QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: PROFESSOR WAQAR USMANI

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Dec 27, 2010 - Jan 2, 2011

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Visiting faculty member of Urdu Science University.
Visiting faculty member of HIMS, Hamdard university
Visiting faculty member of Karachi University.
Visiting faculty member of Indus Institute of Higher

EDUCATION.

Working as an external for p-4 in ICMA P.
Visiting faculty member of CB&F.
Visiting faculty member Abacus (affiliated with Urdu science university)
Ex-Permanent faculty member and program coordinator of Orasoft. Teaching MBA, BBA classes courses in evening (affiliated with Urdu science university since 2004 to 2006).
Visiting faculty member of CDS.
Ex-visiting faculty member of Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education.
Ex-Permanent faculty member and program coordinator of BIZTEK.
Visiting faculty member of CAMS.
Visiting faculty member of CBP.
Ex-Permanent faculty member and program coordinator of MID-ASIA (affiliated with KU)
Ex-Visiting faculty member of Adamson.
Ex -Visiting faculty member of Liaquat College 2003-2004
Ex -Visiting faculty member of Petroman 2001 to 2002.

Teaching in various institutes since 2001 to till now at graduation and master levels.

EDUCATION

MBA (3.4 CGPA) in finance and marketing from Hamdard University (Madinatul Hikma)

MCS (3.3 CGPA ) in software engineering from Kasbit University (Karachi)

BBA (3 CGPA ) from AMI - Iqra University (Karachi)

BCS (74%) from Petroman Training Institute (Gulshan-E-Iqbal, Karachi)

Professor Waqar Usmani is an energetic and well-known name in the education community. He is a successfull young teacher who has complete synchs with his student and always focuses the curricular and healthy non-curricular educational activities. Professor Waqar Usmani is successfully performing his best role as assistant professor in Hamdard University. He has a good background of successful career like in FUUST, KU, IIHE, etc. before joining Hamdard University.

It is a fact that such teachers are very rare who entirely satisfy their students. A few days ago we met with professor Usmani in a seminar and we availed the opportunity of discussing with him the educational system and policies. Following are the questions and his answers.

WHAT ARE YOU SAYING ABOUT TOO MANY DIFFICULTIES IN EDUCATION SECTOR IN PAKISTAN DUE TO WORST ECONOMICAL CRISIS?

USMANI: Provision of education and its betterment is a responsibility of the government as well as NGOs. Due to financial crisis, government could not fulfill the requirements of education system, therefore there is a need that NGOs as well as rich persons support the government to solve the problem. The education budget also needs to improve with scholarship offering method by public and private organisation in universities.

ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE EXISTING EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM?

USMANI: In every education system the syllabus with combination of courses play an important role, and meet the desirable requirements of future for a nation. In Pakistani education system, syllabus is quite old. Another important aspect in Pakistani education system is A level and O level education which is quite better as compared to old Pakistani system. All these aspect of education system creates an imbalance growth of education in Pakistan. The review of outline and standardization of education system is an essential requirement for the present era.

WHAT YOU RECOMMEND HOW OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM PARTICIPATES BETTER IN THIS WORST ECONOMIC CONDITION?

USMANI: Lack of production and reduction in GDP create a barrier of unemployment in Pakistan. The educated persons are unemployed. The need is that we immediately concentrate technical education system in Pakistan. Technical education system creates self employment which is an essential requirement in present era, such mechanism reduced the gap of unemployment in economy.

IN YOUR VIEWS, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ARE TO BE IMPROVED FIRST OR HIGHER EDUCATION?

USMANI: Both are parallel educational system and depend on each other. Higher education teachers are must for improving basic education and for improvement of higher education, there is a need of primary to secondary educated students.

ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE AMOUNT ALLOCATED FOR THE EDUCATION SECTOR IN THE CURRENT BUDGET?

USMANI: The allocated amount is not sufficient but due to present financial situation it may be said a reasonable increase. But, it is necessary to save funds from all types of corruption and its contribution must be through fair and impartial procedure.

CAN YOU NAME FEW PERSONS STRIVING TO IMPROVE EDUCATION SYSTEM IN PAKISTAN AT PRESENT?

USMANI: I think few personalities of government and private universities are very much respectable and doing their best: Professor Dr. Peerzada Qasim, Vice Chancellor Karachi University, Prof. Dr. Qaiser Vice Chancellor Urdu University, Professor Dr. Naseem, Vice Chancellor Hamdard University, Dr. Abu Zar Wajidi, Dean Management Sciences, Karachi University, Dr. Shafiq-ur-Rahman, Economics Department, Karachi University, and Dr Frooq Aziz, Professor FUUST.

WILL POOR STUDENTS AFFORD EDUCATION FOLLOWING STOP OF HEC FUNDING?

As I stated in previously, the coordination/joint venture of our government and NGOs is necessary for improving the educational system in the country and if NGOs provide help to deserved students of higher education this problem may be removed.

WHY THERE IS A DIFFERENCE IN FEES FOR LOCAL AND FOREIGN STUDENTS IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM OF THE COUNTRY?

USMANI: There are two basic reasons, first our currency has less value, therefore when Pakistan universities demand fee according to foreign institution, it is shown very much in local currency. The other reason is when students of Sweden, Nigeria or Arabian countries take admission in universities, the Pakistan teachers are compelled to give them attentions to make them culture-savvy. Also on verification of their documents and other records, our universities spend more funds, therefore extra charges from foreign students are not class/standard differences. These are only service charges.