HEC releases Pakistan's top universities lists

Published: February 23, 2012

HEC releases its first ever ranking of all the 136 public and private universities in Pakistan.

LAHORE: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Thursday revealed the first-ever national academic ranking of universities, with Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad leading and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) landing at the 10th position in the overall list.

The ranking model has been developed by HEC’s Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) through stakeholder participation.

The ranking is based on the number of students, research productivity and quality, innovation and knowledge transfer, infrastructure, annual graduate output, international collaborations, student satisfaction and financial health of the institution.


The overall ranking is as follows:


  1. Quaid-e-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

The ranking are also based on categories including Agriculture/Veterinary, Art & Design, Computer Sciences & IT, Engineering & Technology, Business Education and Medical.




  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 Sciences, Islamabad
  2. National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
  3. Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences & Technology, Topi
  4. University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore
  5. University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila

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



  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


Quality Assurance and Enhancement =60

Implementation status of QA criteria =18

Teaching Quality  =42

Research  =40

Total  = 100

Correction: The Engineering & Technology category order was incorrect in an earlier version of this article. The correction has been made.

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Reader Comments (343)

  • Pakistani Agnostic
    Feb 24, 2012 - 1:46AM

    The rankings of IT-related Universities seem very flawed. Ranking of Engineering Universities seem okay.


  • Cyncial
    Feb 24, 2012 - 1:52AM

    @Mohammad: Indeed….Funny, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (no offense to Faisalabadis as i am from there as well) ranks higher then NUST and LUMS. HEC’s weighting mechanism seems to have over rating to the factors like number of course taught, faculties (horizontal scale) rather then rating universities in core competency and specialist area (vertical quality metric).


  • omer
    Feb 24, 2012 - 2:12AM

    Rote learning of Punjab university ahead of lums? Either there is some thing wrong with the methodology or it has been tempered with.


  • ishtiaq khattak
    Feb 24, 2012 - 2:16AM

    Hi every one i have nt seen the list of the universities ranking in Pakistan and either i do not know about the ranking of university of Peshawar, but as i have i studied in Coventry UK I personaly realised that in our universities education system there is no criticle evaluation, and with out this there is no reseach at all.so i believe that the respective govt and the concern authorites will give full attention to this side of education in our country.


  • hassan
    Feb 24, 2012 - 2:22AM
  • A.S.Rahu
    Feb 24, 2012 - 2:40AM

    Something goes wrong with HEC……..


  • Zohaib
    Feb 24, 2012 - 2:46AM

    So, there is no Lahore School of Economics? Which is by far one of the BEST universities in the field of business, economics and finance? This is ridiculous!


  • XXL
    Feb 24, 2012 - 3:09AM

    Where is University of Sindh Jamshoro?


  • Balma
    Feb 24, 2012 - 3:34AM

    And what happened to good ole NED and University of Karachi?
    too much ghundagardi on campus?


  • Balma
    Feb 24, 2012 - 3:36AM

    But, it is great to see so many universities in Pakistan. We need a couple of hundred more!


  • Lahori_Guy
    Feb 24, 2012 - 4:19AM

    Looks like it was an act to divert students from overly populated universities to less populated universities.

    And BTW Agricultural universities are on boom…


  • M. B. F.
    Feb 24, 2012 - 4:23AM

    So it’s more like Oscar Awards that are given for movies that very few watched or liked. The one that did sell much and not even stayed on-screen for more than few weeks. WE need an international or atleast combined national institute to grade all national schools/universities.


  • Dr. Saboor
    Feb 24, 2012 - 4:24AM

    Where is king edward medical university?Recommend

  • Sarfraz
    Feb 24, 2012 - 5:20AM

    Only two universities from Pakistan are included in QS World Ranking List, and they are NUST and UET Lahore, so apparently, this ranking is a joke


    Feb 24, 2012 - 5:25AM

    wow , surprise like govt polices. wat they want to show.why they are plying with our future.
    HEC all students were proud on you
    but now we must say shame on you HEC.


  • Pakistan
    Feb 24, 2012 - 5:51AM

    I think in Engineering, NED and UET, Lahore are not being considered, mistakenly.


  • Khurram Ali
    Feb 24, 2012 - 5:51AM

    I am surprised to see that earning potentital is not used as one of the ranking criteria.


  • Sulaiman
    Feb 24, 2012 - 7:02AM

    @Icydevil: because they are not worth it


  • Bilal
    Feb 24, 2012 - 7:39AM

    where is NED?


