COMSATS Institute of Information Technology

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COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in South
COMSATS Logo.svg
Motto "In Search of Excellence"
Established 1998 (1998)
Type Public
Chairman Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, T.I.
Chancellor Ministry of Science and Technology
President President of Pakistan
Rector Syed Muhammad Junaid Zaidi
Students ~27,029
Location Islamabad, Pakistan
Campus UrbanIslamabad, Lahore, Abbottabad
RuralWah, Attock, Sahiwal
ResidentialVehari, Virtual Campus
Colours Blue, White        
Nickname CIIT
COMSATS University
Affiliations HEC, PEC, NCEAC, NBEAC, PCP, PCATP, Lancaster University UK, IET UK, AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS

The COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (acronym CIIT), is a public research university, under Federal Government, with multiple campuses throughout the country.[1] CIIT is Pakistan’s first exclusive institute of Information Technology. Its primary campus is located in urban area of Islamabad.[2]

The co-educational univesrity, established in 1998, was awarded Charter by the Government of Pakistan in 2000 with the joint government and inter-governmental Comsats efforts. The university offers undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctoral studies programs in various academic disciplines.[3] Since its establishment, the university has attracted influential scientists and scholars as researchers and faculty members.[1] The CIIT is one of the most premier institutions of higher learning with a strong emphasis on social and natural sciences.[4] It is listed among one of the top institutions of higher education in computer sciences by the HEC, as of 2013.[4] The university is also a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities of the United Kingdom.[5]

CIIT's research and development directed towards the advancement of philosophy, law, social and natural sciences has increased its progress during the last ten years as an institution of higher education.[6] Furthermore, the university is noted for its large-scale publications in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics in reputed national and international academic journals.[7] In a short span of time as an establishment, CIIT has produced and recorded remarkable achievements in terms of ranking of doctoral programs as well as research productivity of the faculty members.[6]


Departments and degrees[edit]

CIIT has 18 departments and 86 degree programs(39 Undergraduate Programs & 47 Graduate/Postgraduate Programs). [8]

Central library, Islamabad campus

Research and development[edit]

Due to the shortage of qualified researchers and scientists among the CIIT faculty, The Research and Development (R&D) Office was established in January, 2005. The R&D Office has been merged with the Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC).

Research Centers

  • Center for Advanced Studies in Telecommunication (CAST)
  • European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
  • Center for Research in Management Sciences (CRMS)
  • Business Incubation Center (BIC)
  • Software Engineering Research Center (SERC)
  • Technology Incubation Center (TIC)
  • IT Park
  • Center for Climate Research and Development (CCRD)
  • Center for Micro and Nano Devices (CMND)
  • Cisco Regional Academy(CRA)
  • Information Technology Center (ITC)
  • Computer Networks Research Center (CNRC)
  • Center for Policy Studies (CPS)
  • Interdisciplinary Research Center in Biomedical Materials (IRCBM)
  • Biomass Conversion Research Center (BCRC)
  • Center for Quantum Physics (CQP)


Permanent campus of CIIT at Islamabad
CIIT Lahore campus, affiliated with University of Lancaster,UK
COMSATS Abbottabad
CIIT Wah campus
CIIT Vehari campus

CIIT is an institution of higher learning with campuses across the country, with the headquarters located in Islamabad. Campuses of CIIT are located in the following cities: [9]

Functional campuses[edit]

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad was established in 1998 to promote Information Technology and to reduce the ever-growing gap between the developed and developing world through useful applications of science and technology. During the first year of its establishment, the Institute offered only a few certificate courses and a postgraduate diploma in computer studies with a single class room and limited resources. Islamabad Campus, the main campus of CIIT is situated at Chak Shahazad, Islamabad. Currently more than 5,000 students are enrolled in various degree programs at this Campus. The newly built campus at Chak Shahazad is fully equipped with facilities of international standards. Its area is 43 acres (approx.)

Established in March 2002, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore is located on 1.5 KM Ali Akbar Road(Defence Road), Off Raiwind Road. It is about 25 minutes drive from main city. The sprawling campus is a purpose built and spreads over an area of 200 acres. Like all other CIIT Campuses, the Lahore Campus is also equipped with the state-of-the-art computer labs, electronics and hardware labs. The distinctive feature of this campus is that it has a good infrastructure available for software development houses, to set up on-campus facilities. In a city of learning such as Lahore, the CIIT is catering for the ever-increasing demands of students in the fields of IT, Engineering and business administration. It rightly serves as a center of excellence. The campus offers 30% seats to children of industrial workers free of cost, besides other scholarships and financial aid to the students. Its area is 185 acres (approx.) [10]

Established in September 2001, CIIT Abbottabad Campus is ideally located in the vicinity of Pakistan Military Academy Kakul, on a land measuring about 350 Kanals. CIIT Abbottabad is the first IT University in NWFP, established as a project of Ministry of Science and Technology. Its area is 38.5 acres (approx.)

Established in September 2001, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, in pursuance of its commitment for the sustainable development in Science and Technology decided to launch a campus at Wah, the town having the highest literacy rate in the Country. The main forces behind this venture were the joint efforts and desires of Lt. Gen Abdul Qayyum, Chairman (POF) Board and Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, Minister of Science and Technology and the Chancellor of CIIT. The Campus is situated right at the Mall of beautiful Wah Cantt., near Nashaman Special children school. Due to its location CIIT Wah is easily accessible for students coming from Wah, Taxila, Rawalpindi, and Hassanabdal. Its area is 16 acres (approx.)

