A new ranking of universities based on dissemination of research in academic conferences and its publication in internationally renowned journals was published on Friday by the Information Technology University.
The Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, topped the ranking in the broad category and the Aga Khan University in the specialised category. The ranking, Quality Research Rankings (QRR) of Pakistani Institutions, was prepared by the ITU’s Scientometrics Lab. As many as 200 universities and research institutions across the country were evaluated for the ranking.
In the broad category of institutes, the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology secured second position; the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, third; the National University of Sciences and Technology fourth; the University of the Punjab fifth; the Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences sixth; the University of Karachi seventh; the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, eighth; the Government College University, Lahore, ninth; and the University of Peshawar tenth.
In the specialised category, the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology stood second; the Lahore University of Management Sciences third; the National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering fourth; the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences fifth; the NED University of Engineering and Technology Pakistan sixth; the University of Sindh, Jamshoro, seventh; the University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, eighth; the NWFP Agricultural University ninth; and the University of Arid Agriculture Rawalpindi tenth.
In his statement on the launch of the ranking, ITU Vice Chancellor Umar Saif said dissemination of research work produced by universities at academic conferences and its publication in renowned journals was the criteria for the rankings. He said the ranking showed where various Pakistani universities stood in terms of producing international quality research.
ITU Scientometrics Lab head Saeedul Hassan said he hoped the ITU-QRR would encourage universities to invest in production of quality research work. He said the details of factors considered in the ranking could be accessed through the ITU website.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 5th, 2016.
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