  • Rohail
    Feb 24, 2012 - 7:56AM

    I am a proud graduate of both NCBAE and LUMS as i did my bachelors and masters from both institutions respectively and both of these places are fascinating. Those who are whining about LSE not being in the list should know that NCBAE is older than LSE and does more research than LSE. Only LUMS in Lahore conducts more research than NCBAE whereas LSE for all i know have not even come up with any PhD so far so why should HEC rank it higher ? Also check LSE of today and you will notice that most of the students who are in their bachelors degree are from elite class who in my opinion are not even productive, let alone conducting research which by the way is more of a perquisite for a PhD so LSE’ites should not whine like kids and accept that NCBAE is better. The only way LSE is considered ‘good’ is because they take a lot of money from these elitists who pay to study there but also because of campus. Even NCBAE will have a big campus in future, in a year or two.


  • Asim
    Feb 24, 2012 - 8:32AM

    I knew Institute of Space technology will rise to this occasion…wow! beating UET lahore ….Ranked 5th in engineering…..IT will attain the best position one day!


  • Kamran shigri
    Feb 24, 2012 - 8:36AM

    The rankings might be based on quantitative or qualititave analysis, or may be it is just another joke by the govt…. I don’t know… But one thing to mention.. The ranking did not satisfy the masses at all…Recommend

  • Umair Khawaja
    Feb 24, 2012 - 8:48AM

    now where is LSE??????? what the heck????


  • Emran
    Feb 24, 2012 - 8:53AM

    QAU on top! there should be no doubts about! Most of the LUMS faculty are either QAU graduates or QAU faculty (on-leave). I am a graduate of QAU and went to highest ranking schools in UK and US. I must admit QAU faculty is equally good.


  • Baqar
    Feb 24, 2012 - 8:59AM

    I am happy to find a very good job in auto sector purely on merit just because I am from IoBM…I really dont care whether it is ranked or not…point to think is whether the employers thinks a university is good or not. If they do, well this is wat really matters….and thats pretty much the whole idea of getting university education (in Pakistan atleast)…


  • Sheikh Alu Bukhara
    Feb 24, 2012 - 9:05AM

    And now you will see all the aspiring LUMS applicants flock to QAU. LOL. I would like to know what the geniuses who did this ranking are smoking? Have you seen LUMS graduate placements in foreign universities? And that too in the top schools oversees. Have you seen the admission acceptance rate at LUMS. The quality of students is miles ahead of the rest.There is no comparison. Let’s get serious and give credit where it is due. LUMS is by far the premier university in the country..


  • sohail khan
    Feb 24, 2012 - 9:26AM

    imsciences peshawar


  • Arslan Khan
    Feb 24, 2012 - 9:40AM

    hey guys.. National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences is FAST. How is comsat better than FAST :S ?


  • Rehan
    Feb 24, 2012 - 9:50AM

    It is unfortunate that HEC by making such ranking is losing its credibility and dignity. That’s dangerous as they are there to judge educational system’s functionality and provide feedback along with instructions to improve an institution. Educational institutes put their best effort to get recognition by HEC and use it as a tool to attract more students that according to definition of governing body is wrong practice as an institute should only be able to establish if it comes under governing body’s legislation.

    It’s sad seeing not even a single component of the system is functioning in right order in Pakistan and I started losing hope entirely for even a little improvement.


  • Asif
    Feb 24, 2012 - 9:55AM


    I don’t think institutions like Lahore School of Economics has any ranking. These institutions do not encourge students to research & grow


  • Faheem Baig
    Feb 24, 2012 - 10:12AM

    HEC should have also mentioned the criteria as well


  • Reema
    Feb 24, 2012 - 10:18AM

    Because I am an ACCA, I never had a chance to go to any university and my view points are very neutral. NCBAE, seriously? The faculty of NCBAE agrees to the fact that they have the lowest standard when it comes to the curriculum. No UET, Lahore and NED, Karachi in the engineering universities: one word; LOL. Lastly, no King Edward Medical College, Lahore and Government University College, Lahore: Either this is a lame joke played by HEC by taking the sample of most stupid and lame universities, except a few and ranking them accordingly; the least stupid and lame on top, or this is another cheap piece from ET, keeping in view the low quality, they have been depicting in their stories, lately.


  • Thelibraz
    Feb 24, 2012 - 10:32AM

    HEC must be joking!!!!


