List of universities in Pakistan

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The University of the Punjab, established 1882 in Lahore, is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Pakistan.

The higher education in Pakistan is the systematic process of students continuing their education beyond high schools, learned societies, and two-year colleges. The governance of higher education is maintained under the Higher Education Commission (HEC) which oversees the financial funding, research outputs, and teaching quality in the country.[1] In Pakistan, the higher education system includes the public, private, military, and vocational universities; all accredited by the HEC.

Since its independence from the British Indian Empire, the system of the universities have expanded throughout the country with the support provided by the University Grants Commission (UGC) which had been an autonomous institution of recognizing the universities till 2002 when it was preceded by the HEC. Pakistan produces about ~445,000 university graduates and 10,000 computer science graduates annually.[2] There are numbers of institutions of higher learning active in the country but the HEC recognizes (168) institutions. This article provides a comprehensive list of higher education institutions operationalized and active in Pakistan.


Islamabad Capital Territory[edit]

Public Sector[edit]

No. University Established Campuses Specialization Website
01 Information Technology University (ITU) 2012 General (Large) ITU
02 COMSATS Institute of Information Technology 2000 Abbottabad, Attock, Sahiwal, Vehari, Virtual, Wah Information Technology COMSATS
03 Federal Urdu University 2002 Karachi General (Large) FUUAST
04 International Islamic University, Islamabad 1980 General (Large) IIU
05 National University of Modern Languages (NUML) 2000 Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Sindh, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Quetta Language NUML
06 National University of Sciences and Technology (Pakistan) (NUST) 1991 Engineering NUST
07 Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) 1957 Economics PIDE
08 Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) 1967 Engineering PIEAS
09 Quaid-i-Azam University 1965 General (Medium) QAU
10 Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University 2013 Medical PIMS

Private Sector[edit]

No. University Established Campuses Specialization Website
1 Foundation University, Islamabad 2002 Engineering FUI
2 National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences 2000 Chiniot - Faisalabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar Information Technology NU
3 Riphah International University 2002 Faisalabad, Lahore General (Medium) Riphah
4 Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University 2012 General STMU

Armed Forces[edit]

No. University Established Force Campuses Specialization Website
1 Air University (Pakistan Air Force) 2002 Pakistan Air Force Multan Engineering AU
2 Bahria University 2000 Pakistan Navy Karachi, Lahore General (Large) Bahria
3 National Defence University, Pakistan (NDU) 1965 Pakistan Army General (Military) NDU

Balochistan[edit]

Public Sector[edit]

No. University Location Established Campuses Specialization Links
1 Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology Khuzdar 1987 General (Small) BUETK
2 Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences Quetta 2002 Information Technology BUITMS
3 Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Lasbela 2005 General (Medium) LUAWMS
4 Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University Quetta 2004 General (Small) SBKUW
5 University of Balochistan Quetta 1970 Loralai General (Medium) UoB
6 University of Turbat Turbat 2012 General (Medium) UoT
  • Unrecognized/Newly Established Universities
No. University Location Established Specialization Website
1 University of Loralai Loralai 2013 General (Small) UoL

Private Sector[edit]

No. University Location Established Campuses Specialization Website
1 Al-Hamd Islamic University Quetta 1995 (2005)* Islamabad General (Small) AIU

* Granted University Status

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa[edit]

Public Sector[edit]

No. University Location Established Campuses Specialization Website
1 Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan Mardan 2009 General AWKUM
2 Bacha Khan University Charsadda 2012 General BKUC
3 Gomal University Dera Ismail Khan 1974 General GU
4 Hazara University Mansehra 2002 General HU
5 Institute of Management Sciences (Peshawar) (IMS) Peshawar 1995 (2002)* Business IMSciences
6 Islamia College University Peshawar 1913 (2008)* General ICP
7 Khushal Khan Khattak University Karak, Pakistan 2013 General KKKUK
8 Khyber Medical University Peshawar 2007 Medical KMU
9 Kohat University of Science and Technology Kohat 2001 Engineering and Technology KUST
10 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Sheringal Upper Dir 2009 General SBBU
11 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar 2012 General SBBWU
12 University of Agriculture, Peshawar Peshawar 1981 Agriculture, Veterinary and Business AUP
13 University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar Peshawar 1980 Abbottabad, Bannu, Jalozai, Mardan Engineering and Technology UET Peshawar
14 University of FATA Kohat 2013 General none
15 University of Haripur Haripur 2012 General UoH
16 University of Malakand Malakand 2001 General UoM
17 University of Peshawar Peshawar 1950 General UPesh
18 University of Science and Technology (Bannu) Bannu 2005 General USTB
19 University of Swabi Swabi 2013 General UoSwabi
20 University of Swat Saidu Sharif, Swat 2009 General UoSwat

