|Dr. Khalid Ranjha|
The IMS success over the last 26 years can be attributed to a number of factors, but to me the over-arching driver of IMS achievements and success is the unwavering commitment to our mission. With an increasing trend towards globalisation there will always be a dire need for high-calibre business and IT professionals. IMS focuses on developing these human resources and bridges this gap with a mission to provide high-quality education, preparing our graduates to meet the ever-demanding challenges prevailing in the market. IMS firmly adheres to this consciousness, striving constantly towards academic excellence. The management, faculty, staff, and students work harmoniously towards this shared goal. At IMS the concept of professionalism implies accepting the responsibility for one’s job with a sense of dedication, zeal and commitment, and performing work to the highest possible level of professional ethics.
Since its establishment in 1986, IMS has made a name for itself within and outside the country. We are motivated by employers showing preference for our graduates. Our graduates in Business and Computer Sciences have established their mark in both the public and private sectors through the quality of their professional training. Today, IMS is truly one of the leading chartered institutions of higher education in the country.
We have been successful in the immediate objective of maintaining a high professional and academic standard for all IMS programmes and have risen to the forefront of education in computer and management sciences in the private sector. The Institution has responded to the growing importance of information technology and management studies by launching state-of-the-art programmes and courses mainly focusing in these areas.
I must extend my heartiest congratulations to the management, faculty, staff, and students who have worked with zeal, diligence, and commitment to the development of this Institution. But for their efforts, this Institute could not have achieved its present position and rating.
While keeping our mission and focus in view, we are constantly searching the horizon to seek more opportunities to enhance our contribution to the cause of higher education in the country. We shun complacency. I am confident that the capable and dynamic team at IMS will continue to offer more programmes and conduct activities to add value to our ‘product’ --- the brightest, young professionals equipped with the professional skills and personal traits to make a significant and positive impact both in their work environment and society at large.
Outside Pakistan, there are a number of examples of the contribution of the private sector in establishing centres of excellence and learning. Their efforts are visible in the quality of their human resource and success in every field of life including health and medicine, science and technology, liberal arts, and humanities. No country, no matter how rich, can meet its social obligation in the field of education through its own public resources. In view of this fact, a majority of the leading colleges and universities in the West are privately run. I am optimistic that further efforts by the private sector in Pakistan will not only improve the quality of undergraduate and graduate degree programmes but will also be instrumental in making further progress in teaching, training, and research which, in turn, can act as a catalyst for development in technology, economic recovery and sustenance. Our main task as a private sector educational institution is to expand the base of competent and qualified human resources in close liaison with, and all possible support to, the vision and initiatives of the Government. I am extremely pleased to inform you that IMS has truly understood national and international market demands and is endeavouring relentlessly to play its role in nation building. I am confident that the direction set by the IMS top management and the sincerity and dedication of the faculty and staff will help in further improving the IMS contribution to the cause of education as well as in raising our stature as a leading educational institution in the country. The IMS faculty members are involved in different research projects. The advanced courses offered to students aim at inculcating in them the ardent desire for academic research and investigation.
Knowledge is power. Some measure of the immense power of knowledge is depicted in the sayings of The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He states “With knowledge man riseth to the heights of goodness and to a noble position, associateth with sovereigns in this world, and attaineth to the perfection of happiness in the next.”
As prospective students you face an era plagued with mediocrity, materialism, selfishness, conflict and inequity. I urge you to seek knowledge to eradicate these evils.
We are blessed with a proud heritage of great scholars and visionaries such as Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi (mathematician), Al-Ghazali (philosopher), Ibn Khaldun (historian), Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Allama Dr Muhammad Iqbal, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Nayyar Ali Dada, Dr Mahbub ul Haq, and Dr Zakir Naik.
In contemporary society there is an ever-pressing need to regain lost ground with respect to knowledge creation and scholarly achievements in Pakistan. Certainly there is a pressing need for the Muslim Ummah to regain its past glory. In the context of our beloved Pakistan, the need for enhancing knowledge and enlightenment cannot be overemphasised. I urge students to rise to the occasion and meet the challenges of lifting the nation and the Muslim Ummah through the beacon of knowledge. It is indeed our best weapon to overcome a host of pressing problems that currently confront us.
I urge you to work with unwavering zeal and commitment to make a quantum improvement in all spheres at the national, regional and individual levels. Let us resolve to re-double our efforts to make Pakistan shine ever so brightly in the top echelons of the comity of leading nations of the world.
Before concluding, let me remind you of another sagacious saying of our Holy Profit (PBUH) – “Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.” So, dear students keep your quest for knowledge and understanding alive.