogues. In their speeches, the participants expressed the hope that the author’s journeys and his travelogues would continue to inspire the younger generation to travel and develop their writing skills. They claimed that no one knew the art of presenting travelogue better than Tahir Sahib. He said that his travelogue provided an opportunity to get acquainted with the culture and history of other countries.

Tahir Anwaar Pasha said that there was a silent message in the travelogue in which an attempt had been made to highlight the relationship between the spouses. He said that not only could a good journey be made with the wife but a successful travelogue can also be written.

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A special discussion was arranged at the University of Punjab (PU), on the completion of 30 years of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan.

On this occasion, the Ambassador of Tajikistan Mr Ismatullah Nasiruddin was the Chief Guest. At the same time, PU Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. Muhammad Saleem Mazhar, Brigadier (r) Mansoor Saeed Sheikh from Centre for Global and Strategic Studies, Regional Integration Centre Director Dr. Fauzia Hadi Ali, Prof Dr. Umbreen Javed, Dr. Muhammad Shara Qazi, Prof Dr. Mehboob Hussain, Prof Dr. Amra Raza, Prof Dr. Muhammad Sharif were present. At the same time, Prof Dr Ahmed Farhan Saeed, Prof Dr. Shabbir Ahmed and Prof Dr. Noman Ali Shah spoke online.

Addressing the ceremony at PU, Tajik Ambassador Mr Ismatullah said that Tajikistan and Pakistan have enjoyed warm bilateral relations for decades. He said that cooperation with Pakistan in the field of education, research and business is increasing. He invited Pakistani businessmen, academics and people to visit Tajikistan and explore all opportunities themselves which could contribute to strengthening regional cooperation. He said that in the future these relations would yield positive results which would be beneficial for both the countries.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar thanked Brig (r) Mansoor for playing his role in enhancing relations with the Central Asian States. He said that RIC had been established with a vision to enhance regional cooperation and we have many success stories in this regard. The participants in the ceremony said that Pak-Tajik relations were strong on the basis of Islamic brotherhood. They said that trade relations between Tajikistan and Pakistan were also important but they needed to be further enhanced. Later, the ambassador and others cut the cake to celebrate 30 years of bilateral relations.

The University of Punjab (PU) and the University of Calgary (UCalgary), Canada will jointly work in the field of social work under Transforming the Field Education Landscape: Intersections of Research and Practice in the Canadian Social Work Field Education Project. The international collaboration has been made possible due to the special efforts of PU Department of Social Work’s Chairperson Prof Dr. Syeda Mehnaz Hassan and Prof Dr. Julie Drolet, Professor and TFEL Project Director, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. Giving details of the project, Prof Dr. Syeda Mehnaz Hassan has said that TFEL is a partnership project that aims to better prepare the next generation of social workers in Canada by creating training and mentoring opportunities for students, developing and mobilizing innovative and promising field education practices, and improving the integration of research and practice in field education. She said that with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s (SSHRC) Partnership Grant, the TFEL partnership (2019-2024) is focused on creating new training and mentorship opportunities for social work students.

PU VC Prof. Dr. Niaz Ahmad has lauded Chairperson of PU Department of Social Work Prof. Dr. Syeda Mehnaz Hassan for this achievement.

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2018-2022: PU experiences most progressive years in history: report

LAHORE: Punjab University (PU) Department of Public Relations has issued a four-year progress report of the university, claiming that the university has made new records of development and these four years have been experienced as the most progressive years in its history.  

A 16-page brief report carrying graphics claims that under the leadership of Vice-Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad, the university has made unprecedented progress in academic, research, and administrative fields.  The report says that PU has improved its international ranking by 16 percent and now it is counted among the best 63 percent universities in the world. The report says that in QS Asian ranking, PU has made a jump of 87 points and now it is declared 145th best university in Asia. 

The report says that Nature Publishing has declared PU No 1 university in natural sciences in Pakistan. The report says that till 2018, no PU subject was internationally recognized and in 2022 QS subject-wise ranking, 15 subjects of PU have been ranked. The report says that PU has been ranked among the world’s 101-150 top institutions in the subject of Petroleum Engineering and the top 101-130 institutions in the subject of religious studies.

 The report says that keeping in view national and academic requirements for the next 50 years, PU has been academically restructured and 67 new teaching and research institutions have been created while several departments have been upgraded. The report says that for the first time, PU has particularly promoted and encouraged those research projects which could resolve socio-economic problems of the country. He said that due to encouragement of research, the PU teachers had published 1070 impact factor research papers in 2020. 

The report says that the university had made unprecedented appointments and promotions in these four years which have never been witnessed before. According to the report, for the first time in the recent 50-year history of PU, 8 meetings of the Senate have been organized in four years as per the requirement of the calendar while previously, a gap of 8 to 10 years can be seen between two meetings of the Senate. 

