While briefing the National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said that although Pakistan may not have the best educational institutes in the world, the local educational institutions are continuously improving in rankings.
The commission, he said, has been constantly trying to improve the quality of education in the country.
Dr Ahmed said that there were two types of rankings of educational institutions.
In the global rankings, National University of Science and Technology (Nust) has been ranked among the top 500 universities of the world.
In the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) university rankings for Asia, Pakistan is improving steadily.
Pakistani universities in Asia top 300
Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) – ranked 106
Aga Khan University – ranked 116
Quaid-i-azam University – ranked 123
National University of Sciences And Technology (NUST) Islamabad – ranked 129
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) – ranked 181-190
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology – ranked 201-250
University of Karachi – ranked 201-250
University of the Punjab – ranked 201-250
University of Agriculture, Faisalabad – ranked 251-300
University of Engineering Technology (UET) Lahore – ranked 251-300
In 2014, ten Pakistani institutes have been included in the list of top 300 Asian universities
In 2011, there were four Pakistani universities in the list of top 300 Asian universities. In 2013, that number rose to six and the 2014 rankings show that 10 Pakistani universities are among top 300 Asian universities.
Khan said that not a single meeting was called while the session of the National Assembly was going on for a month. Addressing PML-N’s Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Khan said the attitude of the members shows that they have no confidence in him as the chairperson of the committee.