University of Sindh

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University of Sindh
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Motto Seek knowledge from cradle to grave
Type Public
Established 1947 (1947)
Chancellor Governor of Sindh
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat
Location Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan
Campus Urban
Colours Blue, Green, Black            
Nickname Sindh University

The University of Sindh (Sindhi: سنڌ يونيورسٽي‎; Urdu: جامعہ سندھ‎, informally known as Sindh University) is a public research university in the residential area of Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan.[1] It is one of the oldest universities in Pakistan,[2] and as of 2013 was ranked in eighth in "General Category" by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.[3]

Founded in 1947 in Karachi, the university was relocated to Hyderabad where the it began functioning as a full-fledged teaching university. There are four law colleges and various other colleges affiliated with Sindh University.[4] It is noted for research in literature, natural sciences, philosophy, and Sindhology.[5] The university is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities of the United Kingdom.[6]


University of Sindh gate

After the independence in 1947, the only functioning university in the newly founded nation of Pakistan was the University of Punjab providing services to the developed parts of the Punjab province. The area constituted as the Sindh province came under the academic coverage of University of Bombay which had now become a part of India.

A formal academic centre was therefore needed for Sindh and under the constitutional act no. XVII titled 'University of Sindh', a resolution was passed by the Legislative Assembly of Sindh thus giving birth to this new university in the nation's capital of Karachi.[4][7] The act was revised and modified in 1961 and years to come. However, it was the act of 1972 that provided for greater autonomy and representation of teachers, under which the university currently functions.

In the years after the independence from 1947 to 1955, Hyderabad was declared as the capital of Sindh and the university operations were relocated from Karachi to Hyderabad in 1951[7] where it formally started functioning as a teaching institution in pursuit of fulfilment of its charter and mission to disseminate knowledge.[4]

The first department established was the Department of Education, later raised to the status of Faculty of Education. The departments of basic science disciplines as well as other departments targeted towards Humanities and Social Sciences were added in the mid-1950s. With the sudden departmentalised growth of the university's organisational structure, a better equipped campus was desired. A new campus was established in Jamshoro town, 15 km from the city of Hyderabad on the right bank of the Indus river in 1955 and was named after Allama Imdad Ali Imam Ali Kazi, former vice-chancellor of the university as a tribute to the great scholar and visionary. Before Jamshoro was selected for the establishment of Sindh University, it was a desolate hilly track but was selected to be a university township away from the humdrum of the city of Hyderabad that lacked room to meet the ambitious expansion programs.[8]


The Sindh University currently functions from its central administrative campus at Jamshoro but serves as a collegiate university whereby it encompasses four law colleges and 74 degree and post-graduate colleges around Hyderabad and all over Sindh. In close proximity with other universities like the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, and Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, the neighbourhood of Jamshoro University Township is now deemed as the largest university residential campus in the Pakistan.[8]


The university has two main campuses (1 & 2) and seven more campuses have been established (3 to 9).

  1. Allama I.I. Kazi Campus, Jamshoro, which is named after the former vice chancellor of the University
  2. Elsa Kazi Campus, Hyderabad, which is named after the late German wife of Allama I.I. Kazi, the former vice chancellor
  3. Sindh University Lar Campus at Badin
  4. Sindh University Mirpurkhas Campus
  5. Sindh University Larkana Campus
  6. Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Campus Dadu
  7. Sindh University Naushahro Firoz Campus
  8. The University of Sufism and Modern Sciences Bhit Shah Campus
  9. Sindh University Thatta Campus


The central administration lies at the heart of Jamshoro which is headed by a vice chancellor. The campus comprises seven faculties — arts, pharmacy, education, Islamic studies, social sciences, natural sciences, and commerce and business administration. Each faculty is run by a dean appointed by the vice chancellor. Each faculty is housed in its own building. Colleges affiliated with the university mainly oversee that the curriculum is met and host examinations for degree-awarding status.

