TOP PRIORITY BE GIVEN TO HRD

MOHAMMED ARIFEEN
(feedback@pgeconomist.com)
Nov 12 - 18, 2012

According to the Global Talent Index 2011 by the Economic Intelligent Unit on the quality of skilled labour, Pakistan has scored 29.9 per cent as compared to 40 per cent of China and 64 per cent of India.

World Bank figures depicts that Pakistan's literacy rate is even lower than some of the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. There is neglect of education for both male and female.

The saddest aspect is the absence state of education among women. It is worth mentioning here women literacy rate is not even one half compared to men.

The gap has further extended in rural areas where the female literacy, at 5.5 per cent, is merely about one-fifth of rural male literacy. The literacy rate of 5.5 per cent or even more or less is also the lowest in the world.

There is the deteriorating state of female education in Pakistan. Primary enrolment rate for girls is 15 per cent below the total enrolment rates, and eight per cent below secondary enrolment.

There are a higher percentage of drops out for girls. A major factor behind this is less school availability and approachability for girls.

Like other underdeveloped and developing countries, Pakistan also suffers extensively from hunger, poverty and disease. Approximately above 50 per cent of the population lacks access to drinkable water and also more or less 61 per cent population do not have sanitation facilities.

Due to the constant long duration of poverty, people are invariably denied of basic requirements of life, such as food, shelter, education and health facilities, which are the main tools for Human Resource Development.

It may be noted that we neglected community participation that has led in the utter failure of our national development programmes.

Education in Pakistan has never been considered a priority by the government of Pakistan, as is apparent from the very low amount allocated for this sector.

Unfortunately not much focus has been on human resource in Pakistan. Our Pakistani companies are still saying our personnel departments as "Human Resources".

Human Resource here is mainly practiced by multinational companies. A few well known Pakistani firms also have human resource functions but mostly blended and not well defined.

There are many organizations in Pakistan, that still believe that the role of human resource professionals do not apply to them.

There are other larger organizations that recognize their dedications to have the best practices in human resources but unfortunately fail to deliver its execution.

It is unfortunate that in Pakistan our system of education is not tailored towards producing educated youths having occupational skills.

Pakistan's human resource community is far behind in their realization of worldwide requirements and the development of modern technologies to deal with them.

It is difficult to compete in this modern world economy without having expertise and qualified and well-skilled manpower

Human Resource Development is an important part of its long-term planning. Many developed and developing countries have put greater emphasis on human resource development and have experienced substantial progress and development in all specific areas.

There is need of development of human resources in both urban and underdeveloped areas of Pakistan.

In this regard, the first priority should be given to standardized universal education, with special emphasis to defeating living disparities in educational and training facilities, and achievements between males and female.

So long as there are no well trained human resources, there can be no desirable socio-economic development in the country.

There is a need of concentration on human development by adopting a short, as well as long term human resource development programmes.

For this scientific education, ceaseless training, skills development, team building, community mobilization, cognizance and development, organizational development, and modernizing human Resources planning and policies are required.

Time now demands that educational institutions should be established and managed for the development of human resources at the community, district, provincial and national levels.

The entire education system should prepare students with a focus on practical knowledge. A practical industry-oriented vocational education and training strategy should be developed for the labor class.

It is now time for Pakistan to make greater efforts for community involvement for Pakistan economic development.

We must ensure the role of women in the development phase, including support for gender-specific initiatives.

We must have constant training in professional management areas. We must try to improve the knowledge, skills and perspectives senior administrators in managerial leadership.

After so many years Pakistan has come to realize the importance of having a fully functional human resource development department in every organization.

Previously the human resource department was considered as the administration department responsible for small tasks. However, now the functions and responsibilities of the human resource department became even clear to the multinational organizations in Pakistan.

Human Resource Development is all-important for industry. Industrialization demands skilled labour at every stage of production. An expert engineer needs his team of skill supervisors, technicians, operators, computer experts and others to carry out a production process.

More and more companies irrespective of foreign and local companies are now looking for human resource managers to handle their human assets and their issues.

Human Resources courses are taught in different institute realizing the market demands. Different organizations have different knowledge about human resource. In some organizations human resource personal faced stiff resistance from old employees and from top management also.

Pakistan is blessed with high quality of industrious and productive workers, but unfortunately they are much less demanding than their counterparts in the developed world.

Pakistani nation is devoted, hard working and has always stood up to expectations. In this regard human resource can be the most important contributor to the economic success of Pakistan. A lot of guidance and effective assistance is required to increase their capabilities.

A daring and highly imaginative thinking must go into giving such training facilities, capacities and programs in both the private and public sector.

The time has come for an incorporated effort to ensure that business and industrial leaders will have the management with cultural skills which are required to compete on universal basis.