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Lahore School of Economics’ 13th Convocation

Lahore School of Economics’ thirteenth Annual Convocation was held on 29 October, 2016. Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, Governor of the Punjab, conferred degrees and awards to 842 graduates of the class of 2015 comprising 437 BBA (Hons) graduates, 92 BSc Economics (Hons) graduates, 17 BS Social Sciences (Hons) graduates, 189 MBA graduates, 90 MBA Professional graduates, 2 MSc Economics graduates, 5 MPhil in Economics graduates and 10 MPhil in Environmental Sciences graduates. The Governor lauded the role of Lahore School of Economics in core specialization of Economics, Finance, Business Administration and related fields of studies.

Earlier, Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhry, Chairman and Rector of the Lahore School of Economics presented annual report of the School and highlighted its achievements during the academic year.

The Lahore School of Economics has developed over time to combine its specialization in Business and Economics with Social Sciences including English Language and Literature and Political Science, Media Studies Art and Design and Basic and Applied Sciences including Mathematics and Statistics and Environmental Science and Policy.

As a result the Lahore School of Economics is now a very balanced institution of higher education, combining higher level of specialization in all these disciplines together with a weaving of all these subjects into a well rounded curricula. This achievement should be credited to a highly qualified faculty in all the disciplines. The Lahore School is fortunate in having a 130 full time and 60 part time highly qualified faculty members of which more than 40 have PhDs. Their research efforts are reflected in publication of 3 academic journals including the highly rated Lahore Journal of Economics, holding of 4 international conferences and production of 20 impact factor publications, 26 HEC recognized journals publications and 15 international conference papers in 2015.

The faculty is also involved in applied research including collaboration with renowned international universities. As a result, the Lahore School has developed high quality MBA, MPhil and PhD programmes in Economics, Finance and Business Administration and MPhil Programmes in Development Studies and Environment Science. It is in the process of developing additional PhD Programmes in English, Mathematics and Statistics and Environmental Science and Policy.

An additional feature of the Lahore School of Economics is its integrated multidisciplinary Bachelors programmes. All students of four year Bachelors degree programmes at the Lahore School need to take either a double major or a major and a minor in two academic disciplines as well as basic Social Sciences and Mathematics, Islamic Studies and Pakistan Studies. As a result its undergraduate students graduate with strong specialized subject skills as well as a high level of understanding of other disciplines which stands them in good stead when they enter their professional careers.

Financial Assistance, both merit and needs based, of Rs.7 crores was given through the Lahore School’s Financial Assistance Office to about 1000 students or one-third of the student body. A notable feature of the Lahore School’s financial assistance programmes is that its MPhil and PhD Programmes are full scholarship programmes i.e. no fee is charged.

In order to provide an applied research base to its theoretical work the Lahore School is working on technology adoption in the Sialkot Football Sector. After developing a new die to save rexine as a next step the Lahore School in collaboration with Columbia University and the UK International Growth Centre is currently giving a grant ofupto Rs.6 lakhs each to 31 football manufactures to buy improved rexine. This should result in a substantial improvement in the quality of footballs. Other studies are surveying the Pakistan textile industry to understand technology adoption in this sector. The Lahore School of Economics has established a Technology Innovation Centre to co-ordinate all these initiatives and this Centre is working on a theoretical framework for a “technology ladder” for Pakistan.

The Lahore School has also stepped up its co-curricular activities. There are 16 students societies both social and academic which are extremely active. The Lahore School’s Alumni Society has also been re-organized along professional areas and alumni professional sub-groups meet regularly. The Lahore School Business Development Centre has introduced solar technology to the Lahore School. The Lahore School’s Corporate Relation Officeinvites more than 100 high level guest lecturers a year from leading corporations and the Corporate Social Responsibility office holds monthly free medical camps at the hospital adjacent to the Lahore School and Milo Milk feeding programmes in neighbourhood schools. Finally the Lahore School’s Placement Office has ensured that almost all students of the MBA Programmes are placed before graduation.

A large number of parents attended the Convocation and interacted with faculty of the Lahore School.


posted by S A J Shirazi @ 10/31/2016 02:11:00 PM,

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