In the year 1932, the institution was affiliated with the University of the Punjab for award of a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering. In 1947, at the time of independence, the Institution was offering well-established B.Sc. Degree Courses in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.
In 1954 it started a Bachelor's Degree course in Mining Engineering, the first-ever of its kind in the country. However, the real expansion and development of the institution commenced in 1962 on its transformation into the ‘West Pakistan University of Engineering & Technology’, and within a few years Bachelor's Degree Courses were started in Chemical Engineering, Petroleum & Gas Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Architecture, and City & Regional Planning.
Establishing traditions of research in the engineering and allied disciplines has been a major goal of the University. With this end in view, the University established a Directorate of Research, Extension and Advisory Services, now called office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC), which strives for the promotion and organization of research activities.
In the recent past, there has been a substantial rise in students' enrollment and the figure has now gone up to over 13380. Currently, 2928 students are pursuing postgraduate studies. The number of female students enrolling for different disciplines is ever on the increase and is 3239 at present. The number of foreign students coming from countries, like Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Kenya, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka is over 473 which gives the University Campus a
cosmopolitan character.The university has 789 teachers of which 362 have Ph.D. degree holders, while 101 are doing Ph.D. abroad
The teaching departments of the University are grouped into the following
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