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The University of Karachi is also among the top 400 universities in the world. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Two Pakistani universities ranked among the top 200 Technology Universities of the World, one of them is Federal Government University, according to Quality Standard World University Ranking 2010.

However, another five Pakistani universities including Quaid-i-Azam University, National University of Science & Technology, University of Karachi, University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore and University of Lahore (Private Sector) ranked among World Top 600 Universities, according to World Ranking of Universities.

Research growth from Pakistan ranked first in two areas in January 2011. The disciplines are Microbiology and Plant and Animal Sciences. The research output in both subjects has increased from 815 in 2002 to 4650 in 2010.

According to a senior official of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, the educational standard of Federal Government Universities is improving in the global rating and the HEC has made significant progress in improvement of quality of academic standards and research in all the Universities and Degree Awarding Institutes of the Country including Federal Government Universities.

A total four Accreditation Councils have been established by Higher Education Commission to monitor the quality of the education in the country, he told APP.

The HEC has adopted a systematic process of reforms in higher education focusing on faculty development, improving and widening access, promoting excellence in learning and research, ensuring relevance to the economy, enhancing quality, improving governance and management and development of technological & physical infrastructure.

A number of steps have been taken to improve the educational standards of the universities of the country including process of faculty development to improve the quality of teaching and research support in institutions through targeted programmes to improve the skills and qualifications of faculty members.

Quality Assessment and Accreditation has been introduced to establish and implement stringent quality criteria developed against international standards to access the performance on both the programme and institutional level.

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imran Feb 21, 2011 04:30pm
This is all happened because of hard works and sincerity of Musharraf and Dr. Atta ur Rehman. Thanks
Syed Ovais Feb 21, 2011 07:21pm
True, my respects to Dr. Atta and Musharraf in improving higher education standards in Pakistan. I wish they can do it at the primary level as well, so that millions of Pakistani can make their way to respectable living.
s.humayoon Feb 21, 2011 11:26pm
we need more re-search labs for coming to the front of the world ranking as well as highly qualified faculties.......i hope my buitems will come one day to top 10.
Salman Feb 22, 2011 01:40am
Yes, Dr Atta ur Rehman was the right person for HEC, he worked with sincerity for this country.
Yogesh Feb 22, 2011 12:34pm
Good work there by pakistani universities. Keep it up!
Absar Feb 22, 2011 05:32pm
Congratulation to faculty members, leaders, and students of the respective universities for taking steps to improve ranking. A special thanks to Dr. Atta-Ur-Rehman for his sincere efforts during his time with HEC in facilitating this change and doing the ground work. This message is in-complete without giving credit to Gen. Pervaiz Musharraf and Mr. Shaukat Aziz for adopting policies for the larger benefits of the nation of Pakistan. I wish our democratically elected leader could follow similar policies for the welfare and good of the nation instead of undoing all of the good work of their predecessors.
Hassan Feb 23, 2011 01:24am
One wonders why Dawn couldn't find a better picture for this encouraging news report. Anyway, this is really great news; the outcome of years of hard work by former HEC Chairman Prof Atta-ur-Rehman. This shows once again that with honesty, sincerity, devotion nothing is impossible!
waleed Feb 23, 2011 08:01am
this credit goes to musharaf and atta ur rehmam.who play vital role for enhancing educational policies.and congratulation to all teachers and members of universities that who work hard for the prosperity of their nation.keep it up pakistanis.pakistan zindabad
MIR Sajjad Mehdi Feb 23, 2011 01:10pm
congratulations to all those who have any contribution for this achievement. Keeping in view the talent and potential this country has; may be we could have achieve much better place, had we been able to keep corruption out of at least our education system, increase in budget allocations and been able to control terrorist activities. It is surprising to see no University from Iran on the list? Not even from Malaysia, Indonesia. Good to see Saudi Arabia too on the list.
Bilal Bhat Feb 23, 2011 07:24pm
It is really a good news to hear that two of the Pakistani Universities made it to the top list globally. Much credit goes to former President Parvez Mausharaf who changed UGC into Higher Education Commission and also to the Ata ur Rehman. They made hard efforts to develop the higher education system in Pakistan. Bilal from University of Kashmir (Indian Administered)
S M Shah Feb 23, 2011 09:42pm
Amazing work, great job to all the Scholars and the Management and the Administration for what is a fantastic recognition of their hardwork. thank you Dawn for bringing this to us, more of this please...we know you can do it...
Ali Danish Feb 24, 2011 12:11am
Thats indeed a great news! However, choice of picture could have been better.
Qaisar Khosa Feb 24, 2011 12:17am
Its good to see Pakistan ranking well in education.
Shahzad Feb 24, 2011 01:03am
The article mentioned two Pakistani universities ranked among the top 200 Technology Universities of the World, one of them is Federal Government University. Why is the second university's name not mentioned? Secondly, DAWN and We should do our research before applauding or praising anything. I just looked at the list of QS World University Rankings 2010 and no Pakistani university if anywhere near 200. NUST has the highest ranking of 366 with a score of 31.56 out of 100. There are 3 other universities in between 551-600 with a score ranging from 15 to 17 out of 100. Are we in the habit of interpreting statistics in our favor somehow? I don't understand what is there to applaud and praise.
S U Kazmi Feb 24, 2011 01:23am
very pleased to hear that. God bless Pakistan!
jawad Feb 25, 2011 08:29am
It doesn't say overall ranking. It says technology ranking , i havn't checked but i m sure that will be under 300 for NUST. QS itself is not a credible source for these rankings. times are few others are more renowned in this area.
Nayyer Islam Feb 26, 2011 10:49pm
The whole credit for this goes to Dr. Atta-ur-Rahmaan. Being a very closed person with Federal Universities, I know what he was doing,,, he was just great person. Musharaf, on the other side provided a lot of financial support to universities for their faculty development. From about every governement university about 200-300 faculty members are studying abroad to their PhD program. This faculty development program was initiated by Musharaf in 2006 or 2007 with a huge huge amount of funds. The democratic Government, after getting power stopped the program immediately. After a lot of protest by those who were in the mid of their degree or were close to finish, they announced that those are abroad will be provided with the funds but now new person will be granted. I want to add one more point, about 50% of those will be back in this year or next and Govt will like to have credit for these but in my view credit goes only to Musharaf who took the step and hats off to Atta-ur-Rahman who honestly spent the every single rupee of that grant.
Javaid Ahmed - IoBM Feb 28, 2011 11:21am
"One small step for Pakistan, a giant leap for our Universities"! Bravo.
abdul basit Mar 07, 2011 09:43pm
hy plz tell me about the rank of GC university faisalabd in general and according to research
Mohsin May 31, 2012 04:45am
why Agha Khan University Karachi is not functioning properly and admisitrated in education (MBBS)after getting so much amount of Cash for education from each student and its ended up no place under even 50-100, further more not up to the mark of World of education this is the question ? Can any one able to ask this question with the authorities of AGH ? answer is NO... Syed Mohsin . California USA
ahsan elahi Jul 16, 2012 05:04am
this credit goes onnly to musarraf ho iniciated the progam for students who studdied abroad.but unfortunatly our new government is not interested in such type of promotion
MUHAMMAD IMRAN KHAN Jul 10, 2012 05:44am
Thanks to ALLAH AL MIGHTY. What the current govt is going to do nothing.i humbly request the govt of pakistan to give proper attention to higher education. regards