EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MR. DANISHMAND, DIRECTOR AND DEAN OF IBA

BY KHALIL AHMED, Senior Correspondent
Sep 25 - Oct 01, 2006

Education and research are the key players to economic growth and overall national progress, and equally vital our future. We are gradually heading wards developing a strong base for education sector especially higher education. Hopefully, Pakistan will be among the more progressive and creative nations in the world in two decades.

There is a significant increase of 35 universities during the period 2001-02 to 2004-05 including 13 new public and 22 new private universities.

In order to have a look at the growth and development in the education sector; PAGE conducted an exclusive interview with Mr. Danishmand, the Director and Dean of the Institute of Business Administrative (IBA), one of the leading and prestigious education centers in Pakistan.

PAGE: Please tell us something about yourself?

MR DANISHMAND: I did my B.A from Punjab University and MBA from Institute of Public and Business Administration, (now IBA, Karachi). I completed doctoral course work in General Management with Marketing and Finance as Minors at University of Southern California.

I have attended numerous Executive Education Programs in USA, Japan, UK and Switzerland. Before joining the IBA, I was Chairman and Chief Executive, Suzuki Motorcycles Pakistan Limited. Before that I was Chief Executive of Atlas Honda Limited, Allwin Engineering Industries Limited, Atlas Battery Limited, and Muslim Insurance Co. Ltd.

I was Assistant Professor and Chairman of Department of Management, San Fernando Valley State University at Northridge, California. I was Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the IBA, Karachi during 1972-76.

I co-authored (with Dr. James Lee) a textbook, Communication in Business and Industry. I prepared Management Survey: Report on Training and Development Needs of Managers for Management Association of Pakistan, and Procedure Manuals for Habib Bank Bills & Clearing Departments, and have several papers published in professional journals.

PAGE: Could you please brief us about research activities by faculty members and students at IBA?

MR DANISHMAND: I am happy that research culture has taken roots at the IBA. Faculty members are actively involved in research and publications. A Research Wing at the IBA has been established. Faculty members have been presenting their research papers in Conferences all over the world, and their papers are being published within and outside Pakistan in professional journals. Thanks to HEC also for extending financial support in encouraging faculty members on research activities. It is also heartening that not only faculty members but our students are taking interest in research and some of them have presented research papers in important for such as PIDE.

PAGE: Please brief us about any contribution by faculty members and students at the international level?

MR DANISHMAND: A book on ëStandards for Engineering Design and Manufacturingí written by one of our HEC Professors Dr. Waseem A. Khan, and A. Raouf has been published by CRC Press/ Taylor and Francis, USA. Another book on ëVirtual Reality for Discrete and Continuous Manufacturingí 2006, is under review at John Wiley (UK) and Industrial Press (USA).

Research papers of Dr. Mahnaz Fatima and Dr. Ejaz Ahmed on ìQuality Management in Pakistanís Ready Made Garmentsí Industryî, and Quality management in Pakistanís knitwear industryî have been published in Quality Engineering, in Taylor & Francis, USA; another paper on Quality Management in Pakistanís bedwear industry has been approved for publication in a US Journal.

THE IBA HAS BEGUN PUBLICATION OF A RESEARCH JOURNAL BUSINESS REVIEW.

Like IBA alumni, IBA students have also been gaining international recognition either when they are doing internship or taking part in an international competition. Recently Mr. Asim Ali Raza and Ms. Muniba K. Khalid, were selected to participate in a Finance Seminar at Geneva. The IBA is the only University/Institute in the world with two students participating. Another IBA student Ms. Asnia Asim, won the World Bank sponsored International Essay Competition 2005 titled, ìBuilding a Secure Future ñ Seeking Practical Solutionsî. 1300 contestants from 109 countries participated. Ms. Asnia Asim won the first prize.

In 2005, over 10,000 students from more than 90 countries competed in the Microsoft sponsored Imagine Cup with more than 100 students from Pakistan from about 12 universities. Only one team reached the semi finals from Pakistan in this prestigious global competition and that was from the IBAís Mr. Muhammad Talha and Mr. Hassan Tajuddin. This year also our students topped the Imagine Competition sponsored by Microsoft India. These are just a few examples.

PAGE: What kind of research activities have been carried out by IBA for the corporate world?

MR DANISHMAND: Faculty members are doing extensive research not only for the corporate world but for other areas also. Research papers have been presented and published covering areas such as Stock Exchange, Tax Reforms, WTO, Fiscal Reforms, globalization and privatization, poverty alleviation, corruption, education policy, Information Technology etc.

PAGE: How successful is IBAís Ph.D program? How many students are enrolled in IBCís Ph.D. program?

