HEC announces university rankings

Published: February 23, 2016
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ISLAMABAD: Quaid-e-Azam University has been ranked Pakistan’s best university in the general category, according to rankings for 2015 released by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

University of Punjab in Lahore and National University of Science and Technology (NUST) secured second and third positions respectively, as per the HEC as chairperson Dr Mukhtar Ahmed unveiled the rankings of 129 universities in Islamabad on Tuesday.

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The ranking was finalised on basis of quality assurance, teaching quality, research, finance and facilities and social integration and community development. “Community development will be integral part in universities to create the environment of social integration and affiliation,” the HEC chairman said.

In overall ranking, QAU and PU were not a surprise but NUST which secured third spot jumped three spots higher than last year. University of Agriculture, Faisalabad dropped to the fourth position after securing second place last year. Similarly, Comsats Institute of Information Technology dropped down to sixth position compared to fourth last year.

NUST tops rankings for Engineering & Technology

National University of Sciences and Technology (Nust) in Islamabad retained the top slot in the “Engineering & Technology” category, while Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Islamabad remained in second place.

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Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi emerged on the third spot pushing University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore to fifth place.

Iqra University tops rankings for Business Education

Surprisingly, Iqra University, Karachi emerged as the highest-ranked university in the category of Business Education. The university did not make it to the top five last year. However, the HEC chairman explained, “The university is producing some good number of PhDs and that is why it has been ranked the highest.”

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Lahore School of Economics, Lahore retained its second place while Institute of Business Administration, Karachi dropped down to third position.

University of Agriculture in Faisalabad tops rankings for Agriculture/Veterinary

University of Agriculture in Faisalabad and University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences in Lahore retained the first and second place in “Agriculture/Veterinary” category respectively. University of Agriculture, Peshawar which was previously ranked fourth jumped one spot higher to be ranked third.

Aga Khan University tops rankings for Medicine

Aga Khan University was accorded the highest rank in the disciplines of “Medicine”. The medical university in Karachi was followed by University of Health Sciences in Lahore and DOW University of Health Sciences in Karachi, respectively.

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The rankings for this category remained the same as last year except Isra University, Hyderabad secured fifth position after replacing Riphah International University, Islamabad which did not make it to the top 13 of this category.

NCA tops rankings for Arts

Of only two universities ranked by the HEC for Arts, the National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore secured the first rank, while Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi came in second.

The HEC chief further stated that the data for 2014-15 will be finalised in the ongoing year and its ranking would be released in the same year.

Reader Comments (57)

  • Zeeshan
    Feb 23, 2016 - 6:31PM

    IBA Sukkur on 5th , IMS on 4th and Iqra on 1st ?? Seriously HEC rankings system is full of flaws or what ! A more definite ranking system needs to be introduced ! Recommend

  • Thora Bora
    Feb 23, 2016 - 6:38PM

    Remember Iqra University, Peshawar was not HEC approved, however Iqra University, Karachi its ranked Top in Business. In addition down with Qilla-e-Altaf…bye bye to KU!Recommend

  • Khan
    Feb 23, 2016 - 6:39PM

    Iqra University on No. 1, ahead of LUMS & IBA!!! What sort of a cruel joke is this!! :DRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 23, 2016 - 6:40PM

    I am from Qau but that university is no where no 1. How do I guys do the ranking any way?Recommend

  • Aalo Ghosht
    Feb 23, 2016 - 6:51PM

    LUMS not even making it to the top 10 Business Schools of the country puts a big question mark on the methodology for calculating these rankings. Not wanting to sound disrespectful, but I am pretty sure that LUMS is at least better than the seventh ranked Superior College in the Business category, if not better than Iqra.Recommend

  • Syedpk
    Feb 23, 2016 - 7:03PM

    strange ranking how can Iqra jump above IoBm, IBA and LUMS in business ???

    Sad to see NED and ssuet not making the cut in engineering section a huge wakeup call for both.Recommend

  • Director Education
    Feb 23, 2016 - 7:11PM

    On what criteria did HEC produce these rankings? Clearly, if it is quality, infrastructure, faculty, than IBA or LUMS has to be on the top in business category. Unfortunately, in Pakistan these rankings can be purchased for few bucks. Recommend

  • Irfan
    Feb 23, 2016 - 8:10PM

    HEC has officially gone off the deep end. Bunch of twits.Recommend

  • Rafay
    Feb 23, 2016 - 8:11PM

    IBA at 3. LUMS nowhere in list. Am i the only one laughing at this ranking?Recommend