Private Sector[edit]

Islamia College University
Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology
University of Malakand, Chakdara
COMSATS Abbottabad
No. University Location Established Campuses Specialization Website
1 Abasyn University Peshawar 2007 Islamabad General Abasyn
2 CECOS University of Information Technology and Emerging Sciences Peshawar 1986 Information Technology CECOS
3 City University of Science and Information Technology, Peshawar Peshawar 2008 Information Technology City University
4 Gandhara University Peshawar 2002 Medical Gandhara
5 Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology Topi, Swabi 1988 (1993)* Engineering and Technology GIKI
6 IQRA National University Peshawar 2012 General Iqra Psh
7 Northern University, Nowshera Nowshera 2008 General Northern
8 Preston University (Pakistan) Kohat 1984 Ajman, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar General Preston
9 Qurtuba University Peshawar 2001 Peshawar General Qurtuba
10 Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology Peshawar 2001 Science and Technology SUIT

Armed Forces[edit]

No. University Location Established Force Specialization Website
1 Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul, Abbotabad 1947 Pakistan Army Training Pakistan Army

* Granted University Status

Punjab[edit]

Public Sector[edit]

Ghazi University in D.G.Khan
No. University Location Established Campuses Specialization Website
1 Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan 1975 Layyah, Sahiwal General BZU
2 Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi 1998 General FJWU
3 Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan 2012 General Ghazi University
4 Government College University, Faisalabad Faisalabad 1933 (2002) General GCUF
5 Government College University, Lahore Lahore 1864 General GCU
6 Government College Women University, Faisalabad Faisalabad 2012 General GCWUF
7 Government College Women University, Sialkot Sialkot 2012 General GCWUS
8 Islamia University Bahawalpur 1975 Bahawalnagar, Rahim Yar Khan General IUB
9 King Edward Medical University Lahore 1860 (2006) Medical KEMU
10 Kinnaird College for Women University Lahore 1917 General Kinnaird
11 Lahore College for Women University Lahore 1922 Jhang General LCWU
12 Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture Multan 2012 Agriculture MNSUAM
13 National College of Arts (NCA) Lahore 1996 Arts NCA
14 National Textile University Faisalabad 1959 (2002) Textile Engineering NTU
15 NFC Institute of Engineering and Technology Multan 1985 Engineering NFCIET
16 Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design Lahore 2010 Fashion PIDF
17 Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi 1970 (1994) Agriculture and Veterinary UAAR
18 University of Agriculture, Faisalabad Faisalabad 1906 (1961) Depalpur, Toba Tek Singh Agriculture and Veterinary UAF
19 University of Education Lahore 2002 Dera Ghazi Khan, Faisalabad, Jauharabad, Multan, Okara, Pakistan, Vehari Education UE
20 University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore Lahore 1921 Faisalabad, Kala Shah Kaku, Rachna College of Engineering and Technology (Gujranwala) Engineering UET
21 University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila Taxila 1975 Chakwal Engineering UET Taxila
22 University of Gujrat Gujrat 2004 General UoG
23 University of Health Sciences, Lahore Lahore 2002 Medical UHS
24 University of Sargodha Sargodha 2002 General UoS
25 University of the Punjab Lahore 1882 Gujranwala General PU
26 University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore 1882 Jhang, Pattoki Veterinary UVAS
27 Virtual University of Pakistan Lahore 2002 Badin, Dera Ghazi Khan, Faisalabad, Ghotki, Gujranwala, Hyderabad, Sindh, Islamabad, Jhelum, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Peshawar, Pishin, Pakistan, Rawalpindi, Sahiwal Distance Education VU
28 Women University Multan Multan 2011 General WUM
  • Unrecognized/Newly Established Universities
No. University Location Established Specialization Website
1 Government Sadiq College Women University Bahawalpur 2012 General GSCWU
2 Information Technology University, Lahore Lahore 2012 Information Technology ITU
3 Khawaja Fareed University of Engineering & Information Technology, Rahim Yar Khan Rahim Yar Khan 2014 Engineering none
4 Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering and Technology Multan 2012 Engineering MNSUET
5 University of Engineering and Technology (Rasul) Rasul 2014 Engineering none
6 University of Sahiwal Sahiwal 2014 General none
7 University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Bahawalpur Bahawalpur 2014 Veterinary none

