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University of the Punjab
جامعہ پنجاب
File:University of the Punjab logo.png
Motto{ایمان ، اتحاد ، تنظیم}
(Iman, Ittehad, Tanzeem)
Motto in English
Faith, Unity, Discipline
Established14 October 1882; 141 years ago (14 October 1882)[1]
ChancellorChaudhry Mohammad Sarwar
Vice-ChancellorDr Niaz Ahmad (SI)[2][3]
Academic staff
1006 full time and 300 part time faculty members[1]
Students45,678 on campus students. (27,907 Morning Students, 16,552 Evening Students and 1,219 Diploma Students), 363,416 (off campus)[4]
Location, ,
ColoursBlue, Bronze, Red            
AffiliationsHigher Education Commission of Pakistan, Pakistan Engineering Council, Pharmacy Council of Pakistan, Pakistan Bar Council, Pakistan Council for Architects and Town Planners

The University of the Punjab (Urdu: جامعہ پنجاب‎), also referred to as Punjab University, is a public research university located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Punjab University is the oldest public university in Pakistan.[1] With multiple campuses in Gujranwala, Jhelum, and Khanspur, the university was formally established by the British Government after convening the first meeting for establishing higher education institutions in October 1882 at Simla.[5] Punjab University. was the fourth university to be established by the British colonial authorities in the Indian subcontinent; the first three universities were established in other parts of British India.[6][7] There are 45,678 Students (27,907 Morning Students, 16,552 Evening Students and 1,219 Diploma Students) who attend the university, and Punjab University has a total of 13 faculties within which there are 83 academic departments, research centers, and institutes.[1] Punjab University has ranked first among large-sized multiple faculty universities by the HEC in 2012.[8] There are also two Nobel Laureates among the university's alumni and former staff.[1] Additionally, the university is also a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities of the United Kingdom.[9] In the recently issued rankings of Asian universities by QS World Universities Rankings, Punjab University jumped from the 232nd to 193rd position, improving its position by 39 places. Punjab University also ranks 251-300 in the subject of Agriculture and Forestry, 501-550 in the subject of Physics & Astronomy and 501-550 in the subject of Chemistry according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.


The University of the Punjab[10] was given its initial impetus in 1854 by Wood's despatch. Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner was the founder of the university. Contrary to the three previously established universities, which were only examining institutions, the University of the Punjab was both a teaching as well as an examining body right from the beginning.

From its formation in 1882 until 1947, the University of the Punjab served the educational needs of the entire region of pre-independence Punjab and northern India. Mohindra College, Patiala was the first college of higher learning to affiliate with University of Punjab in 1882; followed by St. Stephen's College, Delhi. The independence of Pakistan in 1947 reduced the geographical jurisdiction of the university, as it was split into two separate universities in the respective countries. The Indian portion of the university is referred to as Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. The current Institute of Administrative Sciences was created in 1962.

Many major institutions that were previously affiliated to Punjab University have now become independent universities on their own, such as Government College University, Lahore and Medical and Engineering Colleges. [11]


Allama Iqbal Campus in Lahore

The University of the Punjab is divided into several campuses across Punjab with one summer campus located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:[5]

  • Allama Iqbal Campus: also known as the old campus, located in the center of Lahore, it is named after the great South Asian thinker and mystic poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal. The campus houses the Senate, the Syndicate, the Selection Board and the Advanced Studies & Research Board are generally held there.[12]
PU is located in Lahore
Location in Lahore (Quaid-i-Azam Campus)
  • Quaid-i-Azam Campus: also known as the new campus, it is named after the founder of Pakistan and is located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) to the south of the Allama Iqbal Campus. Spread over an area of 1,800 acres (7 km2) of lush green landscape. This campus is the center of academic and administrative activities of the university. A canal divides the academic blocks from the student lodgings.[13]
  • Gujranwala Campus: the faculties of Commerce, Economics and Management Sciences, Law and Science all conduct teaching in the campus.[14]
  • Khanspur Campus: the summer campus is located at a height of about 7,000 ft (2,100 m) in the Himalayan range near Ayubia. This campus, in addition to providing research facilities, is also used as a recreational center for the faculty and the students.
  • Jhelum Campus: having recently opened in 2012,[15] it offers studies relating to the faculties of Commerce, Economics and Management Sciences, Law and Science.[16]

University's Support Services[edit]


At present, Punjab University has 28 hostels 17 for male and 11 for female students. Most of these students are accommodated in the dorms at the Quaid-e-Azam Campus. Total number of hostel residents is 6961.

On-campus housing facilities include 89 houses for teachers and University officers and 249 houses for junior staff of the University. About forty houses and eighty single accommodations are available in the various student hostels that are occupied by Wardens, Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents. The University plans to build more houses for the academic faculty and other employees. A bachelor teacher's hostel provides accommodation to the younger members of the academic staff. A guesthouse within the Residential Colony and the guestrooms in the Student-Teacher Center provide accommodation to the academics visiting the University. [17]


There are 58 Buses for students, teachers & staff on 41 routes within the city and a whole day quarter-hourly service between Allama Iqbal Campus and Quaid-i-Azam Campus. To meet the running cost of University buses, a nominal amount is charged from different categories of students and employees.

