University Of Karachi (Education)

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Spread over 1200 acres of land, University of Karachi was established through the parliament as a Federal University in 1951. However, through another act of the parliament in 1962 its status was redefined as university of the province of Sindh. On 23rd October, 1950 the Karachi University Act was passed and after an amendment in 1951, it was enacted and Prof A. B. A Haleem was appointed as its first Vice Chancellor. For the first two years, the University of Karachi remained as an examination University for the affiliated colleges. In the year 1953, it started its teaching and research activities at two Faculties of Arts and Science. Opened with an initial intake of 50 students, the university is now a sprawling structure of 53 Departments and 20 world class and highly reputable Research Centers and Institutes, under eight faculties of Arts, Science, Islamic Studies, Pharmacy, Management and Administrative Sciences, Law, Education and Medicine. At present, the enrolment of regular students at the Campus is slightly over 24,000. There are over 800 teachers and more than 2500 supporting staff.
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  • Motto:

    اے میرے رب میرے علم میں اضافہ فرما

  • Motto in English:

    O my Lord! Advance me in Knowledge

  • Type:


  • In Urdu:

    کراچی یونیورسٹی

  • Established:

    June 1951

  • Chancellor:

    Governor of Sindh

  • Vice Chancellor:

    Muhammad Qaiser

  • Administrative staff:


  • Number of Students:

    95,000+ (on-campus only)

  • Students:


  • Location:

    Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

  • Campus:

    1,279 acres

  • Nickname:


  • Faculty of Pharmacy:

    Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy

  • Faculty of Islamic Studies:

    Islam Learning, Quran Wa Sunnah, Usool-ud-Din, Sirah Chair

  • Advisors:

    Prof. Dr. Shaikh Mutahir Ahmed, Prof. Dr. Nabeel Ahmed Zubairi, Pror. Dr. Haris Shoaib

  • Subject Experts /Advisors:

    Prof. Dr. Ismail Saad, Prof. Dr. Abdul Hameed, Prof. Dr. Rifaqat Ali Akbar, Prof. Dr. Nasim Qaisarani, Prof. Dr. Irshad Farrukh, Dr. Hina Kazimi

  • Registrar:

    Dr Munawar Rasheed

  • Affiliation:

    HEC, UGC

  • Formal First Vice Chancellor :

    Prof. A. B. A. Haleem, 23-06-1951 to 22-06-1957

  • Last Formal Vice Chancellor:

    Prof. Dr. Ajmal Khan, 24-01-2017

  • Email:

  • Website:


University Of Karachi
University Of Karachi
  • At the time of creation of Pakistan as a sovereign state in 1947, means for higher education and research were negligible. Responding to the impending requirement of higher learning, Pakistan started establishing relevant educational institutions of higher learning and research and thus underwent rapid modernization. The University of Karachi was established by an act of Pakistan parliament in June, 1951. The present campus, to which the University shifted in 1959, is spread over 1279 acres of land, situated 12 Km away from the city center. 
  • Today the University is recognized as a premier center of learning and research in the Subcontinent and in the Third World. A number of scientists and scholars affiliated with the University are working in important positions both within and outside Pakistan and have won recognition and acclaim. One of the institutes of the University has got the distinction of being made the Centre of the Third World Academy of Sciences. Students from several foreign countries are also pursuing for the Masters and Doctorate degrees. Because of high academic and research standards of the University a large number of students from Karachi and other parts of the country apply for admission here. Keeping in view a very high number of applicants, the University has started evening classes in several departments at BS and Masters Levels and a Directorate of Evening Program was established to control and run Evening Program. 
  • At present teaching at the University campus is conducted under six faculties: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Faculty of Management & Administrative Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Pharmacy. There are over 52 departments and 19 research institutes/ centers, which are imparting education to more than 24,000 students including students from foreign countries. The faculty comprises of more than 700 highly qualified and experienced teachers; many of them have obtained higher degrees from abroad and enjoy a high repute internationally. The non-teaching staff comprises more than 1700 people to help with administrative and other matters.
  • The University of Karachi is also an affiliating and examining body and at present, 145 colleges and institutions are affiliated to the University. The courses of studies for these institutions are approved by the University and examinations are also conducted under its auspices. The University conducts examinations of about 150,000 students studying in these colleges/institutes, prepare their results and award degrees.[1]  History 


