Multan is one of the Pakistan’s most educated cities and home to a lot of universities and colleges. Multan has been a hub of education for many centuries started by the good saints. Multan is also called the “City of Saints”. A few centuries ago, some saints started the noble task of spreading education to every common man and woman. One of most illuminating name among the saints is Hazrat Bahauddin Zakariya. He was not only a great saint but was also big Muslim scholar who initiated the first higher educational institute in theology in Multan back in 1200 AD.
Of all the colleges and universities in Multan, the biggest, most popular and top ranked institute was established in 1975by Punjab Legislative Assembly. It was named “University of Multan”, however, that name did not last for longer and was changed in 1979. It was then named “Bahauddin Zakariya University”, paying tribute to above mentioned GreatSaint.
Today, Bahauddin Zakariya University is one of Pakistan’s top higher educational institutes. It is government research university with the motto of “Knowledge is Power”. Its main campus is located in Multan with few Sub-Campuses in different cities of Punjab,mentioned below in Sub Campuses Section.There are currently over 27,000 students enrolled in this institute.As education supports the rights of females, this university is a perfect example for gender equality in Pakistan with 50% of its students being Female.
BZU, Bahauddin Zakariya University is one Pakistan’s only 3 universities that are ranked globally by Times Higher Education.In the 2016 university ranking of Times Higher Education, BZU was ranked among top 800 institutes in the world. BZU is also honored with the position of one of the largest universities in Pakistan, to be precise, 5th largest university of Pakistan. In the latest ranking by Higher Education Commissionof Pakistan, BZU was ranked 8th best university of Pakistan. This university is also recognized by HEC and PEC and holds many other affiliations. In this article, the chief discussed headings are:
- BZU Main Campus
- BZU Vice Chancellor
- BZU Affiliated Colleges and Sub-Campuses
- BZU Lahore Campus
- BZU DG Khan Campus
- Departments, Colleges and Institutes in BZU
- BZU Student Hall of Residence
- Halls of Residence for Male Students
- Halls of Residence for Female Students
- How to Apply for Admission
1 – BZU Main Campus
Main campus of BZU is located in the city of Multan. It is huge campus of 4.8 kilometers of which about 3.8 kilometer is completely covered with many buildings and is properly used. BZU Multan is a beautiful green campus despite its huge size. There are hundreds of trees, plants and decorated flowers with numerous fountains. The best about BZU is its well-maintained campus.You have an army of security guards in there and places to park everywhere. There are two big Mosques in the campus in addition to every Hall of Residence with its own little mosque inside the building. For the transportation of its students and staff, there is fleet of over 30 buses and 3 coaches called “Routes” and “Shuttles” that run inside and outside the campus on specified routes.
The first sight you get is of two huge Entrances with gates and dozens of security guards. After that is long two sided clean roads with many plants and trees between and side of the roads.All of the buildings are very attractive and established in their own style. You will find places to sit all around the campus. Other than well-constructed roads there is grass everywhere with the shadows of trees. There are over 40 cafeterias and book shops in the campus with everything available you could possibly need. There are also bakeries in the campus. You can also find branches of most prominent banks there.
2 – University Vice Chancellor
Just like any other government university the Chancellor of BZU is Governor of Punjab. The whole institute comes under the supervision of Vice Chancellor. Current Vice Chancellor of BZU, as of 2017, is respected and highly educated scholar Dr. TahirAmeen. TahirAmeen is political scientist and one of Pakistan’s most educated scholars.He is working hard day and night to make BZU the finest of institute. If we talk about education and degrees, there is a lot to count.
He first did his MSc. From Quaid-i-Azam University(One of Pakistan’s top institutes)in 1976.
After that he went to Canada to study Masters in International Relations from CarletonUniversity(One of Canada’s top institutes)which completedin 1978.
He won a Faisal King Scholarship and went to United States of America for his PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)which, by the way, has always been one of world’s top5 institutes and currently at the top of the list.
He didn’t stop there and then won a Fulbright Scholarship to work on Research Project from Harvard Universityanother one of world’s top 5 universities.
He was also a Visiting Fellow at Brown University and Harvard University.From 1997 to 2001, he was the Iqbal Chair at Cambridge University in England, also one of top 5 universities in world.
He has many globally recognized publications and is member of many educational board of various Pakistani and foreign universities.
3 – BZU Affiliated Colleges and Sub Campuses:
BZU has 222 affiliated colleges in different cities of Punjab, mostly located in Punjab. If I am to name each of them, it will cover the whole page. So, here is link for List of All Affiliated Colleges.You can get admission in any of these colleges and study under the supervision of BZU main campus.