  • Democrat
    Feb 24, 2012 - 10:32AM


    well i wonder at your reading comprehension and calculation skills how LUMS is even at No.10? If this is the quality then sorry guys…

    Its very simple if you read the text carefully

    In bold is QAE having total of 60 marks which are further subdivided into 18 marks for ISQA and 42 marks for TQ while the remaining 40 are for Research. So it adds up to 100 not 160…

    people crying here because LUMS charged them hefty amounts in the name of this fraud that they are the best univ in pakistan…now everything is in the open..instead of whining to HEC, go to LUMS and ask for refunds before it is too late….


  • Corrupt HEC
    Feb 24, 2012 - 10:37AM

    Never need to believe it, they are ‘CORRUPT’


  • Cheddar Man
    Feb 24, 2012 - 11:02AM

    You know it’s a joke when universities you never heard of are ranked above lums.


  • Zeeshan Asim
    Feb 24, 2012 - 11:24AM

    Actually the people giving comments here did not understand the critaria for ranking. If you look Teaching Quality has total of 42 points and Research has 40 points. Now most of the universities in Pakistan have now good faculties but they are not paying attention on Research work. Qauid-e-Azam univ is # because last year this university has more than 200 publication in good international standards Journels. Same is true with Agriculture Univ Faisalabad and Arid Univ Rawalpinid because these institutes are focusing on Research Work that’s why they are at the top….


  • Bilal Afzal
    Feb 24, 2012 - 11:27AM

    Yessssss, my University is among the top 10 of Pakistan. CIIT


  • KHAN
    Feb 24, 2012 - 11:29AM

    WoW… astonishing !!! COMSATS is going from up to down ie from 6th to 9th in overall ranking this is fake but i am still happy bcz PIEAS is on 2nd and i think COMSATS is best from PIEAS bcz in my Ms Nuclear power engineering,i learned nothing there all I learned is from COMSATS in my bachelor…


  • Isbah
    Feb 24, 2012 - 11:38AM

    It would be a good thing to know the basis of this list because it doesn’t add up. Why are all the government universities at the top and well reputed ones suddenly at the bottom? I think that these lists are important for people to make important decisions in their life and they should represent real rating. Lists like these is what happens when you have uneducated duds running the government and placing their pets all over the ministries.


    Feb 24, 2012 - 12:09PM

    this is dummmmbbbb……….where is KING EDWARD MEDICAL UNIVERSITY,LHR?????
    itz the best medical uni in punjab<3


  • IBA Alumni
    Feb 24, 2012 - 12:17PM

    IBA not even in top 10.. HEC plz die


  • Ali
    Feb 24, 2012 - 12:18PM

    A big LOL to Arid Agriculture.. :D


  • nazish
    Feb 24, 2012 - 12:27PM

    oh city university …….. i wasent expected this from city university


  • AWKU
    Feb 24, 2012 - 12:35PM

    Where is Wali khan University …… : )


  • Rehmat Ullah Kundi
    Feb 24, 2012 - 12:38PM

    This is a hoax. HEC compiles these lists on QEC reports which have no basis. As a matter of fact, HEC has a lot of redundant staff and it is creating some kind of justification for their retention. HEC has no way to check the actual standing of any university. At the end it will be the quality of students these universities produce.


  • Sabeen Jaffer
    Feb 24, 2012 - 12:50PM

    No one asks about Iqra,MAJU Bla Bla, i didn’t even know there was a university named MAJU lol… these rating are BOGUS..!!!


  • Feb 24, 2012 - 1:01PM

    Does HEC criteria truly represent the outcome of Pakistani Universities ? Read my analysis on my blog


  • Yaser
    Feb 24, 2012 - 1:20PM

    waaaoooooooooooooooooooo comsats is there higher than lums……Thats got to be breaking news of BBC


  • atia
    Feb 24, 2012 - 1:24PM

    well done QAU


  • Anees Hussain
    Feb 24, 2012 - 1:42PM

    Besides looking at the list of HEC ranking, here in Karachi still people prefer IBA first, SZABIST second and CBM third in their business professional studies. It shows clear biasness of HEC to de-list SZABIST first and to second it, then came CBM. It is a good sign for lagging universities like Iqra and IBA Sukkur pursuing towards the toppers but on the same page HEC did a very big mistake of derailing the established universities as mentioned above, it will definitely effect the lives of the innocent students who seek jobs. In my opinion truth is harder then fiction and HEC should revise the ranking procedure once again.


