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University of Karachi
جامعہ كراچى
Insignia of KU
Motto رَبِّ زدْنيِ عِلْماً (Arabic)
Motto in English "O my Lord! Advance me in Knowledge"
Established June 1951
Type Public
Religious affiliation Islam
Chancellor Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui
Faculty 6 [1 ]
Staff +2500 [1 ]
Students +24,000 (regular in-campus only) [1 ]
Location Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan Pakistan
Campus 1,800 acres (7.3 km2) [1 ]
Affiliations HEC, UGC

The University of Karachi (Urdu: جامعہ كراچى ) is located in Karachi, Pakistan. It is the largest public university in the country with a student population of 24,000 (regular in-campus only). According to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, it is ranked among the top universities of the country. The university has made itself known by producing the largest amount of research output in terms of patent, international peer reviewed, journals and organizing regular academic conferences. In 2008 the university entered the THE-QS World University Rankings for the top 500 universities in the world.[2]



The University of Karachi was established through the parliament as a Federal University in 1951. However, through another act of the parliament in 1962 its status was redefined as university of the province of Sindh. On 23 October, 1950 the Karachi University Act was passed and after an amendment in 1951 it was enacted. For the first two years, the University of Karachi remained as an examination University for the affiliated colleges. In 1953 it started its teaching and research activities at two Faculties of Arts and Science. Opened with an initial intake of 50 students, the university is now a sprawling structure of 53 Departments and 20 Research Centers and Institutes, under eight faculties of Arts, Science, Islamic Studies, Engineering, Law, Pharmacy, Management and Administrative Sciences and Medicine. At present the enrolment of regular students at the campus is slightly over 24,000. There are about 700 faculty members and more than 2500 supporting staff.

On 18 January, 1960 the university was shifted to the new campus on a plot of 1279 acres located on the Country Club Road (now University Road).

University Library

The Dr. Mahmud Hussain Library is an imposing three-storey structure situated firmly in the centre of campus activities. The library was established in 1952 with the start of University of Karachi. The library previously resided in another building before moving to the present building. The library houses 350,000 volumes, some of them dating back to the 1600s. The library also proudly holds the status of being the depository of the personal book collection of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. 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 was recently provided, enabling the scholars and students to access many online books and journals.

25 librarians, 10 assistant librarians, and around 90 nonprofessional staff help maintaining the library. The library is on the upper end of the academic spectrum in Pakistan. The building includes reading rooms (six for general purposes and another six for research).

Karachi University Press

Karachi University Press is one of the largest educational presses in the country and publishes university books and other materials.


Departments of University of Karachi

The University of Karachi has a number of departments including:

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Pharmacy

Faculty of Islamic Studies

  • Department of Islamic Learning
  • Department of Quran Wa Sunnah
  • Department of Usulal Din
  • Department of Sirah Chair
Department of Economics

Faculty of Management &
Administrative Sciences


Faculty of Medicine

Research institutes and centres

Affiliated colleges

Former vice chancellors

  1. Prof. A. B. A. Haleem (23 June 1951 - 22 June 1957)
  2. Prof. Basheer Ahmad Hashmi (23 June 1957 - 22 June 1961)
  3. Prof. Dr. Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi (23 June 1961 - 2 August 1971)
  4. Prof. Dr. Mahmud Hussain (3 August 1971 - 9 April 1975)
  5. Prof. Dr. Saleemuzzaman Siddiqui (Acting) (10 April 1975 - 16 January 1976)
  6. Prof. Dr. Ehsan Rasheed (7 January 1976 - 31 August 1979)
  7. Prof. Dr. S. Masum Ali Tirmizi (1 September 1979 - 31 August 1983)
  8. Prof. Dr. Jameel Jalibi (1 September 1983 - 31 August 1987)
  9. Prof. Dr. Manzoor uddin Ahmad (1 September 1987 - 7 July 1990)
  10. Prof. Dr. S. Irtafaq Ali (8 July 1990 - 6 July 1994)
  11. Prof. Dr. Abd-ul-Wahab (Acting) (6 July 1994 - 4 April 1995)
  12. Prof. Dr. Abd-ul-Wahab (5 April 1995 - 9 November 1996)
  13. Prof. Dr. Hafeez A. Pasha (10 November 1996 - 24 July 1997)
  14. Prof. Dr. Zafar H. Zaidi (25 July 1997 - 7 January 2001)
  15. Prof. Dr. Zafar Saeed Saify (Acting) (12 January 2001 - 28 February 2001)
  16. Prof. Dr. Zafar Saeed Saify (1 March 2001 - 5 January 2004)
  17. Prof. Dr. Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui (6 January 2004 - present)


Karachi University Arts Faculty, Lobby



  • Ansar Burney - leading Pakistani human rights and civil rights activist.




  • Haseena Moin - playwright, drama writer.
  • Huma Baqai - noted commentator on international affairs.[3]
  • Husain Haqqani - Pakistan Ambassador to the United States.
  • Hussain Haroon - Pakistan Ambassador to the United Nations.




  • Khalida Ghous - eminent scholar of International Relations & Human Rights and a prominent activist.






  • Raza Rabbani - Senator.
  • Rehman Malik - Senator, Minister of Interior, Government of Pakistan.
  • Riaz Ahsan - noted professor and former president of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association.





See also


  1. ^ a b c d Introduction - Karachi University
  2. ^ THE - QS World University Rankings 2009 - top universities
  3. ^ Women in Business & Leadership Conference '09
  4. ^ Ahmad, Naseer. "Multinationals should help promote literature." March 27, 2008.
  5. ^ "New CCPO and DIG Inv for Karachi." Daily Times (Pakistan). April 15, 2008.
  6. ^ Farrukhi, Asif (2007-12-09). "Author: A poet in New York". Dawn (Pakistan Herald Publications). Retrieved 2007-12-13.  
  7. ^ "Great Scholars" at University of Karachi alumni website

External links

Coordinates: 24°56′N 67°07′E / 24.94°N 67.12°E / 24.94; 67.12



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