University of Karachi

Official translation into English (if original is not English): 
University of Karachi
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University of Karachi Main University Road Karachi - 75270 Sindh, Pakistan
+92-21-99261300-07 (+92333-3160890)
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Name: 
Prof.Dr.Khalid Mehmood Iraqi
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Title/Position: 
Vice Chancellor
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Email:
Focal point 1 - Name: 
Jawaid Akram
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Dy.Director QEC
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Focal point 2 - Name: 
Prof.Dr.Saleem Shezad
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The Registrar Of University of Karachi
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Focal point 3 - Name: 
Mr.Tariq Kaleem
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Director Finance
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The University of Karachi (UoK) (Urdu: جامعۂ informally; ڪراچي يونيورسٽي :Sindhi; كراچى Karachi University (KU)) is a public university located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It is one of the oldest universities in Pakistan being established as a federal university in 1951. Its chief architect was Khan Bahadur Mirza Mohsin Baig. With a total student body of 51,380 full-time students and a campus size spanning over 1200 acres, Karachi University is Pakistan's largest university with a distinguished reputation for multi-disciplinary research in science and technology, medical research and social sciences. The university spans over 53 Departments and 19 world-class research institutes operating under nine faculties. There are over 893 academics and more than 2500 supporting staff working for the university. Some words from History 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. Responding to the impending requirement of higher learning, Pakistan Government started establishing relevant educational institutions of higher learning and research and thus underwent rapid modernization under a policy guided by Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan. After a heavy backed by the residents of Karachi, the University of Karachi was established through parliamentary authorization as a "Federal University" in 1951. On 23 October 1950, the Karachi University Act was authorized and after an amendment in 1951, it was enacted by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Liaquat Ali Khan. Its first Vice-chancellor was All India Muslim League activist and political scientist, Dr. ABA Haleem. In 1953 it started its teaching and research activities at two faculties: the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science. For the first two years, the University of Karachi remained as an examination university for the affiliated colleges. Over the years, the enrollment expanded so rapidly that its status was redefined by the government as a "federal research university" of Sindh, which was officially attained in 1962 Opened with an intake of 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 42,000. There are about 1,000 faculty members and more than 3,000 supporting staff. On 18 January 1960, the university was shifted to the new campus on a plot of 1,279 acres (5.18 km2) located on the Country Club Road (now University Road, passing through the Gulistan-e-Jauhar), under the vice-chancellorship of Prof. Dr. Basheer Ahmad Hashmi on 22 June 1961. Campus 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. Academic emphasis There are many prestigious research centers of the university like 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 others. 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 multidisciplinary research centre. It was selected as the UNESCO Center of Excellence in 2016. The university's physics and statistics departments are well known departments and its research output plays a vital role in the development of science and technology in the country. 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. The department of architecture (or visual studies) has produced award-winning designers, architects and artists, who are making their mark in the professional world. The University of Karachi's library 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 advance studies and faculty members. 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. Teachers from over 100 affiliated colleges frequent the university, along with scholars from 19 research institutions. A loan and resource sharing system exists with other academic entities in the Karachi area. A digital library enables the scholars and students to access online books and journals. 25 librarians, 10 assistant librarians and around 90 professional staff help maintain the library. The building includes six reading rooms for general purposes and six for research.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. 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. Mahmud Hussain served 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. Research institutes and centres  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  Dr. A.Q. Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering  Institute of Clinical Psychology  Institute of Environmental Studies  Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences  Department of Main Communication Network  Institute of Marine Science  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 Faculties and Departments The listed active Academic department(s) and the academic Chair(s) of the University of Karachi (UoK) The University of Karachi has 9 faculties Faculty of Social Sciences • Department of Arabic • Department of Bengali • Department of Criminology • Department of Economics • Department of English • Department of General History • Department of International Relations • Department of Islamic History • Department of Library & Information • Department of Mass Communication • Department of Persian • Department of Philosophy • Department of Political Science • Department of Psychology • Department of Sindhology • Department of Sociology • Department of Social Works • Department of Urdu • Department of Visual Studies • Department of Research Facility Center • Shah Abdul Latif Chair Faculty of Engineering • Department of Chemical Engineering Faculty of Management & Administrative Sciences • Department of Commerce • Department of Public Administration • Karachi University Business School Faculty of Engineering • Department of Chemical Engineering Faculty of Education • Department of Education • Department of Special Education • Department of Teacher 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 • Karachi Medical Dental College • Offers MS in Surgery and MD in Medicine Faculty of Pharmacy • Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry • Department of Pharmaceutics • Department of Pharmacology • Department of Pharmacgnosy Faculty of Science • Department of Agriculture and Agribusiness • Department of Applied Chemistry • Department of Applied Physics • Department of Biochemistry • Department of Bio-Technology • Department of Botany • Department of Chemistry • Department of Computer Science(UBIT) • Department of Food Science & Technology • Department of Genetics • Department of Geology • Department of Geography • Department of Health & Physical Education • Department of Mathematical Sciences • Department of Microbiology • Department of Petroleum Technology • Department of Physics • Department of Physiology • Department of Statistics • Department of Zoology University of Karachi Strategic Plan 2020 - 2025 | 3 MESSAGE FROM THE QEC-University of Karachi I am pleased to support this bold and ambitious Strategic Plan for University of Karachi’s future. University of Karachi’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan is innovative and exciting and positions theUniversity to achieveitsaspirationalgoalsandrealizeits vision. The 2020-2025 Strategic Plan is the result of close collaboration between UoK’s leadership and the University QEC and Stake holders, with extensive input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, partners, QEC, and community members. The development of this Plan included numerous consultations and engagement events with a broad range of stakeholders over the past Couple of months. The feedback we heard inspired our thinking, informed our discussions and influenced the way forward. I particularly found this feedback informative and believe the resulting Plan is richer and more authentic as it is informed by diverse perspectives. As we look to the future, it is important we maintain the qualities that make UoK stand out, that help our students succeed, and that build on strong partnerships established throughout our history. As aregional university firmly rooted in County, UoK is making a significant contribution to the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of the communities we work, study and live in. Our faculty continue to inspire, to lead, and tocontributeacademic and practical knowledgethat shapes theworldaroundus. Over the past fifty years, UoK has beenrecognizedforitsacademic Achievements, its unique programming, its commitment to social justice and its strong graduate outcomes. UoK was the first university in Pakistan to introduce an Indigenous content requirement into all our undergraduate programming. UoK is proud to have been named Pakistan’s number one undergraduate and Graduate research university for the past Fifty years.We have established strong partnerships with industry and government that translate into innovative learning experiences for our students andstrongemploymentoutcomesfor our graduates.Our alumni networkhas grown to over 1000000 people globally. These graduates are working in leadership roles in diverse fields, influencing the local and global community in a multitude of ways. However, as we look ahead, we know we will face challenges that require a planned, strategic approach. The world we live in is changing at a rapid pace. Technology and globalization continue to impact local industry and regional economies, requiring innovative solutions and new partnerships. The skills required to participate in the workforce of the future are shifting locally and globally. While it is clear we live in an age where many jobs will require a postsecondary education, fewer peopleinCounty attend university. At the same time, the populations in our local communities are changing, and in some cases, deteriorating due to global Uncertainty. While UoK has a clear goal of growing its student population, we are facing intensified competition for students at home and abroad. Finally, the context for the University’s financial planning is changing. As this Plan was being developed, a new provincial approach to funding universities came into effect and University of Karachi through its Deputy Director QEC given a concept based approach for distribution of academic funds. As UoK adapts to work in some new funding models, It is anticipated fiscal pressures will continue as inflationary increases are managed and investments are made to maintain the university that will meet the needs of students, faculty and staff into the future. University of Karachi’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan positions us to adapt and respond to thesechallenges in adynamic andinclusive manner. The strategic themes laid out in this Plan buildonour historyof academic excellence asaregional,comprehensiveuniversitythat conducts world-class research grounded in strong partnerships. They are shaped by our long-standing commitments to access, social justice, diversity, student success, Indigenous curriculum and scholarship, and by continued internationalization of the University. Thestrategic themes recognize the need to invest in faculty renewal, in expanded student supports, faculty and staff development, andin ourinfrastructure to develop a strengthened foundation for the future. ThisPlan provides a roadmap for the future that recognizes and strengthens UoK’s contribution to society through the pursuit, dissemination and application of knowledge. Although it has taken months to develop this Plan, this is just the beginning of our journey, with the real work coming through disciplined implementation of the Plan across theUniversity. As a proud UoK alumnus, I know firsthand the value of the world-class education provided by UoK and the positive impact the University has on the local communities it serves. I am confident that University of Karachi is well positioned, through the implementation of this Plan, tocontinueprovidingexceptional learning experiences to the next generation of students, making a significant impact on our communities, and creating an environment for long term success. Sincerely, Jawaid Akram Director QEC University of Karachi
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A bit of university rivalry is always on display at any workplace, with those belonging to one institution drawn together in an alumni-brotherhood, whose sole purpose at times is to make fun of the inferiority of the other institutions duly represented among their colleagues. 1.The real estate: Karachi University has a main campus which sprawls over 1,800 acres, a small town in itself. This real estate means that KU has two full cricket fields, one Olympic sized football ground, a grass hockey field, squash and tennis courts. Understandably, most students do not feel the need to go to the gym after you walk an average of 10 km while on campus. 2. Faculty: Do you know why Karachi University gives you 25 fields to fill in your preferred sectors of studies at the time of admission? Because you have a choice from more than 60 departments spread over nine faculties of arts, science, medicine, engineering, economics, and computers. 3. The food: Karachi University has a signature cuisine that have become famous. The mini samosas served straight out of the fryer in the university’s own food street ‘Prem Gali’, to the halwa puri and other luncheon options at Majeeday. 4. Entertainment: There are a number of museums on campus at different departments including Zoology, Geology, History, Sociology where rare artefacts and cultural items are on display. Not to mention Karachi University has its own botanical gardens as well. 5. We are literary – no really we are: Karachi University houses one of the largest libraries in Pakistan. Its central, Mehmood Hussain library has close to 450, 000 books, including the personal collection of the Quaid, Mohammad Ali Jinnah. In addition, each department maintains its own small library ensuring a wealth of ready reading material for students and faculty members. And infinite excuse to sleep in peace. KU also holds one of the biggest book fairs in Pakistan during its annual book fair. 6. Our very own radio station: Leave that iPod at home when you come to KU. When on campus, you can tune into the the on-campus radio FM 90.6 operated by students of the Mass Communication department. KU also has its very own printing press. We promote our own. 7. You don’t study politics and international relations, you experience it: At Karachi University there is an emphasis on practical learning. From economics of managing expenses to learning politics first hand from the well represented student wings of political parties. And yes, you will also receive occasional lessons in martial arts and self-defense during riots. With students coming from a host of countries, you would be thrust into international relations with allied countries in a friendly environment of samosas and tea. 8. Research is our middle name: Karachi University has 22 research institutes which conduct research on things such as molecular genetics to the stars in our galaxy. For this purpose, Karachi University has an electron microscope and a ground telescope. 9. KU still has the best, and the most coveted business school in the country: 10. The last reason why Karachi University is infinitely better than others: The University of Karachi is not only Karachi but a diversity looks like mini Pakistan.