degree awarding institute with the largest network of campuses in
Jan-28 - Feb-03, 2002
Preston, by all standards, is the oldest and
largest institution of higher learning in the private sector in
Pakistan. Established in 1984, Preston today has the largest network
of (eleven) campuses throughout the country, with total enrollment
exceeding 5500 students.
Keeping in line with the evolving technological
advancements and requirements of the global business and national
needs, Preston is offering high quality education in the fast-growing
and ever-expanding fields of Business Administration, Information
Technology, Textile Engineering, Textile management and E-Business.
Its nationwide network covers all the major cities of Pakistan, namely
Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Karachi, Hyderabad, Multan,
Faisalabad and Gujranwala.
Mission Statement: Preston is committed to
providing university education of the highest quality to prepare
students for professional and managerial positions. Its mission is to
provide students the opportunity for personal growth and development,
skill enhancement, or professional career advancement through
provision of high quality education.
Program Strategy: The program strategy of
Preston University is to provide university education opportunities of
the highest quality at a reasonable and affordable cost.
Charter/Recognition: The Government of Sindh,
in July 2001, promulgated an ordinance (Sindh Ordinance No. xxvi of
2001) for the establishment of Preston Institute of Management,
Science and Technology (PIMSAT) at Karachi, as a full-fledged
degree-awarding Institute. PIMSAT is recognized by the University
Grants Commission (UGC), and duly enlisted by it in its consolidated
list of chartered/recognized universities and degree awarding
institutes in Pakistan. The long overdue recognition granted to
Preston by the Government of Sindh, is indeed a remarkable milestone
attained by it since its establishment in 1984.
Academic Facilities and Services: Preston's
self-owned custom-built campus in Islamabad which was formally
inaugurated on January 4, 2002 by the then acting President of
Pakistan, Mr. Justice Irshad Hasan Khan, possesses some outstanding
features that perfectly meet all the requirements of an educational
institution of high standard. The Islamabad campus of Preston houses
13 spacious and well-furnished class rooms, a large seminar room, 3
computer labs equipped with latest state-of-the-art computer
technology, a fairly large cafeteria, and a large and very
well-documented library consisting of thousands of latest text and
The other campuses of Preston too have extensive
academic facilities including classrooms, computer labs, libraries and
abundant space for administrative and teaching staff, common areas for
students, cafeteria etc. All classrooms and major facilities are fully
air-conditioned. Modern audiovisual aids, including video equipment
multimedia projectors, and overhead projectors are available to the
faculty for use in the classrooms. The students are also provided
access to these facilities to make presentations on their research
projects and term papers.
Library Resources: Each Preston campus in
Pakistan has its own library facility stocked with latest editions of
leading textbooks, reference books, periodicals, journals, videos,
audio cassettes, and CDs. The total holdings exceed 60,000 volumes.
Books and journals are continuously added to the library collections.
Online research facilities are an integral part of the library
services offered by it.
Computer Facilities: Each one of Preston
campuses in Pakistan has its own in-house computer facility comprising
of Pentium-based microcomputers, workstations and powerful servers,
providing support in a variety of networking environments.
The computer labs also include a variety of
hardware and peripherals and are supported by a large stock of
applications software. In most Preston campuses, there are three
computer labs available for lab work. Computer labs provide Internet
access to both faculty and students.
Engineering Labs: Fully equipped engineering
labs and basic science labs are being setup at the campuses where
engineering and technology courses are offered. For the benefit of its
students, Preston has also made collaborative arrangements with
outside lab facilities functioning under the aegis of different public
and private sector institutions and industrial units.
Placement: Preston lays a great deal of
emphasis on the placement of its graduates. Career counseling is
provided throughout the time a student is enrolled at the University.
Every effort is made to help the student select the most appropriate
fields of study for his or her future career, and to develop his or
her personal and professional skills to the maximum extent possible.
This ensures that upon graduation the student is not only equipped
with necessary skills but also possess the confidence required to
enter the real world of modern business, industry or government. The
individual development of each student at Preston enhances the job
potential of its graduates. That is precisely the reason why our
graduates have no difficulty in getting good jobs immediately after
graduating. Some outstanding students, in their final semesters, are
able to get job offers even before they graduate. Research conducted
by Preston has shown that its graduates continue to maintain one of
the highest median starting salaries as compared to graduates of other
universities in Pakistan.
The students are appropriately advised on how to
conduct the job search, locate potential employers, obtain an
interview and how to prepare for a successful, winning presentation at
a job interview. The placement office provides full support for
helping students in identifying suitable internships and job
provides a variety of financial assistance, according to the needs of
the students who are unable to meet the full cost of their education.
It also provides a specific scholarship (25% on admission fee and
monthly tuition fee) to serving or retired military personnel
belonging to Pakistan's Armed Forces or the Police Department, and to
their sons, daughters, or spouses. Scholarships are also provided to
Government employees and Journalists and their sons and daughters
enrolling in its academic programs.
All scholarships are provided after an assessment
based on the needs and merit of the applicant. No candidate can claim
automatic award of scholarship on any basis. Scholarship once awarded
to a student may be cancelled if the student is unable to maintain
satisfactory academic performance. Scholarship applications must be
submitted on prescribed forms on or before the deadline for submission
of application for admission.