Private institutes : Iqra University ranked as top private college

Published: May 12, 2011
The number of private universities has also gone up from 18 to 25.

The number of private universities has also gone up from 18 to 25.


Iqra University has been ranked number one among all private institutions in the province, according to the Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee (CIEC).

The committee’s report was presented to Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, who is also the patron of all private universities, on Wednesday.

The committee ranked the universities on the basis of stars – the best institutes received six stars and the worst got only three.

The report also mentioned that the number of private, higher education institutions has increased from 18 to 25.

The number of students enrolled at these institutions has increased from 25,000 to 28,000 while the number of faculty members has increased from 2,300 to 4,000. The number of professors with a PhD has doubled to 300.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 12th, 2011.

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  • Bling Bling
    May 12, 2011 - 1:08AM

    Mashallah, hope this continues and it goes on to become the best university in the world. It always cheers me up to read any good news coming out of Pakistan, no matter how big or small. Recommend

  • Ovais Khan
    May 12, 2011 - 12:24PM

    Does this ranking includes I.B.A, C.B.M & Szabist also …?Recommend

  • Maryam
    May 12, 2011 - 12:36PM

    kindly show us da details…!!!
    sorry but i dont think its true….!!!!
    which iniversities u included…??? what da criteria..??Recommend

  • Iqraian
    May 12, 2011 - 1:50PM

    Mashallah :) Iqra University deserves to be in a front line. Recommend

  • May 12, 2011 - 2:03PM

    @Ovais Khan:
    SZABIST and CBM are inculded for sure, I’m not sure about the IBA because govt. has stake in IBA.Recommend

  • May 12, 2011 - 2:06PM

    All private universities are included in the criteria.
    Criteria may be Faculty (Iqra has highest number of PhD’s in faculty), Research (Highest number of research publications among the business schools (refer ISI Thompson rating), infrastructure, student enrollment, etc. Recommend

  • Abdullah
    May 12, 2011 - 2:35PM

    Szabist stood second.. IQRA is first.. Yup IBA AND IoBM are also in the rankings.. Recommend

  • asad
    May 12, 2011 - 2:37PM

    It includes all universities of Sindh. More info is on HEC website. Actually Iqra University has maximum number of permanent Ph.d faculty and their research work is more than other universities.Recommend

  • sohaib siddiqui
    May 12, 2011 - 2:56PM

    to me its like to remain in a fool’s paradise..just having PDd’s doesent mean that you’re topping the list knows in karachi that where does IBA stands..infact its alumni has proved that in the last decade..they are the leaders in business management education..Recommend

  • Asif Ali
    May 12, 2011 - 4:43PM

    yes,, we beat CBM & ZABIST. congratulation to all IQRANIAN. We have
    high number of phd faculty
    mostly foreign qualified.
    high rate of enrollment.
    number one at research papers.
    latest computer labs equipped with all accessories.
    good infrastructure.
    last but not least very beautiful building.Recommend

  • Anum
    May 12, 2011 - 5:23PM

    wow its a really good news fr the students of Iqra university . m so happy that my uni is top ranked Mashalah Recommend

  • Rehan
    May 12, 2011 - 6:03PM

    Well deserved recognition for the management, staff and the students of Iqra University. Congratulations on achieving yet another milestone. Recommend

  • omi
    May 12, 2011 - 6:15PM

    wow proud to Iqranian Recommend

  • Sufyan
    May 12, 2011 - 8:59PM

    doesn’t matter. What really matters is the job market. Everyone knows that anyone can get admission in IU. They have no standard at all. Money is the only thing that matters for them..Recommend

  • Ahsan Shahzad
    May 12, 2011 - 9:14PM

    Iqra University came first and IoBM (CBM) stands on 2nd now according to the ranking of Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee (CIEC). Both rated 6 star Institutes.

    Cogratulations to both Iqra and CBM students.Recommend

  • Sameer
    May 12, 2011 - 9:24PM

    Ohh yes, Institute of business managemet (IoBM) stood 2nd. IBA, SZABIST and all other private universities were been ranked! Alhamdullilah feel so good beatiing IBA and all other institutes.

