University of Karachi

Coordinates: 24°56′N 67°07′E / 24.94°N 67.12°E / 24.94; 67.12
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University of Karachi
Mottoرَبِّ زدْنيِ عِلْماً (Arabic) اے میرے رب میرے علم میں اضافہ فرما (Urdu)
Motto in English
O my Lord! Advance me in Knowledge
Established1951; 72 years ago (1951)
ChancellorGovernor of Sindh
Vice-ChancellorProfessor Dr. Khalid Mehmood Iraqi
Administrative staff
Students41,000 (Full time students only)[1]
Location, ,
Campus1,279 acres (5.18 km2)[1]
ColoursGreen, White
NicknameUoK, KU
AffiliationsHigher Education Commission (Pakistan)
Pakistan Engineering Council
Pharmacy Council of Pakistan
Pakistan Bar Council

The University of Karachi (Urdu: ڪراچی يونيورسٹی; informally Karachi University, KU, or UoK) is a public research university located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Established in June 1951 by an act of Parliament and as a successor to the University of Sindh (which is now located in Jamshoro), the university is a "Sindh Government University" and designed by Mohsin Baig as its chief architect.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

With a total student body of 41,000 full-time students and a campus size spanning over 1200 acres, Karachi University is one of the largest universities in Pakistan with a distinguished reputation for multi-disciplinary research in science and technology, medical, and social sciences.[9][8] The university has over 53 Departments and 19 research institutes operating under nine faculties.[10] There are over 893 academics and more than 2500 supporting staff working for the university.[4][11]

In 2008, the university was named for the first time by THE-QS World University Rankings among the top 600 universities in the world. In 2009, the university was named as one of the top 500 universities in the world, while in 2016 it was ranked among the top 250 in Asia and 701st in the world. In 2019, it was ranked 801st in the world and 251st in Asia. The University of Karachi is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities of the United Kingdom.[12]


At the time of establishment of Pakistan as a sovereign state in 1947, the means for higher education and research were negligible and diminished in the country.[5] Responding to the impending requirement of higher learning, Pakistan Government started establishing educational institutions of higher learning and research and thus underwent rapid modernization under a policy guided by Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan.[13] Its first Vice-chancellor was Dr. ABA Haleem.[13][14] In 1953 it started its teaching and research activities at two faculties: the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science.[13]

For the first two years, the University of Karachi remained an examination university for the affiliated colleges. Over the years, the enrollment expanded rapidly. Karachi University first intake was 50 students, the university now has 53 academic departments and 20 Research Centers and Institutes, under faculties of Social Sciences, Science, Islamic Studies, Engineering, Law, Pharmacy, Management and Administrative Sciences and Medicines. The enrollment of regular students at the campus is around 28,000.[13] There are about 1,000 faculty members and more than 3,000 supporting staff.

Past appointed Vice-Chancellors[edit]

List of Vice-Chancellors of the University of Karachi (1951–present)[15]
Vice-Chancellors Department Faculty Tenure Starting-date Tenure completed-date
Prof. Abu Bakr Ahmad Haleem[16] Political Science 23 June 1951 22 Jun 1957
Prof. Basheer Ahmad Hashmi[16] 23 June 1957 22 June 1961
Prof. Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi[16] History 23 June 1961 2 August 1971
Prof. Mahmud Hussain[16] English Literature 3 August 1971 9 April 1975
Prof. Saleemuzzaman Siddiqui (Interim)[16] Chemistry 10 April 1975 16 January 1976
Prof. Ehsan Rasheed[16] Economics 7 January 1976 31 August 1979
Prof. S. Masum Ali Tirmizi[16] Physics 1 September 1979 31 August 1983
Prof. Jameel Jalibi[16] Urdu literature 1 September 1983 31 August 1987
Prof. Manzooruddin Ahmad[16] Philosophy 1 September 1987 7 July 1990
Prof. S. Irtafaq Ali[16] Botany 8 July 1990 6 July 1994
Prof. Abdul Wahab (educationist) (Acting)[16] Institute of Business Administration, Karachi 6 July 1994 4 April 1995
Prof. Abdul Wahab (educationist)[16] Institute of Business Administration, Karachi 5 April 1995 9 November 1996
Prof. Hafeez A. Pasha[16] Economics 10 November 1996 24 July 1997
Prof. Zafar H. Zaidi[16] 25 July 1997 7 January 2001
Prof. Zafar Saeed Saify (Interim)[16] 12 January 2001 28 February 2001
Prof. Zafar Saeed Saify[16] 1 March 2001 5 January 2004
Prof. Pirzada Qasim[16] Neuroscience 6 January 2004 9 February 2012
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser[16] Botany 10 February 2012 24 January 2017[17]
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ajmal Khan[17] Botany 24 January 2017 4 May 2019[18]
Prof. Dr. Khalid M. Iraqi (Interim) Public Administration 16 May 2019[19] 1st March 2022
Prof. Dr. Nasira Khatoon (Interim) Zoology 02 March 2022 28 July 2022
Prof. Dr. Khalid M. Iraqi Public Administration 29 July 2022 Incumbent


KU is located in Karachi
Location in Karachi

The university campus area is over 1,279 acres (5.18 km2) of land, situated 12 km away from the city center of Karachi. The university has about four percent of International students who come from 23 different countries in the regions of Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East (West Asia) and Europe. The university has a high standard of teaching, with many professors being well-known scholars and academics of international repute. 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 in the region.

