Nida Tahseen

Located in the heart of Lahore, National College of Business Administration and Economics (NCBA&E) has qualified and experienced faculty members on board. The varsity has highly regarded research programme and is prominent institution in private sector of Pakistan. NCBA&E has a capacity to offer Ph.D. research opportunities under the supervision of Dr. Muhammad Hanif Mian, Vice Rector Research, NCBA&E.

Born in Jalandar, India, he migrated to Pakistan in 1947. He received his basic education in Vehari and Multan. For higher education he opted for Punjab University, Karachi University and did MPhil leading to PhD from Australia. With PhD in Statistics, he is a fellow of The Royal Statistical Society, UK. He was honoured with a gold medal in the 13th Islamic Countries Society on Statistical Sciences, in Bogor, Indonesia. He has published 250 research papers in reputed journals and authored multiple books. Let’s have a conversation and find out what NCBA&E has in store for the aspiring business students.  

Since how long have you been teaching?

It was my father’s dream that I teach and I am fulfilling his dream since 1962. In my 53 years of educational career I have taught in 56 countries including Australia, England, Malaysia, Lybia and Saudi Arabia. In Pakistan, I have in many leading universities and now I am associated with National College of Business Administration and Economics (NCBA&E).

What has been a distinctive factor that separates NCBA&E from other universities?

Our research based post graduate programme is very competitive and above par. We are contributing in Statistics, Business Management, Economics, Environment Management, Mathematics and Computer Sciences.

What do you see as the most challenging aspects of an increasingly diverse academic community, and what steps have you taken to meet such challenges?

I proudly inform you that we have enrolled students from North Waziristan and South Waziristan in our PhD programmes. So far we have produced 241 Mphils and PhDs. Our scholars are teaching in various leading institutes in Pakistan and abroad. We never refuse admissions from FATA or Waziristan. Special grants are offered to the applicants hailing from Gilgit-Baltistan, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Business studies degree has reached its saturation point, your comment on this statement.

It is true to some extent; overall our industry is going down. The demand of business graduates has decreased while thousands of business students are graduating every year. Hence, our national economic crisis is responsible for this daunting situation.

NCBA&E is known for its quality research. How do you ensure quality research work/thesis from your university?

We are sending our students abroad to attain knowledge by attending courses and workshops. To improve our standards we are cautious in selecting research students.

Is it important for a teacher to have practical experience of his taught subject?

It is very essential. A teacher who avoids knowledge of the practical implications of his subject can only translates his knowledge into lectures for the students.

How does the mechanism of grants/ scholarships work in NCBA&E?

Each and every student in NCBA&E is on partial or full scholarship, ranging from 20pc to 100pc. We do not discriminate between Muslims and non-Muslims while awarding scholarships.

There is much work needed to improve the research standards in Pakistan. Why are we exactly lacking behind?

This is untrue. Pakistan’s research has come a long way and we are far better in many disciplines from other countries. But then there are subjects in which we are far behind from international universities.

What are your plans for the institute’s expansion particularly in terms of offering more subjects of study?

We do have plans for expansion in terms of subjects and campuses. Three of our campuses are in pipe-line in different parts of the city. We are also planning to add engineering and medical sciences programmes. Currently we have five post graduate departments catering MBA, MSC Economics, and Environment Sciences, Mathematics, Fine Arts, Business Studies and Statistics. NCBAE has four branches in Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujrat and Multan.

Are you satisfied with the quality of business graduates Pakistani educational institutions are producing?

Yes, I am very much satisfied, as out of our 82 PhDs and Mphils nobody is jobless. Nobody can competes us in research.

Who is the greatest academician Pakistan has produced so far?

Pakistan’s Nobel Laureate Dr. Abdus Salam and Higher Education Commission Chairperson Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed are the greatest educationists Pakistan has produced. Dr. Mukhtar has personally helped me shaping in my future and educational aspirations.

What’s the most demanding discipline of NCBAE?

Our business studies are well received and demanded by students from far flung areas.

Are you satisfied with the job market reputation of NCBA&E?

Yes, I am very much satisfied with its job market reputation. If you read the statistics you will learn that none of our MPhil and PhD graduates are unemployed and all are teaching in reputed educational institutes nationwide.

What are the prerequisites of joining NCBA&E as a lecturer/ professor?

We follow Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) standards while hiring a faculty member. Our lecturers are minimum Mphil degree holders from reputed universities from Pakistan and abroad.

HEC ranked NCBA&E among the top business schools, what are you doing to maintain and improve that position?

We are second best in Punjab (2013-2014) and seventh best in Pakistan in Business Management.

What measures should be taken to improve the literacy rate in Pakistan?

Pakistan government is doing nothing to improve educational standards in Pakistan. For quality assurance the government must release funds to the educational institutions. We, in NCBA&E, are trying our best to provide best facilities to students and teachers and as we know, better facilities are pre-requisites for improving results. In order to do so, we have introduced overhead technology devices, projectors, e-libraries etc.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?

Two teachers are very important in my life, NCBA&E Rector Dr. Muneer Ahmed and Dr Ken Brewer from Canada. Moreover, my mother played a major role in my life.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

I have been to 57 countries on scholarships. I am happy here, today and don’t want to go back in time.

What is your favourite word?

My wife’s name.

What your favourite book?

Seerat ul Nabvi by late Mubarak Puri.

What’s your favourite place to dine in?

At home. My wife is a very good cook.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

I would like to invite my wife to my dream dinner party. I call her BV with love.

Your favourite song?

Roti khaanay kay liye paisay nahi hotay thay tau gungunana kya. (I did not have money, how would have I sang songs.)

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?

My greatest achievement was my very first research paper for Journal of the Royal Statistics Society. It boosted me to do further research.

Kindly introduce yourself in your mother’s words. Mere Muhammad Hanif perh lena meri izzat rakh lena. (My Muhammad Hanif, don’t compromise my respect and do get educated.)