The provision of quality education to its learners is the primary purpose of every country across the world because education has the power to change socio-economic condition of individuals and country as well. In this way higher education is playing a vital role and in Pakistan’s context there is a body that evaluates the quality of education at higher level which is Higher Education Commission (HEC). HEC judges the institutes and ranks them by standard, quality and research.

Ranking has always been considered despite the problems occurred in ranking. Higher Education Commission (HEC) is the first one in Islamic world which is organizing ranking continuously and ranking framework is developed by its Quality Assurance Committee (QAC).

HEC ranking is compatible with the global standards and it helps in policy making of Pakistani universities. The ranking benefits the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to provide quality and research based education to meet the international standards.

Ranking criteria lies on three main parameters including execution position of quality assurance criteria, teaching quality and research. The ranking 2013 was based on the data taken by HEC from HEIs under the session 2011-12.

Here is the list of top ten HEIs of Pakistan and sector-wise sorting of both the public and private sector institutions.

Overall Top 10 Universities in Pakistan

  1. Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
  2. Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  3. Aga Khan University, Karachi
  4. University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
  5. University of the Punjab, Lahore
  6. National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
  7. Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi
  8. University of Health Sciences, Lahore
  9. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad
  10. Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore

Category Wise Top Universities

Engineering and Technology:

  • Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Islamabad
  • National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad
  • Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences & Technology, Topi
  • University of Engineering and Technology- Lahore
  • University of Engineering and Technology-Taxila


  • University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
  • Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi
  • University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore
  • KPK Agricultural University, Peshawar
  • Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam

Art & Design:

  • National College of Arts, Lahore
  • Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi

Business Education:

  • Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore
  • Institute of Business Administration Karachi
  • Iqra University,Karachi
  • Sukkar, Institute of Business Administration, Sukkar
  • National College of Business Administration & Economics, Lahore


  • Aga Khan University, Karachi
  • University of Health Sciences, Lahore
  • Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi
  • Isra University, Hyderabad
  • Zia-ud-Din University, Karachi

Computer Sciences & IT:

  • COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad
  • National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NU-FAST), Islamabad
  • Qurtaba University of Science and Information Technology, D I Khan
  • Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences, Quetta
  • City University of Science and Information Technology, Peshawar

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 (Medium):

  • Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
  • Government College University, Lahore
  • Gomal University, D.I Khan
  • Kohat University of Science and Technology, Kohat
  • Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur
  • The University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, AJ&K

General Universities (Small):

  • Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad
  • University of Faisalabad, Faisalabad
  • Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University, Quetta
  • National Defence University, Islamabad
  • Karakurum International University, Gilgit

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