Six Pakistan universities among top 300 Asian varsities: HEC

Published: October 1, 2012
HEC Executive Director says two Pakistani universities among top 300 Science and Technology institutions of the world. PHOTO: FILE

HEC Executive Director says two Pakistani universities among top 300 Science and Technology institutions of the world. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Six Pakistani universities have been ranked among the top 300 Asian universities while two Pakistani universities are standing among the top 300 Science and Technology institutions of the world.

This was stated by Higher Education Commission (HEC) Executive Director Professor Dr Sohail H Naqvi on Monday while addressing a video conferencing seminar organised by Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF) in connection with the 10 years establishment of HEC.

GCUF Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Zakir Hussain gave a briefing about the successes of the university. The conference room was packed with deans, directors and other faculty members of GCUF. Muhammad Murtaza Noor Focal Person Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Pakistan was also present.

Prof Dr Naqvi said that Faisalabad was the heart of Pakistan textile sector whereas GCUF is a hub of the research meeting the demand of industry and playing a vital role in equipping the students hailing from four corners of the country and abroad with modern and quality education. He urged educationists and researchers to maintain good relations with the industry in order to transform knowledge into goods and services by solving the problems of the industries with the help of good research work.

Highlighting the contribution of HEC in 10 years, he said that they had made a spread of higher education to every region of Pakistan with an increase in number of universities campuses in Pakistan from 168 to 258 – including the establishment of 41 new universities, increase in student enrollment at universities from 330,000 to over a million and an increase in enrolled women in universities from 36% to 46%.

There was award of more than 10,000 local and foreign scholarships through a well-defined and transparent mechanism that has made no compromise on merit, award of 2,000 scholarships for the talented youth of Balochistan and FATA, and launch of additional 600 MPhil/PhD scholarships exclusively for the students of Balochistan, he added.

Prof Dr Hussain said the university was bearing a deficit budget of Rs150 million two years ago but because of good financial interventions, the university surplus budget has gone up to Rs480 million this year. He pointed out that the university was standing among the top universities of the country as it had emerged to number sixth university whereas last year the university was at number 19.

He lauded the steps taken on part of the HEC to improve the quality of education for making them at par with international standard by raising the education and uplifting the status of teaching staff with high pay.

He apprised that the university was committed to take any tangible step for meeting the criteria of 33 agendas of the HEC. He said that it was the matter of pride for the varsity that it has 200 PhDs and had hired 70 teachers on tenure track system. He also told the audience about the new campus being set up at Jhang road on 200 acres of land, a few kilometers away from the current campus, to meet the demand of increasing students.

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Reader Comments (34)

  • Singh
    Oct 1, 2012 - 8:32PM

    What about in world ranking?


  • Singh
    Oct 1, 2012 - 8:33PM

    Strange, No comment at all. It shows priority of Pakistani reader.


  • Fatima
    Oct 1, 2012 - 8:50PM

    Which 6 universities are these? Any source where their names can be checked?Recommend

  • yasidude
    Oct 1, 2012 - 8:52PM

    so what are those universities? can anyone tell me?


  • Ali
    Oct 1, 2012 - 9:43PM

    Only 6, and why not in top 100?


  • Faraz
    Oct 1, 2012 - 9:43PM

    Name of the universities and what are there rank in Asia and World?Recommend

  • sobia aman
    Oct 1, 2012 - 9:48PM

    So right Mr. Singh . Thats our dilemma .


  • sobia aman
    Oct 1, 2012 - 9:49PM

    So right Mr. Singh . Thats our dilemma .Recommend

  • sobia aman
    Oct 1, 2012 - 9:51PM

    So right , Mr. Singh . Thats our dilemma .Recommend

  • Mughees
    Oct 1, 2012 - 10:17PM

    which ones??!!?Recommend

  • Bilal Ashraf
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:03PM

    Please click on below link to find Pakistani Universities, IF YOU CAN:

    This is kind of very fatal to disseminate incorrect information in this technologically advanced world, is not it?


  • punjabi
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:04PM

    thats good to know


  • Zain Ali
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:17PM

    May we have name of those prestigious univercities?


