The Islamia University of Bahawalpur

The Islamia University of Bahawalpur

The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan


Bahawalpur has always been a seat of higher learning. Uch Sharif (a nearby ancient town) had one of the largest universities in the world where scholars from all over the world used to come for studies. As a continuation of this tradition a religious university (Jamia Abbasia) was established at Bahawalpur in 1925, following the academic pursuits of Jamia Al-Azhar, Egypt. The renowned scholars spread the beacon of Islam by teaching Tafseer of Quran, Hadith, Fiqh, and History along with other contemporary subjects.

In view of the changing scenario, Jamia Abbasia was declared as a general University in 1975, and renamed as The Islamia University of Bahawalpur. Initially, it started functioning at Abbasia and Khawaja Fareed Campuses with ten departments. In order to construct a modern and self-contained campus, 1250 acres of land was allotted to the University on Hasilpur Road about eight kilometers away from the city centre.

About City, Bahawalpur

Bahawalpur was the largest and richest state which announced its unconditional merger with Pakistan in 1947. It has a length of more than 450 km bordering with Sindh, Baluchistan and many districts of the Punjab.

The city of Bahawalpur though not an ancient one yet possess an array of glorious traditions. It was established almost 200 years back by Nawab Bahawal Khan 1 as a capital of the Bahawalpur State. It enjoyed this status till 1954 when the state was abolished to form one unit by the orders of Govt. of Pakistan.

In Bahawalpur, one can find the best educational, health, administrative and judicial institutions. The glorious palaces in the city are gem to enhance its beauty. Above all the clean and peaceful environment of the city has made it worth living and growing.

On the surface Bahawalpur is a typical cultural city of Pakistan. It almost marks the central point between Khybar and Karachi. Yet beneath, Bahawalpur a city of peace and freshness, calm and secure environment, best schools, professional colleges and also a seat of higher learning- The Islamia University of Bahawalpur.

Campus's & Departments

Abbasia Campus (city Campus), Bahawalpur

# Administration & Student Service Centre
# Examination Branch
# Law
# Management Sciences

Baghdad-ul-Jadeed Campus (Main Campus)

#Applied Psychology
#Computer Science & Information Technology
#Educational Training
#Physical Education & Sports Sciences
#History & Pakistan Studies
#Islamic Studies
#Library and Information Science
#Mass Communication
#Political Science
#Social Work
#Urdu and Iqbaliat
#University College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
#University College of Engineering & Technology
#University College of Conventional Medicine
#University College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
#Modern Progressive Center of Excellence In Islamic Studies
#Cholistan Institute of Desert Studies (CIDS)

Khawaja Fareed Campus

#University College of Conventional Medicine

Bahawalnagar Campus

#Computer Science & Information Technology
#Educational Training
#Management Sciences

Rahim Yar Khan Campus

#Computer Science & Information Technology
#Educational Training
#Management Sciences

Chairs in The University

Khwaja Faird Chair

Khawaja Ghulam Farid is the greatest mystic poet of Saraiki language. In order to pay homage to him Khawaja Farid Chair was established in 1996. There is dire need to understand and promote the philosophy as well as the message of peace and harmony, integrity and human friendship given by Hazrat Khawaja Ghulam Farid. Objectives:" Publication & promotion of mystic poetry and philosophy of Khawaja Farid." Collection and preservation of published and unpublished verses of Khawaja Farid and bibliography, booklets and manuscripts relating to him." The research on the places, personalities and antiques related to Khawaja Farid." Extensive lectures, seminars, symposium, literary meetings and discussion on any particular dimension of the poetry of Khawaja Ghulam Farid." Launching short and long term research projects." Extension in Khawaja Farid Library." Collection of audio/video material of the verses rendered by Urdu and regional languages vocalist in Farid Festivals." Establishment of Khawaja Farid Art Gallery and museum." Promotion and preservation of the Regional Culture, heritage, historical monuments, the mystic ethics, the research on art and culture." Supervision and assistance to the research scholars for M. Phil and Ph. D. degree." Organizing "Farid National Seminar" annually." Publishing of a Research Journal.

Seerat Chair

In pursuance of the directive of the President of Pakistan, a Seerat Chair was established in the Islamia University of Bahawalpur in 1987, with the following aims and objectives:" Research on Seerat of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) and Hadith with particular reference to the present day problems" A critical study of objections on Seerat raised by the Orientalists" Collection and preservation of rare manuscripts on Seerat" Acquisition of authentic publications on Seerat in different languages " Indexation of Books on Seerat" Critical study of the works on Seerat produced nationally and internationally" Holding Conferences, Seminars and extension lectures on Seerat." Establishing co-ordination and collaboration between individuals and institutions engaged in research on Seerat." Review of the current Syllabi and courses of studies at different levels with reference to Seerat." Holding of Declamation contests and Essay writing competitions on Seerat among students.


" Organized Three International Seerat Conferences in 2000, 2004 & 2007." National and International Seminars on Seerat are organized annually. " Organized Declamation contests and essay writing competitions. " Held two exhibitions of books on Seerat and MSS of Holy Quran." Established a specialized library having a collection of 3000 rare books on Seerat and Hadith." Published nine books on Seerat.


Library in any academic institution always plays a central role in learning and research. While realizing the importance, well-stocked libraries are being maintained by the university. A central library is located at Baghdad-ul-Jadeed Campus. Moreover, for each campus libraries have been established for departments working over there. Departmental and reference libraries are also operative in relevant faculties. All the libraries contain one lac and eighty thousand texts / reference books covering the related subjects. Moreover, a variety of printed & online journals and newspapers are available for the researchers. In order to improve the learning environment, all the libraries have been air conditioned. Library remains open till late night. In order to strengthen the library facilities a project of Rs. 99.4 million has been approved by CDWP for civil works, air conditioning, purchase of books, furniture, computerization, manuscript preservation and human resource development. In any educational or research institution, Library plays a pivotal role. The Islamia University of Bahawalpur is proud to possess a well equipped and up to date Library. It supports all subject areas taught in the University. The central library is located in the heart of Baghdad- ul- Jaded Campus with its multiple locations at Abbasia (Old Campus) Library and Khawaja Fareed (Railway Road Campus) Library. In addition, each Institute/ Constitute college has its own library. The total number of books in all the University libraries is over 180,000. The library also has a collection of 1000 e.books which can be accessed on request. The library is serving its patrons with an up to date knowledge for study and research. The library acquires approximately 15000 books and 1500 periodicals yearly.

University Hostels

In order to facilitate the students sufficient hostel accommodation is available. Presently, three hostels for boys and four for girls are in use while another hostel for girls is under construction. The accommodation capacity of these hostels is more than two thousand five hundered altogether. All the old hostel buildings have been renovated and equipped with better living facilities. University has the following hostels;

#Ali Hall
#Umer Hall
#Abu Bakr Hall
#Usman Hall
#Iqbal Hall
#Jinnah Hall
#Ayesha Hall
#Fatima Hall
#Amna Hall
#Rabia Hall
#Men's Hostel (for becholar teachers)
#Women's Hostel (for lady teachers)

Internet Facility

The use and utility of internet for students, teachers and researches have witnessed phenomenal growth. All the campuses and departments are inter connected via university own network through which internet facility is also given. The students are expected to make the optimum positive use of internet in their studies and research. This network also provides the access to online journals and books. University is providing WIRELESS DSL Service to the whole campus, students also awailing the facility in their room via wireless connectivity.


University is providing best pick and drop facilty to the students with 40 buses, half hourly.


1. ScholarshipsThe university awards merit and need based scholarships to the students every year. In order to avail these scholarships, students have to apply when asked to do so. The scholarship committee of each department decides about the deserving students. Moreover, cases of students are referred to other departments/ institutions which offer scholarships of various categories.

2. Fee RemissionFull or half fee remission/waiver is admissible to many categories of students like position holders, orphans, Hafiz-e-Quran and children of The IUB teachers / employees etc. The students have to apply for remission through their respective departments and after proper scrutiny, specified amount is reimbursed to them.

The university has initiated to establish a Financial Aid office for providing centralized and efficient service to the students.

Pakistan Art Gallery

The idea for the establishment of a Pakistan Gallery was conceived in 1983. It is aimed to inspire the youth, students and the adults, through Photographs of the Pakistan Movement and other audiovisual aids, with the pride of achievements of Pakistan. It is envisaged to create amongst the youth, sense about the hectic struggle, sacrifices in terms of lives, properties and assists to win independence. In short, the Pakistan Gallery aims to portray struggle of the Muslims of the sub continent for the Independence.

The Pakistan Gallery is being developed under the expert guidance and supervision of Dr.Shahid Hassan Rizivi, Department of History & Pakistan Studies. Moderate efforts are under way for the collection of books of Pakistan, the Pakistan Movement, the Quaid-e-Azam and other leaders of Pakistan Movement for the benefit of research scholars. The students of Colleges and other private Institutions visit the gallery to collect valuable information and knowledge during the Exhibition held frequently in the gallery on special occasions.

Affilated government colleges

Bahawalpur district

*Govt.S.E. College Bahawalpur
*Govt.P.G. College One Unit Chowk Bahawalpur
*Govt. Degree College For Women, Bahawalpur
*Govt. College For Women Dubai Mehal Road Bahawalpur
*Govt. Commerce College Bahawalpur
*Govt. S.A.College Dera Nawab
*Govt.Degree College Hasilpur
*Govt.Degree College For Women Hasilpur
*Govt.Degree College For Women Khairpur Tamenwali
*Govt.Degree College Khairpur Tamenwali
*Govt .Degree College Uchsharif
*Govt .Degree College For Women Uchsharif
*Govt Elementary College For Women Bahawalpur
*Govt Elementary College Bahawalpur
*Govt In-service Pre Service College Bahawalpur
*Govt College of Technology Bahawalpur
*Govt Vocational College Bahawalpur
*Govt .Degree College For Women Yazman
*Federal Govt .Degree College Bahawalpur
*Millat College of Commerce Bahawalpur
*Islamia Law College Bahawalpur
*Alfarooq College of Education Bahawalpur
*Softvision College of Information Technology Bahawalpur

Bahawalnagar dsitrict

*Govt. Degree College Bahawalnagar.
*Govt. Degree College For Women Bahawalnagar.
*Govt. Degree College Chistian
*Govt. Degree College For Women, Chistian
*Govt. Degree College For Women Haroonabad.
*Govt. Degree College,Haroonabad

Rahhimyarkhan district

*Govt .Khawaja Fareed Degree College Rahim Yar Khan
*Govt. Degree College For Women Rahim Yar Khan
*Govt. Degree College For Women Sadiqabad
*Govt. Degree College For Women Sadiqabad
*Govt. Degree College For Women Khanpur
*Govt T.T. Degree College Khanpur
*Govt. Degree College For Women,Liaqatpur
*Govt. Degree College Liaqatpur
*Govt.Commerce College,R.y.Khan

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