University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore

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UET Lahore
University of Engineering and Technology Lahore logo.svg
Former names
Mughalpura Technical College, and the Maclagan Engineering College.
Motto Read in the name of thy Lord who creates!
Type Public Research
Established 1921 (1921)
Chancellor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, Governor of Punjab
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid
Registrar Muhammad Asif
Students 10,738
Location Lahore, Punjab,  Pakistan
Colors Blue, Periwinkle
Nickname UET Lahore
Mascot UETian
Affiliations Pakistan Engineering Council, Higher Education Commission
UET Lahore Logo II.jpg

University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (abbreviated as UET Lahore) is a public research university located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan specialising in STEM subjects.[1]

Founded in 1921 as Maclagan Engineering College, it was named after Edward Douglas MacLagan. In 1932, the school became an affiliated college of the University of Punjab and began offering undergraduate degrees in engineering disciplines. In 1962, the university was granted a charter and renamed as the West Pakistan University of Engineering. In 1972, the university was renamed as UET. It established a second campus in 1975 in Taxila, which in 1998 became an independent university in its own right.[2]

The university, as of 2016, has a faculty of 881 people with 257 with doctorates. It has a total of 9,385 undergraduate and 1,708 postgraduate students studying over 32 STEM majors.[3] It has a strong collaboration with University of South Carolina, University of Manchester and the Queen Mary University and has conducted research funded by Huawei, Cavium Networks, Microsoft and MontaVista.[4][5] It is one of the highest ranked universities in Pakistan, with domestic rankings placing it as the fifth best engineering school in Pakistan, while QS World Rankings putting UET as 701st in the world every year between 2013 and 2016, it is also ranked as 251 in Asia by the same publication in 2016.[6][7]


Main Block

UET was established in 1921 in Mughalpura, a suburban area of Lahore, as Mughalpura Technical College. In 1923, the name was changed to Maclagan Engineering College to honor Sir Edward Maclagan, the then Governor of the Punjab, who laid the foundation stone of the building.

In 1932 the institution became affiliated with the University of the Punjab for awarding a bachelor's degree in Engineering. By the time of independence of Pakistan in 1947, it offered Bachelor of Science courses in electrical, mechanical and civil engineering.

In 1954, a bachelor's degree program in Mining Engineering was started. In 1961, it was again renamed as West Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology[citation needed]. During the 1960s, bachelor's degree courses were started in Chemical Engineering, Petroleum and Gas Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Architecture, and City and Regional Planning. By the 1970s it had established over a score of master's degree courses in engineering, architecture, planning and allied disciplines. PhD degree programs were also started. Today it is widely considered to be the best and most prestigious engineering university of Pakistan with as many as 50,000 students applying every year.

Auditorium Complex UET Lahore
Student enrollment 8865
PhD enrollment 188
Departments 24
Research centres 17
Faculty 741 (including 122 PhDs)
Faculty under PhD training Foreign 180

Local 37

Undergraduate programs 29
Postgraduate programs 55
Supporting staff 1707
Student enrollment, undergraduate 7005
Student enrollment, postgraduate 1860
Total enrollment 8865
Student hostels 16 (2700 students)
Cafeteria 5
Sports facilities 5 play grounds
Transport facilities 51 buses
Student service centres 2

Source: [1]


GT Road Lahore, In front of UET

The campus is situated on Grand Trunk Road (GT Road), Begum Pura, Lahore (31°34′42.34″N 74°21′31.90″E / 31.5784278°N 74.3588611°E / 31.5784278; 74.3588611Coordinates: 31°34′42.34″N 74°21′31.90″E / 31.5784278°N 74.3588611°E / 31.5784278; 74.3588611) and is within few kilometers from the Shalimar Gardens. It has eleven gates, seven are numbered from zero to six; normal daily traffic is restricted to use only gate number five for both Entry and Exit.

Campuses and institutes[edit]

These campuses also award degrees of UET Lahore.

Campus Location Established Website Type Status
UET KSK Campus Kala Shah Kaku 2006 UET Engineering & Technology Public
RCET-UET Gujranwala Campus Gujranwala 2002 UET Engineering & Technology Public
UET Faisalabad Campus Faisalabad 2004 UET Engineering & Technology Public
UET Narowal Campus Narowal 2012 UET Engineering & Technology Public
UET MNS-UET Campus Multan 2012 UET Engineering & Technology Public

These institutes also award degrees of UET Lahore.

Institute Location Established Website Type Status
Institute of Engineering and Fertilizer Research Faisalabad 2006 Engineering & Technology Semi Govt
Quaid-e-Azam College of Engineering and Technology, Sahiwal Sahiwal & Pattoki 2013 Engineering & Technology Private

Besides the main campus in Lahore, a sub-campus known as UET Ksk Campus (also in Lahore) was established at Kala Shah Kaku. It is called UET Lahore Ksk campus. Besides City campus, other campuses includes RCET (Rachna College of Engnieering and Technology) which is a constituent college of UET Lahore.

