Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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Pakistan Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences
PIEAS Logo.jpg
Former names
Centre for Nuclear Studies (CNS) (1976-1997)
Reactor School (1967-1976)
Type Public
Established 1967
Founder Dr. Inam-ur-Rehman
Chairman Mansoor Ahmed Nashai (Pharamasist)
Chancellor President of Pakistan
Rector Dr. Zain Sarfraz Khan Shahpuri Rizvi Qalandri
Academic staff
170+ including 150+ PhDs
Administrative staff
Students 1100+
Undergraduates 500+
Postgraduates 600+
Location Islamabad, Pakistan
33°39′23″N 73°15′35″E / 33.65639°N 73.25972°E / 33.65639; 73.25972Coordinates: 33°39′23″N 73°15′35″E / 33.65639°N 73.25972°E / 33.65639; 73.25972
Campus Urban, 312+ acres
Colours Dark green, white and sky blue
Nickname PIEAS
Affiliations Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Pakistan Engineering Council, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan

Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) is a public institute focused on the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It is located in Islamabad, Pakistan.[1]

Founded in 1967 as Reactor School in response to increasing industrialisation of Pakistan, the institute started its educational activities with the affiliation of Quaid-e-Azam University, and became Centre for Nuclear Studies (CNS) in 1976; the institute gained its new name and became independent in 1997.In 2000, PIEAS was granted the status of a degree awarding institute.

PIEAS is based on a 150 acres (0.61 km2; 0.23 sq mi) campus and has around 135 full-time faculty members.[2]

PIEAS has strong collaboration with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.[3][4]

As of 2017, Higher Education Commission rated PIEAS as the 2nd leading engineering university in Pakistan,[5] while QS Asia University Rankings ranked it as 106th in Asia in 2014, 115th in 2015 and 149th in 2016.[5][6][7]


The institute was established in 1967 as the Reactor School under the management of the PAEC to produce qualified manpower for Pakistan's budding nuclear program.[8] A fellowship programme was instituted in 1972, under which science and engineering graduates were invited to compete for the award of attractive fellowships for the duration of the course.

The Reactor School was upgraded administratively to the level of a Division of the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH) and was renamed the Centre for Nuclear Studies. With its expanding activities, additional space became of paramount importance and therefore a separate building, located close to PINSTECH, was constructed, and CNS shifted to it in 1978. CNS introduced several new degree programmes which included M.Sc. (Systems Engineering) in 1988, M.Sc. (Nuclear Medicine) in 1989, and Ph.D. (Nuclear Engineering) in 1990. Due to enhancements in its infrastructure that created the capability for offering programmes in many different fields, its name was changed to Pakistan Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences in 1997. In April 2000, PIEAS was granted the status of a degree-awarding institute by the Government of Pakistan to promote education and research at its highest standards in Pakistan. Today, PIEAS is a multi-faceted, degree-awarding university-level educational institution, with academic and training programmes being conducted at the highest level in a broad spectrum of disciplines. .[9][8]


The PIEAS campus is sprawled over an area of about 360 acres. The physical structure comprises nine academic blocks, eight workshops, production plants for liquid nitrogen and oxygen, 30 laboratories, lecture halls, a video-conferencing facility, conference rooms, and a 400-seat auditorium.

A state-of-the-art computer center with 200 computers provides computational facilities around the clock, seven days a week. PIEAS is an associate of PERN network and has access to HEC Digital Library that can be accessed from any one of the 1500 nodes of PIEAS Local Area Network. Internet facilities are available even in student hostels. The PIEAS library holds a repository of more than 15000 artifacts and it also subscribes to both technical and academic journals. PIEAS Library has extended hours to facilitate students' access A new library block is under construction.

Residential facilities[edit]

PIEAS provides hostel facilities for both female and male students. Most students stay there. There are eight hostel blocks including a separate female hostel, No profit no loss mess, canteen, fitness centre, rest-house, and indoor and outdoor sports facilities. A post office, bank and shops for commonly required items are available in the vicinity. A mosque is a recent addition.


The current major areas of academic and technical activities available at the institute are Computer and Control Systems, Applied Electronics, Applied Mathematics & Numerical Analysis, Analytical Chemistry, Nuclear Engineering, Materials Science & Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Radiation Physics, Optics & Laser Physics, Polymer Laboratory and Nuclear Medicine.

Although PIEAS offers BS, MS, M Phil and PhD degree programs, the postgraduate degree programs dominate. In addition to the degree programs, PIEAS also offers specialized short courses to engineers, scientists and other professionals for their continuing professional development. The length of these courses vary from 2 to 18 months, and the areas covered have included reactor supervision and operation, health physics, medical physics, laser technology, vacuum technology, computer applications advanced reactor safety and management sciences.

Degree programs[edit]

The disciplines and the degree programs offered by PIEAS have been tabulated below. The regular duration of BS and MS / M Phil degree programs is four and two years, respectively.