Medical Facility[edit]

Over Six thousand employees of the University and their families including widows, mothers and children are entitled to free medical treatment. Medical facilities are also available to retired employees and their families. The University has its own Radiology, Biochemistry, Pathology Departments and Dental Clinic with a full-time Dental Surgeon. Day and Night medical services are available to the residents on the Quaid-e-Azam Campus of the University. The clinics are working both at the Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam Campuses. More than 600 patients visit the University clinics daily. Emergency services are also available. The University helps to provide treatment in local Government hospitals for seriously ill patients.

In addition, the University has established a model health service. At present the medical staff consists of one Chief Medical Officer, (Consultant Physician), three Senior Medical Officers, two lady Medical Officers, five Medical Officers, one Dental Surgeon, one Ophthalmologist and one part-time Radiologist.


A variety of sports facilities including playing fields for cricket, hockey, football and athletics, a swimming pool for male students, squash courts and indoor game facilities in the hostels are available at the Quaid-e-Azam Campus. Playing fields for various sports and a female swimming pool are provided near the Allama Iqbal Campus. Boat Club provides recreational as well as competitive rowing facilities at the canal of the Quaid-e-Azam Campus as well as the River Ravi, in the north of the city.

The sports facilities for male and female students are managed by the respective sports offices. Each year competitive sports for both male and female students are organized at inter-departmental, inter-collegiate and inter-university levels in a variety of sports like hockey, football, cricket, badminton, athletic, etc. To encourage development of sports, scholarships are awarded to the outstanding players, and winners of the sporting events are awarded prizes, trophies and medals.

Medals 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 Total
Gold 9 19 5 7 5 15 11 14 85
Silver 11 2 7 3 6 5 8 7 49
Bronze 5 2 3 2 4 9 3 28
Total 48 27 35 52 162
•2 Athletes of PU participated in Islamic Games Baku 2017 and won silver medal

•2 Athletes represented Pakistan in World University Games 2017 in Taiwan

•2 Athletes represented Pakistan in Asian Junior Athletics Championship 2017 in Vietnam


Statue of Alfred Cooper Woolner, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Punjab, outside Old Campus


There are 13 faculties in the University with 10 constituent colleges, 73 departments, centres, and institutes. It has 1006 full time and 300 part time faculty members involved in teaching/research and over 6,000 non-teaching/supporting staff with 45,678 on campus students (27,907 Morning Students, 16,552 Evening Students and 1,219 Diploma Students) :[18]

Punjab University

Constituent colleges[edit]

Research and collaborations[edit]

The university has collaborated with different universities globally and has articulation agreements with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences of Cornell University and San José State University in the United States. It also has agreements with the University of Manchester, University of Luton, University of Bedfordshire, University of Birmingham, University of Surrey, University of Bradford, University of Cambridge, University of Derby, and University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. In China, Punjab University has collaborations with Beijing University of Chemical Technology, City University of Hong Kong, Wuhan University School of Foreign Languages and Literature, University People's Republic of China, Sichuan University, and Zhengzhou Medical University and in Iran with Markaz Nashr-e-Miras-e-Maktoob, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, University of Tehran, and Tarbiat Modares University.

Punjab University Library[edit]

Punjab University Library is one of the largest libraries among the universities of Pakistan. The library has more than 500,000 books, magazines and periodicals in its collection. This collection is in nine different national and international languages and different types as print material, CDs, DVDs, Microfilms, Microfiches, Video and Audio Cassettes and Manuscripts.[19] Punjab University Library has two-storey building and total area of the building is 102,000 sq. feet. There are reading halls in both ground and 1st floor with approximately seating capacity of 2500 readers. The library has internet lab for the students to research according to the new technologies of 21st century. In the library there is computerised "MLIMs" catalogue for searching material.[20]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. "University of the Punjab".
  3. "In brief". The Nation. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
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  5. 5.0 5.1 "PU campuses". University of the Punjab. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  6. "A History of the University of the Panjab". World Digital Library. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  7. "Affiliation". PU. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  8. "HEC Pakistan Rankings by research quality". Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  9. "ACU members". ACU Members. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  10. "The University of the Punjab".
  11. "Educationist; 'Premiere Education Newspaper of Pakistan'".
  12. "Allama Iqbal Campus". University of the Punjab. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  13. "Quaid-i-Azam Campus". University of the Punjab. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  14. "Gujranwala Campus". University of the Punjab. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  15. "Punjab University opens Jhelum Campus". Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  16. "Jhelum Campus". University of the Punjab. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  17. "Hostels". University of the Punjab. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  18. "University of the Punjab official website". Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  19. "Punjab University Library Introduction". Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  20. "Punjab University Library – History and Introduction". Retrieved 2011-10-23.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 31°17′34″N 74°10′29″E / 31.29278°N 74.17472°E / 31.29278; 74.17472