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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TO DOMINATE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

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BITS CLUB OF IBA

By AMANULLAH BASHAR
Nov 22 - 28, 1999

Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder, Deputy Director of Institute of Business Administration (IBA) while acknowledging the outstanding performance of MIS and BBA students has said that the future of business graduates lies in information technology.

He was speaking at the Annual Dinner and prize distribution ceremony of the Business and Information Technology Students' (BITS) Club of IBA held at Pearl Continental, Karachi on Nov11.

Dr.Irfan visualizing the future demand of skill in information technology said that degrees in business management without information technology may not be sufficient to deliver the goods in view of proliferation of computer technology across the globe.

He, however, said with a sense of satisfaction that IBA is moving in the right direction to produce graduates having capacity to meet the future challenges.

Among others, who spoke on the occasion, include Uzma Naveed, Assistant Manager, Emirates Bank, Humayun Bashir, Country Manager, IBM, Robert Jones CEO of Cadbury Pakistan, Ajmal Mehmood, Human Resource Manager of Coca-Cola Pakistan, Abdullah Feroz, Director of Efroze Chemicals, Ibrahim Subhani MD, Informational Training and Consultancy Services and Asif Hussain, Area Sales Manager of Gillette Pakistan.

The speakers generally advised the students to focus their attention on the clarity in their aims and directions and knowledge about the rising needs for MIS and Computer Sciences graduates. The guest speakers expressed their views about Information Technology at length which they feel is the driving force while entering the international market. They also reviewed the impact of the Internet and e-Commerce for growth of global trade and how the technology can be put to efficacious use in Pakistan. They also elaborated the need of "net-awareness" for the students. The current market demand for MIS professionals, especially in the United States and other Western countries was also highlighted by the speakers.

Abdullah Feroz while narrating his experiences of different educational institutions regretted that the people who have the resources generally pay a very little attention for the uplift and growth of our education system as well as environment of the institutions where our future leaders go for obtaining knowledge. He said that during a visit to Home Economics College Karachi, he found that the Computer Section of that college which has a big name was presenting a deserted look. Outmoded computers were provided to the students for seeking the most modern segment of knowledge of the day. He disclosed that his company sponsored the innovation of that computer department of Home Economics and today it is one of the best in Karachi. Abdullah Feroz suggested that our well to do should come help in creating a respectable atmosphere at our educational centres irrespective of their fields so that the students could acquire knowledge in a respectable manner. A little contribution on the part of our moneyed people could change the complex of the education scenario, he said. Abdullah Feroz announced scholarship in the name of Affaf Saalahuddin for deserving students. The scholarship has been named after Affaf, a student of 2nd semester of BBA MIS who had lost her life in a road accident last month.

Syed Saad Hussain, Vice President, BITS Club, in his opening remarks stressed the need for greater industry-acadmia collaboration. He also outlined the major achievements of BITS Club and discussed its plans for the future.

Humayun Bashir of IBM gave away the prizes among the best students of the spring semester 99. The recipient were Nasir Hussain Khadim, Ahmed Ali Siddiqui and Faiza Raza from BBA MIS3, Arif Kamruddin, Tania Kasim and Fatima Jaleel Shaikh from BBA MIS1, Zaina Dadabhoy, Qurat-ul-Ain Badshah and Sambreen Majeed from BCS 1, Ahmed Hassan, Agha Tarique and Saad ur Rehman from MBA MIS 1 and Saima Rashid from MBA MIS3.

Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder also distributed plaques among the guest speakers while the vote of thanks was given by Ahmed Ali Siddiqui, General Secretary and Burhan Khan Treasurer of BITS Club.