Lahore(APS) July 1, 2019- University of Management Sciences (LUMS) held its 31st Convocation ceremony on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, was the chief guest and keynote speaker at the ceremony, which saw a record 1,034 students graduate. The ceremony brought together students along with their parents, faculty, and staff from each school to commemorate the achievements of the Class of 2019. The celebrations started traditionally with the entrance of the academic procession at the commencement venue. The procession included faculty from all five schools- Suleman Dawood School of Business, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering, Shaikh Ahmed Hassan School of Law, and Syed Ahsan Ali and Syed Maratib Ali School of Education. Chief guest and keynote speaker, Dr. Sania Nishtar reflecting on her own personal journey, as well as on the challenges and opportunities faced by Pakistan and world today, said, “You are the academic dream of this country. You are the ones who will be picked up by companies, the corporate sector and government within the next three months. It is essential you develop the attributes, which will allow you to succeed in life.” Addressing the graduates, Dr. Arshad Ahmad, Vice Chancellor LUMS, said, “What you studied and practiced at LUMS came with hard and fast rules of the game, the dos and don’ts. Your teachers had defined the boundaries and your staff supported your efforts. The next chapter in your life will treat you on its own terms. When the sun comes up tomorrow, some skills will be tested soon and some later. It is my suggestion you find meaning, not in your profession but in your purpose.” He further added, “The corollary is that there is only one thing in life that you should do in excess and that thing is intentional, purposeful learning. I am sure you will step into the world as ambassadors of learning, and as ambassadors of Pakistan.” At the end of the ceremony, classmates joined their parents and friends for refreshments while reflecting upon their rite of passage. The cameras flashed as the graduates gathered for the group photo, followed by loud cheers and greeting for the latest graduates of the LUMS. LUMS is a progressive, world class, 21st century university, proudly showcasing its South Asian Heritage and dedicated to build a better Pakistan. The university houses 5 schools along with 13 research centres offering 34-degree programs including 7-doctoral programs.
Government has taken another historic step for the socio-economic empowerment of youth as it has notified the historic first-ever 33-member National Youth Council of Pakistan. Outstanding young leaders in various fields including sports, education, religion, economics, arts and culture are the members of this august council, whose Patron-in-Chief is the Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Imran Khan. Mr. Muhammad Usman Dar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs is the Chairman of this Council. Besides a valiant participant of Pak Army’s Operation Zarb-e-Azb, Maj Tanveer Shafi, national youth icons like Hasan Ali (Cricketer), Sana Mir (Cricketer), Hamza Ali Abbasi (Actor), Mahira Khan (Actress), Samina Baig (Mountaineer), Muneeba Mazari (First Wheel Chair bound anchorperson of Pakistan) are leading members of this historic National Youth Council. Youth Ministers of all the four provinces, AJK and GB are also included in the Council. National Youth Council is an advisory body that would recommend policy interventions for the socio-economic development of youth in different walls of life. Mr. Muhammad Usman Dar expressed full confidence in the abilities of all members of the National Youth Council. He is hopeful that their valuable input in different fields would prove a major way forward for the socio economic development of youth in the country.