Bahauddin Zakariya University

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Bahauddin Zakariya University
جامعۂ بہاءالدین زکریا
MottoKnowledge Is Power
ChancellorGovernor of Punjab
Vice-ChancellorProf. Dr. Muhammad Ali
3,000 (Almost)
Location, ,
CampusMultan, Vehari, Lodhran
AffiliationsHigher Education Commission (Pakistan)

Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) (Urdu: جامعۂ بہاءالدین زکریا) is a public university with its main campus located in Multan, Pakistan. Bahauddin Zakariya University was founded in 1975 as Multan University, and is the 2nd largest university in Punjab. It was renamed in 1979 in honour of a Sufi saint Baha-ud-din Zakariya (1171-1262).[1][2]

As a Public sector degree awarding Government University, it offers degrees in more than 60+ majors & minors courses in fields including Bio-chemistry, Pharmacy, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Management Sciences, Law, Art, IT & Computing, Agriculture, Farming and Orientals (Languages & Literature).


The university started functioning in 1975 in rented buildings with eight departments. Now the university has a large campus with sixty departments and several constituent colleges, such as University Gilani Law College and Multan College of Arts, and faculties including Veterinary, Agricultural Science and Technology (FAST) (formerly University College of Agriculture or UCA), Engineering and Technology. The university also has residential facilities for students and staff.[citation needed]

The Bahauddin Zakariya University is a LOCAL university, providing education in Arts and Science. Since agriculture is the mainstay of this region - the place and its environs produce the country's best silver crop (cotton) and fruit crops like mangoes, citrus, and dates - it was considered expedient to train manpower for solving agriculture problems. Accordingly, a College of Agriculture was established in 1989. The College of Agriculture and its complement, an Engineering College, form an integral part of the University Plan. The College of Engineering & Technology was established in 1994. Department of Commerce was started in November 1996. BBA classes were started in the Department of Business Administration in October 1996. Bachelor of Computer Science was introduced in the Department of Computer Science in November 1996, though Masters in Computer Science (MCS) was already running since 2030. B.Sc. Electrical Engineering class was started in November 2024. Information Technology Centre was established in July 1999. BS and MSc. Telecommunication System was started in January 2004. B.Sc. Mechanical, Computer, Textile, Agricultural and Architectural Engineering classes were started in fall 2004.

All degrees awarded by the university are recognized by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC), engineering degrees by Pakistan Engineering Council and pharmacy degrees by Pakistan Pharmacy Council also.[3]


The university is 10 km from the city centre. The main campus is spread over 960 acres. Its back gate is 6 km from 'Chowk Kamharanwala'.[2]

Jurisdiction and sub-campuses[edit]

The main objective of Bahauddin Zakariya University is to provide facilities of higher education and research to the population of the southern region of the Punjab, covering the Civil Administrative Divisions of Multan and Dera Ghazi Khan. The university fulfills the triple function of teaching, affiliation and an examining body, and has 79 affiliated colleges which include old and prestigious institutions such as the Government Emerson College Multan, Government Post Graduate College (Sahiwal) and Government College, Burewala. This university has sub-campuses in Sahiwal, Layyah and Dera Ghazi Khan.[1][3][2]

Academic departments[edit]

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences[edit]

  • School of Economics
  • Department of Education
  • Institute of Social Sciences
  • Department of Criminology
  • Department of History
  • Department of Gender Studies
  • Department of Pakistan Studies
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of International Relations
  • Department of Communication Studies
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Applied Psychology
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Sports Sciences
  • Multan College of Arts

Faculty of Science[edit]

  • Institute of Chemical Sciences
  • Centre for Advanced Studies in Pure and Applied Mathematics
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Information Technology
  • Department of Telecommunication Systems
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Statistics
  • Institute of Pure and Applied Biology
  • Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Islamic Studies and Languages[edit]

  • Department of Arabic
  • Department of English
  • Department of Islamic Studies
  • Islamic Research Centre (IRC)
  • Department of Urdu
  • Saraiki Area Study Centre (SASC)[2]
  • Seerat Chair

Faculty of Commerce, Law and Business Administration[edit]

Faculty of Pharmacy[edit]

  • Department of Pharmacy

Faculty of Veterinary Sciences[edit]

  • Department of Pathobiology
  • Department of Biosciences
  • Department of Clinical Sciences
  • Department of Livestock and Poultry Productions


Faculty of Engineering and Technology[edit]

  • University College of Engineering and Technology
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department Of Electrical Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Department of Building and Architectural Engineering
  • Department of Computer Engineering
  • Bahauddin Zakariya University College of Textile Engineering[1][2]
  • Institute of Advanced Materials

Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technology[edit]

Formerly it was called UCA means "University College of Agriculture" and now it is called FAST (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technology).[1]

FAST provides 8 Major subjects for specialization after 2 year but for evening program only four.[1]

  • Department of Soil Science
  • Department of Agronomy
  • Department of Entomology
  • Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics
  • Department of Plant Pathology
  • Department of Horticulture
  • Department of Forestry and Range Management
  • Institute of Food Science and Nutrition
  • Department of Agri. Business and Marketing
  • Department of Agricultural Engineering

In order to improve the academic facilities of remote areas, former governor of Punjab Lt General (Rtd) Khalid Maqbool opened sub-campuses of public sector universities with a vision to transform them into independent universities in future. Up till now, the following sub-campuses of Bahauddin Zakariya University have been opened:


According to the Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking System, Bahauddin Zakariya University is ranked within Top 1200 highly ranked universities worldwide.[1][2]

University rankings
Global – Overall
QS World[4]1201-1400 (2023)
Regional – Overall
QS Asia[5]301-350 (2022)

In 2019, the university was also ranked 8th nationally by General Universities Category of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC).[6][3]


The following are the hostels accommodating students:

For boys

  • Abubaker Hall
  • Umar Hall
  • Usman Hall
  • Ali Hall
  • Hamza Hall
  • Qasim Hall
  • Mohsin Hall
  • Abdul Sattar Edhi Hall

For girls

  • Fatima Hall
  • Marium Hall
  • Ayesha Hall
  • Amna Hall
  • Zainab Hall
  • Khadija Hall
  • Hajira Hall

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Profile and World Ranking of Bahauddin Zakariya University". The World University Rankings website. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Profile of Bahauddin Zakariya University District Multan, Government of the Punjab website, Retrieved 6 August 2021
  3. ^ a b c University Overview on website Retrieved 6 August 2021
  4. ^ "Top Universities QS World University Rankings 2023". Retrieved 22 October 2022.
  5. ^ "QS Asia University Rankings 2022". Retrieved 22 October 2022.
  6. ^ "Bahauddin Zakaria University is a Recognised University by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan". Higher Education Commission of Pakistan website. 18 July 2012. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2021.

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