Sahiwal is a city in central Punjab and situated in between Lahore and Multan. It lies at a distance of about 100km from Faisalabad and around 180km from Lahore. The city is widely populated and is the 21st largest city in Pakistan between the middle of Ravi River and Sutlej River. The land is fertile and enriched with crops; wheat, cotton, tobacco, potatoes, and oilseeds. The temperature stays extremely hot even reaches 52* Celsius during the summer.
District Sahiwal is administered by the Sahiwal Division. It has its own education board for SSC and HSSC assessment; Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Sahiwal. The BISE Sahiwal was set up in 2012 by the Higher Education Department (HED) of Punjab. It facilitates districts of Sahiwal, Pakpattan, and Okara.
Facts about Universities in Sahiwal
- Sahiwal has numerous public and private institutions offering higher education in various disciplines.
- The University of Sahiwal is the public institute and the only autonomous university in all of Sahiwal.
- It was founded as a sub-campus of Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan in 2005, which later converted to the full-grown university under the bill passed by the Punjab Provincial Assembly in 2005, and therefore called the University of Sahiwal.
- Since its inauguration, the university has worked very hard to reach the level of top-ranking universities in the fields of English, Economics, Business Administration, Computer Sciences, IT, and Law.
- Sahiwal Medical College is a medical institute set up in 2010 in collaboration with the District Headquarter Teaching Hospital Sahiwal. Around 100 students are enrolled every year.
- The medical college offers a five-year M.B.B.S program. The college is further divided into four departments; basic science, allied, surgery, and administrative department.
- Comsats University Islamabad CUI has opened its sub-campus in Sahiwal. The campus was initiated in 2007. Currently, 3800 students are enrolled in CUI, Sahiwal
- Quaid-e-Azam College of Engineering and Technology, Sahiwal is a private tech institute affiliated with UET, Lahore to offer undergraduate engineering and technical programs.
- COMSATS University Islamabad also has a campus in Sahiwal.
What is education like in Sahiwal?
- Sahiwal is the epicenter of education in central Punjab. The literacy rate of Sahiwal is 60.7%.
- Since the city’s conversion to Division level, there have been a number of educational opportunities; from the establishment of universities to technical expertise and skills.
- Sahiwal serves as a base for higher education especially for people of nearby districts; Okara and Pakpattan.
- The Provincial Assembly of Punjab supervises all the higher education institutes, public and private, in Sahiwal.
- They are capable of granting funds for quality research and authorizing development.
- All small institutes and colleges are gender-based except universities and medical colleges.
- Academic education in Sahiwal is divided into five grades; primary, middle, & high school, intermediate school/college, and university.
Quick Facts about Sahiwal
- The city was developed on the Karachi-Lahore train line in1865 when a whole train station was constructed on the location of the old town.
- This region was called Montgomery in the name of lieutenant governor of Punjab, Sir Robert Montgomery, and hence previously known as Montgomery District.
- In1967, honoring the Sahi clan of the local Kharal Rajputs, the administration agreed to change the city and district’s name to Sahiwal.
- In Greater Manchester, North West England, Sahiwal is twinned with the town of Rochdale.
- Almost eight percent of the population of the city comes from Asia, most of which are related to Pakistan. In 1998, Rochdale and Sahiwal agreed to the twinning agreement.
- Sahiwal is recognized for its water, buffalo milk, and preservation of livestock.
- About 15 km from Sahiwal, is the city of Harappa in the northern town of Indus Valley; a historical archaeological civilization from 3000 to 5000 B.C