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LUMS, IBA and SZABIST Institute of Management Sciences top in business category

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has announced the ranking of Pakistani universities on the basis of quality teaching and research.

HEC Chairman Dr Javaid R Laghari announced the rankings at a press conference held at the commission secretariat. Speaking on the occasion, the HEC chairman said the primary purpose of the ranking was to share the key issues that determine the state of higher education in a particular institution and drive the higher education institutions (HEIs) towards improved quality and research and promote a culture among HEIs of the country for participation in the world rankings.

Dr Laghari said that the ranking is a quality indicator and will help shed light on key indicators of higher education institutions to allow the students, parents, potential employers and all other stakeholders to make informed and timely decisions regarding higher education institutions. “It will inculcate a spirit of competition among the universities to raise the standard of education.” HEC chairperson said. “The activity will also help promote a culture of participation in the world university rankings,” he said.

The ranking criteria revolve around three main parameters – implementation status of quality assurance criteria, teaching quality and research. The distance education like AIOU and Virtual University were excluded from the ranking lists. The ranking 2013 was based on the year 2011-12 data provided by HEIs. Due to the problems faced by the universities in Pakistan, the primarily identified QS world ranking criteria was amended as per feedback received from the higher education institutions. In spite of the difficulties associated with ranking, the HEC is the first one in the Islamic world that has done rankings twice – first time in 2006 and second in 2011.

HEC Quality Assurance Director General Zia Batool informed that the universities had been ranked by area of specialisation. She added the universities could only be comparable within the assigned category.

Agriculture/Veterinary category


University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.

Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi.

University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore.

University of Agriculture, Peshawar .

Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam.

Lasbela University of Agriculture, water and Marine Sciences.

Engineering and Technology


Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science, Islamabad.

University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.

Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering and Technology, Swabi.

Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro.

Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad.

Business Education category


Lahore University of Management Sciences Lahore.

Institute of Business Administration, Karachi.

Institute of Business Administration, Sukkar.

Shaheed Zulifikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Karachi.

Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar.

Medical category


Aga Khan University, Karachi.

University of Health Sciences, Lahore.

Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi.

Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro.

Khyber Medical University, Peshawar.

King Edward Medical University, Lahore.

General Universities (Large)


National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad.
University of the Punjab, Lahore.

University of Karachi.

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad.

Government College University, Faisalabad.

University of Peshawar.

Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur.

Islamia University of Bahawalpur.

General Universities (Medium)


Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

Government College University, Lahore.

National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad.

Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi.

Gomal University, DI Khan.

University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Muzaffarabad.

General Universities (Small)


University of Faisalabad.

Beacon house National University, Lahore.

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE)Islamabad.

University of Science and Technology Bannu.

Isra University, Hyderabad.

Foundation University, Islamabad.


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