Karachi University always proudly mentions the names of renowned educationists and scholars associated with this institution of higher learning like, Dr. I. H. Qureshi, Dr. Mahmud Hussain, Dr. Salemuzzaman Siddiqui, Dr. Afzal Hussain Qadri, Dr. M. M. Ahmed, Dr Mujtaba Karim, Prof. M. Ilyas, Prof. Q. Fareed, Dr. Ibadur Rehman Khan, Prof Muntakhib ul Haq, Prof. Memony, Dr. S. M. Yousuf, Dr. M.A Wali and Dr. Karawala. The faculty was drawn not only from Pakistan but also included eminent educationists from Europe and America.

Karachi University today

The Karachi University today is the biggest university in the country. It comprises eight faculties with which all the colleges of the city are affiliated. B.S., M.S., M.Phil. and Ph.D. classes under five of these faculties Arts, Science, Pharmacy, Management and Administrative Science and Islamic Learning are conducted on the campus, while under the Faculties of Medicine, law and Education it examines the students admitted to their affiliated colleges. Research programmers leading to M.Phil and Ph.D Degree are offered under all the faculties.[2]  Karachi University today 


  • The Science Faculty which consists of 23 departments and five research Institutes can be said to be the biggest scientific centre in the country. The Research Institutes include the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, which is world renowned and has also been designated World Academy of Science. It is the prime research institute of the country and has high level research faculties for chemical science particularly Natural Product Chemistry.
  • Other Institutes are Dr. Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicines and Drug Research, Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Dr Afzal Hussain Qadri Biological Research Centre, which is a common research facility for all the biological science departments; the Marine Resources Collection and Research Centre, which is the biggest repository of marine life from the Arabian Sea. National Nematological Research Centre, which undertakes research in plant pest control. Centre of Excellence in Marine Biology, a federally founded centre for the study of marine fauna of the Arabian Sea; the Institute of Environmental Studies, Institute of Molecular Genetics and Umair Basha Institute of Information Technology which houses the department of Computer Science.
  • It is noteworthy that the number of M.Phil/Ph.D in science produced by the Karachi University far exceeds the number produced in any other university of the country. So far, about 600 M.Phil, 300 Ph.D, 7 D.Sc and 7 D.Litt. degrees in Science have been awarded by the university. The University teachers are also involved in various research projects and contribute regularly to publications of home and abroad. Only in 2006 the number of research papers published by the faculty of the university was 506.


  • The library of the university is one of the largest library in the country. Housed in spacious building, it has a collection of over 360,000 books, and over 110,000 copies of national and foreign journals and periodicals. There is also a microfilm section which has copies of rare manuscripts from the British museum, the India Office Library and the Bodleian and Cambridge University libraries.
  • A highlight of the library is the Quaid-i-Azam's personal collection of books, many of which carry his own signature. Copies of the All India Muslim League papers are also available. Work is in progress for setting up a resource centre, equipped with internet and scanner microfiche. Now, the Central Library is being gradually digitalized and will be able to cater the larger number of students. The LEJ National Science Centre is the most significant addition to the Karachi University which is a recent development.
  • The centre not only houses one of the largest digital one libraries of the mechanism and capacity to assist other campus library by resources and provide leadership in the application of technology to help the researchers, scientists, scholars and students of academic and R&D institutions of Pakistan Facilities of video conferencing are available and fully operative. Beside the central library, every department also has its own seminar library equipped with the necessary books.

Evening Program

  • The University of Karachi introduced the Evening program in 1995 to provide an opportunity to the in service peoples and professionals to pursue higher education in the evening initially at a few departments The program started while gradually the number of departments offering degree courses in the evening has increased.
  • Four Year Degree Program: The latest development this year is the introduction of four year degree program at the University to bring the university education at par with the International standards. In the revised curricula of four years program a number of new subject have been added to enable the passed out students to have wider opportunities in the job market.[3]  Evening Program 

