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HEC announces ranking of universities.

ISLAMABAD, February 24, 2012 (Frontier Star): The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has announced the ranking of Pakistani universities on the basis of quality teaching and research. Dr. Javaid R. Laghari, Chairperson HEC made the announcement at a press conference held at the Commission Secretariat on Thursday. The primary purpose of the ranking exercise is to share with the general public a comprehensive data on the key issues that determine the state of higher education in a particular institution. Institutions established after December 2008 as well as distance education universities are excluded from the ranking lists. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Laghari said that ranking is a quality indicator and this information will help shed light on key indicators of higher education institutions in Pakistan to allow students, parents, potential employers and all other stakeholders to make informed decisions regarding higher education institutions. "It will also provide a transparent mechanism to universities on how they compare against their peers, and will inculcate a spirit of competition to raise the standard of education. The activity will also help promote a culture of participation in the world university rankings, which will help significantly in reflection of Pakistan's higher education development at the international level," he said. Ranking criteria for the universities include student intake as well as graduates produced at BS, MS and PhD levels, number of qualified faculty members, student-teacher ratio, quality of research produced and published in journals of international repute, physical and technological infrastructure, international collaborations, resource generation and sports facilities. Initiative of QS world university ranking was taken up by HEC with the objective to promote a culture of participation in the world university rankings for getting reasonable reflection of higher education development in the country. Keeping in view the national context and problems faced by the universities in Pakistan, the primarily identified QS world ranking criteria was amended as per feedback received from the higher education institutions. The universities have been ranked specifically by category/area of specialization to make it logical. The sector-wise sorting has not been done to provide equal reflection to both the public and private sector institutions. Universities can only be comparable within the assigned category, comparisons to be made among different categories based on the above list will not be logical. Overall Top 10 Universities 1.Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 2.Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Islamabad 3.The Aga Khan University, Karachi 4.University of Agriculture, Faisalabad 5.University of the Punjab, Lahore 6.National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad 7.Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi 8.University of Health Sciences, Lahore 9.COMSATS Institute of Information Technology 10.Lahore University of Management Sciences Category-wise Rankings of Universities (Top 5) Agriculture/Veterinary University of Agriculture, Faisalabad Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore KPK Agriculture University, Peshawar Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam Art & Design National College of Arts, Lahore Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, Karachi Computer Sciences & IT COMSAT Institute of Information Tech Islamabad National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences , Islamabad Qurtaba University D.I. Khan Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences, Quetta City University, Peshawar Engineering & Technology Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science, Islamabad National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad Ghulam Institute of Engineering and Technology , Swabi University of Engineering and Technology , Taxila Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad General Universities (Large) University of the Punjab, Lahore University of Karachi, Karachi Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan University of Peshawar, Peshawar International Islamic University, Islamabad General Universities (Other) Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad Government College University, Lahore Gomal University, DI Khan Kohat University of Science and Technology The University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir Business Education Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore Institute of Business Administration, Karachi Iqra University, Karachi Sukkur Institute of Business Administration National College of Business Administration & Economics, Lahore Medical Aga Khan University, Karachi University of Health Sciences, Lahore Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi Isra University, Hyderabad Khyber Medical University, Peshawar

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Feb 24, 2012
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