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"Supplementing textbooks with local research vital " Dr. Javed A. Ansari

  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

CBM emphasises exposure to local business environment

Oct 25 - 31, 1999

"The criteria for evaluation of business schools consist of quality of teaching, regular updating of curricula, quantum and quality of research and training for the faculty. The College of Business Management (CBM), Karachi has been making efforts to excel in all the four areas. CBM is the only business school in Pakistan, which offers foreign language courses (Arabic, French and German) as part of its BBA (Hons) curriculum", said Professor Dr. Javed A. Ansari, Dean of CBM while talking to PAGE.

In Pakistan the challenge is to use foreign text books in a way which allows the student to apply techniques of analysis and research to the local environment. To achieve this, CBM has launched a programme for producing text books which analyze Pakistani business experience using modern theoretical concepts. The first of these text books Money and Banking in Pakistan will be published by Oxford University Press in 2000.

To maintain the quality of teaching, curricula should be updated regularly. The curriculum committee of the CBM Board of Studies meets every semester to revise curricula and suggest new courses. Five new courses have been introduced during the 1999-2000 session and work is underway to develop programmes in informatics related to financial management. The business schools needs to interact with local trade and industry. Pakistan business sector is among the most under researched in Asia. To deal with this problem, CBM publishes Pakistan's first business research and policy analysis quarterly, The Pakistan Business Review and has also launched an M. Phil programme in Banking and Finance and in Marketing to encourage research.. The Pakistan Business Review, based mainly on in-house research undertaken by the faculty and students, has already established a market reputation.

There is no tradition of professional academics in areas such as accountancy, finance, marketing etc. in Pakistan. Such academic professionals have to be produced. CBM has a comprehensive faculty development programme and subsidizes Ph. D. programmes at foreign universities undertaken by its full time faculty members

Karachi faces serious urban and environmental problems. In response, CBM has developed a programme linking engineering and management education in the area of urban and construction related studies. This programme will be offered in September 2000. Earlier, in September 1998 an M.B.A. programme in Health and Hospital Management was launched.

In September 1999 M. Phil programmes in Banking and Finance and in Marketing were introduced. Research is undertaken by the students who have completed their MBA and other professionals on projects supported by firms. Students are supervised by subject specialists and the programme is supported by firms. These include Glaxo-Wellcome, Citibank, Parke Davis, English Biscuits, Gandhara Nissan, International Brands and Spectrum Communications.

A regular weekly seminar is held each Thursday. This is addressed by leading businessmen, policy makers and opinion makers. MBA regular and executive students have to take a course entitled "Seminar in Economic Policy" which discusses current economic policy issues of national and international salience on a regular basis.

The BBA (Hons) programme at CBM is one of the most successful undergraduate programmes in the country. Applications for admission heavily outweigh seats available. Position holders in intermediate examinations have been enrolled as CBM, BBA (Hons) students.

The MBA executive programmes are highly successful. The State Bank of Pakistan, Union Texas, PAF etc. regularly sponsor students for this programme. The M. Phil programme is supported by several business organizations. It is hoped that the M. Phil programme will provide a basis for launching a full-fledged DBA.

CBM has extensive links with North American Universities. Professors from the universities of Arizona State and Brock have served as Chief Academic Officers at CBM. Academicians in the areas of Marketing, MIS and Human Resource Management were invited to conduct courses and seminars. Professors from North American Universities are part of the adjunct faculty.