was agreed that the MBA degree should be considered in principle
as a two-year degree and minimum requirement for admission should
be 16-years academic qualification. Those entering the MBA programme
with prior education in business administration would be provided
waiver of up to 15 credit hours while those joining the non-business
undergraduate degrees would undergo two-year studies including
summer sessions if necessary. Similarly, students with 14-year
degrees should be offered admission to other degree programmes
to facilitate them converting it into 16-year bachelor degree.
Executive Director HEC Dr Sohail
Naqvi emphasised that revamping of curriculum and its alignment
with cutting-edge developments at global level would meet the
demands of corporate sector in Pakistan. It was agreed that communication
and leadership skills along with managerial expertise should be
made part of curriculum for enhancing personal effectiveness and
development of managerial expertise.
The chairman NBEAC apprised
the HEC leadership about steps taken to develop a formidable team
of evaluators at national level to take care of the workload of
peer evaluation. He also informed that a premium training programme
of top tier trainers would be held in October in collaboration
with the European Foundation for Management Development at Brussels.
The chairperson HEC approved
the idea of setting up National Resource Centre for case studies
to promote practical training and provide analytical training
on issues related to the world of business and industry. All cases
would have blind review process and upon acceptance the writers
would receive acknowledgement equivalent to a paper in the HEC
approved journal. It was decided that workshops for case writing
skills would be held in all provinces.
Dr Laghari also approved the
proposal to hold the First International Conference on Management
Education in March 2012 in Lahore. It was decided that leading
international accrediting agencies such as The Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and European Foundation
for Management Development would be invited to share their expertise
regarding quality of management education. This forum would generate
research interests in advanced theoretical as well as practical
issues and challenges facing management education in Pakistan.
Ahtesham Ali Raja, Programme Manager (NBEAC), Sania Tufail, Programme
Co-ordinator and Munazza Zaidi Research Officer were also present
on the occasion.