Finding the best engineering university especially for you can be a troublesome task and getting admission can more tiring work. Here I have mentioned the top 10 engineering universities in Pakistan along with all the details that a student needs. I am also an engineering graduate and I know what you guys will be searching in these universities.
I have made this list along with the area of expertise of universities, hostel, transportation facilities, etc. After reading this post you will surely find the perfect university and take the first step to your glorious career.
Top 10 Engineering Universities In Pakistan 2022:
1. PIEAS (Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences):
Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) is the best engineering university in Pakistan. It all started in 1967 as a reactor school of the Pakistan Atomic Commission to manage nuclear energy infostructure. Later it was turned into university in 1997.
PIEAS is an international standard university with a focus on the quality of education. It is ranked no.1 in HEC rankings and also on this list of top engineering universities in Pakistan.
PIEAS is known for its nuclear engineering and it is the best in Pakistan. No university in Pakistan can come near to PIEAS in nuclear engineering. It also offers engineering in a different field but its core is nuclear engineering.
The top-notch teachers combined with extreme quality research equals world-class teaching.
If you want to study nuclear engineering then PIEAS must be your one and only option.
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PIEAS offers hostel facilities for students for both male and female students. PIEAS has 8 hostel blocks separate male and female students, subsidized mess, a canteen, a fitness center, and a mosque.
So if you are forming a distant are of Pakistan you don’t have to worry about the hostel anymore.
PIEAS does offer transport services but it is only available for students of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
PIEAS Notable Alumni:
- Munir Ahmad Khan (former PAEC Chairman)
- Dr. Masood Ahmad
- Dr. Samar Mubarakmad
- Dr. Waqas Ahmad
PIEAS is the best university for nuclear engineering. Its main focus is on research and development in nuclear aspects. If you want to be a nuclear engineer then this the best university in Pakistan for this field but if you want to be an electrical or mechanical engineer then NUST must be your first priority, not PIEAS.
2. NUST (National university of science and technology):
National university of science and technology (NUST) is among the top engineering universities in Pakistan. Established in 1991 under the administration of Pakistan armed forces for commissioned officers and later turned to a public research university.
Its main campus is in Islamabad while secondary campuses are in Rawalpindi, Risalpur, and Karachi.
Nust is the best university in Pakistan for engineering but I have not assigned it the first position as in research PIEAS outscores NUST. Nust is also among one the biggest universities in Pakistan its main campus in Islamabad occupies 707 acres which is a full -H12 sector Islamabad.
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It has an inter-university transportation system. If you want to move between departments in NUST then you have to use the transport, this much is just large.
NUST offers BS, MS, and Ph. D. in many other fields too. Click here to see the full list of degrees offered by NUST.
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NUST offers hostel facilities on its H-12 campus. It consists of 14 blocks 9 for males and 5 for female students. Hostels in NUST are next level, you get tv rooms, laundry, gym, badminton courts, billiard, vending machines, microwave, internet, 24 hours medical coverage, and many more.
Nust provides transport services within the university. Sorry to say but outside the university you are on your own. Nust has introduced shuttle service, vans, and coaches within the university to travel within the university.
NUST Notable Alumni:
- Abdullah Qureshi
- Talat Masood
- Makhdoom Shahab-ud-Din
Nust is a top-notch university in the engineering discipline. If you want to get admission to electrical or mechanical engineering then must be your first priority.
3. GIKI (Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of engineering sciences and technology):
Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of engineering sciences and technology (GIKI) located in topi, Swabi, KPK is among the best engineering universities in Pakistan. GIKI is a private university founded by the Ex-President of Pakistan Ghulam Ishaq Khan in 1993. From then GIKIhas proved its worth in research and teaching.
GIKI is known for its student development. They develop students so much that when you will face a GIKI student and other university students you will clearly see the difference between self-confidence and communication skills.
GIKI offers most of the programs that students will be interested in from management to science to engineering.
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Visit GIKI official ranking stats here.
GIKI provides accommodation on entirely GIKI campus. You have to live there and study there.
Three are 10 hostels separate for girls and boys equipped with modern furniture and bathroom. The rooms consist of an air conditioner, heater, and television. It also includes an international standard mess with a daily updated menu.
You can view what GIKI has to provide here.
Unfortunately, GIKI doesn’t provide any transport facility.
GIKI Notable Alumni:
- Dr. Yarjan Abdul Samad – First Pakistani space scientist to work at the University of Cambridge.
