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Institution Profile
Management Sciences Department, Isra University, Hyderabad

Sep 03 - 09, 2001

The Mission: At the department of Management Sciences, Isra University "We believe in providing quality education at reasonable cost and training our students as professionals in their field as well as good members of our society".

The Department: Isra University, a well reputed, autonomous and privately owned institution, legislated by the Isra University Act [Sindh Act No. V of 1997]. It is the first UGC recognized private university of Hyderabad.

The management sciences department strives to meet the ever-changing and fast growing demands of the professional and dynamic managers for the business and industry. With the combination of information technology the field of management sciences is a perfect blend, of information to meet the challenges of this century.

Although management sciences department of Isra University has a brief history of about three years only, it has established and gained the reputation of one of the premier business schools of the industry. At Isra University, the management sciences department boldly takes the challenge of adapting foreign textbooks and business techniques to the Pakistani Business environment. With the belief of growing with the business industry, modern courses like IT, MIS, TQM and System Dynamics have been introduced.

* To achieve maximum professionalism, permanent faculty is employed.
* The MBA program offers specialization in finance and banking, MIS, Marketing and Management
With the emphasis on information technology new degree programs of BBA-IT and MITM have been introduced, which amalgamates business administration with computer science.
* Very reasonable fees are charged to serve lower middle class in particular.

The Programs offered: Isra University offers admissions in BBA-IT, BBA (Honors), MBA, and MITM programs at Management Sciences department. The department is launching its M.Phil leading to Ph.D. for the faculty and others very soon.

The Faculty: The faculty consists of Foreign and Pakistan qualified teachers with Ph.D. and Masters degree from U.K., U.S., Germany, IBA. All the faculty members are permanent.

* The curriculum is kept updated in an effort to meet the quality and demands of the business sector. The internships are designed to expose the students to real life situations. The submission of research papers on allotted projects is a must to get a degree.

The Teaching Methodology: Teaching methodology which comprises of quizzes, oral presentations, written assignments, term papers, case studies, multimedia presentations and field work are designed to get the maximum out of the students' abilities. Students are actively involved through holding of seminars, guest speaker sessions and other extra curricular activities. The University follows an academic calendar that is adhered to strictly.

The Counseling:

* Each student is assigned an advisor from the faculty to advice him on various academic activities.
* The student-teacher ratio is 5 to 1, because of which every student gets personal attention of the teacher.

The Campus:

* Clean environment
* Buildings are purpose built
* Laboratories are equipped with most modern and advanced equipment.
* Classrooms are air-conditioned, and equipped with teaching aids.
* Libraries contain an enormous inventory of textbooks and reference material. (With audio visual facilities)
* Free Internet access is provided to students and teachers to get most out of today's electronic information source.

The Admissions: The admissions start in August for the fall semester and in February for the spring semester. Merit is strictly observed and the candidates have to go through a written entrance test and an interview.

The Facilities:

* The University provides boarding facilities to its outstation girl students at the moment.
* Maintenance of strict disciplinary code helps students to lead a decent and successful career in their lives.

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An interview with Prof. Dr. Amanat Ali Jalbani, Chairperson, Department of Management Sciences, Isra University

Question: In your opinion what is the future of Business Education?

Answer: People from ancient times have engaged in exchanging produce of value with each other. Man will keep on exchanging the products they value. To facilitate these exchanges man will always need businessmen, and in order to bring about efficiency in creating exchanges businessmen need training and education. Today as the business world has become increasingly complex, the businessman need to understand its working and how to use different situations to his own advantage. He needs to analyze different economic scenarios so as to formulate and implement his own strategies for his own advantage. The advent of Information Technology has helped to shape new business organizations, which utilize the Internet to market their products. This situation calls for imparting greater knowledge and training to the managers, helping them understand the new tools of doing business. To fulfil these needs, a large number of Business Schools have sprung up, but only a few impart quality business education. With recent rapid advances in computer technology people have turned increasingly to computer education, but they fail to recognize that computers are just the tools for business. Computer Science is not an end but the means to promote business and other activities. Computer scientists cannot create business applications unless they have knowledge about business. That is the main reason why degrees in Information Technology now include at least thirty-percent courses from the business field. Therefore Universities like Isra has started offering Management degree programs like BBA-IT and MITM (Masters in Information Technology Management) which merge the two fields of Business Administration and Computer Sciences. The commercial and industrial sector will still require and continue to hire specialists in the fields of Marketing, Finance, Manufacturing and Banking as analysts and managers.

Q: What in your opinion is a quality Business Education

Ans: Quality Business Education aims at producing managers who can understand the complexities of contemporary business and can make growth oriented decisions. Quality Business education prepares young managers who can handle the pressures of competition and device strategies to gain market share. This knowledge cannot be imparted from the textbooks alone, but practical training gained through internships helps considerably. The students of Isra University are therefore required to go through eight-week internships each for their BBA and MBA degrees. These internships bring about mature and realistic thinking in students.

Q: How business education is important to uplift the economy of any country?

Ans: Through business education we can produce better managers for future growth. Lack of managerial expertise results in inefficient resource allocation and utilization, which is quite damaging for a poor country like Pakistan. As the protection given by our government from foreign competition will be reduced due to WTO restrictions the Pakistani businesses will increasingly find themselves competing with high quality foreign products. This calls for adopting new techniques of doing business and creating products. Privatization of the government sector corporations also has induced the employees of these entities to seek business education to improve their chances of retention and promotion in these organizations or to seek new jobs. This situation has resulted in development of Executive degree programs. All these changes will highlight the importance of business education for the uplift of our economy.

Q: What do you think makes business education any different at Isra University?

Ans: As far as Business Education is concerned Isra University is as good as any Business School in Pakistan. Not only do we concentrate on technical aspects of business but also, on ethical and moral implications of Business. We want to produce conscientious business managers embodying the spirit of Islam, but this does not necessarily make us conservative. Our courses are in line with the global trends. Many of the textbooks we use are the same that are used in good Universities of USA and UK. Our BBA program is of 128 credit hours keeping in line with international standards. Furthermore our courses are suited to the Pakistani economy, which mostly comprises of small business enterprises. Through field work and research papers, the students do learn a lot about how business is carried out in our own country. So, when one enters into real business, he does not become an alien to our local traditional business methods as might sometimes happen when one studies in a foreign school. Finally, we believe in providing quality education at a reasonable cost and training our students as professionals in their fields as well as good members of our society.

Prof. Dr. Amanat Ali Jalbani

Dr. Amanat Ali Jalbani was formerly Professor and Chairman Department of Commerce at S. A. Latif University, Khairpur. He was actively involved there in teaching and various other academic as well as administrative activities.

Based on his established reputation as an Academician, Researcher, he was hired to establish and lead a faculty involved in imparting cutting edge education in the domain of Management Sciences (Business Studies) at Isra University, Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan.

Currently, he is involved in teaching at the Isra University, teaching postgraduates classes of MBA and running MBA executive program there. He is also looking after as a Chairman of the Management Science Department where BBA & MBA degrees are offered.

He is also an adjunct teaching Faculty & a Committee Member/Major Advisor for MS/MBA & Ph.D. program in Management Science at SZABIST, Karachi.

He is supervising the M.Phil leading to Ph.D. Candidates/Scholars of Sindh University, Latif University and Sindh Agriculture University, Sindh, Pakistan. He is also guiding & looking after the regular and executive students of M.B.A in their Internship, Research Projects and Term Paper Programs.