Business schools asked to get NBEAC accreditation Islamabad Appreciating the initiatives taken by the National Business Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC) for improvement of the quality of business education in Pakistan, HEC Chairperson Dr Javaid R. Laghari has emphasised the need to further enhance the efforts and advised business schools to immediately seek accreditation through NBEAC.

During the meeting with NBEAC Chairman Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, Dr Laghari identified the need to synchronise the roadmaps of various degree programmes from undergraduate to doctoral level for smooth transition of the students. He also highlighted the need for faculty development for increasing the quality of classroom instruction and industrial linkages.

It was agreed during the meeting that the MBA degree should be considered in principle as a two-year degree and minimum requirement for admission should be 16-year qualification. Those entering into the MBA programme with prior education in business administration would be provided with waiver of upto 15 credit hours while those joining from non-business undergraduate degrees would undergo two-year studies including summer sessions if necessary. Similarly, students with 14-year degrees should be offered admission into other degree programmes to facilitate them converting into 16-year bachelor degree.

HEC ED Dr Sohail Naqvi emphasised revamping of curriculum and its alignment with cutting-edge developments at global level and to 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 will be held in October in collaboration with the European Foundation for Management Development at Brussels.

HEC Chairperson 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.

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