Private Sector[edit]

1 University Location Established Campuses Specialization Website
1 Ali Institute of Education Lahore 1992 Education AIE
2 Beaconhouse National University Lahore 2003 General BNU
3 Forman Christian College Lahore 1864 (2005) General FC College
4 GIFT University Gujranwala 2002 General GIFT
5 Global Institute, Lahore Lahore 1996 General Global
6 Hajvery University Lahore 2002 General Hajvery
7 HITEC University Taxila 2007 Engineering Hitech Uni
8 Imperial College of Business Studies Lahore 1991 Business Imperial
9 Institute of Management Sciences, Lahore Lahore 1987 Business Pak-AIMS
10 Institute of Southern Punjab Multan 2010 General USP
11 Lahore Garrison University Lahore 2012 General LGU
12 Lahore Leads University Lahore 2011 General Leads
13 Lahore School of Economics Lahore 1997 Business and Economics Lahore School of Economics
14 Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Lahore 1984 Business LUMS
15 Minhaj University, Lahore Lahore 2005 General MUL
16 National College of Business Administration and Economics Lahore 1994 Multan Business and Economics NCBAE
17 Nur International University Lahore 2015 General N/A
18 Qarshi University Lahore 2011 General QU
19 The Superior College Lahore 2004 General Superior
20 University of Central Punjab Lahore 2002 General UCP
21 University of Faisalabad Faisalabad 2002 General TUF
22 University of Lahore Lahore 2002 Gujrat, Islamabad, Sargodha General UoL
23 University of Management and Technology, Lahore Lahore 1990 Sialkot Business and Technology UMT
24 University of South Asia (Pakistan) Lahore 2003 General USA
25 University of Wah Wah 2009 General UW

* Granted University Status

Sindh[edit]

Public Sector[edit]

Department of Economics, University of Karachi
Mehran University, Main Entrance
Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology
IQRA University Main Campus
Hamdard University
No. University Location Established Campuses Specialization Website
1 Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Karachi 2010 (2007)* General BBSUL
2 Dawood University of Engineering and Technology Karachi 1962 (2007)* Engineering DUET
3 Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi 1945 (2003)* Medical DUHS
4 Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences Khairpur 2012 Medical N/A
5 Institute of Business Administration, Karachi Karachi 1955 Business IBA
6 Jinnah Sindh Medical University Karachi 2012 Medical JSMU
7 Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Jamshoro 1881 (2002)* Medical LUMHS
8 Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro 1963 (1977)* Khairpur Engineering MUET
9 NED University of Engineering and Technology Karachi 1921 (1977)* Engineering NEDUET
10 Peoples University of Medical & Health Sciences for Women Nawabshah 2013 Medical PUMHS
11 Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology Nawabshah 1974 (1996)* Larkana Engineering QUEST
12 Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur 1974 (1987)* Shikarpur, Sindh General SALU
13 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Nawabshah Benazirabad 2010 General SBBUSBA
14 Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University Larkana 2008 Medical SMBBMU
15 Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam 1977 Agriculture and Technology SAU
16 Sindh Madrasatul Islam Karachi 1885 (2012)* General SMIU
17 Sukkur Institute of Business Administration Sukkur 1994 Business and Information Technology IBA-Suk
18 Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law Karachi 2012 Law SZABUL
19 University of Karachi Karachi 1951 General UoK
20 University of Sindh Jamshoro 1947 Badin, Dadu, Pakistan, Mirpur Khas General USindh
  • Unrecognized/Newly Established Universities
No. University Location Established Specialization Website
1 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Karachi 2013 Veterinary SBBUVAS

