You know sometimes life brings you to great surprises. And one of the surprises was going to the Institute of Business management Karachi, Pakistan for its admission Policy of MS/Mphil Courses.
Being a lecturer myself for the last 3 years in BUITEMS , i was very much familiar with the rules and regulations of Higher education Commission , the governing body of higher education institutes. It has made transperant paths for all students in their academic destinations. Those who go for BS (4 years graduation totaling 16 years education) will lead to MS and than PhD. And those who turn out to have their M.A (2 years masters totaling 16 years education) would have to go through Mphil and finally phd. This also means that there is not much difference in MS and Mphil. Both of them ultimately leads to the Doctorate degree.
On my visit to IOBM, i found the infrastructure quiet resembling to that of my own BUITEMS. Particularly the interior architecture look more like as if i was in my own department.
We moved towards the Admission office for acquiring the details regarding the MS courses. At first i thought i was not considered much because of having a degree from BUITEMS or Baluchistan. Though i knew that my institute was rapidly growing in his name and fame around the country yet i still felt that people do have that stereotype towards Baluchistan. But to my surprise it was not the degree recognition or institute ranking that mattered rather it was my BS qualification that they did not accepted for an MS. Clearly describing, i was not allowed to go into MS course because of being a BS and not being an M.A. They stated that an M.A in economics was allowed to have admission in mphil/ms course but not a BS qualifier.
To me ! it meant that my studying more than 45 subjects in those 4 years was not worth the 12 subject of M.A. ! Dont be annoyed after knowing that but yes that is what i was told by 3 people in the admission office.
The HEC rules have clearly declared that 4 years BS economics graduation that totals 16 years of education is equivalent to Master of Economics. This is documented and a scanned copy is already placed in FPSC website named as certificate of Equivalency which states that a student is permitted to have Mphil/MS as its further education. What IoBM told me was that they only take Masters Degree student to MS/Mphil. For the BS students to get into MS course, he/she has to go through another year of Masters (one-year master programme offered by CBM) so as to acquire a degree of Masters and than be permitted to join the MS programme.
What annoyed me even more was that there catalog had clearly written the criteria according to the HEC rules but were not following it. You can see evidently in the advertisement below that the institute has made its own admission policy for various MS courses where some Bs Students can go for MS but some cant. Since the admission office had nothing to say about the flaw they made, in response the admission officer was in fact blaming the HEC for his confused rules regarding the BS/MS and M.A/Mphil criteria. Which consequently showed a complete neglect of HEC rules in their policies.
I, being around so many highly qualified faculty members have seen hundreds of BUITEMS students and faculty members going to various universities like iba, szabist, nust, comsat, PAF-Kiet, etc who joined their Ms course without any experience and having just the qualification of BS. Even Fulbright students go for MS economics or Mphil programme after just their BS education ! So whats with IoBM making different criteria for each course ?
To my understanding, the admission policies of Iobm lacked transparency. And that it was not the HEC rather the admission officer including rest of the faculty and administration of IoBm who is confused and had no evidence of proving that MS is not possible after BS ! (i feel weird even when i write this statement) .Hence, for Iobm you must go through 17 years of education before getting into MS Economics (incase if you have done 4yr-BS). But do not worry about the rest of the country’s Institutes because they do accept you with a single transcript and Degree of BS ! 😛
So to the all students. Do not bother about wasting one more year in such institutes which burdens themselves with their irrelevant policies because surely there are many other valid options for you !
Attached is the Certificate of equivalency of BS being considered as Masters and also the advertisement of Iobm with its annoying admission criteria.