Ranking of Pakistani Universities by HEC for 2015

The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has issued a ranking of the Pakistani Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) for the year 2015. The ranking has been done in different categories namely;
  • Overall Top 10 HEIs of the country
  • General
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Business Education
  • Agriculture & Veterinary
  • Medical
  • Arts & Design

Purpose and Objective of HEC Rankings of Pakistani Universities

The ranking of the Pakistani Universities and Higher Educational Institutions is done by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan with the intent to promote a culture of competition and improve their participation in the socio-economic development of the country.

HEC keeps in view certain criteria to maintain objectivity in determining these rankings. This criteria includes allotting scores to the universities and HEIs based on their reports and performance for;
  • Quality Assurance (15 Marks)
  • Teaching Quality (30 Marks)
  • Research (41 Marks)
  • Finance & Facilities (10 Marks)
  • Social Integration / Community Development (4 Marks) 
The details of this ranking criteria is available at the HEC website.

Criticism / Expert Reservations on HEC Ranking

Experts are of the view that flaws exist in the ranking criteria designed by HEC, because it offers no weightage to certain performance measuring parameters such as employability of graduates produced, perception of students and employers and the international outlook of the institution(s).

Another strong reservations raised is that HEC should not be ranking the Higher Educational Institutions of Pakistan at all, as HEC is the funding source of Public Sector Universities and therefore according to proponents of this view; it cannot maintain neutrality in ranking the institutions. This task rather could be done by a neutral body as is the practice globally (Times Higher Education World University Rankings and Maclean's University Rankings of Canada).

Higher Educational Institutions NOT INCLUDED in the Ranking

The Distance Learning Universities namely Allama Iqbal Open University and Virtual University of Pakistan, and 37 Universities established/given charter after 2010 have not been included in this ranking. Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul  and Pakistan Naval Academy Karachi have been declared NOT APPLICABLE for Ranking.

Ranking of Pakistani Universities for the year 2015

Overall Top 10 Higher Education Institutions

Rank University Name Relative Score
1 Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad 100.00
2 University of the Punjab, Lahore 83.28
3 National University of Science & Technology (NUST) 80.27
4 University of Agriculture, Faisalabad 78.72
5 Aga Khan University 77.28
6 COMSATS Institute of Information Technology 76.51
7 Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad 74.88
8 University of Karachi 70.09
9 University of Health Sciences, Lahore 68.00
10 University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Lahore 66.78

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