AHSAN A. SHAH, MBA - Marketing - SZABIST (
July 07 - 13, 2008

Education is a privilege not many people in Pakistan can aspire to. Where education becomes a business it is bound to happen. The very inception of educational centers in the country has been footed dismally on a very fragile ground and it would not at all be incorrect to state that the scenario is in an impartial predicament which is actually debilitating further to perfunctory knowledge of apprehension.

The idea does not befuddle the reader any more in comparison to what most of the educational institutes of the country are already in; but in an effort of protruding and sensing the need to be a partisan while judging such institutes, it is utterly consequential to call upon a fair deliberate which can inculcate a comprehensive cerebration that for long awaits the grass root level methodology involved in and practiced by most such institutes. After all it is a matter of a prosperous and impeccable futures incited to take over the distant career walks in various organizations.

To define irony and sarcasm at best one should feel less reluctant while visiting if not more than at least once in their lifetime to these multifaceted business institutes rather than educational centers breeding future leaders- as if I must needle. Here one will find all classes and departments intact but no career counseling or concrete guarantee of a future which caps a unique skill or two that could really motor one to be a part of society in a more efficient and effective way. The frontage; a predictable one, and it entails a degree, time spent, money squandered, etc resulting merely in a scenario commonly known to most of us as unemployment. Believe it if you can that this is an art no country's educational front has excelled in but ours.

The Ministry of education takes a lot of credit for the above stated theorem, by playing an all important role of introducing and besetting all the more significant syllabus and curriculum run obsolete at least by half a decade if not more across the globe. Now having said this, the situation with the ministry runs even more deeper than a rabbit's hole, where they intermittently fail to install any concrete body responsible for consistent checks in relation to the education institutes and whereby they can further exercise some sort of control and ensure a steady and robust system that could entail a realistic semester fees structure with resonant merit system not to forget a free flow of latest editions of low priced course books. To further establish a case at hand, one should not be appalled to find that the people actually running the show themselves are mostly accoutered superficially at least academically so as no to understand the complexities of the these educational centers.

The other side of the picture possesses a slightly better kinetics to its overall depiction. The private business schools have done well; specifically in the recent times, but the bitter side is that these schools reflect a mere 5 to 10 percent of the population truly exposed to education. Here we can safely assume that this may well be the cream of our society which can actually take the brunt of those hefty amounts of semester fees and the ever surmounting costs of imported books. Another truth to go with this is that most of the graduates of these business schools can directly be held in contention for the accelerated brain drain, an evil the shadows our country further. This should again provide some food for thought for those planning the education standards in our country that whether they should continue to focus more in a similar fashion or should they really deploy resources in a more unanimous form of education systems whereby they can diminish money based standards and promote merit. Thus developing confidence, at grass root level for the system which could later pay back and achieve results for the system in it self. India had done the same by bringing a unanimous form of education board across its provinces and is now reaping all positives.

In a nutshell the business schools in our country have to come to terms to the pragmatics of the world, which is fast developing a cut throat competitive market. Involving in verbosity such as the above wont do the job; its time to put things into retrospective and from their make emends to achieve the desired result. One should believe in the ever aging axiom and that is "It's never too late to achieve what is best for you", and we should realize that our best is in re-structuring the entire education system to evolve something which is more concrete and robust to withstand the test of time.