Discipline Degree program
BS MS / M Phil Ph.D.
Chemical Engineering Green tickY Green tickY
Electrical Engineering Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Mechanical Engineering Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Metallurgy and Materials Engineering Green tickY Green tickY
Nuclear Engineering Green tickY Green tickY
Computer and Information Sciences Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Physics Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY


PIEAS has around 135 highly qualified full-time faculty members in the diverse fields of physical sciences, engineering and medicine. 95 of them have PhD degrees from highly reputed institutions in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, China, Japan, Austria and Australia. Another 25 faculty members were expected to complete their PhD studies during 2013 and 2014. PIEAS faculty members have published more than 650 papers in international journals and have been decorated with 3 Sitara-e-Imtiaz, 2 Tamgha-i-Imatiaz, 3 President's Pride of Performance, 1 President's Medal for Technology, 1 Aizaaz-e-Kamal, 3 Aizaaz-e-Fazeelat, and 9 Best Teacher Awards.

Research and industrial liaison[edit]

PIEAS is a multifaceted educational institution, with academic and training programs conducted at the highest level in a broad spectrum of disciplines. These are complemented by an active R&D program, which now also extends to working on industry-related projects. In this context, several products of industrial use, like a PC-controlled drill machine, a PC-controlled milling machine, and robotic manipulators, have been developed. Specialized systems for educational purposes, such as a PC-controlled multi-variable tank, have also been supplied to various institutions. Currently there are more than 100 doctoral candidates registered in the PhD program in Nuclear Engineering, Systems Engineering, Physics, Nuclear Medicine and Computer Science.

Rankings, honors and awards[edit]

University rankings
QS World[11] 397
QS Asia[12] 128
QS Under 50[13] 47

PIEAS's excellence was recognized on the national level when it was declared to be the best engineering university in Pakistan by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in its first ever ranking of universities in 2006. PIEAS retained this title in HEC's second ranking, carried out in 2012. The university was ranked as the top engineering institute of Pakistan by the HEC in the "engineering and technology" category, as of 2013.[5] QS World University Rankings ranked the institute top in Pakistan and 106th in Asia in 2014.[7] QS World University Rankings ranked the institute fifth in Pakistan and 146th in Asia in 2016. In 2017, according to PEC rankings, PIEAS tops the list.

PIEAS has active links with reputed universities in developed countries, which have been very helpful for excellent development of PIEAS's PhD program.

Student life[edit]

Societies and clubs[edit]

There are nine societies presently working at PIEAS under SADiv. The main office bearers of these societies are elected from the student body. Nevertheless, links between the members of these societies and the corresponding in charge from faculty are always maintained for coordination. These groups include PIEAS Literary Society, PIEAS Thematic Society, PIEAS Cyber Gaming Society, PIEAS Performing Arts Society, PIEAS Volunteer Society, Society for Promotion of Entrepreneurship and Leadership, PIEAS Debating Society, PIEAS PROPONO Society and PIEAS Blood Donors Society. There are also a few sports clubs and student chapters of IEEE and ASME.

Student media[edit]

PIEAS Literary Society has been writing quarterly newsletters by the name of Zeest since the fall of 2013 and yearly magazines by the name Dareecha since 2012. Both these publications are available in a PDF format from the official website of PIEAS,[14] whereas only the annual magazine's hard copy is distributed among the students. Zeest was first launched in 2013 [15] by PIEAS students Nauman Shahid Khan and Abdul Rafay. This publication was later carried forward by Abdul Rafay until 2015. It is now being published under Chief Editor Ammar Qaseem, a mechanical engineering student.

Notable alumni[edit]

The university's initial notable faculty included:

  • Munir Ahmad Khan (former PAEC Chairman)[16]
  • Dr. Masood Ahmad
  • Dr. Samar Mubarakmad
  • Dr. I.H. Quershi (lecturer at PIEAS)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Google maps of PIEAS". Google maps. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "About PIEAS". PIEAS Official Website. Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  3. ^ "PIEAS Affiliations". PIEAS Official Website. Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  4. ^ "PIEAS Affiliations". PIEAS Official Website. Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  5. ^ a b c "Category wise ranking of universities". HEC Category: HEC Ranking. HEC Official Website. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "PIEAS NEWS". PIEAS Official Website. Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  7. ^ a b Rank
  8. ^ a b PIEAS Genesis. "PIEAS Genesis". PIEAS Genesis. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Genesis". PIEAS. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Nuclear Files: Munir Ahmad Khan on PIEAS, 1999". Retrieved March 22, 2007. 
  11. ^ QS World University Rankings 2019
  12. ^ QS Asian University Rankings 2018
  13. ^ QS Top 50 Under 50 University Rankings 2019
  14. ^ "PIEAS Official Website - Publications Page". 
  15. ^ (pls), Pieas Literary Society. "Coming Soon: PIEAS Online Magazine and Newsletter..." PIEAS Literary Society. Retrieved 2017-06-29. 
  16. ^ "Munir Ahmad Khan:The Real Father of Pakistan's Atomic Bomb". Retrieved 11 September 2015. 

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