    Proud to be a CBM student ! Recommend

  • Sarwat
    May 12, 2011 - 9:27PM

    Yup..proud to be IqranianRecommend

  • Mehak Aftab
    May 12, 2011 - 9:33PM

    Congratulations to all the IQRAnians…. If the rating is just on the basis of PHDz so i would like to comment

    Blockquote PHDz are not good teachers or lecturers….They really do not know how to teach except some of them…. teacher woh acha he jo aapke level pe aake aapko parhae n samjhae…. na ke aapko wese parhae jese PHD ki class me parhaya jata he….

    well thats my personal experience or opinion… as i am a student of IQRA
    Still happy…. :)Recommend

  • May 12, 2011 - 9:33PM

    yupppppie my uni is on 1st…………….. congrats iqraiansRecommend

  • iffat jabeen
    May 12, 2011 - 9:52PM

    This is all by the Grace of Allah & due to guidance & quality education given by teachers ,that students have shown such a wonderful academic progress that have made possible this achievement for iqra university. Its really great. I pray to Allah that Iqra university keep it up this superb position among all private universities of Pakistan,Ameen. Thanks to Allah. May ALLAH BLESS OUR TEACHERS.AMEENRecommend

  • alf
    May 12, 2011 - 10:12PM

    Iqra totally deserves it!!! any one who thinks it doesnot, too bad for them!Recommend

  • Shaery Potter
    May 12, 2011 - 10:34PM

    YaaaaaaaaaaYYY Iqra university on top :D :D :DRecommend

  • May 12, 2011 - 11:45PM

    Nice:) Proud to be a IqranianRecommend

  • Muhammad Aqib
    May 13, 2011 - 12:43AM

    Thanks for ALLAH. we are extremely glad for this performance….keep it upRecommend

  • Fahad
    May 13, 2011 - 1:09AM

    wOw !!
    Proud to be a part of Iqra University.
    Well IBA is not included in list coz it has govt. shares and the above ranking is only for private universities. But its gud to knw that finally Iqra beat SZABIST and CBM :))Recommend

  • ali hassan
    May 13, 2011 - 1:18AM

    hahahah fake degrees and not even whos inter is not clear is getting admission at iqra no 1 uni hahahahhahahhaRecommend

  • fRoD
    May 13, 2011 - 2:30AM

    Love you IqraRecommend

  • Hammad ali
    May 13, 2011 - 3:48AM

    proud to b in iqra ….
    hope so in coming years its reach to the top ….
    inshaAllah …. Recommend

  • Talha
    May 13, 2011 - 7:12AM

    Iqra rockx ….. ive been to iqra for 1 year still miss it :)Recommend

  • Ch Sohail
    May 13, 2011 - 8:37AM

    wow realy vry vry gud news………………proud to be in iqra……………..Recommend

  • Ali
    May 13, 2011 - 9:17AM

    Haha what a joke… Iqra university being no. 1 they probably bribed someone: Recommend

  • Waqas
    May 13, 2011 - 10:30AM

    No 1……………..hahahahahahahaRecommend

  • Irfan Reaz
    May 13, 2011 - 10:47AM

    MASHA ALLAH it is very good news for all those who belong to IQRA UNIVERSITY. First of all We must thank ALLAH and we should perform more efforts to be ranked in the list of World’s renown universities.Recommend

  • Muhammad Inam
    May 13, 2011 - 11:25AM

    Proud of you Iqra UniversityRecommend

  • Yusuf
    May 13, 2011 - 11:55AM
  • Richard Lee
    May 13, 2011 - 12:02PM

    Getting admission in IU is very easy but to pass out from it is tough enough.
    Simply, it makes an ordinary person special one and its called Leader who can change anyone.Recommend

  • Muqeet Masood
    May 13, 2011 - 12:11PM

    this is the ranking of private univeristy , it does not include IBA or any government instituionsRecommend

  • homee
    May 13, 2011 - 1:39PM

    IBA is a private institute!!!! go and check it on net!!!! Recommend

  • salman siddiqi
    May 13, 2011 - 2:53PM

    well done for great achivement Recommend

  • S khan
    May 13, 2011 - 3:04PM

    Amazing some thing gone wrong how do we rankRecommend

  • Saad Mahmood Khan
    May 13, 2011 - 3:52PM

    MASHA ALLAH it is very good news for all those who belong to IQRA UNIVERSITY.Proud to be in Iqra hope so in coming years its reach to the top InshaAllah Recommend

  • Iqraian
    May 13, 2011 - 4:11PM

    @ All the haters: This ranking is on the basis of CIEC (go and read that first then comment) and moreover this ranking makes IQRA , The best Institution (Private yeah) .

    Now it will help IU’s students to prove themselves.

