Sargodha is the 12th largest city of Pakistan population-wise with an overall 8.18 million people, according to the 2017 Census of Pakistan. Known as the ‘City of Eagles’, it is the capital of the Sargodha division, an administrative division of the Punjab Province. Sargodha is hardly 91km from Faisalabad and approximately 48 km from the M-2 Motorway, which links Lahore and Islamabad. It has a fertile land with a climate hot in the spring and mild cold during the fall.
The city is considered as the center for education in all of the Sargodha division. It has its own Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education that conducts SSC and HSSC exams all over the Sargodha division. The board was constituted in 1968, and administered by the West Pakistan Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education in accordance with the Civil Divisions of Rawalpindi and Sargodha.
Facts about Universities in Sargodha
- Sargodha has several universities and a number of colleges for medical sciences, engineering, law, commerce, and IT. Quaid-e- Azam Law College is renowned for offering law courses.
- The University of Sargodha is a public sector university established in 2002 by the decree of Punjab Government.
- The University of Sargodha is the largest university in the division offering more than 150 programs in various disciplines, out of which there are 32 undergraduate, 50 graduate, and 69 post-graduate programs.
- Sargodha medical college or SMC is a public medical institute that offers M.B.B.S programs, FCPS, and MCPS training programs.
- SMC is affiliated with the University of Health Sciences (UHS) Lahore, recognized by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), and accepted in the International Directory of Medical Education (IMED).
- Sargodha Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS) is a private institute of Physiotherapy affiliated with Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF).
- Other private institutions that offer quality education are the University of Lahore (UOL), the Sargodha campus, and the University of Central Punjab (UCP), the Sargodha campus.
- Sargodha Institute of Technology is a tech institute affiliated with the Punjab Board of Technical Education that offers diplomas in disciplines of civil, electrical, electronics, and mechanical technology.
- PAF College is an Air Force boarding school administered by the Pakistan Air Force. The PAF academy was initiated as a public school in 1990 and is funded by the Pakistan Air Force.
- There are numerous other colleges public and private, some come under the direct supervision of PAF, such as Fazaia Inter College, and Airbase Inter College.
What is education like in Sargodha
- The 1998 census shows Sargodha’s literacy rate to be 67.8%, whereas literacy rates were 80.5% in 2017. The city has earned its name by providing quality education in every discipline.
- Sargodha has provided a platform for education to the level of other famous cities; Faisalabad and Lahore.
- Students from Jhang, Chiniot, Toba Tek Singh, and other nearby cities look towards Sargodha for higher education.
- The Provincial Government of Punjab administers all the educational institutes, public and private, in Sargodha.
- They’re responsible for the establishment, generating funds, and accreditation.
- Apart from the universities and medical colleges, all other colleges and institutes are gender-segregated.
- Formal education in Sargodha is divided into five stages; primary, middle, & high school, intermediate school/college, and university.
Quick Facts about Sargodha
- Sargodha is the fastest developing city in Pakistan with more than 800,000 residents.
- Due to its strategic location, the British Royal Air Force built an airbase in Sargodha.
- PAF-Base Mushaf (previously known as PAF- Base Sargodha, is Pakistan’s largest airbase, situated in Sargodha, and accommodates the Pakistan Air Force’s Central Air Command Headquarters.
- Agriculture is the backbone of much of the Sargodha economy. Sargodha is known as Pakistan’s best citrus-producing region and is hence sometimes referred to as Pakistan’s California.
- Sargodha is liable for the enormous quantities of wheat, cotton, rice, and vegetables being transported and exported in other areas of the country.
- The Jhelum River passes the northern and western side of the city while the Chenab River flows through the east side of the city.
- The Kirana hills in the Sargodha are a tiny and vast rocky mountain range. Due to its brownish terrain, it is locally known as the Black Mountains with a height of around 980 feet.
- Jinnah Hall is Sargodha’s historic monument. It was named after Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Originally established as a city hall and library, Jinnah Hall presently serves as an exhibition venue, event venue, and library.