University of Central Punjab

University of Central Punjab
جامعہ وسطی پنجاب
Motto "Assiduous pursuit of Professional Excellence"
Type Private
Established 2002
Chairman Mian Amer Mahmood
Chancellor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana
Academic staff
Students 5000+
Address 1 - Khayaban-e-Jinnah Road, opp. Shaukat Khanum Hospital, M. A. Johar Town, Lahore., Lahore, Punjab,  Pakistan
Campus Urban
Mascot UCPian
Affiliations Higher Education Commission
National Computing Education Accreditation Council
Pakistan Engineering Council
Website Official Website

The University of Central Punjab (Urdu: جامعہ وسطی پنجاب) or UCP is a private sector university located in Lahore, Pakistan. The current enrollment of the university is 8,000. University of Central Punjab, a part of Punjab Group of Colleges, was Chartered by the Government of Punjab in 2002.[1] According to the HEC ranking 2013, UCP's business school is on number 3rd in Lahore. University of Central Punjab offers undergraduate, graduate as well as postgraduate programs in the fields of Engineering, Computer Science, Pharmacy, Business, Commerce, Arts and Social Sciences. There are six distinct faculties in the university namely Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Commerce, Faculty of Pharmacy, UCP Business School, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.[2]


On 15 August 1996, The Punjab Group of Colleges petitioned the Government of Punjab for the establishment of a University in the province. In response to this petition, the government issued a No Objection Certificated on October 11, 1999. The University started operating the same year it got a No Objection Certificate from the government and initially offered courses in Management Studies, Information Technology, Commerce and Law. The Punjab College of Business Administration (PCBA), Punjab Institute of Computer Science (PICS), Punjab College of Commerce (PCC), Punjab Law College (PLC) and Punjab College of Information Technology (PCIT) formed the core of the University at the time of establishment.

Following a restructuring in 2004, the PCBA and PICS operate under the Faculty of Management Studies and Faculty of Information Technology of the University of Central Punjab respectively. The Punjab Colleges of Commerce and the Punjab Law College respectively function under the Faculties of Commerce and of Law of the University of Central Punjab. The Faculty of Engineering (FOE) has was introduced in 2002.[3]


UCP Lahore main Campus

The university main campus, located opposite to Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre on Khayaban-e-Jinah, covers an area of 500,000 square feet. The campus was built in 2010 and consists of five blocks. There is an auditorium block consisting of 300 seats. It houses a number of facilities, both curricular and co-curricular in nature.

UCP Gujranwala campus
UCP Faislabad campus

Centre for Professional Studies - UCP

Centre for Professional Studies (CPS) was established in 2012 under the flagship of University of Central Punjab as a Centre, with an aim to provide professional and skill based education to the students at various campuses of Punjab Group of Colleges across Punjab. Punjab Group has been serving the community for more than two decades by providing quality education from basic to higher education.

The current economic scenario around the world and in Pakistan demands a specific focus on professional and skilled education. The standardization of higher education in Pakistan in line with international curricula has increased the cost and duration of both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Pakistan making it difficult for many talented and aspiring young men and women to reap the socio-economic benefits of education.

CPS offers a broad range of programs to equip students with the knowledge that they need to respond to the global, information driven and dynamic demands of market. CPS is currently offering both graduate and post graduate programs such as ADP, BBA, MBA, MSC (IT), BSCS, and MCOM in different campuses of Punjab Group of Colleges. CPS has specialized faculty, departments and infrastructure facilities to ensure the provision of quality education.[4]


UCP has a full-service library on campus, which boasts over 30,000 books, 45 magazines and over 1000 CDs, as well as newspapers, company and internship reports and projects by students. The Higher Education Commission has also given the university access to 11,000 online, full-text journals, international databases, and other material published online worldwide.[5]


UCP Business School

Management and Organization Division is the largest of all division of UCP Business School in terms of courses offered as well as students enrolled. The division provides education in the areas of management studies, namely Management, Human Resource Management and Entrepreneurship.[6]

The Marketing Division offers specialization in Marketing. The courses of this department are periodically changed according to the requirements of the market.[7]

Faculty of Information Technology

Faculty of Information Technology was formed when Punjab Institute of Computer Science attained degree awarding status. The Faculty of Information Technology currently offers five educational programs, namely Ph.D (Computer Science), M.Phil (Computer Science), MS (Computer Science), MCS (Master of Computer Science) and BS (Computer Science).