    So why so jealous? :DRecommend

  • Amir Shaikh
    May 13, 2011 - 4:12PM

    Iqra University is the bestRecommend

  • Ayaz Noor M
    May 13, 2011 - 4:29PM

    great to see my universities name there. IU has done remarkably well in recent years. however there is always room for improvement as they say. IU WE LOVE URecommend

  • Ayaz Noor M
    May 13, 2011 - 4:30PM

    great to see my university’s name there. IU has done remarkably well in recent years. however there is always room for improvement as they say. IU WE LOVE URecommend

  • yasir
    May 13, 2011 - 5:27PM


  • umair khan
    May 13, 2011 - 5:53PM

    iu is only making bussiness by giving admisions 2 evry student . they only wants who pays them that;s all !!Recommend

  • Waheed
    May 13, 2011 - 6:47PM

    IQRA has established RESEARCH CULTURE, which has delivered results and INSHALLAH we are on our way to Number One slot in Pakistan in the year 2012. Future Scholars come grow with us.Recommend

  • Kamil
    May 13, 2011 - 7:41PM

    Paisa bolta hai bhaaaaaaaaai :DRecommend

  • Yousuf
    May 13, 2011 - 8:18PM

    Iqra University I believe has a potential to compete in world market. Recommend

  • Tanveer Abbas
    May 13, 2011 - 9:40PM

    Mashallah :) Iqra University deserves to be in a front line.Recommend

  • Anum
    May 13, 2011 - 11:04PM

    Iqra University provides quality education.. It will get more name and prosperity inshAllah.. I as a student of IU witness its dedication and hardwork.. CONGRATULATIONS IQRARIANSRecommend

  • Iqraian
    May 13, 2011 - 11:08PM

    @umair khan: They know how to o business thats why they are in the list of best business schools main ;)Recommend

  • May 13, 2011 - 11:09PM

    IU roxXx.. :)Recommend

  • May 13, 2011 - 11:33PM

    It gives me immense pleasuret that IU is ranked first, the institute where I started my education five years ago when it was just any other university but now masha Allah I am proud of the fact that I belong to IQRA University. We need institutions like IQRA to change the fate of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sadat Khan
    May 13, 2011 - 11:36PM

    IQRA University produces professionals who have a real passion to Grow and brighten the Name of our Nation Pakistan. I am surprise to see the spirit of Patriotism within culture of IQRA University. Growing rapidly, producing PhDs,M phils, MBAs, Engineers, Scientists and Media professionals, IQRA University will InshaAllah recognise itself in the World. Recommend

  • ash
    May 14, 2011 - 12:27AM

    Proud IqrianRecommend

  • Muhammad Farooq Awan
    May 14, 2011 - 1:31AM

    proud to b in iqra ….
    hope so in coming years its reach to the top ….
    inshaAllah ….Conratulation to all iqra familyRecommend

  • Debra
    May 14, 2011 - 1:57AM

    Its good to know that pakistani univeresities are developing research culture in this bad situation. I wish best of luck to this university and the poor countryRecommend

  • Sardar Hassan pasha
    May 14, 2011 - 10:53AM

    Congratulation!!!! our prayers are with IQRA UNIVERSITY May it progress more….Recommend

  • Nazim Hussain
    May 14, 2011 - 11:29AM

    Congrats To all Iqrians!! Universities are know for their research output and Iqra has made remarkable achievement in this field. Being Iqrians We are striving for the prosperity and success of our institution. The University has provided us a best platform to grow in higher studies. We hope best for Iqra University! Recommend

  • Sid
    May 14, 2011 - 11:57AM

    MA Iqra university, however the ranking does not include iba, you can check

    IBA is a semi governement institute, so yeah thats all. and please dont speculateRecommend

  • javaid Ahmad
    May 14, 2011 - 12:27PM

    Mashallah! i am very proud to be also an is very good news for all those who belong to IQRA UNIVERSITY.we should thank to God Who helped us.i expected that in future our university will be on top level, Inshallah.Recommend

  • Rafaqat Ali
    May 14, 2011 - 12:50PM

    Its good to hear as i am also an IQRIAN but I dont think so, it is true……..Recommend

  • Hafsa
    May 14, 2011 - 2:25PM

    I am proud being a student of iqra university..
    it has provided me with a lot of confidence.. and made my personality strong. but their is lot more to get from this institute yet.. InshahAllah.Recommend

  • Debra
    May 14, 2011 - 2:25PM

    This University is doining real good for this poor country. Recommend

  • Mehran
    May 14, 2011 - 8:21PM

    Yea They Give admission to all students but all of them don not get the degress . As iqra Believes in giving chance to every one .!Recommend

  • May 14, 2011 - 9:05PM

    *iqra is on top and those who dont belive this just go and wash your face dear. iqra deserve to be on top. expensive fees and modern enviroment cant make szabist and Cbm on top so they have to work hard on their education standards .. llooooooovvvvvvvvveeeeeeee you iqra university. Recommend