To ensure a model of good governance, the university has been run through statutory bodies. The university also took a number of exclusive initiatives during the period of Covid 19 to serve mankind, academia and the country.

Negotiations with the protesting Baloch students of Punjab University (PU) on the issue of arrest of guest student Bebagr Imdad from PU hostel have been successful. The university administration has written a letter to the Punjab government mentioning the concerns of the Baloch students while the protesting students have announced to end the sit-in.

The Baloch students have requested the PU administration to convey their concerns to the Punjab government. The Baloch students said that the legal requirements regarding the arrest of the guest student should be met.

He said that the arrested guest student should be given an opportunity of fair trial and they should be informed about the whereabouts of the Bebagr. They said that there was unrest among the Baloch students of the university due to the arrest of the Bebagr and all the legal requirements should be fulfilled before arresting any student from the university in future.

A Punjab University spokesman said in a statement that the guest student was arrested by law enforcement agencies from Hostel No. 7 in the morning of April 27. He said that after talks with the protesting Baloch students, a letter has been written to the higher authorities to convey their concerns to the Punjab government.

LAHORE: Punjab University Library Book Club has arranged a special program in reverence to Ramzan-ul-Mubarak, the death anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal and World Book and Copy Right Day. Book talks on Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Islam were delivered along with the distribution of Book Lover awards to highly engaged readers of Punjab University Library. Prof Dr Moeen-ud-Din Nizami, Dean of Oriental Learning, was the chief guest and he also presented a mesmerizing talk on “Kuliyat-a-Iqbal”. Dr Muhammad Jawwad, Assistant Prof., Department of Philosophy, was the second speaker of the program and talked about Allama Iqbal’s “The reconstruction of religious thought in Islam”. He philosophically explained the prime notches of the book and well-argued the philosophical thought of Allama Muhammad Iqbal on Islam. After the talks, Book Lover Awards were distributed among ten highly engaged readers of the library. This year four faculty members and six students were awarded and they belong to diverse academic disciplines. Dr Muhammad Haroon Usmani, Chief Librarian PU Library said that the library had started this tradition in 2012 and since then each year library with a vision to promote reading culture, arranges this distribution activity on World Book and Copy Right Day. A large number of students and teachers attended the program with lively participation. Dr Muhammad Haroon Usmani thanked the audience and the chief guest for supporting the library and its vision of “Book Promotion”.

LAHORE: The Punjab University administration has announced a special allowance for Christian employees on the Christmas Eve. Punjab University Vice Chancellor has announced a special allowance of Rs 500,000 to be distributed among Christian employees.

As per details, Christian daily wagers will get Rs 3,000 special allowance while permanent employees will get Rs5000 special allowance.

A ceremony organized at the PU club was attended by the Chairman Prof Dr Atif Raza, Institute of Communication Studies Director Prof Dr Noshina Saleem, former Director Associated Press of Pakistan and visiting faculty Dr Waqar Chaudhry, Manager Raja Kifayat and many others.

Articles of clothing and cash award for employees were donated by Dr Waqar Chaudhry.

Addressing the ceremony, PU VC Prof Niaz Ahmed said that the quality services of PU Club has improved and is being appreciated by the people.

The University of Punjab (PU) syndicate meeting, presided over by Vice-Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmed on Wednesday, recommends a Rs 9.39 billion budget for the approval of the Senate for the year 2020-21. Despite facing serious financial pressure amid COVID 19, PU Syndicate decided not to increase fees for campus students so that parents will not have to bear the burden on their pockets.

On the direction of the vice chancellor for increasing PU’s international ranking and socio-economic impact research, the PU Syndicate made a major increase in research funding from Rs 165 million to Rs 380 million as it was a policy of the administration to promote research culture. PU would also continue overseas scholarship schemes for teachers.  The university has allocated Rs 32 million for participation in national and international conferences. The Syndicate also recommended the establishment of the Center for Health and Safety and Institutional Research Center. The university faces a deficit of Rs 431 million which would be managed by reducing expenditures and adopting austerity measures.
The university expects a total grant of Rs 2.5 billion from Higher Education Commission, 27.6 percent of the total budget while PU would generate the rest of 72.4 percent from own sources.
According to other salient features of the budget, special students will also be provided with free education along with boarding facilities while students taking admission on sports basis will be provided with free education. The university will continue to waive off tuition fee of Hafiz-e-Quran. Punjab University will provide Rs 152 million scholarships to the students. Moreover, HEC scholarships worth 97 million rupees and PEEF scholarships will also be provided to students. In the budget, Punjab University is providing Rs 209 million Hostel Subsidy, Rs 34 million transport subsidy and Rs 38 million internet subsidy to the students and in addition to the above, subsidy on electricity bills in teaching departments is also being provided. PU has allocated Rs 149 million for development projects.
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