  • Muhammad Jahanzaib
    Feb 24, 2012 - 2:05PM

    Biggest joke of the year that UET Lahore is excluded from top 10.World ranking of UET Lahore is 281.No need to see HEC ranking.


  • Feb 24, 2012 - 2:07PM

    Punjab university is at number 5 and LUMS at number 10. Seriously? while everyone knows that PU is a joke. The teaching methodology and syllabus everything is outdated and pathetic. c


  • Lums guy
    Feb 24, 2012 - 2:32PM

    DO NOT compare FAST with LUMS, As a lumsian I know how sick FAST really is and you should also know that. YES COMSATS deserve this and we compare COMSATS with LUMS.


    Feb 24, 2012 - 2:38PM

    If Government provide equal financial support to all universities in Pakistan than there will be no difference in their catogaries. How ? it is responsiblity of Govt. to provide equal attension. All Pakistan students are telented.


  • Anum Naz
    Feb 24, 2012 - 2:43PM

    Where is Muhammad Ali Jinnah University?


  • Atheist
    Feb 24, 2012 - 2:57PM

    It is surprising to see PIDE (Pakistan Institute of Development Economics), missing in the list!! The institute which has produced some of the world class economists.


  • asim farooq
    Feb 24, 2012 - 3:04PM

    Uet lahore not in the list? Cmon seriously ?


  • Ali Nasir
    Feb 24, 2012 - 3:21PM

    Grow up guys :) Where is blah blah and blah, you guys are living in the old age right now, try to be update now the new list has been released by HEC and the new Universities prove their educational expertise so accept it.


  • xyz
    Feb 24, 2012 - 3:25PM

    the list wd make more sense if we read it from bottom to top


  • itp
    Feb 24, 2012 - 4:28PM

    Knew it all along that going to IBA was a mistake…. should have applied to Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University instead!


  • tariq
    Feb 24, 2012 - 4:30PM

    hahahahahahaha…… nice joke


  • Abid Suri
    Feb 24, 2012 - 4:32PM

    Proud to be a COMSATIAN, its r0cking.


  • rafe
    Feb 24, 2012 - 4:34PM

    Hahaha … this is a joke !! iqra at no 3 in business school list …. and CBM is not even in top 5 !! and where is GIKI !! wastage of time nothing else !! no NED !! nO UET !! amazing !!


  • maria
    Feb 24, 2012 - 4:38PM

    UEt taxila moves from 6 to 4….wow…what happened to LUMS..??…guys please accept the fact that LUMS is only best in Bussiness ..and comsats (islamabad) in I.T


  • Lord
    Feb 24, 2012 - 4:56PM

    where is my university.It has to be there :(:(:(


  • Feb 24, 2012 - 5:24PM

    The criteria of selection is not actually based on quality only, the more rich administration of any university means the better ranking in the eyes of HEC.

    This is strange most of business and technology universities got the same faculty for al most all of the university but the ranks upon the size and goodwell of universities.


  • Feb 24, 2012 - 5:44PM

    good to see comsats above lums….


  • Ali Nasir
    Feb 24, 2012 - 5:53PM

    Iqra is in top 3 because of research work and PHD faculty, Iqra did many International publications :)


  • Ahmed Khan
    Feb 24, 2012 - 6:24PM

    So, H.E.C, where the Hell is the Allama Iqbal Open University(Largest Network in Asia)(A.I.O.U.),University Of Engineering and Technology(U.E.T.), Ghulam Ishaaq Khan University(G.I.K.), National College Of Arts (N.C.A.)and Lahore School Of Economics (L.S.E.) etc. are. The rankings were upside down, Poor Results from H.E.C.


  • Insider
    Feb 24, 2012 - 6:37PM

    Please hear the ranking methodology from Dr. Sohail Naqvi from HEC in a press conference at the following link:
    link text


  • Muhammad Zain Anwar
    Feb 24, 2012 - 6:46PM

    According to the Ranking released on the HEC website UET Lahore retains the 4th spot:



  • Atta Ur Rehman Shah
    Feb 24, 2012 - 7:00PM

    @Aftab Ahmad: COMSATS is for better than LUMS in Computer Science !!! Love this :)


  • sarmad
    Feb 24, 2012 - 7:00PM

    Oh, what am i doing here at LUMS, I should have gone to PIR Mehr Ali Shah ARID Agriculture University OR National College of Business Administration & Economics, Lahore. Does these two later universities have the policy of tranferring credit hours that i have done in my current university else I would loose my two years that i have studied here at LUMS.