School of Accounting and Finance

School of Accounting and Finance is a part of Faculty of Management Studies, University of Central Punjab. The school of accounting and finance offers BS Hons. Accounting & Finance, M.Com., MS, M.Phil. and PhD in Accounting & Finance. M.Com. with specialization in Banking & Finance is offered in affiliation with the Institute of Bankers Pakistan (IBP).

Faculty of Engineering

University of Central Punjab established the Faculty of Engineering in 2003. The university started offering degree program in Electrical Engineering with elective tracks in Electronics Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering and Computer Engineering in September 2013. As of 2013, eleven batches of students have graduated from the Faculty of Engineering.[8]as well as offer the mechanical engineering

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) was established in 2009. FASS not only teaches degree programs at graduate and undergraduate level in arts and humanities, but also provides support across faculties in teaching languages and humanities courses.

Faculty of Pharmacy

Faculty of Pharmacy was established at the University of Central Punjab in 2011 in recognition of the vital role played by the pharmacist in the health care system and to meet the National / International needs of the pharmacists and to develop the Pharmacy profession in Pakistan.

Faculty of Law

Punjab Law College is one of the premier law colleges in Lahore. Punjab Law College operates under the aegis of University of the Central Punjab. Within the parameters prescribed by the University, the College imparts quality education in Law in two sessions (morning and evening).

School of Media & Communication Studies

The diverse School of Media and Communication Studies (SMCS) not only teaches degree programs at undergraduate and graduate level in media and communication studies but also provides variety of experience outside the classroom that will help students to prepare for a career in media and communication related field.

Faculty of Life Sciences

To meet the rapidly increasing challenges of the 21st century, the UCP has established Faculty of Life Sciences. It offers a wide range of BS, M.Sc., MS and PhD programs in the rapidly developing subjects of Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology and Forensic Science. Ali

Scholarship and Financial Aid

University of Central Punjab offers scholarships and financial aids on the basis of academic performance, kinship and disability. Tuition fee is also waived for the alumnus of Punjab Group of Colleges.

Academic Performance

UCP offers 100% tuition fee waiver in the form of merit scholarships on the basis of academic excellence in F.A/F.Sc and B.A/B.Sc examinations held under annual system of examination. Eligibility for merit scholarships is determined on the basis of three ‘As’ in A-level secured in one attempt for BBA/BS Programs or 75% aggregate marks in:

UCP also offers 50% tuition fee waiver on the basis of 70% marks in F.A/F.Sc and B.A/B.Sc examinations held under the annual system of examination or 2 ‘Bs’ or better in A Level secured in one attempt.[9]


25% fee concession on basis of kinship is also available to siblings. This concession is subject to maintaining a CGPA of 3.00 in the subsequent semesters.


75% Fee concession is allowed to students with major disability and 50% to students with minor disability. Such a concession requires maintaining a CGPA of 2.80 in both cases. However, the board decides each case on very strict basis and disabled aspirants have to submit the fee for first semester. It is their luck if the fee is reimbursed.


University of Central Punjab has 26 societies offering curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for the student body.[10]

  • Societies & Clubs at UCP
  • Association of Computing Machinery
  • Blood Donor Society
  • Catalyst Society
  • Character Building Society
  • Debating Society
  • Dramatic Club
  • Explorerz Club
  • Health Club

  • IDEAS Entrepreneurial Society
  • IEEE
  • Inclusive Student Society
  • Islamic Society
  • Jehaad for Zero Thalassemia
  • Nome de Plume - (Literary Club)
  • Music Society - Plektra
  • Movie Club
  • NISA Society

  • Photography Club
  • Psychology Society
  • Society for Electronics& Telecommunication (SET)
  • Society for Mechanical Engineering
  • Sports Club
  • The Usher's Club
  • Ulrich’s HR Forum
  • Societies/Patrons

Notable Alumni and Academics


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  2. "University of Central Punjab - Admission Fall 2013". University of Central Punjab. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  3. "History of Punjab Group of Colleges". University of Central Punjab. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  5. "Facilities at University of Central Punjab". University of Central Punjab. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  6. Management and Organization Division
  7. "University of Central Punjab Business School, Marketing Division". University of Central Punjab. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  8. "University of Central Punjab - Faculty of Engineering". University of Central Punjab. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  9. "Scholarships and Financial Aids". University of Central Punjab. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  10. "Societies and Clubs at University of Central Punjab". University of Central Punjab. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
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