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"Efforts to establish our own identity" Dr. Qadeer Ahmed

  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

Trade and industry are the best judge to gauge our efforts

Oct 25 - 31, 1999

Asian Management Institute (AMI) is the brain child of Hunaid Hussain Lakhani and Misbah Ullah Khan. At the time when there was a trend to establish Pakistan/Karachi chapter of foreign universities, they decided to establish a local institution which could offer the best curriculum, have its own infrastructure for imparting education and establish its own identity. Instead of starting it in a banglow they first constructed a 'custom designed' building got affiliation from a local chartered university and then only students were admitted. Now AMI is a constituent institute of Iqra University which has been awarded charter by the government of Sindh.

Professor Dr. Syed Qadeer Ahmed, a veteran academician, the Dean and Director of AMI said, "The mission and objective is to achieve par excellence quality of academics by providing highest standard of education and professional training in management sciences. It aims at producing graduates possessing excellent leadership quality and managerial skills to enable them to take on the challenges of competition and globalization successfully."

The AMI comprise of 20 fully carpeted and air-conditioned class rooms equipped with state-of-the art audio-visual equipment. The Institute has Information Services Centre and a computer laboratory. AMI can be rightly termed as 'custom built' institute which is located in the heart of the city and has its own sports complex and gymnasium — facilities for learning and extra-curricular activities.

The programmes, at present, are aimed at producing professionals with broad academic knowledge in management sciences to operate successfully in a variety of industrial and commercial establishments. These programmes have been prepared with a view to create a niche for the graduates in the job-market and to also equip the students to meet the challanges of the coming era.

The executives and experts from various walks of life are invited regularly to AMI to share their experience and views with the students. Along with this, students get an exposure to real life situation through internship. The main objective is that the graduates should not feel like an alien once they join a corporation. To suit the needs and to meet the demand for educated and trained professional efforts are being made to introduce contemporary subjects.

Dr. Qadeer very humbly said, "We have just made a beginning and it is a long way to go. We are trying to establish our own identity. The strength of a educational institution is exhibited by the quality of the faculty. Therefore, we have started with a superb quality faculty. At present, out of 18 full time members 7 are Ph. Ds. Similarly we have a long list of visiting faculty members — exceeding 60 in number — out of which 4 are also Ph. Ds. Currently, there are about 1000 students enrolled in various programmes. The first group of MBAs is expected to graduate at the end of this year."

Dr. Qadeer said, "The story of AMI is incomplete without acknowledging the efforts of Hunaid Hussain Lakhani and Misbah Ullah Khan. AMI is the result of the joint efforts of these two gentlemen. While Hussain family was responsible for building the infrastructure, Misbah concentrated on meeting the conditions for grant of the charter for Iqra University. They built the AMI complex in a record time.. Hunaid was strictly against the idea of admitting student before completing the infrastructure. Initially the AMI was associated with Sir Syed University. Now it is a constituent institute of Iqra University. Before the Sindh government approved the charter of Iqra University, many members of National and Provincial assemblies visited the complex and appreciated the efforts of Hunaid and his family.'

However, Dr. Qadeer was of the view, "We have created a classic infrastructure, but the real task is to impart the highest quality education. Trade and industry, who employ our graduates, will be the best judge to decide if we come to their expectations or not. I am sure our efforts will not go wasted and we will be able to make a difference.