ISLAMABAD: As many as seven universities of Pakistan have made it to the list of top 250 Asian universities while three other universities among the top 200 world universities in agriculture and forestry.
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), United Kingdom-based universities ranking agency issued the ranking for the year 2013.
According to QS, Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad (QAU) has secured 119 position among top 250 Asian varsities while National University of Science and Technology Islamabad (NUST) was declared 120, Agha Khan University Karachi (AKU) between 151-160, Lahore University of Management Sciences Lahore (LUMS) between 191-200, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore (UET), University of Karachi and University of the Punjab Lahore between 201-250 are now in top 250.
“This is the result of hard work and the passion we poured into the university in order to deliver world class education in developing country,” Quaid-e-Azam Universities Vice Chancellor Masoom Yasinzai said.
In addition, three Pakistani universities: University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) 142, Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi 152 and QAU 172, are now in the Top 200 World Universities categories in the disciplines of agriculture and forestry.
“We are in the subject ranking list, which carries over 3,000 varsities,” Vice Chancellor University of Agriculture Faisalabad Iqrar Khan said. “It is important, however, that we sustain the ranking we attained.”
Commenting on the universities’ international recognition, Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Javed Laghari said during the last year six Pakistani universities were among top 300 Asian universities. “This year seven varsities are in the list of top 250,” he said.
According to HEC sources, since the establishment of education body in 2002, research output has grown eight-folds (from 815 research papers in 2002 to more than 6,300 in 2012) with the largest number of publications in areas of economic development.
As a result, the world share of Pakistan’s research has gone up by 300 per cent in the last five years.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 17th, 2013.