University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore is the most current name of this institute of higher learning that started in 1921 as the Mughalpura Technical College. It has almost a 100-year old history of producing technical experts of highest standards. In 1923, its name was changed to Maclagan Engineering College and got affiliated with Punjab University in 1932. It became a university in 1961 when the duration of the undergraduate degree programs was changed from three years to four years keeping in line with the changes taking place in many parts of the world. As of 2015, UET Lahore has eight Faculties, 24 departments and about 9,000 students. There are approximately 750 faculty members in the areas of engineering, business management, natural sciences, social sciences and philosophy. The university offers programs leading to B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.
In addition to the main campus in Lahore, it has several other campuses including Kala Shah Kaku, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Narowal and Multan. Currently four universities are also affiliated with UET. These are Khawaja Fareed University of Engineering & Information Technology, Rahim Yar Khan, Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif University of Engineering & Technology, Multan and University of Engineering & Technology, Rasul at Mandi Bahauddin District.
UET is one of the best and one of the oldest engineering schools in Asia. It was the first school in Asia to start M.Sc. in Computer Science in 1978. It has constantly improved in its world ranking among the engineering schools in the world. Its graduates have moved on to become world leaders in all walks of life. Among its alumni, one can find the most innovative and creative engineers, world-renowned professors in the best universities of the world, business leaders, top technocrats and bureaucrats, heads of multinational corporations, political leaders and even famous artists. The UET has made immense contributions to the growth of individuals and the country.
But one essential ingredient it is missing is an active Alumni Association. There are small groups of alumni who have been actively working with the university over the years but as small groups they do not have the resources or the organizational infrastructure to make an impact. UET Alumni Association, Canada was initiated with that in mind.
UETAC aims to provide you with valuable experiences and lifelong connections with your university. UTEAC will work to advance the interests of the university and help develop a strong group of alumni throughout the world. Our goals include supporting UET in its efforts to stay current in teaching and research programs, help its graduates gain positions of strength, assist alumni integrate into engineering profession in Canada and elsewhere, establish scholarships for students to support Excellence and help UET build state-of-the -art labs. We also hope to participate in UET’s efforts to continually renew its vision to meet ever changing challenges. A comparison of UET with the similarly placed schools in North America reveals the differences in the resources at the disposal of schools like MIT and Berkeley. While these schools have endowments worth billions of dollars, UET has minimal support from non-governmental sources. As an Alumni Association, UETAC must aim to develop a substantial endowment that will help propel the UET to the forefront of institutes of higher learning. As part of my welcome message, I would like you to join the UETAC in making the contributions toward your alma mater. Together we can make the difference “ Dr. Shamim A. Sheikh