INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
July 14 - 20, 2008
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
There is no absolute quality rather it is a dynamic dimension that requires continuous improvement. This is the guiding principle on which Institute of Business Administration stands. It was in the year 1972 that the senate of the University of the Punjab decided to set up the business school of the University. The aim was to establish a business school with a high level of recognition. Thanks to the concrete efforts of the faculty and administration of the University. Thirty Five years down the road we can boast of as one of the finest Business Administration schools of the country.
By the grace of Allah Almighty, we have been able to offer our students a variety of courses to benefit from the most recent of the latest additions to the feathers in our cap, is the inclusion of IT courses in the MBA morning and evening programs. IBA started MBA evening program in 1995. Since its inception its program in meant for executives. IBA has achieved another milestone by introducing Ph. D. in Business Administration in year 2002. In addition to this we have launched two new programs: BBA (Hons) and PGD in Agri Business Management in Fall 2005.
Keeping up with the unprecedented pace to technological development, these programs, being mandatory for all current students, will substantially enhance their value in the job market. All our efforts are focused on importing quality education, with the emphasis on self-development. IBA is known for producing some of the most successful business managers for various public and private sector organizations.
IBA has established its alumni association "IBA Alumni Association" last year. IBA has strong liaison with numerous high performing national and international organizations from all industrial sectors and it will be stronger through IBA Alumni. As a result job placement will become more smooth and quick function.
Our qualified and well trained faculty is highly motivated to equip students as well as industry with the knowledge and skills that are required to face the challenges of practical world.
IBA IS PROUD OF ITS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.
Prof. Muhammad Azhar Ikram Ahmad
PROF. MUHAMMAD AZHAR IKRAM AHMAD
The Director of the Institute, started his career as a Lecturer in University of the Punjab in 1971 after completing his Master Degree in Commerce. During 37 years of service in the University he taught almost all the subjects in the field of Commerce and Business Administration. His areas of interest are Accounting, Business Finance and Taxation. He has a number of publications in Journals of international repute. He has earned international repute in case writing technique and the cases compiled by him are being used in various Universities of the country and abroad. He has also done a significant work in developing the art of teaching with cases in Business Administration. These methods are being followed in most of the Institutes of Business Administration of South Asian countries. He has a vast administrative experience in the University. He has served as a Principal Hailey College of Commerce, Treasurer University of the Punjab, Dean Faculty of Commerce and Chairman Hall Council University of the Punjab. He has been a member of Punjab University Syndicate for 10 years. As a member of Punjab University Senate since 1990, he has contributed a lot towards raising the standard of teaching and research in the University. As Director of Institute of Business Administration his priority is to make the academic environment of the Institute more conducive so that a fully satisfied faculty and student body can amicably work to achieve their goals.
Choosing a business school for higher studies can be both a life-defining and career's central decision. Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of the Punjab aims to provide a modern, thought-provoking business education, appropriately balanced amongst academic theory and practical applications. IBA offers various programs which are designed by keeping into consideration the global market requirements to develop both your life skills and enhance your career prospects.
Established in 1972, Institute of Business Administration is one of the most prestigious institutes of the oldest university of Pakistan. IBA currently has more than 1,000 students enrolled in different programs of undergraduate and graduate level. IBA offers a wide range of different courses across the fields of Accounting, Finance, Business Management, Marketing, Information Technology and Human Resource Management. IBA also provides the opportunity of practical exposure through its mandatory internship program.
Students at IBA experience an outstanding environment not only inside the class room but also outside the class room. It inculcates a spirit of teamwork and provides exposure to the corporate world as the students work on their assigned projects. Our uniquely designed programs offer wide a range of interesting options and subject combinations to provide a platform to plan your career according to your requirements and interests.
IBA is among the pioneer institutes of University of the Punjab, who has launched its alumni association; IBA Alumni Association. IBA Alumni Association is a liaison between corporate world and IBA. The opportunities are vast and the experiences of above 5,000 alumni endorse the value-addition to different programs at IBA.