  • roadkashehzada
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:31PM

    glass is half full!!!


  • Fawad
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:45PM

    But we should get to know names I have been to Pakistan top university GC now known as GCU lahore. Honestly ground reality is somewhat like its shown in Indian movie 3 Idiots …. it always remind me of my time at college.
    Anyways writer should have given some reference to this claim. Citation is first thing you learn in University :)


  • zain
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:52PM

    Nust , uet , gik and pias are the best science and technology universities. They dont lie in the list of best 600 universities. These claims are based on bogus factsRecommend

  • Askin
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:53PM

    Poorly written article or for that matter Heading. If you give such a heading, then should have the courtesy to atleast name the six universities.


  • Syed
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:58PM

    thanks sobia. we got that the first time :)Recommend

  • Think
    Oct 2, 2012 - 1:10AM

    NUST Islamabad is 108
    Karachi university and Agha Khna at 191
    UET 201
    LUMS and University of Lahore 251


  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Oct 2, 2012 - 6:32AM

    Why not show the ranking of these universities, all I read is the higher ups patting each other on the back. Please print the ranking.


  • Naeem Siddiqui
    Oct 2, 2012 - 6:34AM


    Thanks bro, ET news were incomplete without your link, and Happy to see HEC is doing well :)


  • Pakistan Wake up
    Oct 2, 2012 - 11:45AM


    Thanks, surprised to see Aga Khan at 191 and Karachi University has same ranking as AKU. Looks absurd!!


  • Paindoo
    Oct 2, 2012 - 1:53PM

    Much is to be done in this field for the betterment of the nation.


  • Polpot
    Oct 2, 2012 - 2:08PM

    @Think: Thanks Bro…with your input I could find the rank of My Institute: IIT Delhi 34…..


  • antsnu g
    Oct 2, 2012 - 4:31PM

    very poor….sixth largest populated nation in the world and fourth in asia…six out of 300 is really more attention…as education is the only option for getting prosoerity.Recommend

  • Tanya
    Oct 2, 2012 - 4:41PM

    Just wondering….Why are some Indians really obsessed with Pakistan!!!!


  • Hafeez
    Oct 3, 2012 - 12:26AM

    Top 300 in Asia? Should we really consider it an achievement after 10 years of HEC policies? Can someone please check if we had more than 6 universities in the top 300 Asian Universities list before the HEC was founded?


  • Naeem Siddiqui
    Oct 3, 2012 - 7:19AM

    @Pakistan Wake up

    Collecting high fee with air conditioned class rooms DOES NOT make any university better over a university with highly qualified faculty and research facilities covering all fields of education (Science & Technology, Arts, Commerce & Business and Social Sciences).

    You need to understand the definition university before comparing AKU with Karachi University.
    AKU has been overrated here and Karachi University should have been on top 100 at-least.


  • Baba Ji
    Oct 3, 2012 - 1:12PM

    295,296,297,298,299 and 300 !!!! some statistics to celebrate !!!

    and mind you Nepal. Bhutan and Myanmar etc. are also in Asia …


  • Polpot
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:16PM

    @Tanya:”Why are some Indians really obsessed with Pakistan!!!!”
    Pssssst its not some Indians but all of them:)


  • Polpot
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:21PM

    I think Pakistani rankings would have been far better if the madarassas were also included.
    ( is there an icon for tongue in cheek?)


  • usman786
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:56PM

    My ranking is LUMS, AKU, KEMC,IBA, NUST, GIK,NED, UET, CASE. Rest have hi fees, rich students or lack of equipment n research facilities. Some donot have computer/internet for students. Instead of giving laptops to students, may be good idea in west, it shd ve been given to university so many other could have used. There are many other money minting universities like univ of lahore,


  • Aahjiz BayNawa
    Oct 3, 2012 - 11:12PM

    We got to travel a long way forward to come up with international standards. Let us struggle to get included in the top one hundred universities of the World; for which we would need much greater dedication than is in evidence. Let us avoid self-congratulatory rhetoric.


  • Omer Sharif
    Oct 4, 2012 - 12:35AM

    I wish they teach Evolution as a fact like it is, in Pakistan. All this ranking is useless.


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