An interview with Professor Colonel (Retired) M. Wali Khan Durrani, Chief Executive Officer, Hamdard University
Oct 26 - Nov 01, 1998
Hamdard University was awarded the charter by the Sindh Assembly in 1991. As a priority project Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences (HIMS) was started in May 1994. Only four years after its first programs were launched, HIMS is now recognized as one of the three leading business schools of Pakistan. With a faculty led by Dr. Matin A. Khan, the most respected pioneer of business education in Pakistan, HIMS is now taking the concrete shape of the vision of our beloved Hakim Mohammad Said (Shaheed) and Dr. M. H. Qazi, Vice Chancellor, Hamdard University.
Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences (HIMS), a constituent institution of Hamdard University, is a nationally and internationally accredited institute. It has now entered into its fourth year with its current enrolment of more than 1000 students. HIMS is offering BBA (Hons.) three Years, BBA Four Years (For the first time in Pakistan after Matriculation), and MBA morning degree programs at its main campus. Till now three batches (two batches are from MBA stream and one is through BBA stream) have been graduated. Education at HIMS has touched all spheres of development intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and cultural. HIMS is involved in grooming its students as dynamic individuals capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century. Education system at HIMS includes project work, research reports, term papers, quizzes, internships and co-curricular activities. To broaden the scope and knowledge of students and to strengthen University-Industry relationships, various seminars and programs inviting practitioners, learners and scholars from local and multinational companies have been organized by Hamdard Management Association, HIMS Marketing Society, HIMS PACE, HIMS Business Research Society, HIMS Computer Society and HIMS Management Society.
HIMS has highly qualified and experienced faculty which comprises of 30 full-time and more than 40 adjunct faculty members. Most of them are qualified from renowned business schools and universities of the world, like Harvard, Wharton, Cambridge, McGill, London, Indiana State, California, Southern California, Oregon State and The Hague.
The Hamdard University Campus, spread over 178 acres, includes a library with more than a million books, journals, communication network, and a large stadium. The HIMS campus at Madinat al-Hikmah has air-conditioned modern classrooms, state of the art computers, communication laboratories and a large library in picturesque setting.
Hamdard University, City Campus was established in 1997. This campus was specifically established to cater the growing needs of professionals, managers and executives. While offering courses in other areas also, the City Campus is offering MBA (Evening) and MBA (Executive) degree programs with the specialization offered in the areas of Management, Marketing, Finance, MIS, Hospital Management, Banking, Organizational Policy, Technology Management and Quantitative Methods. HIMS MS (particularly in Business Informatics), M.Phil and Doctoral Programs are providing opportunity to professionals and academicians to excel in the field of research. The present population of students at City Campus is more than 500.
Hamdard University at this critical juncture is setting a trend of rendering educational services to all, irrespective of cast, color or creed. Yesterday's dream is becoming reality today. The world marching towards the unknown will have Hamdard graduates all equipped, all collated and all prepared to confront the challenges and crisis of the future. Hamdard University city campus is built with a view to train generations of employed and working persons in disciplines that will help them advance their career in business, information and technology. Accordingly, Hamdard University is preparing a breed of expertise to rejuvenate and channelize the system which are fast deteriorating. We even inculcate creative abilities in students and enable them to carve a niche for themselves in the future world of business.
The Hamdard University Center of Excellence for Training and Development (CEATD) has been established recently. Under the dynamic leadership and vision of Prof. Col. (R) M. Wali Khan Durrani and Prof. Dr. Ahsanul Hasan Khan, this Center of Excellence has been organizing different workshops and seminars on the burning issues of national and international importance, for the development of professionals, managers and executives.
In an interview, Professor Colonel (Retired) M. Wali Khan Durrani, Chief Executive Officer, Hamdard University, enlightens the motto behind setting up of such a gigantic institution, which can serve to all, irrespective of cast, color or creed. Main aim behind it to create abilities in students to carve a niche for themselves in the future world of business.
Overview of the present business education system: Business education in Pakistan is a sub-system of the overall system of education. It effects and gets effected by the innumerable variables which are directly or indirectly associated with it. Business Administration is a specialized area, which is gaining its importance day by day. Consumers' preferences are rapidly changing and their increasing quality consciousness is leading demand of high quality goods and services.