  • ABDUL FAIQ KHAN
    Feb 23, 2016 - 8:53PM

    It is a good effort of HEC.Recommend

  • iBlind
    Feb 23, 2016 - 9:23PM

    Finally, the Quota System that Ayub Khan Installed on Karachi Brains is finally showing a good picture. By breaking competition’s leg then robbing their money any one can win. This is the crime that Pak is paying the price of. If Punjab is so smart, why don’t let the NAB and Rangers find out what’s been going on? Why Karachi has to teach you innovation & comonsense? All those Universities you rewarded yourself is because you don’t have anyone from other provinces in your HEC team. Now 70 years of neglect will also have its effect, why not? Neighbor hood bully’s rewarded their sons with trophies, lol!Recommend

  • Hamza Khalid
    Feb 23, 2016 - 9:44PM

    LUMS not in the business ranking… yeah I bet thats why Unilever, P&G, Telenore, McKinsey & Co. , Shell (and so many more) .. all top companies start their recruitment drives at LUMS.. what a joke HEC. the institution is a joke itselfRecommend

  • Imran Ali Shah
    Feb 23, 2016 - 10:08PM

    What about media science?Recommend

  • Feb 24, 2016 - 12:33AM

    Not LUMS, Not IBA…Its Iqra. The same university which gives you admission without HSE !! What a shame !Recommend

  • MS
    Feb 24, 2016 - 3:15AM

    Ask any serious engineering student where would they rather go to get a degree, Mehran or NED? This list is a joke.Recommend

  • Proud punjabi
    Feb 24, 2016 - 3:31AM

    @iBlind: u people from karachi will always complain and blame Punjab for ur own inadequacy. Ur PPP came many times what did it achieve? How many noble laureates have u produced? U created mqm that brought karachi to its present nightmare!! And when rangers and federal govt helped calm the situation u blame Punjab?!!! Such infiriority complex!!Recommend

  • SaneVoice
    Feb 24, 2016 - 3:44AM

    LOL at people snapping at HEC for putting where LUMS really belongs. Kids, hype doesn’t make a good university, quality of education does. Recommend

  • hamza
    Feb 24, 2016 - 3:54AM

    Lums not in the list….GIK at 3 below PIEAS…Hec trolling as usual.Recommend

  • Bitter truth
    Feb 24, 2016 - 4:56AM

    After reading comments I’m really amazed people are judging the rankings without reading how rankings are made, first read it properly how rankings points are done,since Lums started many programs apart from business curriculum that’s why Lums not in business category Lums been shifted in general university category and it lags behind other general universities for sure.There is no doubt in Iqra university’s progress their PhD scholars must have came back in ranking period thus it gave the university more points then IBA and others,so don’t be hasty and please look at rankings by setting aside your personal bias,market value and own perception.Recommend

  • Iqra wala
    Feb 24, 2016 - 7:48AM

    Actually it seems surprisingly weird that IBA and LUMS are not on top of the list but the comments also shows the mentality of us that we are in no condition to let any other university beat them…..fake standards.
    It also reminds me about the story of turtle and rabbit, where Iqra is a turtle and rabbits were IBA and LUMS….!Recommend

  • Feb 24, 2016 - 9:02AM

    @Thora Bora: IU Peshawar got an independent charter is now Iqra National University.Recommend

  • Madiha
    Feb 24, 2016 - 9:31AM

    Iqra University No 1 !!!! seriously ?Recommend

  • Javeed
    Feb 24, 2016 - 10:10AM

    Where is list of information technology uh universities?

    HEC needs to understand that IT is well paced one of fastest growing industry around the world. Recommend

  • Tanoli
    Feb 24, 2016 - 10:12AM

    According to HEC Chairman, Iqra “university is producing some good number of PhDs and that is why it has been ranked the highest.” What about quality? How many quality research papers university has produced? HEC’s criteria is full of flaws. It only talks about numbers. If one looks at HEC recognized journals, their quality standard becomes very clear. LUMS and IBA do not care about numbers, their focus is on quality and that is why they did not perform well on ranking.Recommend

  • Rashid
    Feb 24, 2016 - 10:25AM

    One phrase comes to mind “you get what you pay for ” lol….Recommend

  • Certitude
    Feb 24, 2016 - 10:29AM

    @ Hamza Khalid:

    Very Well said, could not have been expressed better.Recommend

  • Certitude
    Feb 24, 2016 - 10:31AM

    LUMS is clearly the undisputed champion of business – inter alia – education in Pakistan. HEC, by issuing these rankings, has just published the joke of the day. This clearly made my day.Recommend

  • Asad Shairani
    Feb 24, 2016 - 10:34AM

    The people at HEC have their own little bubble. No wonder the state of our higher education is so messy. Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Feb 24, 2016 - 11:24AM

    @Certitude: It was at one time but now merely a has been. But where is that all time center of scholarship and scintillating brilliance: Preston University ??Recommend

  • Fuzail
    Feb 24, 2016 - 12:21PM

    HEC Rankings Criteria perhaps only partially can be blamed for foolish rankings, and top universities like LUMS must also share the blame for not measuring up to the criteria adopted by HEC. If social integration was a HEC’s strong criterion, or number of PhDs produced, or whatever; LUMS must pay attention. Standing tall in HEC and Asian and global rankings is an honor to be targeted, for the sake of students. LUMS has embarrassed itself, and its admirers, unless there was something seriously wrong with HEC criterion and LUMS tried hard, but in vain, to convince HEC about it.Recommend

  • Syed & Syed
    Feb 24, 2016 - 1:24PM

    That Aga Khan University is 5th among the Medical Universities and IBA Karachi is after Iqra Univ,smacks of how things are ongoing at HEC,specially ranking of the educational institutions.Do they know Aga Khan Univ produced a PhD in Nursing a few years ago,which was a matter of pride for Pakistan internationally?Similarly,IBA is a very prestigious institute established by the Americans in the early 60s on the pattern of Wharton Business School(University),as a part of their efforts to impart high class education in Asia,the same period when they established many other similarly prestigious institutions,e.g.,METU in Turkey,American Univ in Bierut and Cairo,etc. So HEC Pls check your rating system again and do justice with these institutions of higher learning.Recommend

  • fact is fact
    Feb 24, 2016 - 1:44PM

    useless and senselessRecommend

  • fact is fact
    Feb 24, 2016 - 1:47PM

    @Fuzail:
    It would be foolish not to note that Aga Khan Uni is just for medicine and hence cannot be included in General Ranking where UoK etc universities can feature and can be ranked based on overall performance, paper publication, international admissions and many other criterion which uni of the world are ranked. The first thing is flawed by including AKU un general category and you think LUMS has not paid attention ? Nice save HEC admirerRecommend

  • Leo
    Feb 24, 2016 - 2:15PM

    Reading this article, wonder what is the ranking of HEC itself among similar bodies internationally? HEC should have some vision to do such ranking or like this time leaving it to some lowly bereaucrat or baboo to undertake such an important exercise.IBA,Aga Khan,LUMS cannot be second to none in this country.Recommend

  • Fuzail
    Feb 24, 2016 - 2:29PM

    @fact is fact: My mistake as I was only commenting on absence of LUMS in the business schools ranking. AKU’s mention or lack of it in another list is surely an error, but based on my experience of working with these things, Universities do not give any importance to the ranking criteria of HEC, whereas they should. Maybe, just maybe, AKU did the same mistake too. Who knows? Recommend

  • Saqib Ali
    Feb 24, 2016 - 2:35PM

    Lums not making it in business category and FAST not in Engineering, what was HEC smoking?Recommend

  • Wajeeh
    Feb 24, 2016 - 3:49PM

    Who cares about the ranking when you know you’re getting quality education at your institutions. By the way, HEC should review itself first before reviewing universities!Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed Khan
    Feb 24, 2016 - 3:56PM

    Look like highly skewed rankings or its based on the land area of the university campus? then Punjab and QAU certainly ranks higher, other than that it looks a joke when FAST and LUMS is not included may be they have not allowed HEC to inspect.Recommend

  • Mr. Honest
    Feb 24, 2016 - 4:12PM

    Just like everything else associated with the government, these rankings by HEC are also FLAWED.Recommend

  • Feb 24, 2016 - 4:44PM

    That Aga Khan University is 5th among the Medical Universities and IBA Karachi is after Iqra Univ,smacks of how things are ongoing at HEC,specially ranking of the educational institutions.Do they know Aga Khan Univ produced a PhD in Nursing a few years ago,which was a matter of pride for Pakistan internationally?Similarly,IBA is a very prestigious institute established by the Americans in the early 60s on the pattern of Wharton Business School(University),as a part of their efforts to impart high class education in Asia…………..Recommend

  • Feb 24, 2016 - 4:45PM

    HEC Rankings Criteria perhaps only partially can be blamed for foolish rankings, and top universities like LUMS must also share the blame for not measuring up to the criteria adopted by HEC. If social integration was a HEC’s strong criterion, or number of PhDs produced, or whatever; LUMS must pay attention. Standing tall in HEC and Asian and global rankings is an honor to be targeted, for the sake of students. LUMS has embarrassed itself, and its admirers, unless there was something seriously wrong with HEC criterion and LUMS tried hard………Recommend

  • Feb 24, 2016 - 4:46PM

    After reading comments I’m really amazed people are judging the rankings without reading how rankings are made, first read it properly how rankings points are done,since Lums started many programs apart from business curriculum that’s why Lums not in business category Lums been shifted in general university category and it lags behind other general universities for sure.There is no doubt in Iqra university’s progress their PhD scholars must have came back in ranking period thus it gave the university more points then IBA and others,so don’t be hasty and please look at rankings by setting aside your personal bias,market value and own perception.Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Feb 24, 2016 - 5:22PM

