Department of Management Sciences, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur, Pakistan.
A brief overview of Bahawalpur, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur and Department of Management Sciences
Bahawalpur, the 12th largest city of Pakistan and an important city of southern Punjab, is famous for its tranquility, cultural heritage and educational institutions. It was once the capital of former princely state of Bahawalpur, founded by Nawab Bahawal Khan Abbasi II. This remained an autonomous state for over 200 years. During the rule of last Nawab Sir Sadiq Muhammad Khan Abbasi V, the state acceded to Pakistan on 7th October 1947 and merged into the province of Punjab, Pakistan, on 14th October 1954. Bahawalpur has always been a seat of higher learning. Uch Sharif (a nearby ancient town) had one of the largest universities in the world where scholars from all over the world used to come for studies. As a continuation of this tradition a religious University (Jamia Abbasia) was established in Bahawalpur in 1925, following the academic pursuits of Jamia Al-Azhar, Egypt. The renowned scholars spread the beacon of Islam by teaching Tafseer of Quran, Hadith, Fiqh, and History along with other contemporary subjects.
In view of the changing scenario, Jamia Abbasia was declared as a general University in 1975, and was renamed as The Islamia University of Bahawalpur. Initially, it started functioning at Abbasia and Khawaja Fareed Campuses with ten Departments. In order to construct a modern and self-contained campus, 1250 acres of land was allotted to the University on Hasilpur Road about eight kilometers away from the city centre. The sand dunes have been converted into well-built faculties, green lawns, hostels, residential colony, farms and orchards. It is known as Baghdad-ul-Jadeed Campus. The University was started with ten departments and now this number has increased to 45 offering 74 disciplines. Apart from conventional disciplines of Religious Affairs, Languages, Social and Basic Sciences; education is being imparted in the areas of Business Administration, Engineering, Agriculture, Veterinary Sciences, Computer, Law, Education, Fine Arts, Pharmacy, Life Sciences and Sports Sciences. The University values quality education rather than quantity. Towards achievement of this end a team of highly qualified and committed faculty members have been engaged. Moreover, research is being made corner stone of the educational philosophy.
In order to provide opportunities of higher education to the youth at their door step, two campuses were established at Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalnagar in 2005. Initially, Departments of Management Sciences and Computer Science & Information Technology were established for which response was very encouraging. The number of Departments at Bahawalnagar and Rahim Yar Khan Campuses have been increased to seven and six, respectively. As for Bahawalpur, the Department of Management Sciences (DMS) was established in 1994 to fulfill the demands for quality business professionals by organizations. Since then, the Department has won accolades of success in the business world by producing scintillating results year after year. The Department has a long standing commitment to produce highly employable graduates capable of assuming challenges of the highly dynamic and complex market of 21st century. The Department has one of the highest proportions of students in the area, successfully completing their studies and winning competitive jobs. Up till now, several hundred
students have graduated who are enjoying respectful executive level managerial positions in the hierarchy of various national and multinational organizations.
The high success rate coupled with excellent employment prospects have become major attraction for the potential students. Our graduates are second to none in this country and are competing successfully for prestigious positions in the country and abroad. We not only impart knowledge and skills to the students in the relevant fields, but also concentrate on wholesome grooming of the students to make them good moral beings. Our students have boldly gone beyond customary learning from books and have started gaining practical exposure by organizing business plan competitions, literary circles, research projects, debates, and sports. Our students have shown their potential by participating in the cultural exchange programs at national and international levels. A close liaison and collaboration with business community of Bahawalpur has been established to realize our vision.
The Department is endeavoring to create a research culture. Back in 2007, the total number of publications was just one which has increased to 46 now. We also secured lifetime membership of Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA).