Lahore university of management scineces graduates, alumni
Multinationals do their hiring directly from LUMS graduates, alumni
Lahore, Dec 19: At the heart of the current shake-up at LUMS is the dominance of the SDSB – more
specifically the MBA programme – in the hierarchy of the various schools at the
university. When it was founded in the late 80s, the business school was to be a
nursery for future executives, who would run some of the largest businesses in
the country. Even today, some of the world's largest multinationals do their
hiring directly from among LUMS graduates and alumni.
say the SDSB is not the most financially viable institution. Its expenditure far
exceeds its revenue-generation capacity, and since it is a one-of-a-kind
institution with a select faculty and Harvard-style case study academic
programmes, salaries and other expenses are also much higher than compared to
the other schools at LUMS.
Some even say that the undergraduate programme was
started as a fund-raising engine for the business school, which considered
itself the university's flagship product. This is further reinforced by the fact
that most of the alumni who contribute to the university in the form of
donations or who have established linkages with industry, are graduates of the
LUMS MBA programme.
The rest of the schools, which saw themselves living
in the shadow of the business school, began campaigning for more financial
equality. This prompted the university's financial managers to implement a
stricter regime, cutting costs and salaries and curtailing privileges that many
senior faculty members enjoyed.
Critics of the business school said that many
professors were drawing exorbitant salaries but teaching only a few classes.
Also under scrutiny were foreign tours and other such perks availed by business
school professors. All this was done, ostensibly, to improve the financial
viability of the SDSB.
According to one source, nearly 25 percent of the
university's cash deficit was attributed to alleged 'overspending' at the SDSB,
a claim denied by its faculty members. "We teach people how to make money. How
is it possible for us to be losing money? Eighty percent of the revenue comes
from 20 percent (the SDSB) of the LUMS faculty," a senior professor said.
also went on to say that the SDSB had the lowest deficit of all the departments
Sources said that the university's vice
chancellor Dr Ahmed J Durrani and SDSB Dean Dr Shaukat Ali Brah were both
'outsiders', appointed to break the so-called hegemony that business school
Before their appointment, senior faculty members often manned
the posts in rotation. But when budget cuts and other such measures were
proposed, Dr Brah apparently sided with his team at the SDSB, resisting the
'unprecedented and unwarranted' cuts.
This sparked a confrontation at the
highest levels, which came to a head when a Rs 2 billion grant, originally meant
for the SDSB, was awarded instead to the new School of Science and Engineering,
which one faculty member sarcastically called "the new flagship". Daily times
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2.5m students of 5th & 8th classes appear in board exams
Lahore: Chairman, Punjab Chief Minister's Taskforce on Elementary Education,
Raja Muhammad Anwar has said that 2.5 million students of 5th and 8th classes
appeared in board exams simultaneously in across the Punjab and one lac seventy
six thousand teachers were engaged to supervise the examinations.
scale of students' participation in boards' exams is a historical record in the
Asia. He further said that all publishers had been warned to issue all sort of
guess papers during one month period prior to the commencement of examinations.
He expressed these views while talking to the Director Aga Khan University
Examination Board Dr. Thomas Christie in a meeting at Karachi today. Assessment
and training specialist of Edlinks Co. Javed Ali Chaudhry also attended the
meeting, Raja Anwar informed that examination papers were being prepared and
checked under "Cluster Base System" by the competent and professional persons in
The remuneration for paper checkers has also been increased, he
added. He further said that all examination boards shall make the answer sheets
checked through E-Marking System and Punjab government was seeking
recommendations and suggestions from various companies engaging in preparation
of software for conducting the transparent boards' examinations.
occasion, Training Specialist of Edlinks Co. Javed Ali Chaudhry while giving
briefing regarding preparation and checking of examination papers and e-marking
system informed that chain of Grammer Schools and other known school systems in
the country were affiliated with Aga Khan University Examination Board.
disclosed that affiliated educational institutions were showing better results
under the guidance of Aga khan Examination Board in connection with preparation
of examination papers, paper checking through e-marking system and result
preparation as well.
Later, Raja Anwar visited e-marking centre, strong room of
Aga Khan University Examination Board besides Al-Murtaza School established at
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Education vital to development
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif Friday said the Punjab
government was paying special attention on training of teachers as only
qualified and properly trained teachers can equip the young with the latest
He was talking to Portal Education Group led by Kishwar Hameed
at the Chief Minister's Secretariat on Friday. The CM said that promotion of
quality education especially vocational education was the need of the hour for
the development of the country and revolutionary measures taken by the
government for the uplift of education sector have started yielding positive
results. He said there was still a lot to be done for the development of
education sector and elimination of ignorance and illiteracy.
said that promotion of literacy and quality education was essential for
achieving the objective of national development. He said uplift of education
sector and imparting latest knowledge to youth was his top priority and all
resources were being utilized for this purpose. He said that foundation of a
revolution had been laid in education sector by setting up IT labs in 4,286
schools of the province while recruitment of 37,000 educators on merit was
another achievement of the government.
The CM said that most educators
were highly qualified and out of them 63 percent were M.Phil, MA and MSc which
is a proof of the fact that only qualified and eligible teachers had been
selected to educate the young. He said that training of teachers was of key
importance for the promotion of education, however, little attention was paid to
this aspect in the past. He said that now the government has evolved a
comprehensive plan for teachers' training.
The CM praised the effort of
MNA Saira Afzal Tarrar and Taskforce Chairman Raja Muhammad Anwar for training
of teachers. He said the process of teachers' training should be extended to the
lower level so that properly trained teachers could be available at every level.
He directed officers concerned to strengthen the training system and bring about
such changes which could yield positive results as early as possible. He
directed that a compressive plan should be submitted to him within two weeks
with regard to teachers' training after keeping all its aspects in view. He said
that Portal Education Group has the required expertise in teachers' training and
various sectors of education and officers concerned should also hold meetings
with it to benefit from its experience. He further said that recommendations and
experiences of the Group should also be kept in view with regard to the progamme
of teachers' training.
Earlier, the leader of the Group Kishwar Hameed
informed that her group has expertise in teachers' training, preparation of
syllabus and improvement of IT and other education sectors.
Punjab Chief Minister
Shahbaz Sharif has said the young generation being custodian of the future
should spare no effort for the progress and prosperity of the country and
regaining its lost status. He said that government was providing all out
resources for polishing the talent of students and position holders of different
examinations are being sent on study tours abroad for their encouragement and
promotion of self-confidence in them.
He expressed these views at the
departure of students who obtained second position in Matric, FA, FSc, BA and
BSc examinations on a study tour of Iran at Chief Minister's Secretariat on
Friday. Provincial Minister for Education Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman and
Secretaries of Higher Education and Schools were also present on the occasion.
Talking to position-holder students, the CM said the Punjab government
had evolved a comprehensive programme for the encouragement of brilliant
students under which 20 students who had obtained top positions last year were
sent to a study tour of prestigious seats of learning of Britain and Germany and
now second position-holders are being sent on a 7-day study tour of brotherly
Islamic country of Iran.
He said that though he and members of his delegation
had paid expenses of their foreign visits from their own pockets but the
government is bearing the expenses on the visit of brilliant students and Rs
4,000,000 have been allocated for their visit to Iran. He said that the
objective of these measures is encouragement of young generation and promotion
of a spirit of competition in the students so that they could gain latest
knowledge and play their role for national development.
He said that
scholarships are being given to thousands of such talented students as were
facing financial problems in pursuing their academic activities. He said that
scholarships will be given to 20 outstanding students this year who are studying
at LUMS and are facing problems in paying the fees of their educational
He said that award of scholarships to talented students
studying at other leading educational institutions in private sector is also
being considered. He said that government will send five outstanding students to
Ivy League universities each year for gaining such knowledge which could help
them play an important role in national economy and other sectors.
advised students to pursue their studies with national spirit and work
tirelessly for changing the destiny of the country. He said that Iran has made
remarkable progress in education sector and the students will personally observe
this fact during their visit to the educational institutions of Tehran, Isfahan,
Sheraz and Fardousi. He stressed upon students to represent their counties in a
proper manner in Iran and try to learn maximum from their visit. The students
paid rich tributes to the efforts of the Chief Minister for the uplift of
education sector and encouragement of students and assured that they will prove
to be the ambassador of Pakistan in Iran in the real sense.
constitutes advisory council for social development: Punjab Chief Minister
Shahbaz Sharif has constituted Chief Minister's Advisory Council for social
The CM will be the Chairman of the Council while
Haroon Khawaja will be its Secretary. Its members will are: Dr Ejaz Nabi, Dr
Naveed Hamid, Eman Aslam, Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi, Dr Ali Cheema, Shaukat Elahi,
Nadeem Babar and Saad Ehsanuddin.
Ahmad Mahmood calls on CM: MPA Makhdoom
Ahmad Mahmood called on Punjab Chief Minister at Chief Minister's Secretariat
and apprised him of the pace of development schemes being carried out in his
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1-day IT exhibition
Lahore: Punjab government is organising a one-day IT exhibition on
Saturday (today) where the NComputing Inc, USA, will showcase its virtual
desktop technology which is used in IT labs project in 4,286 secondary schools
of the province.
A statement issued here Friday said the exhibition was being
organised to create awareness among the public and educationists about the
importance of the IT in imparting computer education to schoolchildren.
computer lab, similar to the labs established in the government schools, using
NComputing technology, was established at the exhibition where visitors could
experience the benefits of shared desktop technology. The news
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