This change of preferences needs highly educated executives, managers, workforce and professionals capable to cope with the rapidly changing business environments. This has lead to the development of more and more institutions offering business education. The present business system is characterized by many institutions offering business education in both the public and private sectors. There are many institutions, which claim to be affiliated with the foreign universities.
A constant increase in the number of Business Schoolsjustification for the supply-demand factor: Although there has been a mushroom growth of business schools in the country, but still the number of business schools offering quality education is not sufficient. We, as a country, are not only under-developed but also under-managed. The need for well-qualified managers, professionals and executives will continue to rise, as mismanagement, at its height, is what we generally find in the organizations.
As a matter of fact that a rapid rise in the number of business schools has led to a severe competition among the business graduates. It is good since it will lead to the recruitment and selection of highly competitive individuals who are bright intelligent problem solvers and innovators.
The government's policy on business education, recognition/registration of the institutes and other problems: The government is encouraging the private sector to take part in the promotion of business education in Pakistan, which is obvious from the government's policy of granting charter to different institutions.
The government grants the charter to only those institutions, which fulfil all academic and physical requirements as per the rules, regulations and the law. Sometimes institutes do not fulfil those requirements and that is why they are not registered. The government conducts a thorough inspection before granting the recognition. The government's recognition thus provides a feeling of trust and credibility to the students applying for admission to that institute.
The role of University Grants Commission: University Grants Commission (UGC), is the only body in the country with the responsibility to ensure quality education. UGC supervises the overall functioning and the grant of funds to all the public sector universities in Pakistan. There are many regional offices of UGC all over the country. There are many inspection teams of the UGC, which inspect the institutes, and then give them the letter of recommendation or vice versa.
The role of UGC has to be enhanced with more coordinating activities in all the universities of Pakistan so that over national objectives may be achieved.
Common platform for the private institutions: This is a fact that there has been no such platform till now. But with the increasing number of private business schools the need of such a forum continues to grow. Such a forum will be highly beneficial for the private institutions in pooling their resources and being benefited from mutual cooperation.
Campuses of foreign universities in Pakistan: There are many universities, which claim to have an affiliation with the foreign universities. But majority of them does not have the required facilities available.
How to distinguish genuine institutions from money making ones: Genuine institutions have a long term planning and justify their existence in terms of their contribution to the human resources requirement of the country in a very positive manner. They have a complete set-up of all activities related to academic administration right from the admission till the student leaves the institute. They provide comprehensive education, tailor made to the requirements of the society.
Business curriculum and the national needs: As a matter of fact the curriculum of most of the institutes is not in accordance with the national needs. It is a very big responsibility if the renowned scholars and academicians to restructure the business curriculum in our country. The UGC must come forward and provide a proper policy on the issue.
Hamdard University has taken this initiative and has started tailor-made courses. For example, Business System in Pakistan has been designed and being taught. The course of Entrepreneurship has been completely modified according to local, regional and national requirements and the students of Business Administration are prepared to run their own small level businesses to apply acquired knowledge to practical situations. Business Ethics is given maximum weight, stress and priority while designing and delivering courses.
Outlook of Business Education in Pakistan: Apparently the business education area seems to be saturated but in fact the need of good quality managers and individuals will continue to increase so the need for more business schools will increase. More and more capable individuals are needed to face the challenges of the business in the years to come. Efforts should be made to cater for rural areas and also at primary, secondary and intermediate levels the subject should be introduced. B
Hakim Mohammed Said (Shaheed) addressing the Seminar on Sales Tax Management on September 13, 1998. This seminar was organized by Centre of Excellence for Training and Development (CETAD), Hamdard University City Campus.
Hakim Mohammed Said (Shaheed) awarding the participation certificate to Mr. Mazhar ul Haque., Prof. M. Wali Khan Durrani, Chairperson CETAD and Prof. Dr. Ahsan ul Hassan Khan, Executive Director CETAD are also present at the occasion.
From Right to Left: Prof. Dr. Ahsan H Khan, Executive Director CETAD, Hakim Mohammed Said (Shaheed), Prof. M Wali Khan Durrani, Chairperson CETAD, Mrs. Ramsis Tayyab Shah, Program Officer CETAD and Mr. Salim Sheikh, PRO Hamdard University.
Group Photograph of the participants and organizers of the seminar on Sales Tax Management with Hakim Mohammed Said (Shaheed).