  • Hasan Manj
    Feb 24, 2012 - 7:06PM

    COMSATS is at No 4th, this ranking is fake…..Recommend

  • Nidx
    Feb 24, 2012 - 7:28PM

    UET Taxila all da way! =))
    bt no UET Lhr =/ n Isra Uni Hyd on No.4..? helo? dont tel me dat LUMHS is lagging behind Isra in medicine..i mean seriouxly! ix dis supposed 2 b a joke? :o


  • Adnan Ahmad
    Feb 24, 2012 - 7:43PM

    Where is the G.C University Faisalabad,………?
    It should be mentioned in Computer Science & Technology at least.


  • Haseeb Zahid
    Feb 24, 2012 - 7:44PM

    Face Political Palm nothing seems accurate here according to educational standards this should have been done by companies who here students from all universities they know what they actually teach in universities.


  • Babar
    Feb 24, 2012 - 7:45PM

    Anything under this government is usually crap. How in the world can Sukkur IBA be 4th best in Business Education


  • harris
    Feb 24, 2012 - 7:52PM

    come on where is International Islamic university Islamabad


  • Tazeen Jaffer
    Feb 24, 2012 - 8:01PM

    This listing is not a true representation of the actual ranking of the universities in Pakistan. I won’t name my university or brag about how good it is. But one thing, I’m forced to say, HEC needs to make this ranking based purely on merit and the variables involved should be published/shared with public for better understanding of its ranking methodology.


  • ali
    Feb 24, 2012 - 8:04PM

    acording to international business ranking LUMS is on 43 no in the world even its good then all indian business institute and what HEC done with it


  • positive pakistani
    Feb 24, 2012 - 8:13PM

    Correction ET :

    Engineering & Technology Category:
    1. Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Islamabad.
    2. National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST).
    3. Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences & Technology, Topi
    4. University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.
    5. University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila.



  • Satan
    Feb 24, 2012 - 8:47PM

    I am a GIKIan and the reason why universities like COMSATS and NUST are ranked higher than LUMS and GIKI is pretty justified. The more campuses you have across the country, the more professors you have and hence more variety and diversity of research being conducted which counts in these generalized rankings for all the departments.
    I am sure that if we get down to the department rankings, GIKI can be at the top of the list for Electronic Engineering and Mechnical, and if not for Computer Sciences.


  • PakArmySoldier
    Feb 24, 2012 - 9:04PM

    Folks who’re criticizing the rankings (mostly LUMS, IBA alumni) should ask for a refund from their respective schools if they can’t understand the basic methodology behind these rankings. LUMS, IBA, NED, etc. are schools who specialize in a certain field, hence, they’re appropriately at a comparative disadvantage in these rankings. Instead of criticizing the rankings, understand and make yourself privy to the rankings. The methodology is similar to what is used in QS World Rankings.


  • Ehsan
    Feb 24, 2012 - 9:16PM

    Where is UET Lahore and how LUMS at #10?

    QAU is producing most of research graduates in social science like Pakistan studies, psychology, etc. Surprisingly, QAU name is not exist in HES own categories including Agriculture/Veterinary, Art & Design, Computer Sciences & IT, Engineering & Technology, Business Education and Medical. THEN HOW QAU is on top overall.


  • Saadia Mahwash
    Feb 24, 2012 - 9:23PM

    Proud to be QUAIDIAN…:)


  • Saadia Mahwash
    Feb 24, 2012 - 9:25PM

    Proud to be QUAIDIAN….:)


  • hamza
    Feb 24, 2012 - 9:26PM

    oooooooo……ko0-lll….yar comsats…. is at nmbr 9 awesum…. <3


  • Abu Bakar
    Feb 24, 2012 - 9:27PM

    Proud to B Quaidian :D


  • aaa
    Feb 24, 2012 - 9:37PM

    Bakwas Ranking.


  • Rashid Zaman
    Feb 24, 2012 - 10:09PM

    Where is Allama Iqbal Open University ……2nd largest and in top 10 largest open universities of the world …this is clear Discrimination


  • Engineer
    Feb 24, 2012 - 10:20PM


    These are the good Engineering Universities but i dont know how to rank them


  • Danish Ali
    Feb 24, 2012 - 10:23PM

    yahoo COMSATS outranked FAST.
    proud to be Comsian.Recommend

  • M. Khan
    Feb 24, 2012 - 10:46PM

    What about Riphah International University Rawalpindi/Islamabad????


