Across the Indus River – NOP Team’s Outreach to Karachi and Interior Sindh
The National Outreach Programme (NOP) team headed to Karachi, Hyderabad and other cities in Interior Sindh including Mirpur Khas, Jamshoro and Tando Muhammad Khan from November 18-23, where they visited 14 colleges and reached out to more than a thousand students.
In Karachi and Hyderabad, information sessions were held where students were informed about the NOP Scholarship as well as the NOP journey towards LUMS Admissions. In Jamshoro the NOP team also met up with Dr. A. N. Samoo and his team at Thardeep Rural Development Programme (TRDP). TRDP is an NGO which runs initiatives for rural development in the region, and with their collaboration sessions were held with partnering colleges.
A major highlight of this visit was a fantastic session held in collaboration with the Department for Human Resources (DOHR) in Tando Muhammad Khan where more than 400 students participated from surrounding towns and villages. Out of the attendees, half were female and more than 60 were from various minority groups. DOHR provided exceptional logistical support in terms of disseminating collateral to prospective attendees and preparing for the session. Students were again briefed on the NOP process and were motivated to not just apply to LUMS but to widen their horizons as a whole in terms of pursuing their ambitions. Mr. Muhammad Ali, Head of DOHR and his team showed commitment towards promoting higher education in the province and provided unwavering support and warm hospitality to the NOP team in Tando Muhammad Khan.
Overall the feedback received from educators in the region was extremely positive with Professor Syed Owais Shah, Head Lecturer at Adamjee Government Science College Karachi extolling the benefits of the session for his students. Mr. Hammad Khalid, Manager Student Development at The Citizen Foundation College Karachi thanked the LUMS team for visiting their students and stated that the session would prove very helpful for applicants wishing to apply to the NOP Summer Coaching Session.
Mr. Syed Khalil Hussain, Principal at the F.G. Degree College, Hyderabad praised the efforts made to reach out to the underprivileged students in Sindh who displayed talent. Mr. Sanaullah Abro, Principal at GBHSS Society Jamshoro hoped that LUMS would continue to visit Sindh and inform students about the benefits of the NOP Scholarship.
The NOP team is thankful to the educational partners for their assistance during Outreach and hopes to see promising applications from this region.