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"Need for
an atmosphere based on mutual collabo-
ration" Adnan-ul
-Arabi

  1. The leading business schools of Pakistan
  2. Punjab Group of Colleges
  3. "Efforts to establish our own identity" Dr. Qadeer Ahmed
  4. "Supplementing textbooks with local research vital " Dr. Javed A. Ansari
  5. "Trying to achieve new heights in excellence" Wali Durrani
  6. "To remain at the top is not easy" Fazle Hassan
  7. "Need to control mushroom growth of business schools" Luhrani
  8. "Always room for improvement" Dr Anwar Ali Shah
  9. "Aiming to be the best in Pakistan" Dr. Javaid Leghari
  10. "Need for an atmosphere based on mutual collaboration" Adnan-ul-Arabi
  11. "The oldest and the largest private university" Dr. Abdul Basit

Following foreign curriculum does not entirely suit our national requirements

Oct 25 - 31, 1999

Following are the excerpts from an exclusive interview with Adnan-ul-Arabi, President, Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology:

I would rate Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology (KIET) amongst the first 10 in the city. Now that KIET has been formally declared as the Study Center of Sindh University Jamshoro, our standing is likely to improve due to this recognition. KIET is not in competition with any institute, instead it would like to promote and foster an atmosphere based on mutual collaboration where competencies of each institute are pooled for the benefit of student community. KIET has a high average profile as far as student quality, and curriculum design is concerned. I would rank the faculty as above average. Our fee structure is reasonable to allow low middle class community to undertake specialized education if they fulfil requisites.

Following new courses have been added:

BBA Programme

Library Research and Presentation

Analysis of Pakistani Industries

International Trade

BCS Programme

Computer Graphics

MBA Programme

Econometrics

MCS Programme

Client Server Technology

Besides new programmes like Software Engineering and Information Technology have been added at Masters level.

I am afraid we in Pakistan are following a curriculum taught at American schools which does not entirely suit our national environments. There is a need to tailor the American curriculum according to our national imperatives as well as shortfalls. Our cultural values, economic conditions and limited literacy profile should be built into our programme, e.g. HRM, Office and Record Management, Research. Methodology, Organization and planning need to be converted into core courses.

Students undergo a course on Library Research at BBA level where training is imparted to help them extract information available in journals and books etc. Skills at collation and analysis are developed to make use of existing primary and secondary data. By adding this new course, writing methodology is refined.

Students also make short presentations during different courses to refine oral communication. Recently a copy of Pakistan & Gulf Economist, and Spider Magazines at the Institute's cost is prescribed to each student with the view to broaden their outlook.

In the final stage a course titled "Analysis of Pakistani Industries" is offered where a group of industries are reviewed for their performances, short-falls and problems.

Efforts are in hand to increase the number of seminars at institute level. Business schools would certainly like to avail the opportunity of attending seminars, workshops, lectures arranged by institute like Pakistan Institute of Management and British Council etc., but the fee associated is so high that an average student of the institute is unable to bear it. It is only Institute of Business Administration (IBA) which invites students free of participation fee to such seminars. Other institutes/organizations should follow this good trend established by the IBA.

The decision to enroll students after intermediate has been most beneficial. However it is felt that the education at BBA level should be broader and aspects like Psychology, Literature and Technology orientation should be included in the curriculum.

MBA (Executive) programme has been a success and is our strength. The programme gives opportunity for self-development to existing executive cadre. Their attitude towards academic achievement is also very positive. As far as the research Degree is concerned we'll in a short while frame programmes for M.Phil and Ph.D in Economics and Management Sciences.

We contemplate to build a Research Centre of National Capability, from where we would like to bring out a Journal of Economics and Finance. We also, intend to provide regular reports on current scenario of stock exchange of Pakistan, Industrial Guidance for future investment, overall economic development conditions and state of technology etc. The concept behind this Research Centre is to invoke the awareness and acquaintance in society in general and Research/Business students in particular.

We have the linkage with foreign universities/institutes not on institute level but with scholars/academicians of these institutes including UCLA, Cambridge, Rutgers, London University, Punjab University, University of Karachi etc.