- Taimur Khan Jhagra – Current Provincial Minister of KPK for Finance.
- Atta Ul Haq – Researcher
- Muhammad Hamza Shafqat – Deputy Commissioner Islamabad
GIKI is the best university for mechanical engineering followed by the electrical department. It only has the hostel system which helps it to transform the student.
Not only that it has a very low acceptance rate than any other university in Pakistan this is because they only choose the best students for their best university.
If you can live away from home and improve not only your engineering skills but also the communication skills then GIKI is the way to go.
4. UET Lahore (University of engineering and technology):
The University of engineering and technology (UET) Lahore is among the top engineering universities in Pakistan. It is a government university that specializes in science, technology, and engineering.
It is one of the oldest engineering universities in Pakistan. Established in 1921 under the British Indian government with a focus on engineering and sciences. From 1921 till now UET Lahore has continuously proved its worth in the engineering discipline.
UET Lahore has 4 main campuses Faisalabad, Kala Shah Kaku, Gujranwala, and Naorwal. With the main campus in Lahore.
As for MS and Ph.D. programs gets from specific. For example, If you have done BS Mechanical Engineering then for MS you have to choose between Automotive or Thermo fluid engineering and vice versa at UET.
That’s why I am not un-checking some of the MS and Ph. D. fields.
UET offers a total of 28 programs in its undergraduate stage. From the sciences to engineering to business it offers all of them.
Here is the list of complete MS and Ph.D. programs offered by UET lahore in 2022.
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UET Lahore has on-campus accommodation for students. It has 15 halls with a capacity of 2700 students. 3 halls are dedicated specifically to female students with a capacity of 425 students.
Halls consist of the canteen, internet, common rooms, prayer rooms, etc to make sure students get the closet home environment in the university.
UET Lahore provides transport facilities to both day scholars and hostel students.
UET Lahore Notable Alumni:
- Ahsan Iqbal
- Jawad Ahmad
- Sami Khan
- Junaid Jamshed
- Fawad Rana
- Faakhir Mehmood
UET is among the top engineering universities in Pakistan but as it is under the government which is also an advantage and disadvantage.
UET is known for its civil engineering and its related disciplines. If you want to be a civil engineer then I will strongly recommend you join UET Lahore. Its degree has a lot of value as soon as you will graduate there are more likely chances that you get a government job.
UET Lahore is among the oldest universities in Pakistan and because of that they are still caught up with old education systems. Labs are not properly maintained and the teaching staff is also old.
UET is just living an old life. But keeping all the things aside one thing fades away all this negativity and that is the degree value.
5. UET Taxila:
University of engineering and technology Taxila (UET Taxila) is one of the universities that you want to enroll in if you want to be a good engineer. Established in 1975 as a campus of UET Lahore and in 1993 late changed to an independent university.
Note that it is not the campus of UET Lahore. It is an independent university. It offers bachelor, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in engineering and applied sciences.
UET Taxila has only one sub-campus which is in Chakwal but has do 4 affiliated institutes in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
- CASE – Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering, Islamabad
- KICSIT – Dr. A. Q. Khan Institute of Computer Sciences and Information Technology, Rawalpindi.
- Swedish College of Engineering and Technology, Wah Cantt Campus.
- Army Public College of Management and Sciences Rawalpindi.
UET Taxila offers engineering and applied sciences programs.
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UET Taxila does provide on-campus hostel facilities but they are very limited. 2 halls with 32 apartments with one bedroom, tv lounge, kitchen, and attached bathroom. These 32 apartments provide a living capacity of 80 students.
You can read the eligibility criteria for hostels at UET by clicking here.
UET Taxila provides transports facilities for its students living in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, wah cant, and on campus. There are tonnes of buses available at UET so you don’t have to worry about transport if you are a resident of the above-mentioned areas.
UET Taxila Notable Alumni:
- Parvez Butt. Pakistani nuclear engineer
- Ali Sajid Engineer
- Shaukat Ullah Khan. Politician
UET Taxila is a great university for engineering but the labs and teaching are not up to the standard. As the world is continuously improving day by day but UET Taxila is still lagging behind universities in the research and development field. As UET Lahore is not improving its teaching standard so does UET Taxila.
A graduate from UET Taxila told me that labs are so poor. The equipment is not up to the standard. Sometimes in a lab, there are only 2 workstations for 40 students.
From this, you can visualize os UET Taxila is behind in the teaching field especially in labs and for an engineer, most of the time is usually spent in the labs testing and simulating.
