Thursday, July 7, 2022

LUMS receives regional recognition for its NOP


Muhammad Yasir
Yasir Shaikh is a journalist and blogger based in Karachi. He has worked for leading English newspapers of Pakistan for a decade. He writes on business, technology, and communications.

LUMS has been selected as the regional finalist for the CASE Platinum
Awards 2021 in the ‘Best Practices in Diversity, Equity, and
Inclusion’ category for its National Outreach Programme (NOP). The
Platinum Awards are given by the prestigious Council for Advancement
and Support of Education (CASE), a non-profit organisation, dedicated
to educational advancement globally. The final round is scheduled to
be held later in the year where LUMS will be representing Asia-Pacific
region at the international round of the competition.

The NOP furthers the University’s philosophy of Learning Without
Borders and help make world-class education accessible to all talented
individuals regardless of their financial circumstances. Launched in
2001,it has an annual outreach covering 12,880 potential student
applicants across 136 cities, including remotes towns and villages
such as Bahawalnagar, Hunza, Swat and Taxila, among others. The
programme provides financial assistance to selected NOP scholars for
their tuition fee, living stipend, books and accommodation, and has so
far disbursed a total of PKR370 million.

Founding Pro-Chancellor of LUMS, Syed Babar Ali said, “We feel honored
to be representing Asia-Pacific in the final round of the Platinum
Awards 2021, for our National Outreach Programme. Our faculty and
peers have played an instrumental role in this achievement through
their ongoing support in every facet of this programme. We hope to see
every NOP scholar transforming into future leaders, who return to
their communities as positive change agents.”

Speaking about this achievement, Vice Chancellor, Dr. Arshad Ahmad
said, “Through NOP, LUMS is delivering its promise to provide a
transformational educational experience for brilliant individuals
belonging to disadvantaged backgrounds from across Pakistan.
Qualifying as a regional finalist for the Platinum Awards 2021for this
programme itself speaks for it, and further strengthens our resolve to
shape a broader path towards making world-class higher education
accessible to more students from other underserved areas of the

The University’s LUMS Live initiative to continue important
conversations and staying connected, despite the social distancing
restrictions amid the pandemic also received an honorable mention in
the “Best Practices in Digital Communications” category. The
initiative engaging industry experts from both within and outside the
LUMS community has so far completed more than 70 sessions, where
meaningful discussions are held with answers to critical questions.

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