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.

Higher education in Pakistan is the systematic process of students continuing their education beyond secondary school, 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 independence, new universities have expanded throughout the country with support provided by the University Grants Commission (UGC), which had been an autonomous institution of recognizing universities until 2002 when it was preceded by the HEC. Pakistan produces about 445,000 university graduates and 10,000 computer science graduates annually.[2] A number of institutions of higher learning are active in the country, but the HEC recognizes 188 institutions. This article provides a comprehensive list of higher education institutions active in Pakistan.


University Location Established Campuses Specialization Type
1 Capital University of Science & Technology Islamabad 1998 Islamabad General Private
2 Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad 1965 Islamabad General Public
3 Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences Islamabad 1967 Nilore Engineering Public
4 National Defence University, Pakistan (NDU) Islamabad 1970[3] General (military) Pakistan Army
5 Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad 1974 Islamabad General (large) Public
6 International Islamic University, Islamabad Islamabad 1980 Islamabad General (large) Public
7 National University of Sciences and Technology (Pakistan) Islamabad 1991 Islamabad Engineering Public
8 Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology Islamabad 1995 Karachi, Larkana, Hyderabad, Dubai UAE General Private
9 COMSATS University Islamabad 1998 [4] General public
10 National University of Modern Languages Islamabad 2000 Islamabad Language Public
11 National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences Islamabad 2000 Chiniot , Faisalabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar Information technology Private
12 Bahria University Islamabad 2000 Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad General (large) Pakistan Navy
13 Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering Islamabad 2001 Islamabad Engineering Private
14 Federal Urdu University Islamabad 2002 Islamabad General (large) Public
15 Institute of Space Technology Islamabad 2002 Islamabad General Public
16 Virtual University of Pakistan Islamabad 2002 Distance education Public
17 Foundation University, Islamabad Islamabad 2002 General Private
18 Riphah International University Islamabad 2002 Faisalabad, Lahore General (medium) Private
19 Air University (Pakistan Air Force) Islamabad 2002 Multan, Islamabad Engineering Pakistan Air Force
20 Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University Islamabad 2012 General Private
21 Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Islamabad 2013 Islamabad Medical Public
22 Muslim Youth University Islamabad 2015 Islamic Private
23 National University of Technology Islamabad 2017 Islamabad Technology Public


University Location Established Campuses Specialization Type
1 University of Balochistan Quetta 1970 Loralai


General (medium) Public
2 Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology Khuzdar 1987 General (small) Public
3 Al-Hamd Islamic University Quetta 1995 (2005)* Islamabad General (small) Private
4 Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences Quetta 2002 Zhob (2017) Information technology Public
5 Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University Quetta 2004 Noshki (2004), Pishin (2016), Khuzdar General (small) Public
6 Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Lasbela 2005 General (medium) Public
7 University of Turbat Turbat 2012 General (medium) Public
8 University of Loralai Loralai 2013 General (small) Public
9 University of Gawadar Gawadar 2016 General (small) Public

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa[edit]

University Location Established Campuses Specialization Type
1 Islamia College University[5] Peshawar 1913 (2008)* General Public
2 Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul[6][7] Abbotabad 1947 Training Pakistan Army
3 University of Peshawar[8][9][10][11] Peshawar 1950 General Public
4 Gomal University[12][13][14] Dera Ismail Khan 1974 Tank[15] General Public
5 University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar[16][17] Peshawar 1980 Abbottabad, Bannu, Jalozai, Kohat Engineering and Technology Public
6 University of Agriculture, Peshawar[18][19][20] Peshawar 1981 Mardan Agriculture, veterinary and business Public
7 CECOS University of IT and Emerging Sciences Peshawar 1986 IT & engineering Private
8 GIK Institute of Engineering & Technology Swabi 1988 Engineering Private
9 Kohat University of Science and Technology Kohat 2001 Hangu General Public
10 University of Malakand, Chakdara Lower Dir 2001 General Public
11 Qurtuba University Peshawar 2001 Dera Ismail Khan General Private
12 Sarhad University of Science and IT Peshawar 2001 Science & IT Private
13 Fast University, Peshawar Campus Peshawar 2001 Information technology Private
14 City University of Science and IT Peshawar 2001 IT, engineering & general Private
15 COMSATS University Abbotabad Campus 2001 IT Public
16 Hazara University Mansehra 2002 General Public
17 Gandhara University Peshawar 2002 Medical sciences Private
18 Northern University Nowshera 2002 General Private
19 Institute of Management Sciences Peshawar 2005 Management Sciences Public
20 University of Science and Technology Bannu 2005 General Public
21 Khyber Medical University Peshawar 2007 Abbottabad, Bannu, DI Khan, Saidu Sharif (Swat) Medical Public
22 Abasyn University Peshawar 2007 General Private
23 Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan Mardan 2009 Chitral, Pabbi, Shankar, Palosa Campus, Timergara Campus General Public
24 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Sheringal Upper Dir 2009 Chitral General Public
25 University of Swat Swat 2009 General Public
26 Bacha Khan University Charsadda 2012 General Public
27 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar 2012 General Public
28 University of Haripur Haripur 2012 General Public
29 IQRA National University Peshawar 2012 General Private
30 Khushal Khan Khattak University Karak 2012 General Public
31 University of Swabi Swabi 2012 General Public
32 Abbottabad University of Science and Technology Abbottabad 2015 Science & Technology Public
33 Women University Mardan Mardan 2016 General Public
34 Women University Swabi Swabi 2016 General Public
35 University of Technology Nowshera 2016 Technology Public
36 FATA University Akhorwal 2016 General Public
37 University of Chitral[21] Chitral 2017 General Public
38 University of Buner[22] Buner 2017 General Public
39 University of Engineering and Technology Mardan[23][24][25] Mardan 2017 Engineering and Technology Public
40 University of Agriculture, Dera Ismail Khan[24][25] Dera Ismail Khan 2017 Agriculture Public
41 University of Lakki Marwat[24][26][25] Lakki Marwat 2017 General Public


University Location Established Campuses Specialization Type
1 King Edward Medical University Lahore 1860 (2006)* Medical Public
2 Government College University, Lahore Lahore 1864 (2002)* Lahore General Public
3 Forman Christian College Lahore 1864 (2005)* General Private
4 National College of Arts (NCA) Lahore 1875 (1996)* Arts Public
5 University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore 1882 Jhang, Pattoki Veterinary Public
6 University of the Punjab Lahore 1882 Gujranwala, Jhelum, General Public
7 Govt. Sadiq Egerton College Bahawalpur Bahawalpur 1886 Bahawalpur General Public
8 University of Agriculture, Faisalabad Faisalabad 1906 (1961)* Burewala, Toba Tek Singh Agriculture and veterinary Public
9 Namal College Mianwali 2008 Mianwali Computer Science and Engineering Private
10 Kinnaird College for Women University Lahore 1917 General Public
11 University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore Lahore 1921 Faisalabad, Kala Shah Kaku, Rachna College of Engineering and Technology (Gujranwala) and Narowal Engineering Public
12 Lahore College for Women University Lahore 1922 Jhang General Public
13 Government College University, Faisalabad Faisalabad 1897 (2002)* Layyah General Public
14 Fatima Jinnah Medical University, Lahore Lahore 1948 (2015)* Medical Public
15 National Textile University Faisalabad 1959 (2002)* Textile engineering Public
16 Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi 1970 (1994)* Gujrat Agriculture and veterinary Public
17 Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan 1975 Layyah, Sahiwal, Lahore, Vehari, Islamabad, Dera Ghazi Khan General Public
18 Islamia University Bahawalpur 1975 Bahawalnagar, Rahim Yar Khan General Public
19 University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila Taxila 1975 Chakwal Engineering Public
20 Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Lahore 1984 General Private
21 NFC Institute of Engineering and Technology Multan 1985 Engineering Public
22 Institute of Management Sciences, Lahore Lahore 1987 Business Private
23 University of Management and Technology, Lahore Lahore 1990 Sialkot Business and technology Private
24 COMSATS University Lahore Campus 2002 General Public
25 National College of Business Administration and Economics Lahore 1994 Multan, Gujrat, Sargodha Business and economics Private
General Private
26 Lahore School of Economics Lahore 1997 Business and economics Private
27 Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi 1998 Rawalpindi General Public
28 University of Sargodha Sargodha 2002 Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Bhakkar, Mianwali, Mandi Bahauddin General Public
29 University of Health Sciences, Lahore Lahore 2002 Medical Public
30 University of Education Lahore 2002 Dera Ghazi Khan, Faisalabad, Jauharabad, Multan, Okara, Vehari Education Public
31 GIFT University Gujranwala 2002 General Private
32 Hajvery University Lahore 2002 General Private
33 University of Central Punjab Lahore 2002 General Private
34 University of Faisalabad Faisalabad 2002 General Private
35 University of Lahore Lahore 2002 Gujrat, Islamabad, Sargodha General Private
36 Beaconhouse National University Lahore 2003 General Private
37 University of South Asia Lahore 2003 Chakwal General Private
38 University of Gujrat Gujrat 2004 Lahore, Sialkot General Public
39 The Superior University Lahore 2004 General Private
40 Minhaj University, Lahore Lahore 2005 General Private
41 HITEC University Taxila 2007 Engineering Private
42 University of Wah Wah 2009 General Private
43 Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design Lahore 2010 Fashion Public
44 Women University Multan Multan 2010 General Public
45 Institute of Southern Punjab Multan 2010 General Private
46 Qarshi University Lahore 2011 General Private
47 Government College Women University, Sialkot Sialkot 2012 General Public
48 Government Sadiq College Women University Bahawalpur 2012 General Public
49 Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan 2012 General Public
50 Government College Women University, Faisalabad Faisalabad 2012 General Public
51 Information Technology University (Lahore) Lahore 2012 Information technology Public
52 Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture Multan 2012 Agriculture Public
53 Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering and Technology Multan 2012 Engineering Public
54 Virtual University of Pakistan Lahore 2002 All across Pakistan General Public
55 Lahore Garrison University Lahore 2012 General Private
56 University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (Bahawalpur) Bahawalpur 2014 Veterinary Public
57 Khawaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology Rahim Yar Khan 2014 Engineering Public
58 University of Engineering and Technology Rasul, Mandi Bahauddin 2014 Engineering Public
59 University of Sahiwal Sahiwal 2015 General Public
60 University of Okara Okara 2015 General Public
61 University of Jhang Jhang 2015 General Public
62 NUR International University Lahore 2015 General Private
64 Riphah International University Lahore Campus 1996 General Private -


