University of Central Punjab

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University of Central Punjab
UCP Logo Pk.jpg
Motto "Assiduous pursuit of Professional Excellence"
Established October 10, 1999
Type Private
Chairman Mian Amer Mahmood
Academic staff
Students 50,000
Location Johar town, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Website Official Website

The University of Central Punjab (or UCP) is a private sector university located in Lahore, Pakistan. The current enrollment of the university is 8,000. University of Central Punjab, a part of Punjab Group of Colleges, was Chartered by the Government of Punjab in 2002.[1] According to the HEC ranking 2013, UCP's business school is on number 3rd in Lahore. University of Central Punjab offers undergraduate, graduate as well as postgraduate programs in the fields of Engineering, Computer Science, Pharmacy, Business, Commerce, Arts and Social Sciences. The are six distinct faculties in the university namely Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Commerce, Faculty of Pharmacy, UCP Business School, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.[2]


On 15 August 1996, The Punjab Group of Colleges petitioned the Government of Punjab for the establishment of a University in the province. In response to this petition, the government issued a No Objection Certificated on October 11, 1999. The University started operating the same year it got a No Objection Certificate from the government and initially offered courses in Management Studies, Information Technology, Commerce and Law. The Punjab College of Business Administration (PCBA), Punjab Institute of Computer Science (PICS), Punjab College of Commerce (PCC), Punjab Law College (PLC) and Punjab College of Information Technology (PCIT) formed the core of the University at the time of establishment.

Following a restructuring in 2004, the PCBA and PICS operate under the Faculty of Management Studies and Faculty of Information Technology of the University of Central Punjab respectively. The Punjab Colleges of Commerce and the Punjab Law College respectively function under the Faculties of Commerce and of Law of the University of Central Punjab. The Faculty of Engineering (FOE) has was introduced in 2002.[3]


The university campus, located opposite to Shaukat Khanum on Khayaban-e-Jinah, covers an area of 500,000 square feet. The campus was built in 2010. It houses a number of facilities, both curricular and co-curricular in nature.


UCP has a full-service library on campus, which boasts over 30,000 books, 45 magazines and over 1000 CDs, as well as newspapers, company and internship reports and projects by students. The Higher Education Commission has also given the university access to 11,000 online, full-text journals, international databases, and other material published online worldwide.[4]

Computer Labs[edit]

The computing facilities at the University include the following three types of computer Labs, namely, the Main Lab, the Cisco/Hardware Lab and the Classroom Labs. Over 375 computers consisting of original IBM, COMPAQ, Acer and compatibles with latest Pentium processors are available to the student body for unlimited usage. All the computers are networked using Cisco routers and switches. The servers consist of SUN Enterprise, Acer ALTOS, COMPAQ and IBM computers. The students have exposure to multi-user, multitasking environment supported by various hardware resources and offering different software platforms including SOLARIS, WINDOWS 2000, DOS, Novell Netware, UNIX, LINUX, Free BSD, .NET, ORACLE etc. inter-connected through Local Area Networking (LAN).

Engineering Labs[edit]

  • Electrical Engineering Lab

This Electrical Engineering laboratory is well equipped with modern digital and analog electronic instruments. The practical work for the subjects of basic electrical engineering, network analysis and measurements and instrumentation is carried out in this laboratory.

  • Computer Engineering Lab

The Computer Engineering Laboratory has a network of latest computers, CAD software, and FPGA development systems to give students hardware design experience. The lab supports design of digital circuits and the applications microprocessors.

  • Data Communication & Networking Lab

UCP hosts a CISCO Regional Networking Academy where students are given both theoretical and practical training up to the CCNA level. This Networking Academy has instructors trained from the Cisco Academy Training Center London, UK and the students, who complete the training, are issued an official certificate from Cisco System, USA which is recognized and accepted Worldwide.

  • Telecommunication Engineering Lab

Telecommunication Engineering Lab has 10 workstations each equipped with analog & Radar Communication trainer, Electro optic trainer and Telecommunication trainer. Experiments relating to AM & FM Modulation, Demodulation, Digital Optical Communication, Data Communication, etc. are performed in this laboratory.

  • Electrical Machine Lab

This laboratory has facilities to perform experiments related to DC machines transformers and induction machines. The lab at present has six workstations. The university administration plans on adding Synchronous machines and increasing the work station from six to ten.