    Meaningless and waste of time and effort. HEC should follow world rankings of Universities and should try to improve them instead of putting IQRA University in the business category in a higher ranking then IBA and LUMS……This is bureaucracy gone berserk…….May Allah guide us all…..Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Feb 24, 2016 - 5:25PM

    @Proud punjabi: MQM was created by General Zia-ul-Haq.Recommend

  • shaheer
    Feb 25, 2016 - 4:54AM

    its should have been
    Business
    Lums
    Lse

    Eng
    GIK
    Nust

    Medicine
    AKU
    KERecommend

  • Muhammad Furqan
    Feb 25, 2016 - 10:18AM

    This means ….young student of intermediate will now put IQRA on their priority list instead of IBA ????Recommend

  • Aqeel
    Feb 25, 2016 - 10:47AM

    Meanwhile i real word, LUMS people are still commanding highest salaries and are on fast track to leadership roles in different walks of life. I dont think anybody from LUMS is worried about not being in ranking. LUMS doesn’t need validation from HEC to know they are the best business school.Recommend

  • Feb 25, 2016 - 4:04PM

    I guess list is full of flaws also biased.

    Lets see how it matures in future.

    -SanaRecommend

  • Asmat
    Feb 25, 2016 - 4:49PM

    Wasn`t Government College University Lahore considered as MUCH superior institution than Punjab University?Recommend

  • Feb 25, 2016 - 8:09PM

    Look like highly skewed rankings or its based on the land area of the university campus? then Punjab and QAU certainly ranks higher, other than that it looks a joke when FAST and LUMS is not included may be they have not allowed HEC to inspect.Recommend

  • sara
    Feb 26, 2016 - 1:01AM

    for greenwich university it must be an achievement to make it to the list considering the scandal that almost killed and pushed the university to oblivion plus the problem of the lack of variety of people making the atmosphere so elitist its suffocating for students of humble background and non branded lifestyle to fit in…. its a really burger place for spoilt rich kids who only come with mindset to continue the family business or take foreign trips.

    Technically these rankings are pointless as according to trends of recruiters top 3 universities are LUMS IBA and IOBM .Recommend

  • Truth
    Feb 26, 2016 - 3:33AM

    Meanwhile IQRA students are celebrating over this flawed ranking, IBA and LUMS students are participating and winning in world renowned competitions (IBA in Global CFA Challenge, LUMS at UN and many more).

    The fact is that these institutes don’t care about HEC ranking and are more focused on providing globally acclaimed setting of learning and students development. I have interacted with hundreds of students from different B-schools and found that IBA/LUMS students are not sharp only in their professional life but have better understanding of society in general.

    All world renowned MNCs, Banks and other corporations come to these institutes for hiring not because they are IBA / LUMS but because of students who make them what they are known for.

    R.I.P HECRecommend

  • waqas
    Feb 26, 2016 - 3:01PM

    Assalamoalikum:
    what is the category of BUKC? which rank carried on? Recommend

  • Luminite
    Feb 26, 2016 - 5:21PM

    Top ten universities of Pakistan (in reality):-
    1.Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
    2.National University of Science and Technology (NUST),Islamabad
    3.Institute of Business Administration (IBA),Karachi
    4.Aga Khan University,Karachi
    5.Quaid-e-Azam University,Islamabad
    6.Government College University,Lahore
    7.COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
    8.Forman Christian College University,Lahore
    9.University of Karachi
    10.University of the Punjab,LahoreRecommend

  • Saqib
    Feb 26, 2016 - 8:42PM

    I think that these university rankings creates inferiority complex among the students of different universities.Obviously,every student can`t make into LUMS or NUST,but his efforts should be appreciated.What really matters is the grooming of the students,not to develop a sense of inferiority complex among them.For instance,when I was doing my intermediate from FC College Lahore,Formanites used to say that they are studying here because they can`t make into Government College University Lahore.So,after my intermediate I chose GC University for my graduation,and here Ravians used to say that they are studying here because they can`t make into LUMS! I`m sure that Luminites are studying in LUMS because they can`t make into Harvard!
    So,these type of university rankings doesn`t makes any sense at all,but it only creates a sense of inferiority complex and boredom among the students which is very harmful.Recommend

  • M. Asghar
    Mar 3, 2016 - 11:17PM

    I was about to get admission in IQRA for MBA. But I did little research and found out the real ranking which is industry standard and purely based on QUALITY NOT QUANTITY.
    If someone is getting admission in MBA, please don’t follow HEC ranking it’s totally absurd. Correct ranking for business studies is,
    1. LUMS
    2. KSBL
    3. IBA
    4. LSE
    5. IoBMRecommend

  • Ayub
    Apr 16, 2016 - 12:55PM

    Is there any category related to Islamic knowledge in HEC university ranking categories? I would like to check the top university in Islamic education/studies. Recommend

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