  • sarwat
    May 14, 2011 - 11:00PM

    I Know that every one get admission there but it doesnt mean that every one passout from there. only those get the degree who have the potentials to do something and who are serious in their studies. Marking criterian in Iqra uni is very difficult. I am so proud that I am a part of this university.Recommend

  • fari
    May 15, 2011 - 12:07AM

    sooooooo proud…. c’mon people no need to get jealous…. so wht if ur uni is not first… try to b happy for others… we were for so many years… but sorry dudes no more….we will strike agaaaiiiiinnnnnnn…….Recommend

    May 15, 2011 - 2:26AM

    To all the haters and lovers of Iqra just read carefully. I am also a student of Iqra University but the think is that we as nation love to criticize destructively not constructively second we open our mouth to comment on any situation or thing blindly, Alas. There should be no doubt in this truth & fact that LUMS and IBA are the icons of business education in Pakistan. They are considered the pioneer of business school of this country.Their selection criteria, faculty, curriculum, alumni and most important “their reputation and image in the eyes of corporate gurus, investors, entrepreneurs and Pakistani job market ” is still glittering.It is not impossible for Iqra to stand along with these pioneers, but it requires more efforts, dedication, time and passion for continues improvement. The selection criteria of Iqra is not up to the mark but they have very strict yet effective set of controls. They follow discipline and expect the same from students. IQRA CAN BEAT AND HAS BEATEN CBM AND SZABIST BUT AS FOR AS IBA IS CONCERNED , I WOULD SAY MORE TIME REQUIRE TO REACH THERE MORE IMPROVEMENT FROM A TO Z REQUIRE BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE. LAST THING THAT THE UNIVERSITY SHOULD BE KNOWN FOR ITS QUALITY GRADUATES NOT BY RANKING. Recommend

  • Mohsin
    May 15, 2011 - 3:41PM


    IOBM (CBM) stood second, not SZABIST. Your are seeing old rankings.Recommend

  • May 15, 2011 - 11:44PM

    Concert at Iqra University on May 14, 2011. Ali Azmat and Noori, you made our night ;)
    And don’t forget to look at half paged ad in Dawn and Jang =)
    Love you IU.Recommend

  • Aamer Khawaja
    May 16, 2011 - 12:01AM

    Being a student of Iqra University, all i can say is, if Iqra is the best university of Sindh than God save Sindh’s future.Recommend

  • salamn khan
    May 16, 2011 - 12:57AM

    No doubt iqra is the best uni in our whole sindhRecommend

  • salamn khan
    May 16, 2011 - 12:59AM

    IQRA WE LOVE URecommend

  • Malik Junaid
    May 16, 2011 - 2:07PM

    Iqra University rocks…..U make us proud among all….. tht we are the part of this uniRecommend

  • Sumaira
    May 16, 2011 - 4:33PM

    IU Rocks. We should recognize the efforts of IU for this achievement and should appreciate instead of criticizing. If it is really easy to get into IU, I challenge U to get into IU and get degree, it’s a challenge for all those who are blaming IU for bribing and other jealous comments.Recommend

    May 16, 2011 - 5:18PM

    WOW huuurrrrry
    proud to be a part of iqra
    guys don’t jealous :-)
    east or west iqra uni’s student r the best Recommend

  • Asif Amir Ali
    May 16, 2011 - 5:57PM

    IBA and IOMB Are institude. . so they both are not counted by that ranking ..
    But Iqra Uni RocKkkk :DRecommend

  • khan
    May 16, 2011 - 6:38PM

    this all is fake lol hashahaRecommend

  • Mahira
    May 16, 2011 - 7:02PM

    oh please everyone knows that these rankings are bought. However, integrity shouldn’t be bought, so as delightful it is to see naive Iqra students cheering about this, they should stay in touch with reality.Recommend

  • Mahira
    May 16, 2011 - 7:05PM

    and it is not the Phds that make a university but its students. Iqra is famous for taking in just about anybody, all they need is money to get in so please stop with this farce and tribune should also practice responsible journalism and not promote rankings achieved through bribery. Btw Dr Akif one of the leading Phd faculty in Iqra has a purchased Phd degree from PhilipinesRecommend

  • Iqraian
    May 16, 2011 - 7:14PM

    @Mahira: Oh really ? have you seen Dr. Akifs Degree?
    Speak only what you can prove :S false allegations huh!Recommend

  • Iqraian
    May 16, 2011 - 7:21PM

    @Mahira: “Watan Foundation” and “a home for female orphans” is another act of social responsibility which makes IQRA UNIVERSITY number 1. Recommend