  • umar
    Feb 24, 2012 - 10:56PM

    Peshawer University I Think should be there in top 10.


  • DaNi KhAn
    Feb 24, 2012 - 10:59PM

    LOLx …:D HeC RaNkInG MaY B MaDe By A BLInD …. Or A PeRsOn WhO HaD NeVa SeEn KArAcHi’s InSTITUTeS …
    WhErE d HeLL Ix d ToP MoST UnI Of EnGiNeErInG …? NED …?


  • lilani
    Feb 25, 2012 - 1:31AM

    Shame to sindh university and mehran university jamshoro !!


  • Uzair
    Feb 25, 2012 - 2:12AM

    Top Universities should be
    1 LUMS
    6 NED
    7 DOW

    all others have equal value. Recommend

  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz
    Feb 25, 2012 - 2:34AM

    Arid agriculture university ranked 7th. Were the HEC guys tun or what? No IBA in top 10? This is surely no ranking. IBA Forevever!


  • Saqib
    Feb 25, 2012 - 2:55AM

    The worst thing about this ranking is that I know some university admission departments in Europe also look towards HEC for providing guidance in accepting students to their programs (after HEC’s foreign scholarship schemes…HEC has become quite well known over here). I have nothing against Qurtaba or Baluchistan but one can only imagine what will happen when they prefer a student of Qurtaba over LUMS for their CS programs. unfortunately this step will in the long run only favour more applications from Pakistan being rejected in favour of INDIA and CHINA. Although HEC is one of the more (semi)productive organizations in our country, but I have to say that they havent thought about the impact this ranking will have on our upcoming crop of graduates trying to get into the top tier uni’s in Europe.


  • MaDiha Raja
    Feb 25, 2012 - 3:27AM

    My Sargodha university…. Kahen b nh:-(


  • Democrat
    Feb 25, 2012 - 8:58AM

    most of the comments here reflect the elitist attitude of Pakistan… people from LUMS and IBA are whining endlessly but they don’t know how to accept the supremacy of others who have done far better in the previous year… the university rankings does not take into consideration your pocket money or sleek mobile or new car or how rich you are or what you do on campus or how “enlightened moderate” you are… read the ranking criteria carefully and then ask someone outside LUMS/IBA to explain it to you as you people are not able to understand anything other than “LUMS/IBA is the best”.. stop whining… work hard and hopefully you will rank higher in the next ranking…with this attitude i am afraid next year you will be outside the top10…
    somone is saying that he will employ anybody from LUMS anyday… please go ahead.. innovative ability is not related to rankings..some of the finest inventors and enterpreneaurs were drop-outs and not graduates so…
    claim your refunds from LUMS/IBA and prepare for the test to get admission into some quality university …best of luck…


  • FAZ
    Feb 25, 2012 - 9:42AM

    I think the universities that resist political admissions, are down the list! Simple criteria of the PPP gov!!


  • awais
    Feb 25, 2012 - 10:44AM

    Its is easy to understand that govt subsidised universities are far ahead of universities like LUMS. With the exception of Agha Khan university of course. The subsidised educational programs attract more talent from all around the country compared to universities like LUMS which charge in millions as fees


  • Ali
    Feb 25, 2012 - 12:25PM

    I think its fake where is Maju Cbm and szabist


  • Ali Hassan
    Feb 25, 2012 - 12:25PM

    Where is MAJU Karachi..??
    Iqra secured 3rd rank CENTURIES BEST JOKE….


  • Syed Arsalan
    Feb 25, 2012 - 2:02PM

    oho, what a joke.
    SZABIST no where
    and the unviersities you havent even heard about are topping. Thats funnyRecommend

  • Zain.Senpai
    Feb 25, 2012 - 2:28PM

    why nust is at number 6…..it should be at number 1……..:/


  • HEC
    Feb 25, 2012 - 4:00PM

    I myself belong to HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION. And as far I know, COMSATS Islamabad have really progressed a lot in the field of Computer Science. How many of you have ever been to COMSATS Islamabad?? Well students, for your kind information, COMSATS Islamabad have produced the most number of Research Papers in the year 2011. And you know what, from the batch that graduated in 2011, 80% got jobs in and out of Pakistan. From those 8 got jobs in GOOGLE and YOU TUBE. And the remaining 20% opted for further studies..
    So students, instead of being proud to be a LUMSIAN, FASTIAN, NUSTIAN, GIKIAN, or any other university, you should be a proud Pakistani.. As you’ve got somany good universities in you own country.


