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IBA Karachi announces partnership with ICWFD


A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Dr. Ishrat Husain, Dean and Director, IBA Karachi and Mr. Asad Shah, Chairman ICWFD (International Commission on Workforce Development) on 26th November, 2013.

IBA has been selected by the ICWFD to act as an exam center for its educational project. The MoU explains that although all the courses offered by the commission will be conducted online, IBA will play a crucial role in ensuring that Student ID authentication is properly ensured.

Shedding light on this, Mr. Shah said that “The only doubt with E-learning is the difficulty to verify students’ identity at the time of examination. Having a reputable institute like IBA Karachi as our exam venue will rid us of those doubts.” When asked why he decided to extend this venture to Pakistan, Mr. Shah replied: “Pakistan lacks universities. Even in those universities the quality of education is not maintained at a very high level. An e-learning program could break this country’s educational stagnancy”. He expressed his deepest gratitude to the sponsors and supporters of the program coming to Pakistan, including Standard Chartered Bank, Rotary Club,BBCL, EFUand especially Geo for “helping spread the message”

Representatives of the Geo Network were also present at the signing ceremony, headed by Mr. Imran Aslam, President Geo Network and the Mir Khalil-ur-Rehman Foundation (MKRF). Mr. Aslam said that Pakistan’s education system is nostalgic and cultivating bias. He elaborated: “We have been living in the past for too long; it’s time to turn our face to the future. He expressed high hopes for the e-learning program: “So much to discover, so much to explore. I bid everyone on this journey, Bon Voyage”. Also representing the MKRF, he said he was “thrilled about this initiative, especially since we have been passionately engaged in various campaigns including “Zara Sochiye”. We are very much willing to contribute towards a conducive environment for education in Pakistan.”

Dr.Ishrat briefed the media that initially these courses will be offered free of cost, but on seeing an increase in the number of students, a minimal fee will be charged to cover the project’s expenses. He welcomed the proceedings of such an education boosting cause, saying “We have to work together to reach out to the hundreds of thousands of people who have been denied quality education.”

Boiler Plate: ICFWD
International Commission on Workforce Development is an California based NGO looking to enhance the world education by serving quality online courses at nominal cost. The Commission has given over 13 million people, across the G77 countries, state-of-the-art courses in job skills since its launch in 2001. The number of courses offered exceeds 3000 covering IT, Business, and Professional Development.