Quaid-e-Azam University declared best varsity in HEC rankings

07:35 PM | 25 May, 2015
Quaid-e-Azam University declared best varsity in HEC rankings
ISLAMABAD (Sarfraz Ali) - The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Monday announced its ranking of universities in the country, putting Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad on top of the list.

Quaid-i- Azam University was ranked first followed by University of Agriculture, Faisalabad with University of the Punjab at the third position in overall ranking.
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Making the announcement, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC said, University Rankings is a global practice followed to achieve international as well as national competitiveness in education, research and innovation.

"For students and parents they help provide guidelines in selection of universities according to their select disciplines", he said.

Dr. Mansoor Akbar Kundi, Executive Director HEC, Dr Qasim Jan, renowned educationist, Dr Iftikhar Ahmed, Adviser Quality Assurance , Dr Tariq Mehmood, Adviser R&D and Mr Ahmad Yahya Khan, DG (Statistics) were also present on the occasion.
Ranking criteria for 2014 has been modified and improved in the light of previous practice and feedback received from stakeholders.

This year the higher education institutes have been ranked overall and then divided into six categories which are i) General, ii) Engineering and Technology, iii) Business Education, iv) Agriculture and Veterinary, v) Medical, vi) Arts and Design. Only HEC recognized universities are 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.
Category wise Quaid-i-Azam stands at the top in the General Category, with National University of Science and Technology (NUST) 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.

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.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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