6. IST (Institute of space and technology):
Institute of space and technology (IST) is the best university in Pakistan for astronomy, aerospace engineering, and aeronautics.
Established in 2002 under the administration of HEC focuses on aerospace engineering. IST is in partnership with beighang university and the university of surrey since 2008 to provide better education to Pakistani students.
If you want to do engineering in aerospace and aeronautics then in the whole of Pakistan you will never get a university better than this. It also offers engineering in other disciplines but aeronautics and aerospace of IST is on the next level.
IST is among top engineering universities in Pakistan for aerospace and aeronautics engineering.
IST offers programs form engineering to sciences. With main focus on avionics and aerospace engineering.
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IST provides limited hostel facilities to both male and female students. There are a total of 4 hostels 3 for male and 1 for female students.
Hostels are equipped with fully furnished rooms. Canteen. Tuk shop, laundry, etc.
You can check IST hostels facility here.
Yes, ist provides transport facilities to both local and international students. Buty I couldn’t find more information in which cities they operate.
You can call on this landline number for better information 9075688.
IST is the best university of avionics and aerospace engineering in Pakistan. It does offer other disciplines but these two are the best and IST focuses on these two very much than any other.
If you want to get admission in these two fields then IST must be your first priority.
In case you want to do something else then NUST, PIEAS. GIKI or UET is a better option.
7. UET Peshawar (University of engineering and technology):
University of engineering and technology, Peshawar (UET Peshawar) is a public university established in 1952 and formerly known as NWFP university of engineering and technology till 2010.
UET Peshawar is a sibling of UET Lahore and UET Taxila.
UET Peshawar is under the administration of the government of KPK and it has 6 campuses spread all over KPK. It has 4 campuses in Jaloazi, Abbottabad, Bannu, Kohat, and the main campus in Peshawar.
UET Peshawar offers dozens of programs in engineering. You can get more detail of engineering programs offed by UET Peshawar here.
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UET Peshawar and its sub-campuses provide hostel facilities. Accommodation is only provided on the basis of merit and only to students who are from far off places.
You can see the students’ capacity in different UET Peshawar campuses in the image below.
Luckily UET Peshawar provides transport for its students and faculty members. University has included minivans, buses, pickups, and trucks to facilitate its faculty as well as students.
UET Peshawar Notable Alumni:
- Mahmood Khan Achakzai
- Amir Muqam
- Farhatullah Babar
- Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and many more
UET peshawar is the best enginering university in KPK as well as in peshawar. Since 1952 it has produced many great politicians and engineers which are serving the nation.
The merit of UET Peshawar is much less than UET Lahore and Taxila, so if you are not able to get admission in both of these then you must apply in UET Peshawar. There is a more likely chance that you will get admission.
Mehran university is a public research university located in Jamshoro, Sindh. Established in 1976 as a campus of the University of Sindh and later became an independent university. It is among the best engineering universities in Pakistan.
Mehran university offers degree programs in engineering as well as basic sciences. It has one sub-campus named after shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in Khair Pur mir.
Mehran university is among the top engineering universities in Pakistan for Biomedical and Chemical Engineering.
Here is the list of Mehran university-affiliated institutes in Sindh:
- Government College of Technology, Hyderabad
- The Hyderabad Institute of Arts, Science and Technology
- Hyderabad College of Science and Technology
Although Mehran university provides hostel services I couldn’t find much information.
Mehran university provides transportation services between the campus and Jamashroo. For residents of Hyderabad, Qasim Abad, Latif Abad and Kotri the students have to pay transport charges on an annual basis.
Mehran University Notable Alumni:
- Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry
- Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry
- Danish Nawaz
- Ayaz Latif Palijo
Mehran university is among the best universities in Pakistan for engineering specifically for biomedical if I say.
One of the very first biomedical programs in Pakistan was started by Mehran university and the university is continuously improving this adding quality education and improving the labs.
9. NED University (Nadirshaw Edulji Dinshaw):
Nadirshaw Edulji Dinshaw (NED) is a public university in Karachi. Established in 1921 to facilitate youth with its engineering and technology skills.
NED offers programs in engineering, sciences, and architecture for undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral studies.
Here is the list of affiliated institutes of ned university.
