Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering & Information Technology – Historical Background and Progress Report

Rahim Yar Khan is located in Southern Punjab and is a major city and industrial hub of the region. This region of Punjab is bordered by areas of Balochistan and Sindh that are similarly deprived in terms of facilities for higher education in science and technology. For decades, students from the region had to travel hundreds of miles to get engineering and technology education, even when they would be lucky enough to get admission in the face of high competition on limited seats in the public sector engineering universities of the province. Hence, establishment of an Engineering University in the city had been a long standing demand of the people of Rahim Yar Khan. Successive governments, over the years, had been making unfulfilled promises on this account. However, Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab, being a man of action and not mere words, fulfilled this demand on 22 April 2014 by laying the foundation of Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering & Information Technology on Abu Dhabi Road, Rahim Yar Khan. The Government of Punjab started out by providing 220 Acres of land and thereafter through the involvement of the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore under the dynamic leadership of its then Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Akram Khan, a PC-1 of Rs. 3,847 Million was prepared and subsequently approved by the Planning & Development Board, Punjab for the Establishment of Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering & Information Technology, Rahim Yar Khan. M/S NESPAK, the world renowned National Engineering Services of Pakistan, were engaged as Consultants for Engineering Design and Resident Engineering Supervision for Campus Construction.

The Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering & Information Technology, Rahim Yar Khan Act (Act XVI of 2014) was passed by the Punjab Assembly on 29 May 2014 to provide the legal foundations and framework for the University. Classes were started in four rented classrooms of the Government College of Technology, Shehbazpur Road, some 18 kms away from the actual campus site, on 1 September 2014 for a batch of 200 students equally divided in the four disciplines of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology.

The first duly appointed Vice Chancellor of the University, Engr. Prof. Dr. Athar Mahboob, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz joined on 2 September 2015. Dr. Athar Mahboob started fast track execution of the project by shifting classes and administration to University’s own campus on Abu Dhabi Road in few renovated buildings. After due process of following PPRA regulations several contracts for construction of buildings and infrastructure development have already been awarded. Remaining contracts are in the process of award before the end of the year. First meeting of the duly constituted Syndicate of the University was held on 19 May 2016. The Syndicate while approving the Annual Report and the Budget Estimates expressed its satisfaction over the rapid progress being made for establishment of the University under the able leadership of its Vice Chancellor, Engr. Prof. Dr. Athar Mahboob and assured of its fullest cooperation and support.