An interview with Dr. Nadeem Syed, HOD Management Sciences, FAST-NU Karachi Campus

KHALIL AHMED, Senior Correspondent
Feb 05 - 11, 2007

Dr. Nadeem Syed, HOD - MS, is a PhD from Aquinas University, Philippines. He possesses a rich variety of experience in teaching, human resource management, research, organizational behavior and leadership courses. He has an extensive working experience of around 20 years in local and multinational companies, like Oriental Marketing Services UK, Pak Steel Mills, Lakson Tobacoo Industries, etc. He has expertise in acting as an agent of change and turning around as an HR specialist. Other than the corporate working experience in and outside Pakistan, Dr Syed has more than a dozen research papers to his credit in the area of Human Resource Development, Corporate Governance, E-commerce and Knowledge Management that have been published in varoius international journals. He has also contributed to various international text books. In the area of Education Management, he possesses more that eight years of experience as the department head of Management Science at the Bahria University, Karachi, where his responsibilities spread from academic development to administrative execution in all necessary areas. Dr Syed has joined FAST-NU with a mission to help strengthen a good program in business education.

The Business Administration program was launched at FAST-NU Karachi campus in the year 2004. This program was introduced owing to the growing demand of managers who have to be well versed with the upcoming challenges of technology and global market understanding. Advancement being the forte of NU-FAST, producing a batch of managers with a vision to manage change - facilitated by the strong technological infrastructure already present at all campuses - was not a difficult task. Also, quality faculty search is still in progress to bring about the best mix of hardware and software in this department to make a head start. The Department of Management Sciences was initially headed by Dr Mahfooz Ali, who possessed a rich variety of experience in teaching, management development, research, administration and banking. He had been the first pro vice chancellor of the University of Karachi, the Director of research at UBL and the Managing Director of Owena Bank of Nigeria. The department started a small new program in 2004, and it witnessed considerable expansion in the size of student body and teaching faculty as well as providing a purpose-built campus in the heart of the city, to rub shoulders with the corporate sector, and to attract even better quality of personnel on the premises.

Currently the department is smoothly progressing under the leadership of Dr Nadeem A Syed. PAGE approached Dr Nadeem A Syed for an interview. When asked what he feels where FAST-NU stands in the market, Dr Nadeem A Syed replied by presenting two perceptions, one; what is FAST-NU from inside and the other FAST-NU from outside. He said that FAST-NU is facing fierce competition at present as compared to a decade earlier. Dr. Nadeem Syed was of the opinion that the people outside FAST don't know much about Management Sciences program of FAST-NU but our management students will prove one day, when they graduate (first batch is due to pass out) from here. Our graduates will surely leave a lasting impression in the minds of their prospective employers with their management skills and I am confident that our graduates will compete with the graduates from the leading business schools of our country.

Sharing his views with PAGE about the future of FAST-NU graduates Dr. Nadeem Syed showed the "VISION" document that would be used as a basis of Management Sciences program. It entails the aims and objectives. He said that as far as the management is concerned, we are working day in and day out to provide proper infrastructure in the City Campus situated in PECHS block-6. He talked about the induction of some new faculty members who will be joining soon. Talking about the students of today in general, Dr. Nadeem Syed was of the view that they must focus and increase the level of determination and dedication towards knowledge-based education if they are to ensure their survival in the market. When asked about future targets of FAST-NU business school, he said: "My foremost objective or goal is to create awareness in the market about our existence as a quality business school. We also need to install the right environment where the students must learn to be competitive so when they go out in the market, they will definitely make their presence felt."

Dr. Nadeem Syed believes that it is essential to put emphasis on grooming the students through various activities essential to learn and to be successful leaders in the years ahead. FAST-NU's business school in Karachi conducts various events in this regard. The details of some of the events conducted recently are:

September 17, 2006 - Picnic was arranged for BBA & MS students at Fiesta Water Park by the Entertainment Society.

November 13, 2006 - Visit by Foreign Delegation. MR. Neil Christie from the University of Stirling, UK, gave a presentation to senior students and faculty members. The process of Educational Collaboration between the two universities is underway.

November 21, 2006 - Guest Speaker Session was organized by Marketing and Promotions Society. Ms. Imrana Abdus Salam, HR Executive TPS, spoke about the recruitment and selection techniques and the Appraisal systems used at TPS.

November 25, 2006 - Mela & Talent Hunt competitions was organized at the City Campus by the Entertainment Society.

November 26, 2006 - Cricket Tournament BBA & MS students was held at Noor Stadium by the Sports Society.

November 29, 2006 - Guest Speaker Session was organized by Marketing and Promotions Society. Mr. Khaliq-uz-Zaman, Manager Customer Services, ABL, guided the students about the careers in Banking.

November 30, 2006 - Guest Speaker Session was organized by Marketing and Promotions Society. Mr. Chaudhri Abdul Ghafoor, Senior HR Consultant of UBL spoke about several issues regarding HR management.

December 4, 2006 - Industrial Visit was conducted for BBA- Juniors to Hinopak Motors by the Marketing and Promotions Society.

December 5, 2006 - During the Guest Speaker Session, Professor A.W. Qureshy, Principal of Institute of Business Education, spoke about the philosophy of Resume writing to the sophomore students. It was organized by the Marketing and Promotions Society.