New Era of Development

  • The University has now embraced upon a gigantic process of multifaceted progress with emphasis on capacity building and quality enchantment. Ever since its inception, it is in this era that constitutional and statutory bodies of the university are holding their meeting with regular intervals, further bolstering the process.
  • Regular holding of Selection Boards has enabled the University to add more than two hundred new teachers to various faculties and departments. Many departments in faculties of science and Arts where strengthened by modernizing facilities recently to enhance their quality and productivity.
  • These include Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Statistics Food Science and Technology, Biotechnology, Computer Science and Mass Communications. For common facilities for science in various scientific disciplines a centralized science lab has been established. It has further enhanced the capabilities for scientific research. Some noteworthy developments which serve as land marks in the university include a highly sophisticated and well equipped Herbarium for research in plant science.
  • Already completed Botanical Garden is first of its kind in the country. The Garden adds plenty of beauty to the campus on the one hand while on the other it serves as an open lab for the Plant scientists.
  • Construction of hostels for the visiting faculty and research scholars and additional facilities for M.Phil/Ph.D scholars, have further enhanced chances for quality and speedy research. The perennial residential problems at the campus are also expected to solve partially with the completion of new blocks of the staff apartments. All these and many other successes were due to active encouragements the university received from the Higher Education Commission and the Chancellor of the University.
  • A number of new development projects are on the anvil while many others are at various stages of completion. The University is now moving fast on the path of developments playing its due role in the national development.[4]  New Era of Development 


The university campus is spread over 1,279 acres (5.18 km2) of land, situated 12 km away from the city center of Karachi. About four percent of the university's students are foreigners who come from 23 different countries in regions as diverse as Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The university has a high standard of teaching, with many professors being well-known scholars and academics of international repute and possessing Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees from abroad. In a short span of 40 years, the university has risen to acquire a high status in the field of education in Pakistan as well as regionally.[5]  Campus 

Faculty of Education

DeanProf. Dr. Nasir Salman

Nasir Salman
Nasir Salman
The Faculty of Education, was established in 1970 at the University of Karachi, and had been governing all colleges, teaching education in the city of Karachi. [6] Faculty of Education  Earlier, the Dean of the Education Faculty was selected from colleges on the basis of seniority. In 2003, for the first time, Dr. Fatima Razi, Professor, Department of Education was appointed as the Dean, Education.  Since then, the University realized that the Faculty of Education should be functional and finally the Faculty got approval in 2012 by the University statuary bodies and started working. The Faculty of Education comprised of the following three Departments became the part of the Faculty:
  1. Department of Education
  2. Department of Special Education
  3. Department of Teacher Education
Besides, Departments, Faculty of Education also governs the functioning of all affiliated colleges, in the city of Karachi, teaching “Education” in general and Teacher Education in specific. The Faculty is very active in developing linkages with other programs both at National and International levels. The target areas are teaching, research, publication and collaborative assignments between Universities and institutions both at National and International levels.

Subject Experts Advisors

  1. Prof. Dr. Ismail Saad
  2. Prof. Dr. Abdul Hameed
  3. Prof. Dr. Rifaqat Ali Akbar
  4. Prof. Dr. Nasim Qaisarani
  5. Prof. Dr. Irshad Farrukh
  6. Dr. Hina Kazimi


  1. Prof. Dr. Shaikh Mutahir Ahmed
  2. Prof. Dr. Nabeel Ahmed Zubairi
  3. Pror. Dr. Haris Shoaib
Special Education 
    Teacher Education

Faculty of Engineering

Dean. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tasneem Adam Ali

Chemical Engineering (Accredited with PEC)

Faculty of Islamic Studies

Dean. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmad Qadri

Ahmad Qadri
Ahmad Qadri
    Islam Learning
    Quran Wa Sunnah
    Sirah Chair

Faculty of Law

Dean. JusticeR Prof. Dr. Ghous Muhammad

Ghous Muhammad
Ghous Muhammad
School of Law

Faculty of Management and Administrative Sciences

Dean. Prof. Dr. Tahir Ali

Tahir Ali
Tahir Ali
    Karachi University Business School
    Public Administration

Faculty of Medicine

Dean. Prof. Nargis Anjum

  • The University of Karachi has 7 medical and dental colleges affiliated with it. The only public sector college is Karachi Medical & Dental College and the Dean, Faculty of Medicine is the senior most professor of Karachi Medical & Dental College. The colleges running both MBBS & BDS programmes are Karachi Medical & Dental College, Jinnah Medical Dental College and Liaquat College of Medicine and Dentistry. Those running BDS programs alone are Altamash Institute of Dental Medicine and Fatima Jinnah Dental College and those having MBBS programme alone are Liaquat National Medical College and Sir Syed College of Medicine. Admissions in this college are as per PMDC regulations.
  • Over the past years, there have been vast changes in the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes of the University in the fields of Medicine and Dentistry. The teaching methodology and the examination system of the University has changed from MCQ system to the internationally acclaimed Short Essay Questions and Best Choice Questions few years ago.  In this regard, training workshops for all faculty are held twice a year under the supervision of the Dean. The Board of Studies has constituted 2 committees, a Coordination Committee and a Quality Assurance Committee for examinations. The Semester system is being studied for possible implementation within the next year.
  • The Postgraduate programmes in clinical fields are the M.S. and M.D. programmes and in Basic Sciences, the MPhil, PhD. Details of these are available on the website.
  • The MS, MD programmes has changed from a 2 year programmes to a full 4 year, structured programme with 1 year course work at the University and 3 years clinical work in the supervisors department. For Admission, clearing the University of Karachi Entry Test is mandatory. Subsequently, candidates are chosen on the basis of merit. The  synopsis of each candidate is reviewed by the supervisor and the Dean before submission to the Board of Advanced Studies & Research, University of Karachi for final approval. Standardization of the Masters examination is ensured by having external examiners only, a change which has been implemented recently. The curriculum of each specialty is being reviewed by a M.S, M.D Curriculum Committee headed by the Dean. 

Faculty of Pharmacy

Dean. Prof. Dr. Iqbal Azhar

Iqbal Azhar
Iqbal Azhar
    Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Faculty of Science

Dean. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tasneem Adam Ali

Agriculture and Agribusiness ManagementApplied Chemistry & Chemical Technology
Applied PhysicsBiochemistry
ChemistryComputer Science
 Food Science & TechnologyGenetics
Health Physical Education & Sports SciencesMathematics
Petroleum TechnologyMicrobiology

Faculty of Social Science

Dean Prof Dr. Muhammmad Ahmad Qadri

Muhammmad Ahmad Qadri
Muhammmad Ahmad Qadri
EnglishGeneral History
International RelationsIslamic History
Library & Information ScienceMass Communication
Political SciencePsychology
SindhiShah Latif Chair
Social WorkSociology
URduVisual Studies
  Research Facility Centre

Syndicate Members

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ajmal Khan Vice Chancellor, UoK
Prof. Dr. Khalid M. Iraqi Dean, Faculty of Managment & Aministrative Science
Mr. Justice Abdul Maalik Gaddi
Dr. Sikandar Mandhro, (M.P.A)
Prof. Dr. S. Jamil H. Kazmi
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri
Prof.Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director Nominee of the Higher Education Commission, Islamabad
Secretary of Education / Nominee Govt. of Sindh, Karachi
Mr. Sardar M. Yasin Malik       
Mr. Muhammad Hussain Syed
Prof. Dr. Naushad Ahmed Shaikh
Haji Muhammmad Hanif Tayyab
Ms. Sherry Rehman
Dr. M. Harris Shoaib Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics
Mr. Nadeem Ahmed Khan Associate Professor, Department of Geology
Mr. Muhammad Moiz Khan Assistant Professor, Department of General History
Mr. Mohsin Ali Lecturer, Department of Chemistry


Dr Munawar Rasheed

  • Contact #: 99261300-06 Ext: 2233
  • Direct #: 99261344
  • Fax#: 99261323
  • Email:


  • The Central library of the University of Karachi is housed in a unique building, resembles a huge Ship. It is not only located in the center of the campus, but in fact a hub of academic and research activities of the one of the largest universities of the country.
  • The Library was founded in 1952, when the University of Karachi itself came into being.  In 1975 after the death of Prof. Dr. Mahmud Husain then Vice Chancellor and renowned scholar, the library was named as Dr. Mahmud Husain Library in recognition of his services to scholarship, education and for the promotion of librarianship in Pakistan. The Library has a collection of more than 350,000 books and the same number of bound volumes of research and scientific journals.  Library also has the status of UNO depositary center.  A valuable collection of rare books and manuscripts consists of about 6000 volumes dated back to 16th century and the Personal book collections of 46 Scholars, writers and renowned academicians are also the part of the Library.  The most significant of all is the personal collection of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, stored in the original antique book cabinets received as a part of the collection. Original photographs, letters and Posters of the Freedom Movement are also an asset for the Library.[7]  library 

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