The University of the Punjab was formally established with the convening of the first meeting of its Senate on October 14, 1882 at Simla. It was the fourth University to be established by the British colonial authorities on the Indian Subcontinent. The first three universities were established by the British rulers at their initial strongholds of Bombay, Madras and Calcutta.
The University comprises of 5 Campuses, 13 Faculties, 10 Constituent Colleges, over 73 Departments, Centres, Institutes, and 658 affiliated colleges. It has 1006 full time and 300 part time faculty members involved in teaching/research and 45,678 on campus students. (27,907 Morning Students, 16,552 Evening Students and 1,219 Diploma Students).
The University of the Punjab is governed by the Punjab University Act of 1973. The Chancellor, who is Governor of the Province, is the highest authority of the University. He presides over convocations, and meetings of the University Senate. If he so desires, he also gives approval for conferring an honorary degree, etc. The Chancellor, in most of the matters, acts on the advice of the Pro-Chancellor, who is the provincial Minister of Education.
Lahore is the cultural hub and the capital city of Punjab, Pakistan. A lot of different cultural and academic activities take place in the city all around the year and especially in February, as it is a season of spring and festivity. Keeping in view the multitude of activities taking place in Lahore during the scheduled conference days, it is suggested to the participants/students/delegates/professionals to kindly book their accommodation in advance.
Punjab University Library is the largest resource center of knowledge and information in Pakistan, which came into existence in 1882. The library remained in its old building up to 1988 and in the same year it was shifted to its present two storied building. The total area of library is 102,000 sq. feet with a basement of 10,000 sq. feet.
Punjab University is the first public university in the field of IT to lay down 47 Km. long Fiber Optic Cable Network: having 74 optical fiber nodes serving all departments, hostels and Administrative Block through local area network. There are over 6500 state of the art computers now in university and 30,536 laptops for students, distributed by the Punjab Government. Computer culture has been created.
Over Five 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.
Allama Iqbal Campus, named after the great South Asian thinker and mystic poet, with Islamic architectural design is in the middle of the bustling city of Lahore.The University has also a summer campus at Khanaspur, located at a height of about 7,000 ft. in the Himalayan range near Ayubia. This Campus, in addition to providing research facilities, is also used as a recreational centre for the faculty and the students.The University has also started Sub-Campuses at Gujranwala and Jhelum, with four disciplines i.e. Business Administration, Commerce, Law and Information Technology. Few more disciplines will be added in near future.
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.