IBA Karachi Changes Its Entire Academic Structure: Report

The Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, has changed its academic structure by replacing its faculties with three departmental schools. Its Board of Governors (BoG) has approved of the institution’s new academic structure which is to be effective from January 1, 2021.

Following the development, the schools, namely the School of Business Studies, the School of Economics & Social Sciences, and the School of Computer Science & Mathematics, will replace the Faculty of Business Administration and the Faculty of Computer Science in the new academic structure.

The BoG has also ruled out the possibility of continuing the services of or re-appointing the Associate Deans of the two existing IBA faculties.


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Dr. Akbar Zaidi, Executive Director IBA, has recommended the appointment of new deans through internal advertising for the first year, and through international advertising later on.

Sources within the BoG suggest that the Academic Board has approved of the working paper submitted by Dr. Akbar Zaidi related to the establishment of the three new schools of the institution.

The IBA’s board had approved of the establishment of faculties in 2008. Back then, the institute offered 6 programs and a total of 1,700 enrollments, whereas it now offers 18 programs and about 5,000 enrollments. The varsity also needs to establish schools to meet international standards.


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The BoG was also informed that one of the existing two faculties has six departments while the other faculty has only two, which is an unequal academic structure.

According to experts, it is difficult for the IBA to gain the accreditation of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) with its current academic set up. Therefore, it will have to change its hiring policy and appoint an only-Ph.D. faculty, and establish schools instead of faculties.

Via: Express


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  • This is really hilarious! Best business schools are adopting practice-oriented teaching by hiring professionals holding MBA from the corporate sector. They are realising that MBA students should be taught by professionally trained MBAs, not the run of the mill PhDs with no industry skill, knowledge, expertise or even exposure. These PhDs are a demise for business schools. How can they lead someone on a path that has never been explored by them who got their PhDs with back to back academic degrees without any practical knowledge? Know towing AACSB is just a capitalistic trap.

    • very disappointed to see the ignorant remarks about PhD, in Pakistan it is so common to be judgemental without any logic , if PhDs are useless then all world leading universities shouldn’t adopt this policy of “only PhD” faculty and shouldn’t invest money in training PhDs..rather they should invite our coporate leaders those who are failed to develop industry in last 70 years of our country. However in reality, theories are needed to validate the existing systems, problems , challenges and to forecast future scenarios.

  • Pakistani academicians and policy makers in business management education have put the cart before the horse to improve quality. The mere PhD holders raggingly show a viscious cycle of a blind leading a blind to get a PhD in business management education. It’s just like “garbage in, garbage out”. Having no insights and experience, just based on a paper degree, these “educators” are simply (un)educating. The other issue is that of students who don’t get enough marks to join engineering or medical programs, and with abysmally low merit these students add no value to the program run by imcompetent PhDs who cannot even score well on GMAT or GRE.

  • very disappointed to see the ignorant remarks about PhD, in Pakistan it is so common to be judgemental without any logic , if PhDs are useless then all world leading universities shouldn’t adopt this policy of “only PhD” faculty and shouldn’t invest money in training PhDs..rather they should invite our coporate leaders those who are failed to develop industry in last 70 years of our country. However in reality, theories are needed to validate the existing systems, problems , challenges and to forecast future scenarios.

  • Higher Ed is now the only field left where a learner has no option but to learn from someone who has no experience, this is more so in business education where practical knowledge and practice turns into theory, unlike laboratory research in other fields. And substandard PhDs teaching business is farce and travesty of business education. In Europe and America, experts are increasingly teaching in business schools and students are rejecting PhD professors having no real knowledge or experience.


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