IQRA UNIVERSITY

S.M. ABBAS ZAIDI,
Research Analyst
, PAGE
Feb 16 - 22, 2009

The IQRA University is chartered by the Government of Sindh and Sindh Government Ordinance No.VI of 2000 having Campuses in all the 4 Provinces and is having collaboration with foreign universities. IQRA offers diverse range of graduate and post-graduate courses as well as PhD programmes of International level in Management Sciences, Computer Sciences and Engineering, Education and Learning Sciences, Media Sciences, and Fashion Designing. At all Campuses, the university creates a congenial learning environment with lots of facilities. Technologically equipped classrooms, with high-tech computer laboratories with internet facilities and rich Information Resource Centre are established at all the Campuses for comprehensive academic training. Special services such as placement, transport and housing etc., are also provided to the students. The courses of IQRA University are recognized by Higher Education Commission (HEC).

PROGRAMS OFFERED

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

BBA

PhD

MBA

MPhil

MEDIA SCIENCES (BS)

ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

BE (Electronic Engineering)

BS (CS), MS(CS)

FASHION DESIGN (CLIFTON CAMPUS)

BFD (honors)

Textile Design   BTD (honors)

Education (B Ed, M.Ed, MPhil/Phd) Gulshan Campus

Social sciences  (Islamabad) BDS, MS IR & MS DS

Source: IQRA University

INFRASTRUCTURE

IQRA University campuses are custom-built to address the needs of a modern and diverse student body. Three campuses are located in Karachi, one in Islamabad, one in Peshawar and one in Quetta. All Campuses consist of well furnished classrooms, fully equipped computer labs, computerized libraries with all the latest and most relevant reading materials, and offices for all the special services. Karachiís campus being the pioneer in many aspects has also begun offering the "corporate services", where training and development needs of the corporate sector are analyzed and training programmes offered in the Executive Development Centre. IQRA University is one of the first private universities that established its Gulshan Campus functional since February 12, 2001. Similarly, the Clifton Campus is yet another milestone in IQRA Universityís long list of successes. Islamabad campus provides students with an ideal environment to study in the capital city. The Peshawar Campus of IQRA is the pioneer of IT education in NWFP, and remains to this day the principal institution extending the frontiers of IT in the province. IQRA University Quetta campus aims to provide the best possible IT and Business education in Baluchistan as it has long been ignored by the public and the private sectors alike. IQRA Quetta campus, with the support of the Baluchistan government, has taken the initiative to impart quality education to the people of the province.

FEE STRUCTURE OF  IQRA UNIVERSITY

S#N

DESCRIPTION

BBA MEDIA SCIENCE

BSCS BS(TEL)

BE

MBA/
MSCS

MS/M. PHIL

SHORT COURSE

1

Semester Tuition fee (per course)

Rs. 8,500

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Rs. 8,450

Rs. 8,450

Rs. 8,450

2

Semester Tuition fee (per credit hour)

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Rs. 2,400

Rs. 1,918

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3

Student Council fee (per semester)

Rs. 500

Rs. 500

Rs. 500

Rs. 500

Rs. 500

Rs. 500

4

Sports fee (per semester)

Rs. 300

Rs. 300

Rs. 300

Rs. 300

Rs. 300

Rs. 300

5

Registration fee (per semester)

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6

Security Deposit (per semester) Refundable

Rs. 1000

Rs. 1000

Rs. 1000

Rs. 1000

Rs. 1000

Rs.1000

Source: IQRA University

FOREIGN COLLABORATIONS

IQRA University has arranged collaborations with several American & European Universities; among them are Coventry University, United Kingdom; University of Incarnate Word Texas; American Intercontinental University; Richmond College, etc. These collaborations make provision for student and faculty exchange programs, as well as exchange of research material for in-depth studies.

RANKING OF BUSINESS UNIVERSITIES

UNIVERSITY NAME

RESEARCH

MAX 26

STUDENT

MAX = 17

FACILITIES

MAX = 15

FINANCES

MAX = 15

FACULTY

MAX = 27

TOTAL

RANK

SCORE

BUSINESS / I.T.

Lahore Uni. of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore

12.37

6.08

8.68

9.66

20.41

57.2

Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi

7.45

9.01

5.75

8.08

10

40.3

Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Sci. & Tech. Karachi

4.97

7.48

5.21

5

11.07

33.73

Iqra University, Defence View, Karachi

6.37

4.48

3.47

6.5

7.99

28.82

Lahore School of Economics, Lahore

2.48

2.71

4.43

10.07

6.69

26.37

Institute of Business Management (IBM),   Karachi

7.06

2.54

1.63

6.47

4.72

22.41

* Qurtuba University of Science & Information Technology D.I Khan

1

1.54

3.7

3.09

8.35

17.67

* Karachi Institute of Economic & Technology (KIET), Karachi

1.02

2.84

4.6

3.79

3.49

15.74

CECOS , Peshawar

0

3.03

4.43

2.38

3.57

13.4

City University of Science & Information Tech., Peshawar

0

2.11

1.43

3

3.76

10.3

Source: HEC

CHALLENGES FOR UNIVERSITIES IN PAKISTAN

The previous Government had a record-setting increase in the budget for higher education which shot up from Rs 3.8 bn in 2002 to Rs 33.7 bn in 2007. When compared with other regional countries, our universities are way behind there universities in terms of both investments and quality education. Today many universities in Pakistan lack basic facilities like proper labs, libraries, poor teaching quality staff, and political activities mainly in Govt universities along with many other basic problems. However, private universities have shown a different picture as they have the potential to match international standards. One must not forget the high fees they charge from the students.  Therefore, there is a need for better academic planning and management at the national level which has less monetary cost, as it is crucial to have higher education institutions for its smooth function. Major quality improvements could result from using nation wide standardized tests for student admission into higher education institutions; teaching teachers to use distance learning materials effectively; and designing standardized teaching laboratories that may be efficiently duplicated across Pakistan.

CONCLUSION

According to HEC, IQRA University is ranked amongst the top business schools in Pakistan. The university has got the services of most number of PHD teachers, the most provided by any other business institute in Pakistan. It also indicates the experienced faculty thus giving quality education and producing knowledgeable graduates.