Closing eyes from the resource management
Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world and the
purpose of education is to make mind not careers. In todayís
newspapers I read that, 10,000 new PhDs to be produced under Pak-US
Educational corridor. Indeed itís a good news for all the
academians as we have less of the higher educated peoples specially
the doctorate degree holder but the question arises here is that
whether it is the need of the day to add to the quantity by
ignoring the already had unemployed doctorate degree holders. We
had 3298 PhD holder from 1947-2002 and 11848 PhDs in 2014(source:
HEC). Out of this data 40% of the degree holders are unemployed.
What would be the advantage of opting for higher degree if there Is
not attached any incentives and opportunities, all these are the
such confusions arising in the minds of the opting for higher
degree holder students. Unemployment gives birth to frustration and
disappointment which ultimately leads to plundering and crimes.
The need of the hour is to adjust the entire PhDs degree holder
first and then go for more of such assets. If we skip the back and
just move foreword by closing our eyes there will be arising two
possible situations. The first one will be that the ratio of
students opting for doctorate program will be possible very low and
secondly even if the ratio is high, most possible situation is that
brain drain would be at peak. The rising number of doctorates is a
major step forward for Pakistan, but whether the country will be
able to absorb them in the workforce and utilize their potential
gainfully remains to be seen.
In this regard the government, particularly HEC should take such
issues in a serious note and move forward with such policies and
programs where education especially higher education can be
sketched as and assets not a liability.
Muhammad Zafar ul haq