Programs and activities are designed to help students develop academic competency and professional skills.

SHABBIR H. KAZMI, Special Correspondent
Feb 05 - 11, 2007

Education plays a vital role for the development and economic stability of any nation. It requires the support and determination not only by the public sector but also from the private sector. In fact if one explores around the globe the private sector contributes more towards the achievement of national goals than the public sector.

The Government of Pakistan (GoP) is fully cognizant that at its own it cannot achieve the inspiration of bringing the nation on the road to success. Private sector has to play the pivotal role in meeting the challenges emerging from globalization. Educating and training the youth with the skills and tools required for competing globally is one of the most important challenges faced by Pakistan. It requires latest knowledge, facilities, qualified and experienced trainers to give the blend of academics and practical exposure to the youth.

Among some of the best institutes and universities offering education in Business Administration and Management Sciences Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari Institute of Technology (KASBIT) is a higher education institution established by the private sector in 1999. It caters to the needs of students desirous of seeking quality education in the area of Business Administration, Management Sciences and Information Technology. KASBIT is an integral part of the KASB group, one of the oldest and leading business groups in Pakistan.

KASBIT is ISO-9001 certified and member of Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB). Its campus is situated in Sindhi Muslim Housing Society off Sharea Faisal in Karachi and is easily accessible by all kinds of transport from every part of the city. The campus has a purpose built infrastructure spread over an area of approximately 28,000 sq. ft. It is well furnished, air conditioned and well maintained facility equipped with all the necessary facilities.

To achieve its mission, KASBIT obtained affiliation with the National University of Science and Technology. Within a short period, it managed to obtain HEC recognition and Charter from Sindh government as a degree-awarding institute. It has also attained reputation for delivering high quality education.

To fulfill the mission, KASBIT programs and activities are designed to help students develop the academic competencies and professional skills - both critical and creative abilities. Through a dedicated team of foreign qualified faculty it tries to achieve excellence in teaching. It honors and rewards high performance in learning, teaching, scholarship, research, service, and creative activity. Because the quality of academic programs is central to the mission, KASBIT encourages intellectual curiosity and protects multiple expressions of academic freedom. KASBIT offers admission in under-graduate, graduate and post-graduate programs in the disciplines of Business Administration and Information Systems. Admission is open to all without gender discrimination offering equal opportunities to both the sexes.

KASBIT's Resource and Information Center offers one of the best and most modern facilities to the students and the faculty. The Center has textbooks, reference material, journal and periodical sections. The library has special collections of books on the subjects relating to management sciences and information systems. KASBIT has its own website, which is updated regularly. Information about the institute is available on the website and can also be downloaded.

KASBIT has one of the most modern and state-of-the-art computer laboratory fully supported by instructional aids and services. It has two computer laboratories equipped with Pentium-IV workstation for students and has plans to upgrade it in the near future. In addition, software development house has facilities for design and development of software for training and on market demand. Various operating systems and software environment consisting of all the popular operating systems used in commerce and industry such as, windows NT, windows 2000, LINIX, SUN OS, Flash, SQL SERVER 2000, Oracle 9i are available.

The management of the KASBIT has set the highest standards for the professional development of faculty and staff. The management assesses their performance so that every area of the institute's life can be continually improved and renewed. It recognizes and rewards the efforts of greatest distinction and provides national leadership. KASBIT seeks to provide an environment conducive to innovation, experimentation and creativity. It encourages all members of the faculty and staff to take intellectual and creative risks and to embrace changes that will help fulfill the Institute's mission.

Academic advising/counseling is an essential element of the educational process. It is mandatory for the advisor to arrange a meeting with the students at least once a semester. Students are responsible for adhering to the institute's policies and procedures. Senior faculty, staff and students' representatives keep close vigilance for maintaining discipline. Any violation is dealt with the policy specifically designed for the purpose, which is in line with the current needs and cultural requirements of the nation. The institute expects the students to act as matured members of the academic community and to adhere to the highest standards of personal and academic integrity.

KASBIT has established linkages between academia and industry to encourage formation of innovative business incubator programs, promote knowledge based enterprise development, create better jobs and boost economic growth. In this context, students get job much before their final examination results. Till recently KASBIT has produced about 200 Business and Information Technology graduates and they are serving in different organizations in Pakistan and abroad. They are contributing to the development of corporate sector through their innovative and creative skills.