Academic emphasis[edit]

The most prestigious research center of the university is the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences which has over 500 students enrolled for PhD in organic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular medicine, genomics, nanotechnology and other fields. The Husein Ebrahim Jamal Research Institute of Chemistry, Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Development and the Jamil-ur-Rahman Center for Genome Research are an integral part of this multi-disciplinary research center.[20] It was selected as the UNESCO Center of Excellence in 2016.[21] The university's physics and statistics departments are claimed to be well known departments and its research output plays a vital role in the development of science and technology in the country.[22][23]

Furthermore, the department of mathematical sciences is one of the largest departments in the Faculty of Science, which has a three-floor building consisting of an electronic laboratory for computational mathematics.[24][25]

The department of architecture has produced award-winning designers, architects and artists, who are making their mark in the professional world.[26]

Library system[edit]

The University of Karachi's library, known as "Dr. Mahmud Hussain Library", has houses well over 400,000 volumes dating back to the 1600s, for researchers as well as for use by students of advanced studies and faculty members.[27] The library became the depository of the personal book collection of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Established and constructed in 1952, the Dr. Mahmud Hussain Library is an imposing five story and basement structure firmly placed in the center of campus activities.[27] Teachers from over 100 affiliated colleges frequent the university, along with scholars from 19 research institutions.[27] A loan and resource sharing system exists with other academic entities in the Karachi area.[27] A digital library enables scholars and students to access online books and journals.[27] 25 librarians, 10 assistant librarians and around 90 nonprofessional staff help maintain the library. The building includes six reading rooms for general purposes and six for research.[27] The International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences has within it the Latif Ebrahim Jamal Science Information Centre which is the national focal point for distance education[20]

Previously called the Karachi University Library, it was renamed the Dr. Mahmud Hussain Library by unanimous resolution of the Karachi University Syndicate on 12 April 1976— the first death anniversary of Prof. Dr. Mahmud Hussain Khan.[28] Mahmud Hussain served as the university's Vice-Chancellor from 1971 to 1975 and the library was named in recognition of his contribution to the teaching of social sciences in Pakistan. Dr. Hussain was the first professor the university appointed to its faculty of International Relations and History. He introduced library science to Pakistan by instituting the Faculty of Journalism and Library Science at the university. He also actively worked to improve the status and pay scales of the library staff to make them at par with the university's other faculty members.[28] The photos show that UoK remains seriously underfunded.

Karachi University Press[edit]

The university publishes books, texts, periodicals and other academic materials in-house through the Bureau of Composition, Compilation and Translation (BCC&T).

Faculties and departments[edit]

The University of Karachi has 9 faculties:[29]

Departments and Faculties
Faculty The listed active Academic department(s) and the academic Chair(s) of the University of Karachi (KU)
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Management &

Administrative Sciences[30]

Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Islamic studies
  • Department of Islamic Learning
  • Department of Quran-o-Sunnah
  • Department of Usul-ud-Din
  • Sirah Chair
Faculty of Law
  • School of Law
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Pharmacy
Faculty of Science

Research institutes and centres[edit]

  • Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Applied Economics Research Centre
  • Area Study Center for Europe
  • Center for Digital Forensic Science and Technology
  • Center of Excellence for Women Study
  • Center of Excellence in Marine Biology
  • Center for Molecular Genetics
  • Centre for Plant Conservation
  • Confucius Institute
  • Hussain Ebrahim Jamal Research Institute of Chemistry
  • Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine
  • Jamil-ur-Rahman Center for Genome Research[32]
  • Dr. A.Q. Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
  • Dr. A.Q. Khan Research Laboratories
  • Institute of Clinical Psychology
  • Institute of Environmental Studies
  • Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Department of Main Communication Network[33]
  • Institute of Marine Science
  • National Institute of Virology
  • M.A.H.Q Biological Research Centre
  • National Center for Proteomics
  • National Nematological Research Centre
  • Pakistan Study Center
  • Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre
  • Institute of Space and Planetary Astrophysics
  • Institute for Sustainable Halophyte Utilization
  • Marine Reference & Research Collection Center
  • Umaer Basha Institute of Technology
  • Sardar Yasin Malik Professional Development Centre

