HRD TODAY AND TOMORROW
M SAAD USMAN
Oct 08 - 21, 2007
It is indeed gratifying to tap upon this very important subject having its brunt at national and regional level. HRD the most touched upon topic by the education ministry and HEC, where the current focus is mostly to provide quality education to the faculty members of almost all the well renowned universities in Pakistan having no regional and global ranking till the 500th position. Numerous curriculums were also revised but without having an understanding and knowing that what is our actual requirement and how our current initiatives will contribute to the overall economic development of Pakistan.
Let's understand the graveness of the grim situation pertaining to HRD practices by reviewing a couple of parameters of the last year's UNDP HDI report and it's comparison with the older version:
Ratio of estimated female to male earned ratio
Source: UNDP report 2006
By benchmarking ourselves with the SAARC countries it is very obvious that during 2001 ñ 2006 we lost seven places and acquired 134th position in the UNDP survey which is alarming because during this epoch the government policies related to human resource development changed drastically and were directed towards the improvement of human resources country wide but alas of no use, UNDP survey data is not really supportive enough to continue the current policies. Hence there is a dire need to identify the actual improvement areas and strategic planning in the arena of HRD. Initiatives taken by the government were in isolation, which really damaged the basic concept of improvement and the expected resultant in the form of economic development because of HRD initiatives is next to zilch.
To calculate HDI literacy is one of the dimensions, which play an important role, our definition of literacy is "a person will be considered literate if he can write his name" unfortunately this definition is distorting the actual literacy rate hence the currently calculated HDI becomes a question mark consequently challenging our current ranking in the survey. The other parameter used to gauge the engagement of human resources is the estimated ratio of female to male earned ratio, we unfortunately lie at the bottom, third last position in the survey of 177 countries.
These hard-core facts will enable us to think out loud and will trigger us to take positive actions in the right direction to utilize the full potential of the available human resources and take corrective actions in the best interest of our nation.
Following are the well thought recommendations, if followed will change the face of HRD and will contribute positively in the economic development of our country:
Devise a comprehensive human resource development policy and it's effective deployment plan in order to cater to our national need.
We should develop the talent pipeline inulin with the current and future requirements.
Proper absorption of fresh graduates must be ensured by introducing a legislation to legally bind the current industries to provide them the relevant training / exposure for a certain time period. A board must me formulated to keep an eye and ensure compliance. Tax rebates may be provided based upon compliance as an incentive.
Market our developed human potential in the region and globe in case of lack of local opportunities, which will contribute positively to the economy through remittances.
Attract trained Pakistani expatriates to come and train our new generation and current professionals in the field.
Encourage creating a balance of both the genders to contribute to the economic development of the nation by providing exclusive opportunities to females.
Free education must be provided till the primary level country wide with proper monitoring system to ensure quality education.
Planned Technical education to be provided to cater our future labour requirements.
Ensure quality education at every local university and college and develop them to get international recognition. Best foreign universities must be appointed to bring about change and initially control few local institutions to implement the best practices and then repeat the same at a larger scale within five years time period.
Align local curriculum with the international curriculum.
Develop e-based national libraries and offer excess to every one at reasonable cost.
Must take actions to go for planned industrialization.
Tax free zones must be utilized to invite the top companies and provide them the trained manpower to make our country an export hub.
Consistency in policies will bring in huge change and will contribute enormously within a very short time span, if the spirit is there.
Sustainable economy is the ultimate resultant of the continuity of effective HRD policies with periodical calibration at the national level. I wish that each one of us must understand it's importance and commit him/herself to contribute at personal level as each added brick will help us build our nation. Pakistan Zindabad.
AN ARTICLE BY M. SAAD USMANI, HEAD OF HR (KICTL)
The author is an HR professional having 14 years of experience in the fields of human resource management and development with different top multinational and local organizations. He is currently pursuing research in the fields of Performance Management and Human Resource development.
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