MR. DANISHMAND: There are 15 Ph.D. students 7 in Business Administration, and 8 in Computer Science. The Ph.D. students in Business Administration have already completed their course work and cleared comprehensive examinations. They are now working on their theses. We are committed to maintain the standard of our PhD program as that of our MBA program. The HECís PhD. Review Committee recently visited the IBA and expressed satisfaction over our Ph.D. program.

PAGE: Could you please brief us about the future degree programs, which IBA is intending to launch?

MR DANISHMAND: I am afraid I cannot discuss these programs unless we are ready to launch them.

PAGE: How many IBA faculty members and alumni are pursuing Ph.D. programs?

MR DANISHMAND: I am not sure I have complete information about the alumni on this matter. Eight faculty members including four alumni of the IBA are pursuing Ph.D. at the IBA. Six faculty members who are also IBA alumni are pursuing their Ph.D. in U.K USA and Canada.

PAGE: IBA offers education not only in business but also in IT. How do you see the future of higher education in information technology in Pakistan?

MR DANISHMAND: There is a significant increase of 35 universities during the period 2001-02 to 2004-05 including 13 new public and 22 new private universities.

Education and innovation are key to national progress, to our future. I am confident that we will be among the more progressive and creative nations in the world in two decades.

PAGE: A word of advice for the youngsters.

MR. DANISHMAND: Think for yourself. Be diligent. There are unlimited opportunities for bright, focused men and women. Our talent is world-class. We can do well in any competitive situation.

GROWTH OF UNIVERSITIES/DAIS IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR
(1947-48 to 2005-06).

Number of Public and Private Sector Universities & Degree Awarding Institutions (DAIs) in Pakistan.

YEAR

UNIVERSITIES

DEGREE AWARDING INSTITUTIONS

PUBLIC

PRIVATE

PUBLIC

PRIVATE

Total

Female

Total

Female

Total

Female

Total

Female

1947-48

2

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

1950-51

4

-

0

-

0

-

0

-

1959-60

5

-

0

-

1

-

0

-

1960-61

5

-

0

-

1

-

0

-

1961-62

6

-

0

-

1

-

0

-

1963-64

6

-

0

-

1

-

0

-

1964-65

7

-

0

-

1

-

0

-

1965-66

7

-

0

-

2

-

0

-

1970-71

8

-

0

-

2

-

0

-

1971-72

8

-

0

-

2

-

0

-

1972-73

8

-

0

-

2

-

0

-

1973-74

9

-

0

-

2

-

0

-

1974-75

12

-

0

-

2

-

0

-

1975-76

12

-

0

-

2

-

0

-

1976-77

15

-

0

-

2

-

0

-

1977-78

15

-

0

-

2

-

0

-

1978-79

15

-

0

-

2

-

0

-

1979-80

15

-

0

-

2

-

0

-

1980-81

19

-

0

-

2

-

0

-

1981-82

19

-

0

-

2

-

0

-

1982-83

19

-

1

-

2

-

0

-

1983-84

19

-

1

-

2

-

0

-

1984-85

19

-

2

-

3

-

0

-

1985-86

19

-

2

-

3

-

0

-

1986-87

20

-

2

-

3

-

0

-

1987-88

20

-

2

-

3

-

0

-

1988-89

20

-

2

-

3

-

0

-

1989-90

20

-

2

-

3

-

0

-

1990-91

20

-

2

-

3

-

0

-

1991-92

20

-

2

-

3

-

0

-

1992-93

21

-

3

-

3

-

0

-

1993-94

22

-

3

-

3

-

0

-

1994-95

25

-

4

-

3

-

2

-

1995-96

25

-

7

-

3

-

3

-

1996-97

27

-

7

-

3

-

4

-

1997-98

27

-

10

1

3

-

5

-

1998-99

28

1

10

1

3

-

5

-

1999-00

31

2

13

1

4

-

6

-

2000-01

32

2

14

1

5

-

8

-

2001-02

36

2

20

1

5

-

13

-

2002-03

45

2

31

1

7

1

13

-

2003-04

47

3

34

1

8

1

17

-

2004-05*

47

3

32

1

8

1

17

-

2004-05

47

3

34

1

8

1

19

-

2005-06**

49

4

36

1

8

1

18

-

* DHA Suffa University Karachi, Nazeer Hussain University withdrawn from HEC list, due to lack of physical, financial & academic infrastructure.
** Institute of South Asia Upgraded to University in July 2005. Kinnard College for Women shifted from Public to Private sector.
Note: The years before 1970-71, where there is no change in the data, is not given.
SOURCE: HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION