Life at LUMS
M6 was established in September 2009 with the aim to increase the sense of community in members, increase peer-to-peer mentoring and faculty-student interaction outside the academic sphere. Residents of M-6 combine extracurricular activities with a healthy dose of academics. The college master makes a special effort in providing support to students and advising them where necessary. Each college has its student government which takes care of events, activities and student matters.
One of the major developments in the last two years has been the establishment of the Master's Chamber at the college. Constructed out of three adjacent rooms with their non-loadbearing walls removed, this Chamber has been elegantly decorated with the generous financial support of the Ferozesons family, led by Mr. Osman Waheed. With reed paneling, wood floors, track lights, an antique Persian rug (largely paid for by the family), the Chamber was formally opened this year by Syed Babar Ali and a senior member of the Ferozesons family. The historic highlight of this ceremony was the announcement of a Ferozesons endowment fund of PKR 2,000,000 for the college. In appreciation of this generous support, the Chamber was re-named "Maulvi Ferozuddin Master's Chamber".
The Chamber has been conceived as an intellectual and cultural institution, an institution housed within a residential block, in a hall that embodies aesthetically pleasing surroundings with its physical details most imaginatively designed. Presently the chamber is being used for seminars, lectures, poetry reading, book reading, classical music performances, exhibitions and small-scale theatrical renditions. One such event in 2011 was a conversation with Justice (Retired) Nasira Iqbal and the poet Dr. Fatima Hasan; the topic was "Women in Art - Women in Urban Professions." Likewise, University of Michigan's Dr. Sean Pue gave a talk on Urdu poetry during a cosy ceremony at the Chamber.
Dr. Syed Noman-ul-Haq: Master of M6 College
Visiting Faculty, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
As an undergraduate at Hull University, Dr. Syed Nomanul Haq studied Applied Physics and Electronics, then embarked on a career that took him into the fields of history and philosophy. Pursuing graduate programmes at Harvard and at University College London, he received his doctorate in Medieval Intellectual History from London University in 1990. In the process he learned several classical languages including Arabic and Persian, also gaining a reading knowledge of French and German.
During his extended stay at Harvard, Dr. Nomanul Haq was intimately involved in residential life and worked as a student advisor and Senior Common Room Member for several years at John Winthrop House. His teaching career began at Brown University where he taught as Assistant Professor, eventually ending up as a standing faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania. During this time he took up numerous prestigious academic positions involving editorial, advisory and research work, serving also as Scholar-in-Residence and Project Director at the American Institute of Pakistan Studies in Islamabad, and receiving many international grants, awards and honours. The author of several books and a large number of articles and book chapters, Dr. Nomanul Haq has been published by presses of outstanding repute including Harvard University Press, Cambridge University Press, Oxford Clarendon Press and Routledge. Dr. Nomanul Haq , besides serving as Visiting Faculty, is also Chief Editor at the Gurmani Centre for Language and Literature at LUMS.
As a College Master, Dr. Nomanul Haq brings with him the richness of a lifetime of academic, cultural and student advisory experiences. He is deeply interested in literature, particularly in classical Urdu and Persian poetry, and has published literary writings in Urdu. He has also written plays for the BBC. During his student days, he worked at the BBC as a broadcaster and producer, acted in plays in London and served as an anchor for PTV.