The idea of establishment of a Sub Campus of University of Turbat (UoT) in Gwadar was initiated by the first & founder Vice-Chancellor (VC) of UoT Prof Dr. Abdul Razzaq Sabir in the year 2015. A team of expert-led by the Vice-Chancellor prepared and tabled the proposal of establishment of Gwadar Campus in Syndicate in its third meeting as item No.6 held on May 30, 2015, for approval. The expert team was comprised of Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Prof. Dr. Abdul Saboor Baloch, UoT’s Project Director Manzoor Ahmed Baloch, Director Finance/Registrar Ghulam Farooq Baloch, Muhammad Hayat, Director Public Relations Ijaz Ahmed, and chairpersons of various departments. The Finance and Planning Committee also endorsed and approved the idea of the establishment of Gwadar Campus in its fourth meeting as item No.5 held on June 29, 2015, held in Karachi.
After thorough deliberation and approval of the recommendations towards the establishment of Gwadar Campus from different meetings and statuary bodies, the proposal was finally presented in the UoT’s apex statuary body (the Senate) during its first meeting chaired by the Honorable Governor Balochistan/ Chancellor PSUs, Muhammad Khan Achakzai, held on March 30, 2016, at University’s Public Library at Turbat.
In pursuance of principle approval by the Honorable Governor Balochistan, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan issued a notification on July 4, 2016, to set up a Sub Campus of University of Turbat at CPEC central city Gwadar.
Establishment of UoT’s Gwadar Campus
Finally, the Gwadar Campus of the University of Turbat was established during September 2016, under the project “Establishment of Sub Campuses of Public Sector Universities at District Level Phase-I” initiated by HEC with a vision that the same campus will be upgraded as a full-fledged university, as “The University of Gwadar” of international standard in the near future. Academic activities were started on 16th January 2017 on the campus.
Existing infrastructure and Departments in Gwadar Campus
The university campus started its academic activities from January 2017 in a portion of the building of Govt. Boys Degree College Gwadar. Initially, four BS programs in the fields of Management Sciences (BBA), Computer Science (BSIT), Education (B.Ed. Hons) and Commerce (BS Commerce) were started. Two other buildings for hostels were also taken on rent.
Enrollment and faculty
The first admissions in four BS Programs were announced on August 31, 2016, while applications for the position of Lecturer were invited on October 18, 2016. The number of regular faculty members is 15 while 27 teachers are providing services on part-time basis as visiting teachers. At present around 400 students are enrolled in the Campus.
No Objection Certificate (NoC) to Campus by HEC
The HEC accorded formal recognition of the campus in September 2018. Here it’s worth mentioning that among all sub-campuses (09) of different universities were set up in Balochistan under this project by the HEC, the Gwadar Campus was the first one which was issued NOC by the HEC and included in the list of recognized campuses of Public Sector Universities of HEC.
Facilities at Gwadar Campus
i. Academic and Admin Block
ii. Central library with thousands of Books
iii. Seminar library in each department
iv. Seminar Hall
v. Cafeteria/Tuck shop
vi. Boy’s students and Faculty Hostel
vii. Girl’s students and Faculty hostel
viii. Guest House
2. IT Facilities
i. General Computer Lab with 35 latest Computers & internet connectivity
ii. System Lab with 32 latest Computers & internet connectivity
iii. 40 mbps Internet
iv. Wifi service for students, faculty members and admin staff at campus and hostels
3. Transport Facilities
04 Buses, 01 Haice van, 01 Hi roof van and 01 pool car.
4. Power back up Facilities
i. 30 KVA generator for academic and Admin Block.
ii. 10 KVA generator for Boys Hostel
iii. 9.5 KVA generator for Girls Hostel.
iv. 5KVA generator (stand by)
5. Scholarships/Financial Aid/Exposure visits/Study Tour/Internship
i. Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship
ii. HEC Need Based Scholarship
iii. UoT Merit Based Scholarship
iv. BEEF Scholarship
v. Students Support Program (SSP) Scholarship (Social Welfare)
vi. Bait-ul-mall of Pakistan
vii. Student Loan Scheme (NBP) and other banks
viii. Laptop Schemes
ix. Exposure visits/Study Tours
x. Internship Opportunities for students in different sectors
6. Co-curricular/Extra-curricular Activities
i. Seminars/Capacity Building Workshops/Lecture Sessions by Guest Speakers/Annual Business Gala/Book Festival/Career Counseling Session/ Inter Universities Debate Competitions/Etc.
ii. Annual Sports Week/Beech Games/Other Sports Competitions at national & District Level.
