STAFF REPORT IBD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has announced the ranking of Pakistani universities on the basis of quality teaching and research.
A statement issued by the HEC says that the primary purpose of the ranking exercise is to share with the general public a comprehensive data on the key issues that determine the state of higher education in a particular institution.
However, institutions established after December 2008 as well as distance education universities are excluded from the ranking lists.
HEC Chairman Dr. Laghari told the media that ranking is a quality indicator and this information will help shed light on key indicators of higher education institutions in Pakistan to allow students, parents, potential employers and all other stakeholders to make informed decisions regarding higher education institutions.
Ranking criteria for the universities includes student intake as well as graduates produced at BS, MS and PhD levels, number of qualified faculty members, student-teacher ratio, quality of research produced and published in journals of international repute, physical and technological infrastructure, international collaborations, resource generation and sports facilities.
Universities can only be comparable within the assigned category, comparisons to be made among different categories based on the above list will not be logical.

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