Stop Playing with Us HEC !

Nowdays Higher Education Commission is doing a non sense as usual. They are really making a fuss for the students of MBA. I mean HEC which is supposed to be an institute for the help and betterment of education in Pakistan and students of Pakistan but it is really taking some decisions which are making a huge uncertainty among all the higher level students. I am going to do my best to explain what they are doing for the "betterment" of students in Pakistan.

Now that is HEC old road map for MBA in Pakistan. As this map shows everything quit clearly which is alright in every aspect. But now they are doing some blunders or may be non sense is a better word to use.

You can see from the map above that for one year MBA students have to cover 30 to 36 credit hours and there is no time limit mentioned. But now HEC has declared that there is no more 1 year MBA, the minimum time limit imposed by HEC for MBA after 4 year business bachelors is 1.5 half years. Okay now if you are wondering that what is non-sense about that then here it is, the credit hours for MBA are remains the same that is 30 to 36 hrs. So one can conclude that HEC has wonderful thing for students by giving them 6 more months to study same courses which they can done in 1 year.

Same is the case with 2 year MBA and 3 year MBA, HEC has increased number of years by 6 months in both cases with same credit hours. Now no one can justify these blunder which HEC has done with us.

Its not me who is upset with these actions even HEC's National Curriculum Revision Committee members are took by surprised with this decision of HEC. I will not disclose the name of that Respectful Member who told me that "I am a member of HEC revision committee and I was one of them who made above given road map back in 2007 but HEC didn't inform me as well many others about this meeting and this decision took me by surprise".

After having this conversation I was forced to think that there must be some "hand" behind all this thing otherwise there is no logic to extend study duration of students.

Faculty of Management Studies - PCBA

Faculty of Management Studies, formerly known as Punjab College of Business Administration, is run under University of Central Punjab(UCP). I am gonna use PCBA for FMS in my later writings, so PCBA was established in 1991 and since then gradually PCBA has become a little bit of status symbol, although the study methods at PCBA are quit good and teachers are also really cooperative with students but even then the overall development of students is not at that level that is supposed to be. I mean yes they are confident and speak good English but this might not be enough for market to attract to someone as market demands for more knowledge and broad tinkling level of students.

One thing which is very common in UCP's every institute is that they treat their students like school going students and administration treated them very rudely which is quit demotivated for students that they don't have liberty to complaint against management or faculty. PCBA's campus is meeting the new demands of new ara, because campus is although well maintained but its not a vast one and there is a big need to build a new purposely build campus. Well UCP is building a campus near Shoukat Khanam Hospital but I am not sure whether PCBA is also going there or not but for me they must move at least one or more programs to that campus.

lets talk about studies and faculty at PCBA, most of the faculty members are Masters and quit young but few are experienced. But almost all are very cooperative with students and really give focus on syllabus and course contents. Grading criteria is neither very tough nor very lenient and falls some where between that. Usually students got monthly assignments.

At PCBA events like musical conerts are arranged sometimes like may be once in a half year or so and they love to call Atif Aslam to perform there which is quit boring for students.

HISTORY: Eastablished in 1991 PCBA operates by itself but when UCP got charter from government they come under the charter of UCP and now issue degrees of UCP. Very recently PCBA has changed its name and become Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) and from now on it will be called by this name. Even in my remaining review.

BASIC INFORMATION: FMS is situated in Gulberd Lahore with very "hand to mouth" campus. It means that, that campus only got that much capacity which is hardly full filling their need. But that small campus is very well maintained like all other institutes of Punjab Group.

FACILITIES: Facilites at FMS are not quit up to the mark, letme give a detailed review about facilites at FMS, one thing which is acceptable is their library which is quit rich but computer labs are not more then average, transport facility is very poor and mostly for girls only, no hostel but cafeteria is good and also the class rooms are very well developed with full air condtioned. Not a single play ground is there and common room for girls is reasonable. So overall facilites can be rated as Average.

STUDENT TALK: Students at FMS are very much alive and cooperative. After talking to them I have noticed only one thing that they all are concerned about the strickness of the management and the school alike enovoirnment.

MARKET WORTH: As I said above that in market there is not a good demand for PCBA's graduates they genrally start with around 1500 which is average start for a MBA. If you talk about further admissions I have seen IBA of Punjab University refusing a BBA of FMS on grounds that they don't accept UCP's degree but I also seen old Punjabians in LUMS. So its all depend on students' personal capabilities.

PROGRAMS OFFERED: FMS offer purely business related programs upto masters level only, programs are:

  • Bachelors of Business Administration - BBA 4 years
  • Masters in Business Administration - 3 years after 2 year bachelor and 2 year after 4 year non-business bachelor.
  • MBA - 1 year after BBA*
  • MBA Excutive
  • MBA - Banking and Finance
* HEC has given a new instruction to all the institues that the MBA after 4 year BBA is must be at least of 18 months.

WEBSITE: Here is the link for web page of FMS, click here.