Established in April 2004, Attock City lies on the bank of River Indus. It is just 80 km. from Rawalpindi and 100 km. from Peshawar, neighboring 10 km. from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra. Attock is a place of contrast offering the best life with the peace of most beautiful countryside. District Attock has total area of 6000 km2. The Attock city is neither certainly static nor backward looking and is continuously at the fore front of development and change. Its location has helped it to become a competitive business area. District Attock has a population of more than one million people. Most of the population belongs to the profession of agriculture but the development and advancement in various walks of life has paved the path to understand the importance of education in the lives of people as an individual and as a nation. Its area is 41.5 acres (approx.)

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Sahiwal was established in August 2006. Sahiwal is a city with a population of about two million, located on the LMQ road, the half-way between Lahore and Multan, was formally inaugurated in September 2007. Sahiwal and its surroundings are known for wheat, cotton, sugarcane, maize and rice crops. Main fruits are citrus, mangoes and guava. The establishment of CIIT Campus at Sahiwal besides providing higher education facilities in the highly demanded market oriented disciplines also provides the state-of-the-art facilities for research and development in these fields. Sahiwal campus intends to augment the academic and socio-economic role in imparting quality education with the help of cutting-edge technology and contemporary managerial practices. The Sahiwal Campus has surfaced as the most vibrant educational institution in Sahiwal. It has been able to fetch the record high intake ever witnessed at any CIIT Campus for its pioneer batch. It started with the enrolment of 100 students with quite an attractive 30 percent ratio of female students. Currently, the campus has a total enrolment of more than 2,400 students. Its area is 36 acres (approx.)

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology has achieved yet another milestone by opening its 7th Campus at Vehari. Located in the heart of the country’s biggest province Punjab, and famous for its fertile lands, Vehari is the center piece of diverse socio-economic life in the region. Vehari District was established in 1976. It has an area of 4,373 km2 and an estimated population of 3.5 million. The district shares its borders with Bahawalnagar and Bahawalpur districts on the Southern side, Pakpattan district on the Eastern, Lodhran district on the Western and Sahiwal and Khanewal districts on the Northern side. Vehari Campus was inaugurated on 17 August 2008. Vehari campus started with an enrolment of 45 students in MBA and now has 479 totals enrolled students. Initially, a temporary campus was functioning in a hostel building of the Government College for Boys Vehari. However, for the establishment of the permanent Campus at Vehari, Government of Punjab has transferred more than 415 Kanals land located at two different places in the Vehari city, in which an Academic block has now been constructed, and classes are being run there from Spring 2011. CIIT Vehari plans to impart quality education in order to make students capable professionals, sensitive intellectuals and responsible citizens. Driven by market forces, technological revolution and globalization, CIIT Vehari aims to instill a research culture for economic and human resource development in this region. Its area is 52 acres (approx.)

Virtual COMSATS[edit]

Online courses are provided for those students who cannot commute to campus on a daily basis, therefore they can earn their degree at home through VCOMSATS.

Foreign collaborations[edit]

Lancaster University & COMSATS (CIIT) Lahore Partnership-Dual Degree Programme (DDP)[edit]

COMSATS has entered into a dual degree program with Lancaster University. It simultaneously offers two degrees, from CIIT and Lancaster University. Students will be alumni of both Universities.This is the first programme between a UK and a Pakistani university.[11][12]

Dual degree programme between CIIT and The University of Lancaster

Student Life[edit]


In each semester, there is a Student's week, known as COMFEST.[13]

Clubs & Societies

  • COMSATS Information Technology Society (CITS) [14]

PERN Connected University[edit]

Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN) is providing its services to COMSATS University.

CIIT Other Facilities[edit]

  • COMSATS Employees Housing Foundation (CEHF) [15]
  • COMSATS Scholarships [16]
  • COMSATS Internet Services [17]
  • COMSATS Transport
  • COMSATS Nurseries [18]
  • COMSATS Laboratories
  • COMSATS Day Care Center [19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "CIIT webpage". CIIT. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Location and Address of CIIT". Google Services, Inc. google maps. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Listed Academic programmes". Listed Academic programmes. Listed Academic programmes. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Pakistan Govt. "HEC rankings". Pakistan Govt. HEC rankings. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  5. ^ ACU members. "ACU members". ACU members. ACU members. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Historical perspectives". COMSATS. COMSATS. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Research output of CIIT". Research output of CIIT. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Academic Programs". Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  9. ^ "About CIIT". Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  10. ^ "COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore". Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  11. ^ "Lancaster University Dual Degree Programme". Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  12. ^ "COMSATS Dual Degree Programme". Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  13. ^ "COMFEST webpage". 
  14. ^ "CITS webpage". 
  15. ^ "CEHF webpage". 
  16. ^ "CIITScholarships webpage". 
  17. ^ "CIITNET webpage". 
  18. ^ "CIITNURSERY webpage". 
  19. ^ "CIITDCC webpage". 

External links[edit]

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