Quaid-i-Azam University

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Quaid-i-Azam University
جامعہ قائداعظم
Quaid-i-Azam University Entrance.JPG
The Baab-ul-Quaid - entrance of the university
Motto وَمَن يُؤْتَ الْحِكْمَةَ فَقَدْ أُوتِيَ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا
Motto in English And He to Whom wisdom is granted receiveth indeed a benefit overflowing[1]
Established 1967 (1967)
Type Public
Chancellor President of Pakistan
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Eatzaz Ahmed[2]
Students 7,800[3]
Location Islamabad,  Pakistan
33°44′50″N 73°08′20″E / 33.74722°N 73.13889°E / 33.74722; 73.13889Coordinates: 33°44′50″N 73°08′20″E / 33.74722°N 73.13889°E / 33.74722; 73.13889
Campus Urban
Former names University of Islamabad
Colours Blue, White        
Nickname QAU
Affiliations HEC
Website www.qau.edu.pk

The Quaid-i-Azam University (Urdu: جامعہ قائداعظم‎; simply Qau), is a public research university located in Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan.[4] Consisting of four faculties, nine affiliated research institutes, the university is consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in Pakistan in "overall category"[5] by the HEC and successfully entered its name in Quacquarelli Symonds ranking for the top 500 universities in the world in 2013.[6][7]

With overall ~5,500 students currently attending the university, it offers undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctoral programmes in various academic disciplines.[3] The Quaid-i-Azam University scholars have played critical role in the development of various academic disciplines including in social and natural sciences. Its school of social sciences is well known for its leading contribution to the movement in critical analysis.[3] Also, the university's school of natural sciences holds an international prestige for its leading and developmental role in physics and mathematics since its establishment.[8][9]

Covering the approximated area of 1700 acres below the Margalla Hills, the university is internationally known for its higher learning, technological advancement, and intellectual interaction with a joint collaboration in various academic discipline with various international institutes, including the United Nations.[3] It is one of the most popular universities in the country and has attracted world renowned scholars and intellectuals to serve as faculty, researchers, or alumni since its establishment in 1967.[9][10]


Quaid Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The university was renamed in honor of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan.

Faculties and departments[edit]

Stupa on the campus
Faculty Building of the Defence & Strategic Studies Department

Quaid-i-Azam University consists of four faculties and following Departments, Institutes/ Schools are working under these faculties;

Faculty of Natural Sciences[edit]

Dean; Prof. Dr. Zaka Ullah

* Department of Chemistry

Chairperson; Dr. Amin Badshah

* Department of Computer Science

Chairperson; Dr. Afzaal Bhatti

* Department of Earth Sciences

Chairperson; Dr. Gulraiz Akhtar

* Department of Electronics

Chairperson; Dr. Farhan Saif

* Institute of Information Technology

Director; Dr. Azhar Abbas Rizvi

* Department of Mathematics

Chairperson; Dr. Tasawar Hayat

* Department of Physics

Chairperson; Dr. Arshad Majid Mirza (S.I.)

* Department of Statistics

Chairperson; Dr. Javaid Shabbir

Faculty of Social Sciences[edit]

Dean; Prof. Dr. Aliya H. Khan

* Quaid-i-Azam School of Management Sciences (QASMS)

Director; Dr. Ajmal Waheed

* Department of Anthropology

Chairperson; Dr. Waheed Chaudhry

* Department of Sociology

Chairperson; Dr. Muhammad Zaman

* Department of Linguistics

Chairperson; Dr. Mubina Talat

* Department of Defence and Strategic Studies

Chairperson; Mr. Rasheed Khalid

* School of Economics

Director; Dr. Mazhar Iqbal

* Department of History

Chairperson; Dr. Rabia Umar

* School of Politics & International Relations

Director; Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal

* School of Law[11]

Director; Mr. Arshad Nawaz Khan

* Taxila Institute of Asian Civilizations

Director; Dr. Muhammad Ashraf

Faculty of Biological Sciences[edit]

Dean; Prof. Dr. Askari Bano

* Department of Animal Sciences

Chairperson; Dr. Irfan Zia Qureshi

* Department of Bio Chemistry

Chairperson; Dr. Bushra Mirza

* Department of Microbiology

Chairperson; Dr. Fariha Hassan

* Department of Plant Sciences

Chairperson; Dr. Tariq Mehmood

* Department of Bio Technology

Chairperson Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari

* Department of Environmental Sciences

Chairperson; Dr. Riffat Naseem Malik

* QAU School of Medicine

Director; (Vacant)

* Department of Pharmacy

Chairperson; Dr. Gul Majid Khan

* National Center for Bioinformatics

Director; Dr. Sajid Rashid

Faculty of Medical Science[edit]

Dean; Maj.Gen. Viqar Ahmed Khan

Attached Hospital[edit]

  • Poly Clinic, Islamabad


* National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research (NIHCR) Center for Excellence[edit]

Director; Prof.Dr Sajid Awan.

* Center of Excellence in Gender Studies[edit]

Director; Dr. Farzana Bari

* National Institute of Psychology[edit]

Director; Dr. Anila Kamal

* National Institute of Pakistan Studies[edit]

Director; Dr. Tahir Amin

* Area Study Centre for Africa, North & South America[edit]

Director; Dr. Nauman Omar Sattar

Academic profile[edit]

Dr. Raziuddin Siddiqui Memorial Library


Quaid-i-Azam University campus is linked with HEC digital library which provides access to worldwide online databases. Some departments have their subject specific libraries located in the departmental buildings. These seminar libraries are located in the departments of Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Defense and Strategic Studies, Economics, History, and Physics.[12]


The university has research collaboration with universities in the United States, Europe and South Asia.[13]

Rankings and reputation[edit]

For QS Top 10 Asian universities QAU was ranked 6th in natural science category for year 2010.[14] The university was overall ranked between 100-200 among the QS world top universities in 2007 and 2009.[15] According to the latest 2012 ranking of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam University is ranked first in the general category.[16] As per rankings of OIC universities, QAU stood first in ranking among Muslim countries universities. More than 80% of the teachers hold doctoral degrees and have overseas experience.[17]

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Abdullah Yusuf Ali Translation of Al-Qura'an 2: 269
  2. ^ Qau Press. "Message from V.C.". Qau Press. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Qau introduction". Qau press. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Qau address". Google maps. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Overall Top 10 HEIs of Pakistan". Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Haq, Riaz (June 17, 2013). "2013 rank: Three Pakistani universities among world’s top 200". Express Tribune, June 17, 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Naeem, Waqas (July 6, 2013). "Where to study: HEC releases university rankings for 2013". Express Tribune, July 6, 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Institute of Theoretical Physics, Qau". Institute of Theoretical Physics, Qau. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Dept. of Mathematics. "Dept. of Mathematics". Dept. of Mathematics. Dept. of Mathematics. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Yusuf, Sohail (23 February 2012). "Quaid-e-Azam University declared as top university of Pakistan". Dawn news, 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  11. ^ http://qau.edu.pk/law/
  12. ^ Dr. Raziuddin Siddiqui Memorial Library, Quaid i Azam University
  13. ^ List of MOUs signed by Quaid-i-Azam University with the foreign universities
  14. ^ Asian Universities Ranking 2007
  15. ^ Ranking of World Top Universities
  16. ^ Ranking of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Recognized Universities in Pakistan
  17. ^ "Ranking of Universities". Organization of Islamic Conference. 

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