  • Umair
    May 16, 2011 - 8:59PM

    @Kamil: what u mean paisa bolta hai, everyone know the truth, money is’nt every thing. hope u understand soonRecommend

  • Sufyan
    May 16, 2011 - 11:28PM

    Bhai, first you need to compete with universities like biztek, Maju and Paf kiet, then think about CBM and Szabist and if you raise you caliber that high which is definitely not possible then think about becoming number 1. Idiots, IU accepts students of IBA with full credit hours who are dropped from IBA due to low CGPA. See where you stand now. . And also look at the job market which is dominated by IBA.. You guys are no way near to meeting the standard of IBA. Cheers!!!!Recommend

  • awais
    May 17, 2011 - 11:02AM

    @Ovais Khan:

  • Mukhtiar Ahmed
    May 17, 2011 - 12:26PM

    Its so good and appreciable progress towards study.its great progress to approve students knowlrdge Recommend

  • Iqraian
    May 17, 2011 - 1:12PM

    @Sufyan: I saw few 2009 kay grads of IBA working in Business recorder as internee recently and casher in MCB. Does that mean now i start talking ill about IBA ? No , i am taught this.
    Getting jobs are difficult these days and this ranking justifies Standards. Recommend

  • Rashid Mehmood Ch.
    May 18, 2011 - 8:46AM

    Yup its a great newsRecommend

  • Shehzad Hussain
    May 19, 2011 - 9:08AM

    I think its a good news, but I think IQRA got no reputation in other provinces. Graduates from NUST and some others are even getting much better response from the market although NUST is nowhere in business, NUST is an Engineering Univeristy. We can’t even talk about LUMS and IBA, but again its indeed a good news.Recommend

  • May 20, 2011 - 3:12AM

    hey iqraians
    IQRA rocks we are the Number one cuz we deserve this position
    and i really feel sorry for those who arent happy with the outcomes of these inspection
    and one more thing we didnt stoped u from bribing guys grow up plz try to accept the reality
    we are just working for the betterment ad we are achieving and tell me how many places we are bribing we are on top in Research Work Are we also bribing there?
    and i really appreciate IoBM n SZABIST they are gud but unfortunatly results shows that we are the Best
    we are providing chances to everybody and after coming to IU they have to prove themself a good student then only they’ll pass out from here
    and yup PHD’s dosesnt teach like a PHD class, they have a vast expierence and their expierence speaks it self =)
    just give us some time let us complete our one Job cycle and remember its just our 13 years progress so be afraid for future

    IU Rocks Recommend

  • yazdan
    May 22, 2011 - 4:37PM

    boy for degree u have to score CGPA more than 2.5 then only u’ll get the DEGREE
    you are victm cuz of urself dude try to workhard give improvments
    INSHALLAH you’ll get your degree..Recommend

  • yazdan
    May 22, 2011 - 5:00PM

    @Aamer Khawaja:
    boy if you dont respect a place from where u are getting Knowldge,then i m sorry now em worried whats going to happen and you can see that out of 100 only 1 or 2 is complaining
    it shows that problem is not a University…problem is somewhere inside you try to think about yourself first then give your opinion….best ov luck boy for future n i think you dont deserve to be in IQRA biztek and maju is favourable foh u where you can easily pass out your EXAMs n what ever…and if you have excess money some other institute will also welcome yoou by open hands but …. to b in IQRA you have to study you have to learn n prove yourelf a complete mannered person then only you’ll be passout this journeyRecommend

  • Faheem
    May 29, 2011 - 1:43PM

    Mashallah…. We Proud of you IU.Recommend

  • May 29, 2011 - 1:46PM

    INSHA ALLAH.. IU will get rank # 1 in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sohail
    Jun 2, 2011 - 9:09AM

    Proud to be Iqranian……….No doubt it is the best of all univerisities in the province. Since I have been associated with IU for abouot 3 years and mostly the teachers are very cooperative………God bless our univeristy.
    Hello everyone who are jaleous, show attitude to accpet the truth……………Recommend

  • Summia
    Jun 15, 2011 - 9:33AM

    Love u Iqra.Alot of prayers.Proud to be Iqrain.For Critisizer:Action speaks louder than word.This is truly the effort of our faculty members and management team.Congratulation to themRecommend

  • aliusman
    Jun 21, 2011 - 1:55AM

    aoa ,. iqra university engineering k lie best hai ya nahi ? electronics engineering ? Recommend

  • Alias
    Jun 21, 2011 - 10:06AM

    Oh, this is so not true.Recommend

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