Where is our education system heading?

By Furrukh Sham, TMM2

4-year degree equivalent to masters

The Higher Education Commission has recognized all bachelor degrees awarded after four years or eight semesters of studies as equivalent to MA or MSc degree……..The decision will be applicable to the purpose of employment to BPS-17 and for higher education.

The degrees are: BE or BSc engineering, BSc (Hons) agriculture, B. Pharmacy, MBBS, BS(CS), BS(IT), BBA (hons) and LLB. http://www.dawn.com/2006/01/22/nat31.htm

Is this press release by the HEC tantamount to the claim that our university system has become so progressive and developed that by only doing 8 semesters in any of the respective fields, a student will become a master of that field? What’s more, as this decision is also valid for the purpose of higher education as well so it is also going to increase the number of PhDs per annum! (May be that is one of the tactics used by the HEC to meet the educational ‘reform’ targets!)

By the way don’t get so chuffed folks; this joke is only applicable in Pakistan. The master’s degrees granted as such will not be internationally recognized in the similar way. We all know how most of the students at the undergraduate level earn their degrees completing all the required ‘course work’, ‘assignments’ and so on, not to mention the ‘wonderful’ research that is carried out to complete the dissertations at the end of the four years.

I am dumbfounded; feel aghast and I wonder what good is that going to bring to us…the students of TIP. The state of education, faculty, ‘research’ facilities like laboratories and library at TIP is no hidden secret. Is our curriculum regularly updated to remain abreast with current developments in the field of textile and business? We do seem to have the infrastructure and resources but are we putting them to proper usage? Most of the students would rather plagiarize than to put their own thoughts in to the work and both students and teachers are responsible for this behavior in their own ways. This attitude has become a kind of syndrome that infests the air. One feels indifference and even antipathy that broils within everyone but people seem least bothered to come forward and change things and hence drag along.

So how do we deserve to be awarded a master’s degree? Do we have the aptitude? What are the measures that have been taken by the HEC to ensure that only those institutes and universities are able to grant degrees that maintain certain standards and provide students with appropriate facilities? Further more where does are beloved TIP stand in all this?

In my opinion, this is a feeble and pathetic attempt by the HEC to veil the deficiencies of the education system that is prevailing in the country and its inability to curb the worsening situation.

First reading list for Spring 2006

Empty desks wait to be read upon

Contributed by Farrukh Sham, TMM2

1. Tariq Ali, The clash of fundamentalisms
Genre: History
No of pages: Over 500
Available at the TIP library

2. Jeffery Archer, Matter of honor
Genre: Fiction/ thriller
No. of pages: 368
Available at the TIP library

3. Dr Spencer Johnson, Who moved my cheese?
Genre: Management
No. of pages: 96
Available at the TIP library
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Job switching advice

Career ladders

Raghib Ali Khan (Textile Science Class of 2005) gives valuable advice on starting a new job, and on switching jobs.

One thing which is very common in fresh graduates is job switching. There are as many reasons as there the grains of sand in this universe or the stars in the sky. Some times after a few days and some times after a couple of months one switches to another job.

Although switching is not a good thing to do but if it is necessary one should not delay that and do as soon as they have reason enough.

There are few things that a fresh graduate must consider before starting a new job:

  1. Your field of interest
  2. There are many options open to one like spinning, weaving, dyeing, printing, finishing, planning, quality control, garments production, merchandizing, marketing, buying houses, textile sourcing, consultancy etc. Select one that suits you best.
  3. When you select a job, stick to it.
  4. Is the job related to your studies?
  5. Will the job give you opportunities to learn and grow?
  6. Whether you are fit for that particular environment
  7. Is the job fulfilling your monetary requirements?
  8. How are senior members doing at that company?
  9. Where will you be in a couple of years in that job?

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Who is Dean Dr. Khizar Rehman?

Who is Dean Dr. Khizar Rehman? The Herald Annual 2005, a DAWN publication, in an article “Reading the Pulse” on “alternative education, quotes a Dean Dr. Khizar Rehman as TIP’s Dean. Who is this new Dean of TIP?

The article states “private and public sector universities are catering to shifting market demands by establishing alternative, career-oriented departments,” along with TIP as one of the examples. Our new and knowledgeable dean elaborates in the article; “the idea is to produce trained professionals for middle-level management in the textile industry.”

While students are eager to learn more about the nitty-gritty of textile wet processing, knitting and weaving, Dr. Rehman says the current market trends are inclined towards design technology and apparel manufacturing. The reason, according to Dr Rehman, quite simple: “Professionals are now needed in the garment industry because spinning has made rapid advancements.”

That simple, eh? So had spinning not made rapid advancements, the garment industry would have been a flop? Your thoughts on the new Dean and on his thoughts?