The National Outreach Program (NOP) is a bridge for both accessibility and diversity at LUMS as it extends financial support to scholars nationwide for the last 21 years. DWP Group became a part of this program as a sponsor since 2017. To date, 29 scholars have benefitted from DWP scholarships at LUMS. DWP Group is a leading technology company in Pakistan with core businesses in Home Appliances, HVAC and ICT industries.
An acknowledgement ceremony was held at LUMS on September 22, 2021 in honour of the DWP Group’s support. The ceremony included an interactive session between the scholarship recipients and DWP Foundation to discuss their challenges and opportunities at LUMS. Ms Nuzhat Kamran, Director gave a presentation on LUMS, the NOP program and the DWP Group & LUMS relationship over the years. Dr Muhammad Awais Bin Altaf, Assistant Professor of Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) spoke on research initiatives in the field of Electrical Engineering. Mr Shahid Hussain, Rector spoke about the core principles of merit undertaken at LUMS; starting from the selection of students to hiring & promotion of world-class faculty members. Dr Arshad Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor LUMS spoke about the long-term association of LUMS with DWP Group. He said LUMS strives to a have a cohort of world-class faculty and emphasized the industry link with LUMS, building partnerships with the corporate industry of Pakistan like DWP Group.
Speaking on behalf of the DWP Group, Mr Farooq Naseem said, “at LUMS there is an optimism and energy which we would like to spread all across Pakistan”. DWP Group’s CSR arm, the DWP Foundation currently has a portfolio around healthcare and education sectors and the investments in these causes have crossed PKR 500 million. DWP Group has replicated similar scholar sponsorships at IBA Karachi, NUST and IBA Sukkur. Mr Naseem added that “we would like to support scholars from the underprivileged backgrounds from all over Pakistan and play our part in contributing towards inclusive education”.
Syed Babar Ali, the Founding Pro-chancellor commended DWP’s zeal to give back towards society and thanked them for their support in promoting LUMS’s mission forward.
Mrs Roohi Farooq Naseem, Mr Imtiaz Pervez, Mr Arshad Nasir and Mr Sabah-ud-din Rana on behalf of DWP Foundation and Dr Farhat Haq, Provost and other senior faculty members of LUMS also attended the meeting.