The Sindh government’s Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee (CIEC) has awarded Iqra University, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) and Institute of Business Management six stars. Therefore Iqra University has been ranked number one, while SZABIST and Institute of Business Management has been ranked number two.
The committee’s report was presented to Governor Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan. The CIEC ranked the universities on the basis of stars – the best institutes received six stars and the worst got only three.
Those universities which were awarded five stars are Textile Institute of Pakistan (TIP), Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology (PAF KIET), Greenwich University, Institute of Business and Technology (Biztek), Hamdard University, Isra University, Jinnah University for Women, Ziauddin University, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU), Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari Institute of Technology (KASBIT), Baqai Medical University, Newports Institute of Communication & Economics and Indus Valley School.
Those universities which were awarded four starts are Preston University, Preston Institute of Management Science and Technology (PIMSAT) and Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education.
Indus Institute of Higher Education was awarded three stars.
The report also mentioned that the number of private, higher education institutions has increased from 18 to 25.
The number of students enrolled in these universities/institutions has increased from 25,000 to 28,000 while the number of faculty members has increased from 2,300 to 4,000. The number of professors with a PhD has doubled to 300; previously there were 150 professors with PhD.