Private Sector[edit]

No. University Location Established Campuses Specialization Website
1 Aga Khan University Karachi 1983 Medical AKU
2 Baqai Medical University Karachi 1989 (1996)* Medical Baqai
3 Commeces Institute of Business and Emerging Sciences Karachi 1993 Business Commeces Institute
4 Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education Karachi 2000 General Dadabhoy
5 DHA Suffa University Karachi 2012 General DSU
6 Greenwich University, Karachi Karachi 1998 General Greenwich University
7 Hamdard University Karachi 1991 Islamabad (Subject to the renewal of NOC in December, 2015.) General Hamdard
8 Habib University Karachi 2009 (2014)* Liberal Arts and Sciences Habib
9 Indus University Karachi 2004 General Indus
10 Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture Karachi 1989 (1994)* Arts and Architecture Indus Valley
11 Institute of Business Management Karachi 1995 Business, Engineering and Technology IoBM
12 Institute of Business & Technology, Karachi Karachi 2001 Business BizTek
13 Iqra University Karachi 1998 (2000)* Islamabad, Quetta General Iqra
14 Isra University Hyderabad, Sindh 1997 Islamabad, Karachi General Isra
15 Jinnah University for Women Karachi 1998 General JUW
16 Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology Karachi 1997 General PAFKIET
17 Karachi School for Business and Leadership Karachi 2009 (2012)* Business KSBL
18 KASB Institute of Technology Karachi 2011 Business KASBIT
19 Muhammad Ali Jinnah University Karachi 2009 Islamabad Business, Engineering and Technology Jinnah
20 Nazeer Hussain University Karachi 2012 Business NHU
21 Newports Institute of Communications and Economics Karachi 2013 Business Newports
22 Preston Institute of Management Science and Technology Karachi 2001 Business and Technology PIMSATK-Khi
23 Preston University (Pakistan) Karachi 1984 General Preston
24 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto City University Karachi 2013 General SBBCU
25 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Dewan University Karachi 2013 General none
26 Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) Karachi 1995 Dubai, Hyderabad, Sindh, Islamabad, Larkana General SZABIST
27 Sindh Institute of Medical Sciences Karachi 2009 Medical none
28 Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology Karachi 1993 Engineering SSUET
29 Textile Institute of Pakistan Karachi 1994 (2001)* Textile TIP
30 Ziauddin University Karachi 1995 Medical ZU
  • Unrecognized/Newly Established Universities
No. University Location Established Specialization Website
1 Hyderabad Institute of Arts, Science and Technology Hyderabad 2013 Sciences HIAST
2 Qalandar Shahbaz University of Modern Sciences Karachi 2013 Sciences QSUMS
3 University of East Hyderabad 1999 Sciences UoE

Armed Forces[edit]

No. University Location Established Force Specialization Website
1 Pakistan Naval Academy Karachi 1970 Pakistan Navy Military Pak Navy

* Granted University Status


Azad Kashmir[edit]

Mirpur University of Science and Technology

Public Sector[edit]

No. University Location Established Specialization Website
1 Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST) Mirpur 1980 (2008)* Engineering and Technology MUST
2 University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Muzaffarabad 1980 General AJKU
3 University of Management Sciences and Information Technology Kotli 1980 (2014)* General UMSIT
4 University of Poonch Rawalakot 1980 (2012)* General UPR
5 Women University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Bagh Bagh, Azad Kashmir 2013 General none

Private Sector[edit]

No. University Location Established Specialization Website
1 Al-Khair University (The University is restricted for MS/M.Phil/PhD admissions/programs and can only offer admissions up to Masters’ level at its Bhimber campus, AJK, from Fall 2014.) Bhimber 1994 (2011)* General AL-Khair
2 Mohi-ud-Din Islamic University Nerian Sharif 2000 General MIU

* Granted University Status


Gilgit-Baltistan[edit]

No. University Location Established Specialization Website
1 Karakoram International University Gilgit 2002 General KIU

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