The campus of Rachna College of Engineering and Technology, Gujranwala is spread over an area of about 74 acres (30 ha), surrounded by a canal on the south and lush agricultural land on the remaining three sides. The Faisalabad campus, located in Khuryanwala, has been converted into a university sub-campus of UET Lahore. Another Campus was established in Narowal City with cooperation of Ahsan Iqbal MNA of District Narowal. The Campus was inaugurated on 1 March 2012 by CM Shahbaz Sharif.

The original campus is still under construction on a 200 acres while the classes are temporary being held in Govt. PG Degree College, Narowal.

UET Narowal Campus (Temporary Building)
UET Lahore City Campus, Main Block

The worthy Vice-Chancellor is also managing the activities of the following newly established engineering universities:



Faculty of Architecture and Planning

UET Lahore offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, under the following faculties:[8]


Department of Electrical Engineering

The university consists of 33 departments:[8]

Research centers[edit]

Laser and Optronics Center

The university consists of 17 research centers:

More than 650 students are foreign students and more than 1000 are female students.[9]

Teaching faculty[edit]

The UET faculty consists of 741 people including 14 international faculty members; around 122 have doctoral degrees. Its faculty holds one Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, one Sitara-i-Imtiaz, one Izaz-e-Kamal Presidential Award and nine HEC Best Teacher Awards.

The university has established a Directorate of Research, Extension and Advisory Services which strives for the promotion and organization of research activities. The Al-Khwarizmi Institute of Computer Sciences is a notable name in research activity in computer sciences in Pakistan.

Co-curricular and extracurricular activities[edit]

National Library of Engineering Science

The university has a sports complex, consisting of a swimming pool, tennis court, table tennis court, squash court and a cricket stadium that is also used for athletics. The university has several football grounds.

Apart from sports-related facilities, there are societies to promote co-curricular activities.IEEE UET is the oldest technical Society of UET Lahore, has won several technical competitions on the national level, including IEEE Xtreme Programming Competition and IEEE Day Contest, which is a worldwide contest, in 2015 alone.[10] The Environmental and Horticultural Society (EHS) works for the betterment of the environment . UET's Blood Donor Society is among the newest societies of UET and now has more than 500 blood donors and more than 25 members. UET's Debating Society holds several national titles.

Officially-constituted societies[edit]

  • IEEE UET Student Branch.
  • ASME Student Section
  • ICE Student Chapter UET Lahore
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers, UET Lahore Student Chapter
  • Blood Donors Society (BDS)
  • Environmental & Horticultural Society (EHS)
  • Debating Society
  • Dramatics Society
  • Literary Society
  • AIChE
  • IET UET Lahore Section
  • SGE
  • Society of Mining Engineers
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers' Club

The National Library of Engineering Science[edit]

The National Library of Engineering Science, inaugurated by Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, is the central library of the university with a seating capacity for 400 readers and more than 125,000 volumes of books, 22,000 volumes of bound serials and 600 issues of scientific and technical serials on diverse fields.[11] The Library has the honour of having recently been chosen by the Higher Education Commission to serve as the primary resource center for engineering & technical education. It is a three story building in front of Allah Hu Chowk.

Notable alumni[edit]

Alumni in foreign university faculties[edit]

  • Shahid H. Bokhari, Fellow IEEE, Fellow ACM, Former Professor at Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore, Independent researcher and consultant, San Francisco bay area, graduated from department of electrical engineering
  • Muhammad Moazzam, Professor of Nuclear Physics at University of Texas, Arlington, Texas, USA and former chairman of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC)
  • Ali R. Butt, Senior Member of IEEE, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA[14]
  • Arif Ghafoor, Fellow of the IEEE, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Purdue University,[15] graduate from the department of electrical engineering
  • Asrar Ul-Haq Sheikh, Fellow of the IEEE, Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals,[16] graduate from the department of electrical engineering
  • Ashfaq Khokhar, Fellow of the IEEE, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago,[17] graduate from the department of electrical engineering
  • Ishfaq Ahmad, Fellow of the IEEE, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington,[18] graduate from the department of electrical engineering
  • Shamim Ahmed Sheikh, Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, graduate from the Department of Civil Engineering
  • M. Tariq Iqbal, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland, graduate from the Department of Electrical Engineering


  1. ^ "Location and address of the UET". Google Maps. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Hassan, Muzammil. "UET Lahore | University of Engineering and Technology". Retrieved 2016-09-11. 
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  5. ^ Hassan, Muzammil. "UET Lahore | University of Engineering and Technology". Retrieved 2016-09-11. 
  6. ^ "Here's how 6 Pakistani universities ranked worldwide". The Express Tribune. 2015-09-16. Retrieved 2016-09-11. 
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  14. ^ "Ali R. Butt@Virginia Tech". 13 August 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  15. ^ "Arif Ghafoor – Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University". Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  16. ^ "DR. Asrar Ul-haq Sheikh EE Dept KFUPM". Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  17. ^ "Dr. Ashfaq A. Khokhar, Professor and Chair, Department of ECE, IIT, Chicago". Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  18. ^ "Ishfaq Ahmad". Retrieved 2014-02-06. 

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