The endeavour is to provide education and knowledge
to all segments of the society
By SHABBIR H. KAZMI
Oct 25 - 31, 1999
"Productivity is directly linked with education and expertise.
While education helps the person in doing things in a systematic and improvised manner,
expertise develop by doing the things in an efficient way. The grand vision of Shaheed
Hakim Mohammed Said followed at Hamdard University is, Education at Hamdard should
touch all spheres of development intellectual, spiritual, emotional, technological,
social and cultural. The education at Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences (HIMS)
aims at producing business administration graduates who are as good as the graduates from
any foreign university", said Wali Khan Durrani, Chief Executive Officer, city campus
and Chairman Center of Excellence for Training and Development.
"Today every one seems to be talking about merit and condemns
discrimination on the basis of language, race or religion but Islam provided this belief
nearly 1500 years ago. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the word 'Taqwa'. The
basis of Taqwa is knowledge and following the divine principles. One gets the systematic
knowledge through education and then apply this in a day to day life". these were the
words of Durrani while stressing the need for education.
The second theme provided by Islam is accountability. In the real life,
to be more specific in business, it is the annual accounts which shows how prudently the
business has been run during the year. At the annual general meeting not only the
shareholders critically evaluate the performance of the corporation but more importantly
review the actual performance against proposed plans. Management also explains the reasons
for deviation. This is done to improve the performance in the coming years.
Another concept in Islam is authority vs. responsibility. The people
who enjoy higher authority have greater responsibility. I would like to compare a CEO of a
company with an ordinary worker within the same company. The worker has to do a small job
as per his job description but the CEO is responsible for the entire operation of the
company. To ensure that the system works effectively there is a hierarchy and a system for
reward and punishment. There is a constant process of review for promotion, annual
increment and even for issuing show-cause notices. Therefore, the lynch pin in 'reward for
According to Durrani, "The degradation in our society and the
distortion in our systems are due to discrimination which has become the name of the game.
It has resulted from people enjoying discretionary powers which enables them to make
unilateral decisions. This is a by-product of weak system, where personalities are
considered more important than the institutions. If the institutions are strong and there
are clearly laid down policies no individual can enjoy discretionary powers and there
would be no discrimination."
"Having said all this I would like to say that the history of
professional managers is not long enough in Pakistan. Still we have pure 'Seth' culture
where decisions are made at the top and then managers are required to implement the
decisions. Still in some corporations, though in small number, the process of
participative management is followed. The people at the lower end make suggestions which
are evaluated and final decision is made at the board meetings. With the induction of
qualified and professional managers and paid CEOs in corporations, the demand for business
graduates is on a constant increase. Therefore the number of business schools is
constantly increasing" was an observation by Durrani.
Hamdard University was prompt in realizing the needs of business and
responded by introducing new curricula and specialized courses for students and also for
in-service executives. The aim was not only to produce MBAs but to educate people who can
become leaders in the corporate culture. As the corporate culture proliferate, the need
for corporate governance evolves which could be met only through education.
Durrani said, "Please allow me to say that the graduates from
Hamdard University are as good as any graduate from a recognized foreign university. This
we have planned to achieve through stringent admission test procedure, high quality of
faculty and strict evaluation of students before awarding them the degree. The learning is
complimented by internship to expose students to business environment and practices in the