Alumnus and people[edit]

Since its establishment in 1951, the university has attracted prominent scholars and renowned educationist as its faculty members, researchers and associated scholars. Scholars and educationists such as Ravindra Kaushik,[34] Iqbal Hussain Qureshi, Rafiuddin Raz, Mahmud Hussain, Saleemuzzaman Siddiqui, Abdul Qadeer Khan, I H Qureshi, Raziuddin Siddiqui, Atta-ur-Rahman, Mahreen Asif Zuberi, Prof.Khursheed Ahmed, Bina Shaheen Siddiqui are some of those, that have been affiliated with the institution.[5] The faculty was drawn not only from Pakistan but also included eminent educationists from the United Kingdom and the United States.[5] A visit has been made by English Higher Education Leader Chris Husbands to begin collaborative awarding.



On, April 26, 2022, four people including three Chinese nationals, were killed and four others were injured in a suicide attack outside the Confucius Institute located within the University of Karachi.[35] A female suicide bomber was spotted in the attack footage, who was sent by a militant separatist group BLA Baloch Liberation Army operating from Balochistan.[36]

Outer look of confucious institute faculty of commerce, after the blast, in 2022.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Introduction – Karachi University
  2. ^ Rizwan-ul-Haq (June 17, 2013). "2013 rank: Three Pakistani universities among world's top 200". Express Tribune. Haq. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  3. ^ APP (July 5, 2013). "HEC announced ranking of Pakistani universities 2013". GEO News. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b Ahtesham Azhar (16 April 2013). "KU lacks facilities for handicapped students". Daily Times, Pakistan. Archived from the original on April 16, 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d KU Press. "Our History". KU Press. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  6. ^ Mukhtar Alam (October 30, 2001). "Worries of foreign students". dawn news, area studies 2001. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  7. ^ APP (June 28, 2012). "Enhancing relations: KU plays host to Thai students". Express Tribune, 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  8. ^ a b Newspaper edition (7 July 2013). "Sri Lanka seeks KU help to set up research facility". dawn news, srilanka. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Who are we?". Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  10. ^ Karachi University Press. "Who are result WE?". Karachi University Press. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  11. ^ APP (July 5, 2013). "HEC announced ranking of Pakistani universities 2013". The News International, 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  12. ^ ACU press listing. "ACU Members – Asia – Central and South". ACU Members listing. ACU Members listing. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  13. ^ a b c d Nasib Akhtar; Riazul Islam; Inamur Rahman (October 1978). "A History of the University of Karachi". Department of Journalism, Dept. Of History and Dept. Of Physics (Hardcover). Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan: B.C.C.&T Press University of Karachi.
  14. ^ MUBARAK HUSAIN (Jan 30, 2013). "Karachi University & its history". The News Internationale, Geneva. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  15. ^ "Former Vice Chancellors". Retrieved 3 August 2022.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r KUP. "Former Vice Chancellors". Karachi University Press. Vice-Chancellors of Karachi University Press. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  17. ^ a b "Dr Ajmal Khan appointed as KU VC". The Nation. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  18. ^ (2019-05-04). "KU Vice-Chancellor Dr Ajmal Khan passes away". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  19. ^ "Prof Iraqi appointed acting KU VC". Dawn (newspaper). 16 May 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  20. ^ a b, Interactive Media Pakistan -. "International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences". Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  21. ^ "ICCBS of Pakistan Becomes UNESCO's Category-II Partner - DNA News Agency". 21 November 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Dept of Stats".
  23. ^ UoK. "Dept. of Physics". Dept of Physics. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  24. ^ "Dept of Mathematical Sciences" (PDF). Dept of Mathematical Sciences. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  25. ^ "KU Mathematical Sciences". KU Mathematical Sciences. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  26. ^ "Dept. of Visual Studies". Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  27. ^ a b c d e f "Dr. Mahmud Husain Library". Dr. Mahmud Husain Library. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  28. ^ a b "Dr. Mahmud Husain Library". Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  29. ^ "UoK Faculties". Retrieved 15 April 2011.
  30. ^ "Faculties". Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  31. ^ "Department of Commerce".
  32. ^ "International Center of Chemical and Biological Sciences". Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  33. ^ "Main Communication Network".
  34. ^ "India's soldiers in shadows: Remembering Ravindra Kaushik's supreme sacrifice for nation - All you need to know about 'Black Tiger'". TimesNow. 2022-08-10. Retrieved 2023-01-25.
  35. ^ Ahmed, Imtiaz Ali | Shahzeb (2022-04-26). "3 Chinese nationals among 4 dead in suicide attack at Karachi University". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2022-04-27.
  36. ^ "Female suicide bomber behind Karachi attack that killed 3 Chinese citizens: police". CNN. Retrieved 2022-12-22.

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