The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Thursday February 23, 2012 announced ranking of Pakistani universities, the ranking is based on the number of students, research productivity and quality, innovation and knowledge transfer, infrastructure, annual graduate output, international collaborations, student satisfaction and financial health of the institution.
The basic objective of the ranking is to improve international competition of universities in order to create attractive educational multi-cultural environments and the trend towards university collaboration and most importantly the opportunity to improve and eradicate institutional weaknesses.
Overall top 10 universities announced by the HEC include Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad at top, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Islamabad at 2nd, The Aga Khan University, Karachi at 3rd, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad at 4th, University of the Punjab, Lahore at 5th, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad at 6th, Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi at 7th, University of Health Sciences, Lahore at 8th, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology at 9th and Lahore University of Management Sciences at 10th position respectively.
In the category of Medical education, Agha Khan University Karachi-a private sector institution was ranked first and UHS is ranked second in the category of medical and health sciences higher education institutions. The other universities in the category included Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi, King Edward Medical University Lahore, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Jamshoro, Khyber Medical University Peshawar, Baqai Medical University Karachi, Ziauddin Medical University Karachi, Peoples University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women Nawabshah, and Shaheed Mohtarma Banazir Bhutto Medical University Larkana.
In Agriculture/Veterinary category, top five universities announced by the HEC include University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, KPK Agriculture University, Peshawar and Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam.
In the category of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science, Islamabad, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering and Technology, Swabi, University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, and Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad.
In the category of computer sciences and IT, the Comsats Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, was placed at the top followed by National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad, Qurtaba University D.I. Khan, Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences, Quetta, and City University, Peshawar.
In Business category, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) remained on the top followed by Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Iqra University, Karachi, and National College of Business Administration and Economics, Lahore.
In the category of Art and Design, National College of Arts, Lahore, was declared as the best university followed by Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, Karachi.
HEC-Pakistan is the first one in the Islamic countries that has developed Ranking criteria, methodology conducted ranking exercise. Initiative 0f QS ranking is taken up by the HEC to promote a culture of participating in the world university rankings for the purpose of getting reasonable reflection of higher education (HE) development in the country.