December 6, 2006 - Industrial Visit for BBA sophomore students was conducted at Pak Suzuki Motors and was organized by the Marketing and Promotions Society.

December 09, 2006 - During the Guest Speaker Session, Professor M. Farooq from Applied Economics Research Center spoke about the perfect competitive markets to the students of Micro Economics. It was organized by the Marketing and Promotions Society.

December 14, 2006 - Guest Speaker Session. Mr. Frank Scherschmidt, CEO, KESC, spoke about the organizational development and change process at the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation to the students of HRM. The event was organized by the Marketing and Promotions Society.

Sports Society - City Campus is planning to organize a cricket tournament in which universities from all over Karachi will be participating. This event will be organized by Management Sciences Department and will be sponsored by NU-FAST Karachi Campus. The purpose of this event is to provide an opportunity to the students for a healthy activity and interaction among themselves. The tournament will be played for five days at DHA Ground, Khayaban-e-Rahat, Phase-6, Karachi, from February 12 to 17.

Dr. Nadeem Syed concluded his interview with the words: "One can become the leader only when one is true to oneself".



Air University, Islamabad
Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad
Bahria University, Islamabad
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad (having campuses; Islamabad, Abbottabad, Wah, Lahore and Attock).
Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences and Technology, Islamabad
Foundation University, Islamabad
Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad
International Islamic University, Islamabad
National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad
National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad
Pakistan Institute of Engineering Applied Sciences, Islamabad
Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
Riphah International University, Islamabad


Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan
Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
National College of Buisness Administration& Economics (NCBA&E) Lahore
Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi
Forman Christian College, Lahore
GIFT University, Gujranwala
Government College University, Faisalabad
Government College University, Lahore
Hajvery University, Lahore
Imperial College of Business Studies, Lahore
Institute of Management Sciences, Lahore
Islamia University, Bahawalpur
King Edward Medical University, Lahore
Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore
Lahore College for Women University, Lahore
Lahore School of Economics, Lahore
Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore
Minhaj University, Lahore
National College of Arts, Lahore
National Textile University, Faisalabad (Federal Chartered)
National University of Sciences & Technology , Rawalpindi
The Superior College, Lahore
The University of Management & Technology, Lahore
University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
University of Arid Agriculture, Murree Road, Rawalpindi
University of Central Punjab, Lahore
University of Education, Lahore
University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore
University of Engineering & Technology, Taxila
University of Faisalabad, Faisalabad
University of Gujrat , Gujrat
University of Health Sciences, Lahore
University of Lahore, Lahore
University of the Punjab, Lahore
University of Sargodha, Sargodha
University of South Asia, Lahore
University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore
Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore


Agha Khan University, Karachi
Baqai Medical University, Karachi
Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education, Karachi
DHA Suffa University, Karachi
Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi
Greenwich University, Karachi
Hamdard University, Karachi
Indus Institute of Higher Education, Karachi
Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi
Institute of Business & Technology BIZTEK, Karachi
Institute of Business Administration, Karachi
Institute of Business Management, Karachi
Iqra University, Karachi
Isra University, Hyderabad
Jinnah University for Women, Karachi
Karachi Institute of Economics & Technology, Karachi
KASB (Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari) Institute of Technology, Karachi
Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro Sindh
Mehran University of Eng. & Technology, Jamshoro
Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi
Nazeer Hussain University, Karachi
NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi
Newports Institute of Communications and Economics, Karachi
Pakistan Naval Academy, Karachi
Preston Institute of Management Sciences and Technology, Karachi
Preston University, Karachi
Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering, Science & Technology, Nawabshah
Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur
Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science & Technology (SZABIST), Karachi
Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam
Sir Syed University of Engg. & Technology, Karachi
Sukkur Institute of Business Administration, Sukkur
Textile Institute of Pakistan, Karachi
University of East, Hyderabad
University of Karachi, Karachi
University of Sindh, Jamshoro
Ziauddin Medical University, Karachi


Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology, Khuzdar
Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences, Quetta
Iqra University, Quetta
Lasbelaa University of Agriculture, Water & Marine Science, Othal
Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University, Quetta
University of Balochistan, Quetta


Frontier Women University, Peshawar
CECOS University of Information Technology and Emerging Sciences, Peshawar
City University of Science & Information Technology, Peshawar
Gandhara University, Peshawar
Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences & Technology, Swabi
Gomal University, D.I. Khan
Hazara University, Dodhial, Mansehra
Institute of Management Sciences (IMSciences), Peshawar
Karakuram International University, Gilgit
Kohat University of Science & Technology, Kohat
Northern University, Nowshera Cantonment
NWFP Agriculture University, Peshawar
NWFP University of Engineering & Technology, Peshawar
Pakistan Military Academy, Abbottabad
Preston University, Kohat
Qurtaba University of Science & Information Technology, D. I. Khan
Sarhad University of Science & Information Technology, Peshawar (Approved Distance Education Centers of (SUIT), Peshawar)
University of Malakand, Chakdara, Dir. Malakand
University of Peshawar, Peshawar
University of Science & Technology, Bannu


Al-Khair University, AJK
Mohi-ud-Din Islamic University, AJK
University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir

Source: Higher Education Commission of Pakistan