University Location Established Campuses Specialization Type
1 Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Jamshoro 1881 (2002)* Medical Public
2 Sindh Madressatul Islam University Karachi 1885 (2012)* General Public
3 NED University of Engineering and Technology Karachi 1921 (1977)* Engineering Public
4 Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi 1945 (2003)* Medical Public
5 University of Sindh Jamshoro 1947 Badin, Dadu, Pakistan, Mirpur Khas General Public
6 University of Karachi Karachi 1951 General Public
7 Institute of Business Administration, Karachi Karachi 1955 Business Public
8 Dawood University of Engineering and Technology Karachi 1962 (2007)* Engineering Public
9 Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro 1963 (1977)* Khairpur Engineering Public
10 Pakistan Naval Academy Karachi 1970 Military Pakistan Navy
11 Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur 1974 (1987)* Shikarpur General Public
12 Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology Nawabshah 1974 (1996)* Larkana Engineering Public
13 Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam 1977 Dokri, Khairpur, Umerkot Agriculture and technology Public
14 Preston University Karachi 1984 General Private
15 National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences Karachi Campus 1985 General Private
16 Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture Karachi 1989 (1994)* Arts and architecture Private
17 Baqai Medical University Karachi 1989 (1996)* Medical Private
18 Hamdard University Karachi 1991 Islamabad (subject to the renewal of NOC in December, 2015) General Private
19 Commecs Institute of Business and Emerging Sciences Karachi 1993 Business Private
20 Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology Karachi 1993 Engineering Private
21 Sukkur IBA University Sukkur 1994 General Public
22 Textile Institute of Pakistan Karachi 1994 (2001)* Textile Private
23 Institute of Business Management Karachi 1995 Business, engineering and technology Private
24 Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) Karachi 1995 Dubai, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Larkana General Private
25 Isra University Hyderabad 1997 Islamabad, Karachi General Private
26 Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology Karachi 1997 General Private
27 Greenwich University, Karachi Karachi 1998 Mauritius Business Private
28 Jinnah University for Women Karachi 1998 General Private
29 Iqra University Karachi 1998 (2000)* Islamabad, Quetta General Private
30 Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education Karachi 2000 General Private
31 Institute of Business & Technology Karachi 2001 Business Private
32 Preston Institute of Management Science and Technology Karachi 2001 Business and technology Private
33 Indus University Karachi 2004 General Private
34 University of EAST Hyderabad 2004 Sciences Private
35 Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi Karachi 2005 Medical Private
36 Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University Larkana 2008 Medical Public
37 Muhammad Ali Jinnah University Karachi 2009 Islamabad Business, engineering and technology Private
38 Sindh Institute of Medical Sciences Karachi 2009 Medical Private
39 Karachi School for Business and Leadership Karachi 2009 (2012)* Business Private
40 Habib University Karachi 2009 (2014)* Liberal arts and sciences Private
41 Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Karachi 2010 (2007)* General Public
42 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Nawabshah Nawabshah 2010 General Public
43 KASB Institute of Technology Karachi 2011 Business Private
44 Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences Khairpur 2012 Medical Public
45 Sindh Medical University Karachi 2012 Medical Public
46 Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law Karachi 2012 Law Public
47 DHA Suffa University Karachi 2012 General Private
48 Nazeer Hussain University Karachi 2012 Business Private
49 Peoples University of Medical & Health Sciences for Women Nawabshah 2013 Medical Public
50 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Karachi 2013 Veterinary Public
51 Newports Institute of Communications and Economics Karachi 2013 Business Private
52 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto City University Karachi 2013 General Private
53 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Dewan University Karachi 2013 General Private
54 Hyderabad Institute of Arts, Science and Technology Hyderabad 2013 Sciences Private
55 Qalandar Shahbaz University of Modern Sciences Karachi 2013 Sciences Private
56 Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law Karachi 2012 Clifton, Karachi Law Public

Azad Jammu and Kashmir[edit]

University Location Established Campuses Specialization Type
1 Mirpur University of Science and Technology, Mirpur Mirpur 1980 (2008)* Bhimber (2013) Engineering & Technology Public
2 University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Muzaffarabad 1980 Neelam (2013), Jhelum Valley (2013) General Public
3 University of Poonch Rawalakot 1980 (2012)* Sudhnoti (2015), Haveli District (2015) General Public
4 Al-Khair University Mirpur 1994 (2011*) General Private
5 Mohi-ud-Din Islamic University Nerian Sharif 2000 General Private
6 Women University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Bagh Bagh 2013 General Public
7 University of Management Sciences and Information Technology Kotli 2014 General Public


University Location Established Campuses Specialization Type
1 Karakoram International University Gilgit 2002 General Public
2 Baltistan University Skardu 2015 General Public

* Granted university status

See also[edit]


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