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Lahore School at South Asian Economics Students’ Meet

Sohaib Shahid The South Asian Economics Students’ Meet (SAESM) 2008 was co-hosted by Ramjas College and Miranda House, two prestigious colleges of The Delhi University. Undergraduate students from over twenty different universities and colleges from all over South Asia attended this three day long meeting.

  The event this year unfolded in four categories; Paper presentations, IFMR’s Budding economist competition, The rappporteurship competition, and Google’s inter-country South Asian Quiz competition. The paper presentation had four themes under which two students from each country had to present a paper and deliberate through their writings. The budding economist competition comprised of four stages of rigorous economic testing. The rapporteurship competition tested the student’s ability to comprehend the session’s proceedings, and the inter-country economics quiz tested the students’ understanding of the economic challenges facing South Asia.

     The Lahore school of Economics participated in SAESM for the first time this year, by sending three undergraduate students in the thirteen member strong Pakistani contingent. The Lahore School representing Pakistan stamped its authority in the competition, a fact that was acknowledged by Country organizer (India) Deb Kusum Das, Country organizer (Pakistan) Dr. Turab Hussain, and various faculty members from different South Asian universities. The three students from the Lahore School were representing Pakistan in the quiz competition, the budding economist competition, and the paper presentation. Sohaib Shahid, (Lahore School) and Duaa Khalid represented Pakistan in the inter-country South Asian quiz competition, which was the highlight of the meeting. After a marathon of eight rounds, spread across two days the nerve-wracking action packed quiz competition ended after Pakistan edged past India-B in a close fought battle, which went into a tiebreak. Sohaib and Duaa helped Pakistan clinch the first position, and bagged a handsome cash award. Muneeb Ur Rehman, (Lahore School) and Omar Qureshi competed in the budding economist competition. The competition amongst the young budding economists of South Asia was highly intense, but Muneeb and Omar were one of the five candidates who went into the second round from amongst a large pool of candidates in the competition. Keeping their performance in mind, both were offered an internship by India’s prestigious ICICI organization. Abdul Rafeh Iqbal, (Lahore School) presented a paper under the theme ‘Investing in the social sectors’, titled Reducing poverty through investing in the education sector and health sector. The paper highlighted the plight of the poor in South Asia, and brought forward different methodologies for poverty reduction, and various policy implications related to poverty with a social sector perspective. The judges and chairs for the conference included the World Bank South Asia Region President, officials from the World Bank, Chief Justice of India, and officials from the International Labor Organization (ILO) and Google Inc.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/02/2008 12:35:00 PM,

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