IBA has the competitive, attentive and friendly faculty and staff who are always available for guidance throughout your stay. I assure you that your time at the IBA will not only be productive but immensely enjoyable - the essence of a true learning experience. The icing on the cake is that you experience all this in the stunning environment of Pakistan's most beautiful university campus.
Prof. Muhammad Azhar Ikram Ahmad
INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
The first decade of the 21st century finds business models and organizations in a state of change and many emerging new knowledge based businesses. Companies with innovative products and services now operate in highly competitive global markets where growth and performance are challenging and risky. These developments take place in a changing economic and regulatory environment and have increased the demand of business management. With rapid advances in technology and knowledge, the increasing globalization of business and the quest for economic development through accelerated business growth, the need for business schools has been increased.
IBA aims to provide a modern, thought-provoking business education, evenhanded between academic theory and practical applications.
Institute of Business Administration traces its history back to 1972 when it was established as a department. Later on, in 1987, the department was upgraded to the status of Institute. This was a great milestone in the history of the University, as IBA was the second Institute in Pakistan where Business Administration was taught. The Institute was shifted to its existing building in 1994.
Over the years, IBA has earned national and international repute for its teaching and research. Continuous improvement of courses helps the Institute to anticipate and reflect business trends. Emphasis on projects and team work makes learning a challenging and stimulating experience and develops the personal initiative and communication skills, which are in such high demand with today's employers.
IBA has already moved to its new campus and, at present, its enrollment is over 1000 students in different programmes to cater to the needs of variety of students.
We offer MBA program to fresh graduates as well as in-service executives, this program covers 75 credit hours in two years. The whole package consists of 23 courses with compulsory two-month business attachment to furnish the graduate with practical exposure. Presently, the Institute offers a variety of specializations such as Marketing, Finance, HRM and Information Technology. MBA evening program was introduced in 1995 and can be completed in 2 and half years.
IBA also offers Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. It consists of four terms of three months each, covering 12 courses of Business Administration.
IBA achieved another milestone by introducing Ph.D. in Business administration in 2002. The program focuses on scientific education and creation of research competence among managers and administrators.
A new program BBA (Hons.) is aimed at high-caliber under graduate students who are both academically able and exhibit strong managerial potential. This program spreads over 8 semesters and covers 132 credit hours in 4 years. The package consists of 42 courses with 2 months internship in any reputed public or private organization.
In a very short span IBA has attained a position among the business schools in Pakistan. It is not an expression but a reality evident from the number of IBA graduates working in highly reputed local and foreign companies in Pakistan.
One may say that the courses offered by IBA are not substantively different from the courses taught at other business schools. It is also a fact that some of the courses are taught only at IBA. Its MBA-Human Resource Management is unique in Punjab. The program is designed to develop technically competent and socially sensitive managers for leadership roles in different organizations.
Every year a bilingual (English and Urdu) magazine "Management Horizons" is published. This publication is an effort to give the student body a chance to express themselves. It show-cases their thoughts, ideas and diverse creative talents. It contains articles related to Business, Finance, Economics, Marketing Management and other relevant fields. In addition to these, short stories, poetry, and general articles provide aesthetic satisfaction to the readers. The publication of the magazine is bases on self-reliant financial strategy. The magazine is, in fact, a source of pride and personal achievement for the students and the faculty alike.
Library and information services play key role in supporting independent learning. Set up in 1973, the Institute's library is committed to meet the information needs of students, faculty and research staff as quickly and efficiently as possible. The reading room of the library is completely air-conditioned to provide comfortable environment to the students.
The library currently contains a useful collection of over 18,000 volumes on a variety of subjects such as Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance Management, Statistics, Computer Sciences and other related fields.
IBA has 16 full time competitive professors and 14 experts of different areas teaching part time to MBA, BBA and PGD students.
IBA management has contributed a lot in the establishment of IBA alumni association. Every graduate of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) University of Punjab is a valued member of its alumni community.
Alumni form is a vital link between the IBA and the corporate sector in which it operates. IBA looks to its alumni for advice, advocacy and support, and remains responsive to the needs of its alumni by keeping the lines of communication open.
IBA is aimed at contributing towards the development of industry, economy and society of Pakistan.