HEC Announces University Rankings for 2014

Qaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, has been ranked as the best university of the Pakistan, followed by University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, as second best and University of the Punjab, Lahore, as the third best university of the country, according to HEC university rankings that were announced yesterday by the Higher Education Commission yesterday at the HEC Secretariat.

Ranking criteria for 2014 had been modified and improved in the light of previous practice and feedback received from stakeholders, said the HEC.

This year the higher education institutes have been ranked Overall and then divided into six categories which are

  • General
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Business Education
  • Agriculture and Veterinary
  • Medical
  • Arts and Design.

Only HEC recognized universities were included in the current ranking. However universities established after June 2009 and those offering Distance Learning Programmes are not included in the selection in order to provide them time to adopt all criterial and enhance research ability and capacity.

Top Universities of Pakistan (Overall Ranking)

  1. Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad
  2. University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
  3. University of the Punjab, Lahore
  4. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad
  5. Aga Khan University
  6. National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), Islamabad
  7. University of Karachi, Karachi
  8. Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad
  9. University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Lahore 76.480 10 University of Health Sciences, Lahore

Category wise National University of Science and Technology (NUST) topped in Engineering, Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi takes the lead amongst Business Education, with University of Agriculture Faisalabad in Agricultural field, Aga Khan University in Medical Sciences and National College of Arts (NCA) in Arts and Design.

Complete list of universities’ ranking for all the categories can be found here (PDF File – Size 1MB).

Criteria parameters considered in the comprehensive process include Quality Assurance, Teaching Quality, Research, Finance and Facilities, Social Integration/Community Development. The ranking results are based on the data shared by universities relevant to the given standards.

The first HEC ranking was announced in 2006, second in 2012, followed by the third in 2013. The criteria for the latest one has been amended to bring it at par and more compatible with global practices. Regular rankings can help university practices to become stronger through enhanced capacity and thus help them rise in the league.


  • Hamid

    It would have been more helpful if individual component scores breakdown were released rather than the normalized aggregates.

  • DJ

    and UCP lahore is nowhere, UCP its time to do something and make your standard

    • Hamid

      UCP Lahore is ranked 7th in the Business category.

      • DJ

        thankyou for correction interesting to see LUMS is not listed in Business category but included in General category :S

  • Devil

    What BULLSH*T. COMSATS made the Top 10 list but not GIKI and LUMS…???

    • tehsin

      what bullsh*t?? COMSATS has been in TOP 10 for the past many years. check out old rankings brother.

      • Devil

        COMSATS is a joke of an institute.

        • guest

          as a ciit lahore student
          i want to say screw you :P

          • Devil

            Thanks for this comment. You proved my point that COMSATS produces idiots.

            • guest

              stop being a jerk you dont know comsats thats why you are complaining stop whining like a bich

              • Devil

                LMFAO yet more proof that COMSATS produces junkies fit for the streets not the office. Stop being upset buddy and relax.

      • Inam

        They pay tons for it if no one told you that. Literally TONS.

    • Hamid

      HEC classified LUMS in the general category for some unknown reasons which is like comparing apples with oranges. And they still made top 10 (7th).

  • zain

    For those point fingers on LUMS not being part of ranking :

    No doubt LUMS is the best in term of quality of education specially at undergraduate level but while ranking universities other factors such as number of PHD’s produced, total number of students, total faculty are also considered where LUMS lacks behind other universities.

    LUMS is also not included in QS world ranking where as NUST , QAU, AGA Khan are included in top 700

  • Imran

    We should be looking at quality, not quantity. HEC ought to know and do better than this.

  • HEC Should be keep transparent Assessment all factor of Universities

  • Gemini

    Thanks, God I can’t find Iqra University here, otherwise I could have lost the trust in worlds existence.

  • Shahzaib Rehman

    Anyone knows the best university for BS Computer Science in Pakistan?