- Government College of Technology (GCT) Karachi
- Institute of Industrial Electronics Engg. (IIEE) Karachi
- Institute of Aviation Technology, PAF Karachi
- PCSIR Pak Swiss Training Centre Karachi
- Karachi Tools, Dies & Moulds Centre Karachi
- Pakistan Marine Academy Karachi
- Usman Institute of Technology Karachi
NED provides on-campus hostel facilities to both male and female students. For males, there are 2 hostels and for females, there is one hostel. You have to pay monthly hostel charges at NED.
Ned also provides shuttle bus services in Karachi but it is limited.
NED University Notable Alumni:
- Saeed Anwar
- Waqar Zaka
- Syed Murad Ali Shah
- Ali Haider
- Marium Mukhtar
- Zaid Hamid
NED is the jack of all trade in the engineering discipline. It has a good reputation in Karachi and the best engineering university in Karachi. If you want to get admission in NED than I would say that it is a good university and hard to get enrolled.
10. Air University:
Air University is a public university in Islamabad. Established in 2002 under the influence of the Pakistan air force. It offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in it, business, humanities, and engineering.
It is under the management of PAF so you can think about how much they focus on discipline. Air University is among to top 10 engineering universities in Pakistan and it is continuously improving its rank day by day.
As an Air university graduate (2016-2020) I will share with you my honest opinion about air university and why you should consider taking admission at Air?
As of 2016 when I joined air it was not at the stage as air is now. Back then labs were poorly maintained, shortage of equipment, and management was too lazy. In some labs, there were only 4 working stations for 40 students. As engineering costs, much and the university was not able to afford it.
But in late 2018 Air university went through a major upgrade. I saw an abrupt change in the teaching system of Air, as there was some degree issue of the previous batch from PEC. But later it all sorted out.
Now the university is affiliated with the Washington accord and this affiliation improved the university a lot. I have seen changes in labs they continuously add more and more education-based study in the curriculum and you have CLO’s and PLO’s which make study only concept based.
In 2016 –2017 student’s strength was low but in 2017-2018 they grew much and now the whole department is always full of students. Air University is now planning to transfer university to a new much bigger are closer to NUST and fast. The air university E-9 campus will be converted to Fazia medical college in years to come.
At a glance, Air University is improving every year they introduce tonnes to new courses in the engineering and business field.
Air university also has 2 sub-campuses. One in Multan and the second currently under construction in Kamra.
Here is the list of affiliated institutes of air university
- Aero Medical Institute, Karachi
- PAF Air War College, Karachi
- Bilquis Education College For Women, Rawalpindi
- College of Education, Peshawar
- College of Education for Women, Peshawar
- Fazaia College of Education for Women, Lahore
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Air university doesn’t provide any accommodation. There is a hostel inside air university but it is only for Fazia medical college.
Air University provides transport facilities within twin cities Rawalpindi and Islamabad only.
Air University is a good university I am not saying as I am a graduate of air but I have seen improvements in the education system.
There are dozens of off-campus hostels in Islamabad which provide transport and home-like facilities.
What is Washington accord?
Washington Accord is an international accreditation agreement for an undergraduate professional engineering degree. By this agreement, anyone having an engineering degree is eligible to meet the academic requirements to practice engineering. Pakistan Engineering council became a member of the Washington accord in 2017.
From 2017 undergraduate engineering degrees will be accepted in the majority of countries. You can view the current members of Washington accord here. Any university in Pakistan which is affiliated with PEC is also affiliated with Washington accord.
Before getting admission to any university you must make sure that your university or even your batch is Washington accord affiliated or not. If not then get admission in the university which is a current member of HEC and PEC
Which engineering is best in Pakistan?
Civil engineering is currently is the best engineering in Pakistan with the highest salary.
If you choose the engineering field just because of the salary then civil engineering. Not only that there are tonnes of civil engineering jobs available.
Is engineering a good career in Pakistan?
I would not say engineering is a good or bad career. It only depends on you. If you want to do engineering just because your parents are saying or for a good salary then I will strongly recommend you to leave this field. Engineering is the toughest field in whole education systems. Soon, you will realize you were not made to be an engineer.
Universities produce thousands of graduates every year. Did you ever think where do they all go? Some of them change their field, some go abroad, some start driving Uber and Careem and some do jobs for 25000-40000 Rupees per month. There are hundreds of engineers for a single vacancy.
If you want to pursue engineering because you love the field, then engineering will be the most fun in your whole academics. The whole engineering field is based upon three things, design, simulate, and hardware. If engineering is your passion then you will love each and every inch of your whole four-year degree.
Top engineering fields in Pakistan?
Here are top engineering fields inPakistan
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Software Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
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