From IPE  Excellence To Industrial Revolution 4.0

Blooming at the QEC IoBM were thought-provoking presentations on “How to make Institutional Performance Evaluation (IPE) more effective” by Ms. Ambreen Asif Qureshi, Director, Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC), Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education, Karachi and “Redefining Curriculum in light of Industrial Revolution 4.0” by Mr. Moin Ali Khan, Head of QEC, IoBM says a press release of the IoBM Public Affairs Section. This program was organized at the Entrepreneurship and Management Excellence Center (EMEC), IoBM, attended by representatives of top universities of the country and participated through video-conferencing by universities across Pakistan. It received complete support from Mr. Talib Karim, President IoBM and Ms. Sabina Mohsin, its Executive Director.  Dr. Shahid Amjad, Director, QEC and HoD, Environment and Energy Management, IoBM, welcomed the distinguished guests and thanked, especially Ms. Ambreen Asif Qureshi for her inspiring presentation. The event was attended by IoBM’s HoDs, faculty, management and staff and hosted by Mr. Atif Shahab Butt, Assistant Director QEC, who also instrumentally guided his coordinating team including Moin Akhtar and Bilal Ahmad.

Among the set standards initiated for brainstorming by Ms. Ambreen Asif Qureshi were mission statement and goals, planning and evaluation, organization and governance, integrity, faculty, students, institutional resources, academic programs and curricula, public disclosure and transparency, assessment and quality assurance and student support service. Mr. Moin Ali Khan added a couple of such indispensable standards as innovation and contribution to society and emphasized on the need for alumni input, corporate exposure and placements. Meanwhile, Ms. Ambreen Asif Qureshi advocated maintaining a working folder for each standard digging, organizing, streamlining and updating concerned information, evidences, reports and data in pursuit of achieving IPE excellence. She upheld the need for an “open door policy” and “peer interaction” in this regard and added that there may be such impediments as shortage of qualified human resource and lack of technical know-how which could best be managed by taking the management into confidence.

Assuming future is not far when obsolete educational and professional practices will be null and void rendering the majority jobless and progress stagnant, Mr. Moin Ali Khan’s revealing points on “Redefining Curriculum in light of Industrial Revolution 4.0” included mobile supercomputing, robotic approach in human functionalities, neuro-technological human brain intelligence, 3-D printing, automation, actuators, sensors and genetic editing etc. Mr. Rizwan Elahi of IoBM talked about Blockchain, a decentralized, distributed and public digital ledger used to record transactions across many computers so that the record cannot be altered retroactively without the alteration of subsequent blocks and the collusion of the network. Mr. Parvez Jamil termed Industrial Revolution 4.0 as a potential far-sighted approach indeed but along with the currently practiced system of education ensuring trickle down benefit of higher education and research reaching the common man and with appropriate technology the answer to Pakistan’s burgeoning socio-economic problems. He shared with the distinguished QEC participants the need for a common publication: “QEC Times” towards IPE excellence which was well-acknowledged.

Parvez Jamil – Tel: 021-35091905, 111-002-004, ext. 334 – Cell: 0324-2899563