  • Engliish Boy
    Feb 25, 2012 - 4:15PM

    UET LAHORE is always on no.1 !!!
    No doubt….!
    And if ranking is done on the criteria ….`HIghest DUES…..
    Then UET LAHORE is the last!

    And only the deservers get admission in UET LAHORE…all the other brats have nowhere esle to go…..(sorry no offence brothers),,,,but its a fact….and HEC is itself corrupt in its roots….as we all know….so we UETIANS dont give a damn about it!!!!!



  • ali usman
    Feb 25, 2012 - 4:31PM

    Highly misleading rankings actually … UAF at no.4 in all fields??? u must be kidding me … LUMS at no.10 lol … no mention of UET Lahore in the list !!! PIEAS has i think 4-5 faculties and still she tops the list … King Edward Medical University again not even mentioned by HEC … gimme a break dear HEC … your rankings are highly biased … i totally disagree !!!


  • Khan
    Feb 25, 2012 - 5:36PM

    Comsats islamabad is rated X ( 2nd highest category) by NCEAC but number 1 on this list. That is really strange. Same for Qurtaba University who was rated Y by NCEAC.


  • King
    Feb 25, 2012 - 5:58PM

    HEC really Suxxxxxxxxxx
    ………..Whr is KEMU,UET,LSC,????????????


  • Xaibi
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:10PM

    You all of them which are criticizing the HEC first of all read the evaluation criteria… then may be u can under stand …most of the big Uni. are not producing any Phd or any new Research… That’s why they rank low… Don’t be jealous work hard…:D


  • ali
    Feb 25, 2012 - 9:18PM

    hec ranking revised again somebody tell to tribune to publish again business category has been removed…


  • Zubair Akhlaq
    Feb 25, 2012 - 9:33PM

    Where is king Edward medical university.


  • Dr Zimyad Mastoi
    Feb 25, 2012 - 10:47PM

    Isra Rox


  • me
    Feb 25, 2012 - 10:52PM

    yupeeeee…… QAU Quaid-e-azam university again on the top of the list……..
    Proud to be Quaidian….:-)


  • me
    Feb 25, 2012 - 10:58PM

    yuppeeeee….. we Quaidianz rock… QAU again on the top … none other than QAU…
    Quaidianz Once Quaidianz Forever…. No comparison of QAU with other universities of Pakistan…. Proud to be a Quaidian


  • mujahid
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:40PM

    goood. but where is bzu multan stand?????


  • IFJA
    Feb 26, 2012 - 1:34AM

    @IBA Alumni:


  • Yasir Ahmed
    Feb 26, 2012 - 3:34AM

    All Pakistani are looking for ranking of universities……………………..these ranking are made on the basis of personal contacts and money….sometimes students of top listed universities have no talent to put on professional life……………


  • Muhammad Yasir
    Feb 26, 2012 - 7:37AM

    I totally disagree with this ranking. It is quite wrong as many top universities like LUMS, NUST and FAST and some other universities are put very back in ranking. If they are not Government it doesn’t mean to put them back in ranking. They really have inspiring methodologies. HEC should ponder upon it again and give us a true ranking. Thank you


  • A
    Feb 26, 2012 - 9:47AM

    Are “Aga Khan University, Karachi”, “University of Agriculture, Faisalabad” not specialized universities? Now who go for refund?


  • Patriot
    Feb 26, 2012 - 11:02AM

    This is joke of the century. NED, KU, UET should have been included positively. Now people should realize why do Pakistan have a drain brain issue always. We dont respect our students and their hardwork. Everything in Pakistan is politically dominated. Well this is a shame for all of us. HEC its now your time to be rated.


  • Suhail
    Feb 26, 2012 - 11:20AM

    Watchout! HEC has planned to let few seats available,for their near and dear ones at the best Engg Institutions like UET Lhr, GIK, etc


  • rifka farid
    Feb 26, 2012 - 12:03PM

    Ranking also include no of publications..that’s y comsats is above…because its maths n physic dept produce a lot of research publications…


  • Feb 26, 2012 - 12:13PM

    I totally disagree with the list ranking top 10 universities of Pakistan issued by HEC.I would like to draw the attention deficit of concerned HEC team. As Pakistan’s some of the best universities are mising in the list, like the university of Karachi,GIK and NED. which are the prominent universities contributing tremendously in the educational sector of pakistan.
    the university of Karachi comprised of 58 departments provides thousands of leaders and professionals in the market every year. Although people think quality of education is not practiced in goveronment sector nevertheless University of Karachi is providing quality of education and research based studies for the students. Being a student of Karachi university I claim it’s significance, the faculty and admisnistration is sincere with their responsibilities. Next time if HEC quests for the high ranking universities of pakistan, it should be based on thorough consideration and indubious justifications.