  • Electrical Instrumentation and Measurement Lab

This laboratory was established in 2007. The lab supports the courses related to analog and digital instruments, measurements techniques and errors.


UCP Business School[edit]

  • Management and Organization Division

Management and Organization Division is the largest of all division of UCP Business School in terms of courses offered as well as students enrolled. The division provides education in the areas of management studies, namely Management, Human Resource Management and Entrepreneurship.[5]

  • Marketing Division

The Marketing Division offers specialization in Marketing. The courses of this department are periodically changed according to the requirements of the market.[6]

Faculty of Information Technology[edit]

Faculty of Information Technology was formed when Punjab Institute of Computer Science attained degree awarding status. The Faculty of Information Technology currently offers five educational programs, namely Ph.D (Computer Science), M.Phil (Computer Science), MS (Computer Science), MCS (Master of Computer Science) and BS (Computer Science).

Faculty of Commerce[edit]

The faculty offers M.Com. program in affiliation with the Institute of Bankers Pakistan (IBP). The faculty offers five degree programs, which are B.Com. (Honors), BS (Honors)-Applied Accounting, M.Com, MS in Commerce, M.Phil, Ph.D. in Commerce and MBA-Accounting & Finance.

Faculty of Engineering[edit]

University of Central Punjab established the Faculty of Engineering in 2003. The university started offering degree program in Electrical Engineering with elective tracks in Electronics Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering and Computer Engineering in September 2003. As of 2013, five batches of students have graduated from the Faculty of Engineering.[7]

Scholarship and Financial Aid[edit]

University of Central Punjab offers scholarships and financial aids on the basis of academic performance, kinship and disability. Tuition fee is also waived for the alumnus of Punjab Group of Colleges.

Academic Performance[edit]

UCP offers 100% tuition fee waiver in the form of merit scholarships on the basis of academic excellence in F.A/F.Sc and B.A/B.Sc examinations held under annual system of examination. Eligibility for merit scholarships is determined on the basis of three ‘As’ in A-level secured in one attempt for BBA/BS Programs or 75% aggregate marks in:

  • F.A/F.Sc examination for BBA/BS Programs
  • B.A /B.Sc examination for MBA/MS Programs

UCP also offers 50% tuition fee waiver on the basis of 70% marks in F.A/F.Sc and B.A/B.Sc examinations held under the annual system of examination or 2 ‘Bs’ or better in A Level secured in one attempt.[8]

PGC Fee Concessions[edit]

PGC Fee Concessions are offered to alumni of all its institutions at the rate of 50% of the tuition fee. Student receiving the PGC fee concession are required to maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 to continue availing the fee concessions. For the evening programs (MBA-Exec and MBA-Banking & Finance) the discount allowed for PGC students is 25% of tuition fee. The 25% fee waiver to PGC students (except the merit scholarship) continues for subsequent semester if a student maintains a CGPA of 3.00 or higher. Scholarships based on academic performance are awarded to the evening students as 25% of the tuition fee, on attaining a CGPA of 3.90 or above.


25% fee concession on basis of kinship is also available to siblings. This concession is subject to maintaining a CGPA of 3.00 in the subsequent semesters.


75% Fee concession is allowed to students with major disability and 50% to students with minor disability. Such a concession requires maintaining a CGPA of 2.80 in both cases. However, the board decides each case on very strict basis and disabled aspirants have to submit the fee for first semester. Its their luck if the fee is reimbursed.


University of Central Punjab has 26 societies offering curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for the student body. [9]

Notable Alumni and Academics[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "History of Punjab Group of Colleges". University of Central Punjab. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "University of Central Punjab - Admission Fall 2013". University of Central Punjab. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "History of Punjab Group of Colleges". University of Central Punjab. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Facilities at University of Central Punjab". University of Central Punjab. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Management and Organization Division
  6. ^ "University of Central Punjab Business School, Marketing Division". University of Central Punjab. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "University of Central Punjab - Faculty of Engineering". University of Central Punjab. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Scholarships and Financial Aids". University of Central Punjab. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Societies and Clubs at University of Central Punjab". University of Central Punjab. Retrieved 10 August 2013.