COMSATS Institute of Information Technology

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COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
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Motto In Search of Excellence
Established 1998
Type Public University
Endowment PKR 300 Million
Chairman Dr. Asim Shakoor
Chancellor Fedral Minister of science and technology Pakistan
Rector Dr. Junaid Zaidi
Academic staff
Students 35,452
Undergraduates 28,964
Postgraduates 6,488
Location Islamabad, Pakistan Pakistan
Campus Multi-campus
Colors Blue      White     
Affiliations PEC, HEC

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, also known by its acronym CIIT, is a public research university in Pakistan. It is a multi-campus institute with its headquarters located in the urban area of Islamabad. Established by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South which was established in Islamabad on 4th & 5th October 1994, the commission as of 2015 has 23 member state. The CIIT was established in 1998 with charter in August 2000.[1]

CIIT is ranked among top 250 Asian Universities by QS University Rankings in 2014 and nationally it is ranked top in Computer Sciences & IT category and 9th overall in the country. It is also a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities[2] It main campus located in Chak Shahazad, Islamabad has over 5,000 students and 30,000 more students in its 6 satellite campuses. Its student body also includes international students from 9 Countries. CIIT has 18 Departments which combined offer 96 degree programs and has since inception produced 850 PhDs.[3]


CIIT is an institution of higher learning with campuses across the country, with the headquarters located in Islamabad. Campuses of CIIT are located in the following cities: [4]

Functional campuses


Permanent campus of CIIT at Islamabad

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad was established in 1998 to promote Information Technology and to reduce the ever-growing gap between the developed and developing world through useful applications of science and technology. During the first year of its establishment, the Institute offered only a few certificate courses and a postgraduate diploma in computer studies with a single class room and limited resources. Islamabad Campus, the main campus of CIIT is situated at Chak Shahzad, Islamabad. Currently more than 5,000 students are enrolled in various degree programs at this Campus. The newly built campus at Chak Shahzad is fully equipped with facilities of international standards. Its area is 43 acres (approx.).


CIIT Wah campus

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) Wah Campus was established in 2001 with the joint effort of CIIT and Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF). The Campus is housed in spacious buildings and provides state-of-the-art facilities for disseminating education in the field of Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics and Business Administration. Currently more than 3,000 students are enrolled in the disciplines of Business Administration, Computer Science, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering and Civil Engineering. And more than 3,500 students have graduated from CIIT Wah since its inception.[5]


(DDP-Dual Degree Programme Campus, Affiliated with Lancaster University UK)

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CIIT Lahore campus, affiliated with University of Lancaster,UK

Was Established in March 2002, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore is located on 1.5 km Ali Akbar Road(Defence Road), Off Raiwind Road. It is about 25 minutes drive from main city. The sprawling campus is a purpose built and spreads over an area of 200 acres. Like all other CIIT Campuses, the Lahore Campus is also equipped with the state-of-the-art computer labs, electronics and hardware labs. The distinctive feature of this campus is that it has a good infrastructure available for software development houses, to set up on-campus facilities. In a city of learning such as Lahore, the CIIT is catering for the ever-increasing demands of students in the fields of IT, Engineering and business administration. It rightly serves as a center of excellence. The campus offers 30% seats to children of industrial workers free of cost, besides other scholarships and financial aid to the students. Its area is 185 acres (approx.) [6]


COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Sahiwal was established in August 2006. Sahiwal is a city with a population of about two million, located on the LMQ road, the half-way between Lahore and Multan, was formally inaugurated in September 2007. Sahiwal and its surroundings are known for wheat, cotton, sugarcane, maize and rice crops. Main fruits are citrus, mangoes and guava. The establishment of CIIT Campus at Sahiwal besides providing higher education facilities in the highly demanded market oriented disciplines also provides the state-of-the-art facilities for research and development in these fields. Sahiwal campus intends to augment the academic and socio-economic role in imparting quality education with the help of cutting-edge technology and contemporary managerial practices. The Sahiwal Campus has surfaced as the most vibrant educational institution in Sahiwal. It has been able to fetch the record high intake ever witnessed at any CIIT Campus for its pioneer batch. It started with the enrolment of 100 students with quite an attractive 30 percent ratio of female students. Currently, the campus has a total enrolment of more than 3,400 students. Its area is 36 acres (approx.)


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COMSATS Abbottabad

Spanning an area of 308 Kanals, stands the grand structure of Abbottabad Campus of CIIT. Imparting quality education, contributing effectively to the research base of Pakistan, providing state-of-the-art facilities to students, helping in social uplift of the community it is located in, the campus symbolizes a modern and progressive seat of learning. Abbottabad Campus became functional in July 2001, and the first academic session started in September 2001.