Bahauddin Zakariya University

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Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) (Urdu: جامعۂ بہاءالدین زکریا‎) is a public university with its main campus in Multan, Pakistan. Bahauddin Zakariya University was founded in 1975 as Multan University, and is one of the largest universities in Punjab. It was renamed in honour of a Sufi saint Baha-ud-din Zakariya (1171-1262). As a degree awarding government university, it offers degree courses in more than 60 majors, including biochemistry pharmacy, engineering, humanities, business administration, law, art, music, IT, agriculture and languages. According to newly published 2016-2017,Times Higher Education (THE)[1] Ranking System, Bahauddin Zakariya University is ranked within Top 800 most powerful universities worldwide. In 2019, the university was also ranked 8th nationally by General Universities Category of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC).[2]

Bahauddin Zakariya University
Motto"Knowledge is power"
AffiliationHigher Education Commission
ChancellorGovernor of the Punjab
Vice-presidentProf. Dr. Mansoor Akbar Kundi
Doctoral students
Multan, punjab, Pakistan
CampusMultan, Layyah, Vehari, Lodhran


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.

The Bahauddin Zakariya University is a general 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 1989. B.Sc. Electrical Engineering class was started in November 1997. 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 HEC and PEC.


The university is at 10 km from the city centre. The main campus is spread over 960 acres. Its back gate is golden present which is 6 km from Chowk Kmharanwala.


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.

Student Admissions[edit]

Student admissions usually take place August and September for the fall semester. M.Phil and distance learning programs have admissions in January and February for the spring semester. Some of the departments require GAT and some have their own testing criteria. Engineering admissions is on merits. Students are given seats on merit basis by taking tests and the departments which do not take tests of the students such as for undergraduate degree they are then provided with admission on their numbers of their intermediate and other academic basis.

Academic Departments[edit]

Faculty of Arts & 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 Inter personal 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 & Languages[edit]

Department of Arabic

Department of English

Department of Islamic Studies

Islamic Research Centre (IRC)

Department of Urdu

Saraiki Area Study Centre (SASC)

Seerat Cheir

Faculty of Commerce, Law & Business Administration[edit]

Institute of Management Sciences (IMS)

Alfalah Institute of Banking and Finance (AIBF)

Department of Commerce

Gillani Law College

Faculty of Pharmacy[edit]

Department of Pharmacy

Faculty of Veterinary Science[edit]

Department of Pathobiology

Department of Biosciences

Department of Clinical Sciences

Department of Livestock and Poultry Productions

Faculty of Engineering & 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

Institute of Advanced Materials

Faculty of Agriculture Sciences & Technology[edit]

Formerly it was called UCA means "University College of Agriculture" and now it is called FAST (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technology). FAST provides 8 Major subjects for specialization after 2 year but for evening program only four.

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:

BZU Sub-Campus, D.G Khan (upgraded as Ghazi University from Fall 2014)

BZU Sub-Campus, Sahiwal (upgraded as University of Sahiwal from Fall 2016)

BZU Sub-Campus, Layyah

BZU Sub-Campus, Vehari

BZU Sub-Campus, Lodhran


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

Aamina Hall

Zainab Hall

Khadija Hall

Hajra Hall

Staff Hiring[edit]

Advertisements are placed in the prominent newspapers. The shortlisted candidates are invited for interview by selection board.

Notable alumni[edit]

Rubina Feroze Bhatti - human rights activist

Shagufta Bhatti - Drama Writer (qaid, janay kyun)

Sohail Iqbal Bhatti -News anchor and Investigation Journalist

Shafqat Bhutta - Senior Journalist

Waseem Nasir Bubak - Senior Journalist

Sardar Usman Buzdar - Chief Minister Punjab

Arshad Waheed Chaudhry - News Anchor Geo Tv

Saima Akram Chaudhry - Novel , Drama Writer (Suno Chanda)

Gharida Farooqi - News Anchor

Abida Hussain- Former Minister Food and Agriculture

Rauf Kalasra - Investigation Journalist

Khalid Masood Khan - Famous Poet, Senior Columnist and Journalist

Zafarullah Khan – lawyer

Shahid Lodhi - Senior Journalist

Muhammad Imran Qadir – pharmacologist

Zeshan Khan - Actor, artist, Songwriter in Pakistan

External Links[edit]

Official Website