Today almost 188 higher education institutes are running through Pakistan. But do you know only a few higher education institutes were owned by Pakistan at the time of partition and these institutes are still on the command to offer quality education today? Are you wonder to know about those institutes. Well, the given list of the top oldest universities in Pakistan will make you able to count all these institutes:  

1.       King Edward Medical University (1860)

King Edward Medical University, KEMU comes as the number one oldest university in Pakistan. The idea of this statement can be taken from the fact that the university was first established as a medical college in Lahore in 1860 with the name of Edward VII. After producing top-notch medical professionals for more than 140 years the college was entitled as the Medical University in 2005. The quality education, qualified faculties, amazing infrastructure, and affordable tuition fee all the facts that encourage one to call it the best medical university throughout the country.    


2.       Government College University, GCU (1861)

Out of the most prestigious and oldest institutes in Pakistan the Government College University, GCU is the one that was established in 1861. The institute was first established as a college and promoted to the university in 2002. The institute is rich in its history. The university was established under the reign of the British government in India. With the emerging trends of science and technology, the extending faculties, and the maintained higher education quality standard, the university still exists among the top-rated institutes in Pakistan.

3.       Forman Christian College, FC (1864)

Forman Christian College is one of the oldest private sector colleges in Pakistan. The college was established in 1864 and today it exists as an independent research liberal arts university. The university has produced many notable personalities of Pakistan and currently, it is offering almost all the major subjects in science, technology, and art study programs. With its unique infrastructure, inclusive campus, highly qualified faculties, and education standard, the institute occupies a central position in the list of the top-rated institutes of Pakistan.

4.       National Colleges Of Arts, NCA (1875)

Today, not only in Lahore but throughout the country the National College of Arts, NCA is the first priority of the students to peruse designing, film, and art-related study programs. The college was established in 1875 and because of this reason, this is also known as one of the oldest higher education institutes in Pakistan. The college has offered great talent to the Pakistani film industry and media. Today, we are finding the most beautiful and talented personalities on the screen that are produced by NCA. In the designing, film, and arts-related subjects you cannot find any alternative of this college throughout the country.   

5.       Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (1881)

When it comes to talking about the medical educational institutes in Pakistan, no one can never deny the importance of Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, LUMHS. The reason behind it is that the university has been offered its great contribution to offering matchless medical professionals to the country. As stated one of the best medical institutes in Pakistan, the institute is also stated as one of the oldest institutes in Pakistan. While having a look at the history of the college we find that the college first came into existence in 1881. Today, the institute is offering almost all the major subjects that are related to the medical field.


6.       The University of Veterinary And Animal Sciences (1882)

It is almost the only public sector institute in Pakistan that has the main focus on veterinary and animal sciences subjects. The university is located in Lahore and is also entitled as one of the oldest higher education institute in Pakistan. The university was established in 1882 under the action by the British government in India. Today, the university is also running its several sub-campuses in some of the major cities of Pakistan. Students are getting enrolled for undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate study programs related to veterinary and animal sciences subjects. 

7.       The University Of Punjab (1882)

Almost all the students while reaching the higher education level first look towards Punjab University to secure their admissions there. Punjab University is one of the largest institutes not only in Pakistan but throughout continent Asia. Students can find almost every single faculty or study program that is currently studying throughout the world. While having all these titles, one of the most prominent titles for this university is that it is the oldest university of Pakistan that was established in 1882.  

8.       Sindh Madressatul Islam University (1885)

In the province Sindh, we also find some oldest higher educational institute, and the Sindh Madressatul Islam University is such an example, the university was established in 1885, and right from its establishment to nowadays the university is paying its best contribution to promote the values of higher education not only in Sindh province but throughout the country. Currently, the university is entertaining students with almost all the major faculties including science, business, engineering, media, management, humanities, and many others.


9.       The University of Agriculture (1906)

While numbering the oldest universities of Pakistan, the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad comes at the 9th position that was established in 1906. The university has been offering its higher education services to the inhabitants of Pakistan, especially the inhabitant of the Punjab province, for more than 100 years. Agricultural studies are the main focus of the university. However, the university is also offering enrolment to some other higher education programs that come under the latest trends of the world. 

10.     Islamia College University (1913)

Peshawar is one of the ancient cities and rich cultural cities of Pakistan. Among the several unique and ancient aspects of the city, Islamia College University is the most prominent one. The college was established in 1913. The university has been facilitating the students with an enormous range of study programs for more than 100 years.   


After reviewing the list of the top 10 universities in Pakistan and the ranges of study programs offered by these institutes, we can conclude that Pakistan is one of those countries that are known as the hubs of higher education. Besides these universities, several other public sector institutes in Pakistan, as well as private sector institutes in Pakistan, are running throughout the country and are directly taking participation to show Pakistan an education rich country.


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