Ilma University

Ilma University
Former names
Institute of Business & Technology
Type Private
Established 2001
Affiliation HEC
Chairman Kanwal H. Lakhani
Chancellor Kanwal H. Lakhani
Rector Hammad Tahir
Students 10,000+
Location Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Campus 4
Affiliations HEC

Ilma University (Sindhi: علما يونيورسٽي) (formerly the Institute of Business & Technology, IBT) was set up in 2001 in the private sector by the Global Education Consultants Society (GEC) to promote higher education vital for Pakistan`s socio-economic progress. It became a degree-awarding institute through the Act of Assembly, Government of Sindh in 2004 and by the approval granted by the Higher Education Commission. Since then IBT has been providing undergraduate and graduate programs in the faculties of Management & Social Sciences, Computer Science & Information Technology, and Media Sciences. With a history of serving the academic and business communities, Ilma University has more than 1500 alumni in multinational companies, local private sector organizations, government sector departmentsm and NGOs.


Ilma University (IBT) built its academic, managerial and infrastructural capacity manifold and achieved unprecedented successes. Lately, it has further diversified its offerings adding the programs of fashion and textile designing, and by stretching towards its upper limit it has introduced PhD degree programs in Management Sciences and Computing. Besides, recognizing its growing academic and managerial capacity, HEC has approved Associate Degree and Distance Learning Programs for the IBT.

On the quality assurance horizon, IBT traveled even faster during this period. Its quality assurance mechanism has been ranked at the highest level by the Government of Sindh and the Higher Education Commission. The former has been pleased to assign it the highest six-star ranking and the latter has placed it in the prestigious `W` category. On the accreditation front, IBT has distinguished itself along with only the few higher education institutions across the country who have got their management sciences and computer science programs accredited by the respective accreditation agencies.

IBT is a not-for-profit organization by its roots nor does it accept donations from the outside donors. Notwithstanding, it is proud of its unique heritage of serving the indigent students. It has made available scholarships under 11 heads whom almost 80% of our students make avail of with an up to 100% fee relief. Despite its financial constraints, it has been expanding its infrastructure to cater to the needs of the increasing size of the student body. As a token of encouragement to the management of the IBT engaged in noble cause, the then Provincial Minister of Education of Sindh Dr. Hameeda Khoro was pleased to inaugurate the east wing of the building inducted to expand the institute building in 2005. His Excellency Shaukat Aziz, (the then Prime Minister of Pakistan) laid the foundation of the west wing of the building in 2006.

On 17 May 2017, IBT charter was upgraded into the charter of a University by the Sindh Assembly through Ilma University Act of 2016 passed as ACT XIX of 2017

Scholarship programs

Ilma University provides a wide range of financial assistance to meritorious and needy students. The scholarships available at IBT are financed through institute's resources.[1]


  • Korangi Creek Main Campus, Main Ibrahim Hydri Road, Korangi Creek, Karachi. Phone: 021 35091872
  • Gulshan Campus, B-257 block-5 Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi. Phone: 021-34810810-11
  • Aladdin Campus, Aladin Amusement Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi. Phone: 021-34161224-5
  • Shahrah-e-Faisal EDC Campus, Plot A1, Block 7/8 PECHS Society, Main Shahrah-e-Faisal, Nursery, Karachi. Phone:021 - 34150631

See also


  1. "Scholarship criteria". Retrieved 2014-04-05.

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