University of Central Punjab
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|University of Central Punjab|
|Motto||"Relentless pursuit of Professional Excellence"|
|Established||October 10, 1999|
|Chairman||Mian Amer Mahmood|
|Location||Khayaban e jinnah, Johar town, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Nickname||PICS, UCP, PCBA, PCE|
The University of Central Punjab (or UCP), located in Lahore, Pakistan, is a private sector university. The five colleges in the university are the faculties of Commerce, Management Studies, Information Technology, Engineering, and Law.
The history of the University of Central Punjab can be traced back to 1985, when Punjab College of Commerce, the first institution under the auspices of the Islamic Commerce Educational Society, was established in Lahore. The Punjab Law College was inaugurated three years later in 1988 also in Lahore. The Punjab Group of Colleges branched out into major cities of Punjab. It is ranked in 0-1500 universities by world ranked of gpd.
Pursuant to arrangements with foreign accredited universities, the Punjab College of Business Administration (PCBA) was established in 1991 and the Punjab Institute of Computer Science (PICS) in 1993, at Lahore.
In less than five years both institutions emerged as educational centres, training individuals as professional managers and computer scientists. By 1996, the Punjab Group of Colleges had established twelve campuses in cities of the Punjab and with more than 18,000 students enrolled at that time had emerged as the low educational network in the private sector in Pakistan.
The group also established Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi, which was granted degree awarding status by the Government of Sindh by Ordinance No. S.LEGIS:1(7)/98/-, dated 1 July 1998. Muhammad Ali Jinnah University maintains twin campuses at Karachi and Islamabad, both recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, the apex body for higher education in the country. In 2003 UCP started its engineering section which is recognized by HEC and accredited by the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC). It has about 500 students.
On 15 August 1996 the Punjab Group of Colleges petitioned the government of the Punjab for the establishment of a university in the province. The government of the Punjab issued a No Objection Certificate to the establishment of the University (Notification No. S.O.(Univ.)9-4/99) dated 11 October 1999 and awarded a charter (Ordinance No. Legis. 13-80/2000) dated 10 April 2002. The University of Central Punjab is the first university in the private sector in Punjab which has been awarded a degree granting status by the Government. By then the Group had established 29 campuses and enrolled around twenty five thousand students. This number has now reached to 30 campuses with enrollment of around thirty thousand students.
The University of Central started on 10 October 1999, the date of issuance of the No Objection Certificate and offered courses in Management Studies, Information Technology, Commerce and Law. Its principal constituent institutions i.e., 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), all at Lahore, 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. It has been accredited by the Pakistan Engineering Council. The Faculties of Languages and Literature, and Arts and Social Sciences will be housed at the main campus of the University, which is to be established by 2012.
Land mark achieved 
Establishment of Punjab College 1985 at Canal Bank, Lahore.
Establishment of 1986 Islamic Commerce Educational Society.
Establishment Punjab Law Colleges 1988.
Punjab College at 1988 Faisalabad and Rawalpindi.
Punjab College of 1991 Business Administration, Lahore.
Punjab Institute of 1993 Computer Science, Lahore.
Punjab College at Islamabad 1996.
Punjab College at Gujranwala 1997.
Punjab College for Women 1998.
Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi 1998.
Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad 1998.
Punjab College opens its branches at 1999 Sargodha and Multan.
Punjab College of Information Technology 2000.
Tower Technologies (Pvt.) Limited 2001 starts operations.
University of Central Punjab 2002.
Resource Academia School System 2003.
Punjab College at Sialkot 2004.
Punjab Colleges of Science 2005.
Punjab College at Rahim Yar Khan 2006.
Dunya News Network goes on air 2008.
Punjab College expands its network to 2009. Bhawalpur, Gujrat, Okara New Campus of University of 2010.
Central Punjab at Johar Town, Lahore.
New Campus of Mohammad Ali Jinnah 2010 University in Islamabad.
Allied Schools 2010 (Franchised Educational Network).
Setting up of 2010. Punjab Colleges in 18 New Cities.
Setting up of 2011 Punjab Colleges in 20 New Cities.
Launch of DOCE Bakers and Sweets 2011.
Setting up of 2012 Punjab Colleges in 17 New Cities.
Capital University of 2012 Science & Technology (CUST).