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LUMS Olympiad 2012 Celebrates the Cultural Plurality
Courtesy: LUMS Media Arts Society
LUMS Olympiad 2012 themed ‘Celebrating Cultural Plurality in Pakistan’, was a four-day event, which started on March 22, 2012. The event was organised by two prominent societies of LUMS: LUMS Media Arts Society (LMA) and Debates and Recitation Society (DRUMS).
LUMS Olympiad is an annual event which caters to a multitude of talents- chess whizzes, actors, directors, athletes, orators, musicians, artistry, math geeks, computer gamers etc. All of these talents are poles apart. However, Olympiad provides them a unique opportunity to bring together their motley of talent and compete against each other.
The host team, comprising of LUMS students entirely, put intense effort and sleepless nights in making this event a success. While commenting about the success of Olympiad, Faran Rafi, one of the conveners of the event said, “The entire host team has been involved in this event since months. We have tried hard to make it successful so that delegates have an amazing and enriching time in LUMS.”
Forums like Olympiad provide a networking means for our nation's assets from all four provinces. Secondly, the diversity of delegates helps to make a more united Pakistan. There were delegates from various institutions from Pakistan such as from Edward’s College, Peshawar; Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi and College of Business Management (CBM), Karachi; Lahore Grammar School (LGS) Aitchison College, Lahore and University College of Islamabad (UCI), etc.
One of the delegates from University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore rightly quoted Bhutto in his declamation competition and said that we are not Punjabis, Balochis, Sindhis or Pathans but we are “One Pakistan.”
There were a total of 22 competitions organised ranging from Battle of the Bands, Thematic Art Competition, Futsal competition, Declamation Competition, Model Economy Case Study, etc. These competitions were designed to encourage healthy competition so that the delegates hone their skills and learn from each other. Furthermore, Olympiad ‘12 not only provided opportunities to compete but also organised learning events to groom existing talent and provided them with opportunities to interact with experts, share their stories to design their future accordingly. In order to fulfil the purpose, the host team organised various workshops from the pioneers of their fields such as a designing workshop from a pioneer of the fashion world, Maria B. Overall, Olympiad ‘12 featured appearances by several prominent celebrities such as Atif Aslam, Haniya (from Zeb & Haniya) and Amanat Ali.
Javed Haider, the convener of Olympiad’12, said, “The delegates seem to be really enjoying their time in LUMS. I hope this trend carries on in the future as well.”
Another commendable initiative taken at this year’s Olympiad was its charity event held in collaboration with the Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation and the Walkabout Foundation. A walk-about around the campus was conducted on the March 24, 2012 to create awareness about helping the disabled. The delegates and hosts participating in the walk-about wore customised shirts by JS bank to show their solidarity for the noble cause.
Apart from these attractions, one of the biggest charms of Olympiad is - Social Events. Social events are designed to provide a refreshing environment to the delegates so that they interact with each other, and enjoy their time in Lahore. Amongst these social events was a grand opening ceremony, where talented artists from KPK rocked the stage with their astonishing talent. Other social events included a concert on March 23, and a performing arts night on March 24.
Olympiad ‘12 came to a close at a splendid closing ceremony and formal dinner on the night of the March 25, 2012. The winners of all the respective competitions were announced and given shields in front of all the delegates and host team. After intense competition, LGS Defence, Lahore emerged victorious and won the best delegation trophy while Bahria University, Islamabad were the runners-ups.
Keeping the tradition of Olympiad alive, this year has raised the bar for next year and set forth a challenge for next year’s host team to match up to the ever-rising standards of LUMS Olympiad.