Progress on “Establishment of University of Gwadar”
i. In order to supplement commercial/economic activities under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Federal & Provincial Government and HEC have already decided to upgrade the UoT’s Sub Campus at Gwadar into a full-fledged state-of-art university in the future.
ii. Meanwhile, a project titled “Establishment of University of Gwadar” was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan on 1st September 2016.
iii. The Prime Minister of Pakistan during his visit to Gwadar on 6th March 2017
announced to allocate land for the “Establishment of a University at Gwadar”.
iv. A project titled “Establishment of University of Gwadar” was reflected in the
Federal PSDP (HEC) 2016-17 as an unapproved project with a tentative cost of Rs. 500.00 million.
v. A project titled “Development of Academic & Research Infrastructure of the University of Gwadar” was reflected in the Federal PSDP F/Y 2017-18 with a tentative cost of Rs. 750.00 million
vi. At the same time, the University of Turbat was assigned to complete the following tasks:
- Preparation of Charter of the University of Gwadar.
- Preparation PC-1 of University o Gwadar.
- Coordination with provincial and local administration for allotment of land for the University of Gwadar.
- Operationalization of a Sub Campus of University of Turbat at Gwadar (as a foundation of the University of Gwadar)..
Charter of University of Gwadar
The charter was prepared by UoT’s management and submitted to HEC in March 2017. After betting the Charter by HEC and concerned forums of provincial authorities, the Jam Mir Kamal Khan Alyani led Provincial Assembly has passed the Act of the University of Gwadar during November 2018 vide its notification No. PAB/Legis: V (31)/2018/2117 dated 20th November 2018. The same was also assented by Governor Balolchistan/Chancellor Public Sector Universities (PSUs). The bill was presented by the provincial minister Mr. Zahoor Ahmed Buledi in the Assembly.
Earlier, the first & founder Vice Chancellor University of Turbat Prof Dr. Abdul Razzaq Sabir along with Director Gwadar Campus Mr. Ijaz Ahmed, on 7th September 2018 has given a detailed briefing to the CM Balochistan regarding the project of “Establishment of University of Gwadar University”.
PC-1 /Feasibility Study of University of Gwadar
At the request of HEC, a PC-I was also prepared by the University of Turbat’s management at a cost of Rs. 5.727 (billion) and submitted to HEC at end of the year 2016. Meanwhile, a meeting was held in HEC on 29th November 2016 in which it was decided that instead of PC-I, a PC-II should be prepared to conduct the academic feasibility of the University. Accordingly, a separate PC-1 was approved by the CDWP in its meeting held on April 11, 2017, at a cost of Rs.19.699 million for conducting the academic feasibility study of the proposed
University. The academic feasibility study has been completed by HEC in April 2018 and submitted to Planning Commission. The feasibility reports conclude that the establishment of a new university in Gwadar is feasible especially in the context of the development of Gwadar as a port city. According to the feasibility study, the University of Gwadar will be a residential university. The University is conceived to be a special-purpose university that shall produce highly professional human resources for CPEC and its associated projects.
A revised draft PC-1 for the Establishment of the University of Gwadar was prepared by UoT’s management with an estimated cost of Rs. 5,331.717 million was submitted to HEC and provincial relevant authorities during May 2021 which could not be included in the PSDP 2021-22 due to one or the other reasons.
Land for University of Gwadar
The Board of Revenue, Balochistan on 11th September 2018 has transferred a piece of land measuring 500 acres located at Mouza Shahbi, Tehsil, and District Gwadar under khasra No.20, 21, in favor of the University of Gwadar. However, efforts are underway to acquire a piece of land for the city campus of the University of Gwadar nearer to the city or in an education enclave earmarked in the newly launched Gwadar Master Plan.
Commencement of University of Gwadar and appointment its vice-chancellor
The Gwadar Campus of the University of Turbat was formally absorbed/converted into a full-fledged university as the University of Gwadar on 25th October 2021 and Honorable Governor of Balochistan appointed Prof. Dr. Abdul Razzaq Sabir as the vice-chancellor of University of Gwadar vides notification No. SGB/2-31/UoG/2021/2108-15 dated 25th October 2021. Prof. Dr. Abdul Razzaq Sabir assumed the charge as the first vice-chancellor of the University of Gwadar on 29th October 2021 subsequently, the University of Gwadar became operationalized. Meanwhile, the vice-chancellor of the University of Turbat Prof. Dr. Jan Muhammad, and the vice-chancellor of the University of Gwadar Prof. Dr. Abdul Razzaq Sabir signed documents on 11th November 2021 at UoT for transferring of the assets of the University of Turbat’s Gwadar Camps to the University of Gwadar. In accordance with the University of Gwadar Act 2018, the vice-chancellor of either university agreed to transfer the properties, staff, buildings, books, furniture & fixture, rights, liabilities, and other assets of the University of Turbat’s Gwadar Campus to the University of Gwadar.