Teaching and degrees[edit]

Academic faculties of the university impart teaching leading to undergraduate bachelor's, bachelor's honours (an extra year added to the bachelor's course) and postgraduate master's degrees and provides research guidance for the M.Phil and PhD programmes. The teaching and research under the faculties of natural sciences, social sciences, arts, education, Islamic studies, commerce and business administration is directly imparted by the university.

Each faculty is headed by a dean, appointed by the vice-chancellor for three years. The university's teaching departments, institutes and centres offer programmes leading to the award of a four-year bachelor’s (honours) degree in general and basic disciplines under arts and humanities studies, while a four-year bachelor's degree is offered under the faculty of natural sciences. The degrees have been designated accordingly indicating various disciplines, e.g., for Computer Science, BSc(CS) and Information Technology BSc(IT), etc.

The master's degree programmes are usually of a one-year duration after bachelor's (honours) and of a two-year duration after bachelor's (pass) degrees. The latter, that of the two-year bachelor’s (pass) degree programmes are conducted through affiliated degree-awarding colleges in the jurisdiction of the university. The teaching under the 'faculty of law' is conducted through the affiliated professional law colleges.

Degree programs in the evening shifts were introduced in 2002 and include master's degree courses in English and Information technology-related disciplines such as e-commerce and multimedia technology. Many teaching departments under the faculties offer a one-year postgraduate diploma as well as short-term certification programmes. Some of the degree colleges in the private sector that are affiliated to the university offer a three-year bachelor's honours & master’s degree programmes.

Developments and facilities[edit]

The development programmes initiated in 1959 have gradually borne fruit. Though still in progress, over the years about 20 teaching blocks housing 39 institutes, departments and centres have been constructed. Five halls of students' residence now provide accommodation for about 1800 students.

Sporting facilities include the Hyder Bux Jatoi Pavilion that has been constructed to provide indoor gaming facilities, a track ground for athletics and a sports grounds. The Fatima Jinah Gymnasium provides games and sporting facilities exclusively for women. The Institute of Sindhology building, depicting the cultural heritage of Sindh, adores the entrance to the campus from the national highway leading to Karachi. The imposing central library building, named after late Allama I.I. Kazi who conceptualized the Jamshoro campus, serves as a landmark.

The residential colony for the faculty and staff of the university provides on-campus residence to about one third of the employees. Plans are in hand to expand the colony and provide accommodation for 200 more employees. What once was deserted patches of hilly tract has now been converted into tree lined roads and green pastures completely transforming the site. The location of the Mehran University, sharing the site with the Sindh University and the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences college and hospital complex in the neighbourhood has gone a long way into the transformation of this barren field into a true university township.

The university is accessible via the national highway (N5) at the Hyderabad bypass, at about 150 km from Karachi and 15–18 km from Hyderabad. It has been able to host international conferences, symposia and seminars on science and education and on specialized scientific themes. Inter-university sports competitions and annual sports gatherings have become regular features. The museum and art galleries of the Institute of Sindhology attract a large number of visitors from other parts of the country and rest of the world. [9]

Research and collaboration[edit]

The university has established linkages with leading universities of United Kingdom to promote research activities and faculty development. The linkages have been made with the following universities.

  1. University of Durham
  2. University of Manchester
  3. University of Sussex
  4. University of Essex
  5. University of Leicester
  6. University of Nottingham


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Google Maps. "Address of Sindh University". Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Accredited universities, institutions' list issued". DAWN Newspaper. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  3. ^ HEC. "Rankings of Universities in Pakistan by HEC". HEC. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Introduction to the University of Sindh". University of Sindh. Archived from the original on February 13, 2012. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  5. ^ ABro, Hashim (March 11, 2012). "Sindh University: Where knowledge rules". The Nation, Sindh Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-05-18. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  6. ^ ACU. "Listing ACU members". ACU. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "History of Hyderabad". ApnaHyderabad. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  8. ^ a b "Introduction to Jamshoro". University of Sindh. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  9. ^ "HEC's University of Sindh ranking". Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Archived from the original on 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 

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