  • rizwana
    Feb 26, 2012 - 12:24PM

    m i the only one who agrees with this list?:P


  • sandlieen feroz
    Feb 26, 2012 - 1:17PM

    biased ranking whatelse i say about it…….quaid e azan at no 1 n kmu no where.wat a joke


  • Tariq ali
    Feb 26, 2012 - 4:19PM

    Quaidian Rockzzzzzzzz
    Proud to be a Quaidian.


  • enlighten moderate
    Feb 26, 2012 - 5:04PM

    well HEC is not corrupt..It has done awesome job in the higher education field reason y our higher education is nt like our normal schools/colleges..its just its ranking system is flawed..But why HEC needs a ranking system at first place?


  • zeeshan ali
    Feb 26, 2012 - 6:40PM

    where is IM|Sciences..????
    u can ask anyone in KPK they will prefer IM|Sciences in Business education..
    but what the hell is this?
    here city is included but not ims..
    this is really a joke


  • sam
    Feb 26, 2012 - 6:53PM

    yaaaaaaay nust!


  • Atir
    Feb 26, 2012 - 7:05PM

    LUMZ is famous bcz of mangmnt NOT BCZ OF COMPUTER SCIENCE hope u will have undersd


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  • SZ
    Feb 26, 2012 - 7:18PM

    i believe FAST-NU (Lahore) should be in the list!!


  • Noreen
    Feb 26, 2012 - 7:52PM



  • Erum Khan
    Feb 26, 2012 - 8:07PM

    If HEC gives only this universities list to give the criteria then what will be happens with other
    universities which are in working in The Beautiful Islamabad.

    Why they are giving the Education to the Thousands of Students?
    What will be their future?
    Pakistan give a quality and equal Eduction to all Students of Pakistan we have a equal rights.


  • Fawad Ali
    Feb 26, 2012 - 8:12PM

    Where is Mehran UET Jamshoro in the list, is it beyond the list???????/
    It is a top Engineering University in Sindh, it was also in the top 400 universities of the world!!!!!!!!!!!1


  • maria
    Feb 26, 2012 - 8:58PM

    Where are King Edward, Shifa and rawalpindi medical college in medicine?

    Where is Beaconhouse National University in Arts?

    Where is FAST in Computer Science?

    Where is SZABIST in business?


  • chromium
    Feb 26, 2012 - 9:37PM

    This ranking is ridiculous… universities i have not even heard of (even after being a Pakistani citizen) in my life are ranked atop of internationally recognized universities. This ranking will definitely hurt students who have been studying at universities like LUMS, have struggled for good GPAs and end up getting outwitted by students from universities like Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University who have bloated GPAs..
    I have checked the HEC website and even though the marking criteria has been mentioned, no individual assignment of marks per specific university have been specified. superficial and substandard ranking like this shows that we cannot even get something so simple right … non competency and idiocy has leached to every nook of our society..Recommend

  • M@NI
    Feb 26, 2012 - 11:56PM

    NUCES-FAST number 2 in I.T, this sums it all. hat’s off to H.E.C. No one come close to them


  • noor ul amin
    Feb 27, 2012 - 12:20AM

    HEC releases Punjab’s top universities lists :P
    1 or 2 listed in top universities for just only formality ::D :D


  • Kashif
    Feb 27, 2012 - 12:42AM

    Iqra university pays for ranking. The uni admin sucks.Recommend

  • Feb 27, 2012 - 2:35AM

    HEC the government run organisation should give benefits to the students of top 3 ranked universities. Students of these top ranked universities must get internships, jobs in government organisations.


  • Fahad
    Feb 27, 2012 - 3:11AM

    Why Lahore School of Economics not in the list? :/


  • Yasir
    Feb 27, 2012 - 8:52AM

    Top Universities should be
    1 LUMS
    6 NED
    7 DOW
    all others have equal value.


  • Naveen
    Feb 27, 2012 - 10:22AM

    Worst ranking !!! well we still proud to be SZABISTIAN !!!


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