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LUMS 24th convocation: We must dream, and dream big: Sharmeen
Lahore, June 25: Pakistani Oscar Award winner Sharmeen Obaid
Chinoy has advised the students to speak out, don't take no for an
answer, embrace failure and dare to dream big.
Keynote speaker at the Lahore University of Management Sciences
(LUMS) 24th convocation, Ms Chinoy said she was stubborn in pursuit of
her dreams and that led her to work as a journalist at a tender age of
14. By the time she was 17, she was doing undercover investigative
One of her stories about some teenagers being harassed, tortured and
kidnapped, Ms Chinoy said, earned strong reaction and graffiti hurling
profanities at her appeared on some walls. At this time, she said, her
father stood beside her and said, "If you speak the truth, I will stand
by you and so will the rest of the world".
Stating that parents do not often realise the impact their words have
on their children, Ms Chinoy said, "My father's words changed the way I
saw the world and I felt that it was almost my duty to stir things up".
She also narrated her experiences for the young graduates.
Recollecting her memories, Ms Chinoy explained why failure should be
embraced. She said that she had met a young man in Herat, Afghanistan,
whose sister Nadia Anjoman, had been murdered by her husband. Narrating
Nadia's heart-rending poetry, Ms Chinoy said, she tracked down Nadia's
husband and conducted his first ever interview in which it became clear
that he himself was guilty.
She said she assured Nadia's brother that her sister's killer would
be brought to the book, soon after the release of her documentary.
However, she regretted that the man was still free. She said that that
'failure' made her realise that no effort goes in vain as Nadia's
brother later wrote to her that "her efforts had restored his faith in
Ms Chinoy stressed that every individual should dare to dream big and
referred her struggle to earn the coveted Oscar Award for her
documentary "Saving Face". She said that it was a dream coming true that
a woman from a developing country, a
country with virtually no film institutions or industry, walked the red carpet amongst the best filmmakers in the world.
"Dreams help (you) put your goals in a perspective and enhance your creativity," she asserted.
In 1947, Ms Chinoy said, the dream that Pakistan's founding fathers
had envisioned for this land became a reality. Regretting that people of
this land were not daring to dream, she stressed, "As a nation, we must
dream and we must dream big".
She said the National Outreach Programme (NOP) was one such dream
launched in 2001 to provide educational opportunity to bright and
talented students who were unable to meet the regular fee requirements.
She said the NOP had changed the lives of 464 families across the
country.Ms Chinoy also said LUMS was a microcosm where students from
four corners of Pakistan studied together and participated in
co-curricular activities and realised they were all same. "The ethnic
and religious differences that plague Pakistan melt away in LUMS," she
She told the graduates that the Act one of their life's play had ended and the curtain had risen for the Act two of life's play.
"Make sure you weigh your decisions carefully," she stressed.
Earlier, LUMS Rector Razzak Dawood said the varsity's governing body,
the National Management Foundation, had approved renaming of the School
of Science and Engineering as "Syed Babar Ali School of Science and
Engineering"; and School of Humanities and Social Sciences as "Mushtaq
Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences".
Acknowledging Syed Babar Ali's personal financial contributions to
LUMS as well as donations drawn from other individuals, corporations and
foreign educational institutions, Mr Dawood announced that the Gurmani
family through the Gurmani Foundation had donated Rs1 billion to the
"This is the largest single donation to the LUMS and as a matter of
fact any educational institution in the world," he said. Mr Dawood also
lauded the Gurmani family's generosity.
LUMS Vice-Chancellor Dr Adil Najam announced that within a couple of
years, the varsity's full-fledge School of Law would be set up.
Later, 713 degrees were conferred upon graduates in various majors
and disciplines. Malik Jahan Khan earned the only PhD degree in computer
science conferred at the convocation. Dawn
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Karachi: The British Council Pakistan's first of the series Education UK exhibition,
showcasing academic opportunities in the leading UK institutions, was
held at a local hotel on Saturday. Representatives of a number of
leading UK institutions were present to help students, professionals and
parents to have face-to-face information about undergraduate,
postgraduate and research courses. A free visa seminar by UKBA and a
session on IELTS was also held at the event. The next exhibition is
scheduled to be held in Islamabad on June 25 followed by one in Karachi
on June 28. The news
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