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Prof. Dr. Matin A. Khan

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Prof. Dr. Matin A. Khan
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Feb 14 - 20, 2000

Prof. Dr. Matin A. Khan, Dean Faculty of Management Sciences of Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences, Hamdard University, Karachi is one of the senior-most educationist in Pakistan.

Dr. Matin did his MBA from the famous Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, Pennsylvania University USA in 1956 and doctrate in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, USA.

He served as the Professor Emeritus, Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Director IBA from 1972. He was visiting Professor faculty of Business Administration at Ahmadu Bellow University, Zaria, Nigeria. He was also Dean of Faculty of Business Administration and Commerce, University of Karachi, Director IBA(1972-77) Project Director, Joint Research Project IV on Slum Improvement and Urban Development—a project of the Planning Commission of Pakistan. During 80s after retirement, he wrote a book on Research Methodology for Business and Social Problems which was published by UGC. In 1955 when Dr. Matin was a lecturer in Commerce department of Karachi University, he published a book by the title " Commerce, its theories and practices". This book is still available in the market. Currently, he is completing his book titled "Scientific Research for Management"

Dr.Matin is the first Professor who directed Prof. Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan in completing his Ph.d in Business Administration from University of Karachi.

Responding to PAGE on various touchy issues related to quality of Business Education in Pakistan, Dr. Matin striked at the root causes generally responsible for decline of quality and standards of Business Education in Pakistan.

PAGE: would you identify the areas where improvement is needed to produce good business graduates.

Dr. Matin: There is a general trend in Pakistan that much larger number of students opt for B. Com Degree. These students coming for graduation in Business and Commerce after doing their intermediate with irrelevant subjects such as Engineering, Medical and Arts subjects without doing their spadework at Intermediate level. They do not under go for a two year exercise in Accounting and other subjects of Commerce valued for business graduates. He recalled that upto 1962 admission to B. Com students were given only to those who passed I. Com. Later on admissions to B. Com classes were open to students of Arts and Science as well. This change consequently reduced the value of Business knowledge which B.Com had before.

He strongly suggested that improving for quality of business education this practice should come to an end with immediate effect.

PAGE: What immediate steps you would suggest to improve the modern business techniques among the under and post graduates, MBAs, M. Com of our business graduates in Pakistan.

Dr. MATIN: " Only I. Com students should be allowed admission for B.Com degree. Since computer literacy has become a basic requirement for trade and industry, there is a need to make amendments in the syllabus of B.Com. Computer literacy and Information Technology which is the demand of the market today should be included in the syllabus.

PAGE: What about MBAs being produced by different universities recognised by University Grant Commission and other education institutions in the private sector which are awarding BBA, MBA Degrees in Pakistan.

DR. MATIN: Recalled that IBA was established sometimes in 1955 and semester system was introduced for the first time in Pakistan. This semester system proved a great success in imparting quality education for MBAs. However the semester system was exploited by different educational institutions. Resultantly value of MBA degree is rapidly going down in Pakistan. As a result of mushrooming of Business Institutes, some of them awarding degrees even within 'a year' which turned the business institutes into pure business or commercial ventures, Dr. Matin said.

Similarly various universities which have not been effectively given permission by Sindh Government are engaged in awarding MBA degrees. Students produced by these universities are not well equipped for enhancing the business efficiency in Pakistan.

Dr. Matin suggested that Sindh government should give special permission for upcoming schools in business education and Information Technology to ensure quality of education so that we could produce genuine business, commerce and post graduates.

Since Business Education is an essential ingredient for business development of any country, especial care is needed to ensure quality of the education.

Dr. Matin who is currently engaged in study of an exploratory retail markets developed by the permission of the government and the private sector, pointed out some interesting features of the retail markets in Pakistan. He said that in recent years i.e. 15 years or so retailing has acquired good status because of the establishment of a large number of covered retail markets including air conditioned facilities and they are merchandizing quality products which is also helping manufacturers in improving the quality of their products. In the early days, retail markets were established by local governments in their town planning. However, a large number of retail markets have been established without any formal approval from local and or provincial governments. As a result of such retail markets , retail management is not done with good ethical standards because of which consumers suffer and documentation of retail transaction is becoming difficult. Dr. Matin said we can overcome the problem of documentation if these retail markets are properly equipped with computer technology and trained sales people.

Note: Next time we are planning to interview Dr. Matin for improving Business Management Education which is extremely important for organizing and managing business organizations, merchants, manufacturers, agents in various fields including agriculture and mining.