Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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Pakistan Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences
PIEAS Logo.jpg
Established 1967
Type Public Sector Residential Education and Research Institution
Chairman Dr. Ansar Pervaiz
Rector Dr. Muhammad Aslam

Dr. Nasir Majid Mirza
(Pro Rector)
Dr. Mansoor Hameed Inayat
(Dean Engineering)
Dr. Sikander Majid Mirza
(Dean Applied Sciences)

Dr. Mutawarra Hussain
(Dean Research)
Academic staff 140 including 82 PhDs
Admin. staff 550+
Undergraduates 400
Postgraduates 600
Doctoral students 100
Location Nilore, Islamabad, ICT, Pakistan
Campus Urban, 360+ acre
Former names

Centre for Nuclear Studies (CNS) (1976-1997)

Reactor School (1967-1976)
Colours Dark Green, White and Sky Blue

The Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), is a public research university located in the Islamabad Capital Territory, near the remote town of Nilore.[1]

Founded in 1967 as Reactor School in response to increasing industrialization of Pakistan, the institute started its educational activities with the support of Quaid-e-Azam University, and achieved its independence in 1970; the institute gained its university status in 1997. Students reside on grounds of the 150 acres (0.61 km2; 0.23 sq mi) campus while attending the university, which offers academic programs with a strong emphasis on scientific, engineering, and technological education and research.

Currently the university is ranked as the top engineering institute of Pakistan by the HEC in "engineering and technology" cateogory , as of 2013.[2] QS World University Rankings ranked the institute top in Pakistan and among the top 100 in Asia.[3]


The concept of establishing the PIEAS was conceived in 1955 and a recommendation was sent to the government for establishing a "conservatory of science"; the proposal failed due to political instability.[5] Witnessing the establishment of Institute of Theoretical Physics at Quaid-e-Azam University in 1965 and in a direct industrialization program of President Ayub Khan in 1967, the institute was established as a "Reactor School" under the management of PAEC.[5]

Originally, it was one of many "post-graduate institution" of PAEC in 1967, but efforts led by Abdus Salam and Raziuddin Siddiqui had the institution constituted and affiliated with the Quaid-e-Azam University (Qau) in 1967.[5] The Qau started admitting post-graduates to "Reactor School" and began awarded Master's degree in nuclear sciences to its graduates.[6] In 1972, the Fellowship programme was instituted in 1972 and achieved independence from Quaid-e-Azam University in 1976. It was renamed and upgraded into the Centre for Nuclear Studies (CNS) and received its own building in 1978.[5] Gradually increasing independence from the Quaid-e-Azam University as new facilities were constructed over the following decades and new curriculum was inserted for the institute.[5]

In 1979, the institute began hiring a new faculty for the school from all over the country. Vast majority of the faculty comes from the PAEC, including Munir Ahmad Khan who accepted the professorship of physics there and remained with the institute throughout his entire life.[4] Munir Khan emphasized the importance of pure sciences like physics and chemistry and reduced the vocational practice required in shops and drafting studios.[5] In 1988, it expanded its scope with the addition of a MSc program in Systems Engineering and in Nuclear Medicine in 1989. With efforts led by Munir Ahmad Khan and others, the institute gained its current name in 1997; in 2000, it was granted four-year university status by Higher Education Commission (HEC).[5]

Notable scholars[edit]

The country's notable scientists and scholars have been affiliated with PIEAS since its establishment in 1976. Its notable faculty included Munir Ahmad Khan (professor of physics), Asghar Qadir (professor of mathematics), and Inam-ul-Haq (professor of nuclear engineering) had taught and affiliated with the institute.


  1. ^ "Google maps of PIEAS". Google maps. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Category wise ranking of universities". HEC Category. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Rank
  4. ^ a b c "Nuclear Files: Munir Ahmad Khan on PIEAS, 1999". Retrieved March 22, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g PIEAS Genesis (PIEAS Genesis). "PIEAS Genesis". PIEAS Genesis. Retrieved 21 July 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "Genesis". PIEAS. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "PIEAS Faculty". PIEAS Faculty. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "PIEAS Director". PIEAS Director. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Chairman". Chairman. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 

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