Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences
|Centre for Nuclear Studies (CNS) (1976-1997)
Reactor School (1967-1976)
|Type||Public Sector Residential Education and Research Institution|
|Rector||Dr. Nasir M. Mirza|
|170+ including 150+ PhDs|
|Campus||Urban, 360+ acre|
|Colours||Dark Green, White and Sky Blue
Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), is a public research university focused on the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics located in the Islamabad, Pakistan.
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 later became Centre for Nuclear Studies (CNS) in 1976; the institute gained its new name and became independent in 1997. PIEAS is based on a 150 acres (0.61 km2; 0.23 sq mi) campus and has around 135 full-time faculty members.
PIEAS has strong collaboration with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. As of 2016, national ranking's rate PIEAS is as the 4th leading university in Pakistan, while QS Asia University Rankings ranked it as 106th in Asia in 2014, 115th in 2015 and 149th in 2016.
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.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 infra-structure that created the capability for offering programmes in many different fields, its name was changed to “Pakistan Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences”, (PIEAS), 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.  .
|“||...I have learnt that CNS has been renamed as PIEAS and is becoming a University. I am sure that one day, it will emerge as the MIT of Pakistan...||”|
|— , Munir Ahmed Khan, speaking at the Chagai Medal Award Ceremony at PINSTECH Auditorium, March 20' 1999|
The PIEAS campus is sprawled over an area of about 360+ acres. The physical structure comprises 9 academic blocks, 8 workshops, production-plants for liquid nitrogen and oxygen, 30 laboratories, lecture halls, video-conferencing facility, conference rooms, a 400-seat auditorium.
A state-of-the-art computer center with 200 computers provides computational facilities around the clock for seven days of a week. PIEAS is an associate of PERN network has the 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 to the library. A new library block is under construction.
PIEAS provides hostel facilities for both female and male students. Majority of the students stays in the hostels. There are eight hostel blocks including a separate female hostel, subsidized mess, canteen, fitness centre, a rest-house, indoor and outdoor sports facilities. A post office, a bank and shops for commonly required items are available in the vicinity. A newly constructed 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, yet 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.
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 4 and 2 years, respectively.
|BS,||MS / M Phil,||Ph.D.|
|Metallurgy and Materials Engineering|
|Computer and Information Sciences|
PIEAS has around 135 highly qualified full-time faculty members in the diverse fields of physical sciences, engineering and medicine. Ninety five (95) of them have PhD degrees from highly reputed institutions of USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, China, Japan, Austria and Australia. Another 25 faculty members are 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 03 Sitara-e-Imtiaz, 02 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
PIEAS, today is a multifaceted educational institution, with academic and training programs being 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 PC-controlled drill machine, PC-controlled milling machine, and robotic manipulators have been developed. Specialized systems for educational purposes such as 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
PIEAS’s excellence was recognized on the national level when PIEAS was declared to be the best Engineering University in Pakistan by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in its first ever ranking of universities in year 2006. PIEAS successfully defended its title as the Best Engineering University in Pakistan in HEC’s second ranking carried out in year 2012. Currently the university is ranked as the top engineering institute of Pakistan by the HEC in "engineering and technology" category, as of 2013. QS World University Rankings ranked the institute top in Pakistan and 106th in Asia in 2014. QS World University Rankings ranked the institute fifth in Pakistan and 146th in Asia in 2016.
PIEAS has active links with the reputed universities in developed countries and these links have been very helpful for excellent development of PhD program at PIEAS.
Societies and clubs
There are 9 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 is always maintained for coordination. These societies 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. In addition to these there are also a few sports clubs and student chapters of IEEE and ASME.
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, whereas only the annual magazine's hard copy is distributed among the student as of now. The quarterly newsletter 'Zeest' was first launched by Nauman Shahid Khan, who is a student of PIEAS. This publication was later carried forward by Abdul Rafay, another student of the university. It is now being published under the management of a Mechanical Engineering Student, Ammar Qaseem, who is the present Chief Editor of this publication.
Its initial notable faculty included:
- Mr. Munir Ahmad Khan (former PAEC Chairman)
- Dr. Masood Ahmad
- Dr. Samar Mubarakmad
- Dr. I.H. Quershi ( lecturer at PIEAS)
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