Other than above mentioned affiliated colleges, BZU also has some Sub-Campuses in different cities of Punjab some of which are now closed by the main administrative board of BZU Multan.These Sub-Campuses are/were:
- BZU Sub-Campus, Sahiwal
- BZU Sub-Campus, Layyah
- BZU Sub-Campus, Vehari
- BZU Sub-Campus, Lahore (Closed)
- BZU Sub-Campus, D.G Khan (Closed)
BZU Sub-Campus Lahore
Founded in 2013 by former BZU VC Dr. KhawajaAlqama with private-public partnership, BZU Lahore Campus is now closed. The year it opened, it received a great response from the students of Lahore and enrolled about 2,000 students in different programs. However, later there came some affiliation, registration and proper permission issues. There was also corruption charge in this case. After three years of fooling, playing with student’s future and earning hundreds of millions of rupees, KhawajaAlqama retired.
After many strikes, processions of courts and hard struggle of students of BZU Lahore campus, the new and current VC TahirAmeen decided to close the Lahore campus and shift all students except DPT and Technologydepartmentto Multan campus.However, nothing was charged against powerful character like Private Investor MuneerBhatti and former VC KhawajaAlqama behind this enormous fraud. Instead student were blamed on this why did they become their prey. Lahore Campus is still functioning with a few of students who couldn’t move to Multan but it is said that after passing them out, it will be permanently closed.
BZU Sub-Campus, D.G Khan
DeraGhazi Khan campus of BZU, also faced somewhat similar circumstance and was forced closed in the end. However, that campus is still functioning as Ghazi University.It was changed in 2014.
4 – Departments, Colleges and Institutes in BZU
There are 51 departments, colleges and institutes in BZU Multan each with its own building, administration and faculty. BZU Multan offers a wide range of courses for all students. Each course falls under the category of some department. Each department is built in its own unique way and is managed by its own management. Every department has an appointed teacher as Chairman which biggest authority in a department. Following is a complete list of all departments, colleges and institutes in BZU Multan.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
- 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 Islamic Studies and Languages
- Department of Arabic
- Department of Islamic Studies
- Islamic Research Centre (IRC)
- Department of Urdu
- Department of English
- Saraiki Area Study Centre (SASC)
Faculty of Science
- Institute of Chemical Sciences
- Centre for Advanced Studies in Pure and Applied Mathematics
- Institute of Computing
- 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 Commerce, Law and Business Administration
- Institute of Management Sciences (IMS)
- Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF)
- Department of Commerce
- Bahauddin Zakariya University Gillani Law College
Faculty of Pharmacy
- Department of Pharmacy
Faculty of Veterinary Sciences
- Department of Pathobiology
- Department of Biosciences
- Department of Clinical Sciences
- Department of Livestock and Poultry Productions
Faculty of Engineering and Technology
- 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
5 – Student Halls of Residence
Bahauddin Zakariya University has many residence blocks inside the campus where faculty members can live. Students who come from outside the city or from abroad, always need a place to live within the city of the university. A great proportion of students come from rural areas or other cities in every university. Same is the case with BZU Multan. Students from all around the Pakistan can be found here. For their convenience, BZU has established Halls of Residence within the campus where students can live.
In the Halls of Residence in BZU, about 2 – 3 students live in one room. Each room has a window for air and is equipped withlights, a fan and a closet.In addition, they have every facility that a student can need including electricity, mess and internet connection. These dormitories are also not very expensive and can be easily afforded. There are separate Halls for female and male students.These Halls are built at such positions that they are a little on the side from departmental and yet on walking distance from the department. If you are Law student, you will be assigned to a Hall that is near Law College.
BZU Halls of Residence for Male Students
- Abu Bakar Hall
- Umer Hall
- Usman Hall
- Hamza Hall
- Ali Hall
- Qasim Hall
- Abdul SattarEdhi Hall
BZU Halls of Residence for Female Students
- Fatima Hall
- Marium Hall
- Ayesha Hall
- Amina Hall
- Zainab Hall
- Khadija Hall
- Hajra Hall
6 – How to Apply for Admission in BZU
Usually, you are supposed to buy a Prospectus from the university which has an admission form attached to it. Which is then submitted to the department you are applying for. To get admission in BZU
- You should visit the campus where you wish to study.
- Find your department
- Go to information office
- Get a prospectus
- Fill and submit it
However, you can now download the prospectus and admission form. Then fill the admission form and submit it. All the required documents and instructions are mentioned on the admission form.