The premier institute of Pakistan, one of the most culturally diverse and accepting learning environments in the country and a sure-shot guarantee for a successful future (a tad ambitious but you’ve heard this one too), Lahore University of Management Sciences lives true to all the expectations that it projects. Founded in 1984, the university functions via four schools which enable students to major in business, science and engineering, humanities and law.
Here at LUMS, everyone strives hard at encouraging excellence and nurturing innovation and we are constantly reminded of these values by the campus itself. Before you can find any room for improvement within the campus, you can see it being tended to. The wide and growing palate of degree programs that the university offers, its state-of-the-art infrastructure and 31 active student societies are just some examples of how tenets like innovation and development are rooted within and reflected through every aspect of the university.
Needless to say, if you have heard about LUMS, you have heard about the countless stories and myths associated with it. It is only after you have lived here that you discover the truth behind some of them and the absolute ludicrousness behind others. However, one thing is true and it is this: LUMS has earned its name after being ruthless when it comes to academic workload. It is unrelenting and it makes you feel tortured, in the truest sense of the word. But if you’ve heard of the Pygmalion affect (do google it if you haven’t), you’ll understand how students manage it. People here expect a lot from you. You are treated like an adult the moment you set foot here and believe it or not, you end up expecting a lot more from yourselves than you thought yourself capable of. That is the amount of empowerment, responsibility and personal growth that this university inculcates in you through its subtle and subliminal ways. It’s wonderful.
Balance is maintained by ample opportunities to blow off the accumulated steam. There is an abundance of social and recreational events to keep students functioning at the optimum whilst staying humans. LUMS with its seductive beauty, lively people and alluring parties is sufficient just with these qualities to mesmerize anyone for life. It has that bewitching charm from which few can escape which is why once you become a Luminite, you stay a Luminite for life. With your admission here, be prepared to have your horizons broadened, characters ennobled and experience opportunities that you could not have contemplated before. A beautiful, exhilarating and unbelievable journey awaits you.
You adorably nervous newbies! We invite you to come join us at the very cherished, long lasting tradition of LUMS – O Week; a perfect welcome to what is soon to be your home! O Week is the perfect transition from being school kids, to the seemingly overwhelming, but very happening, very exciting university life. From being able to interact with the people you will spend most of your next four years with (and if you’re lucky, more than just four) to figuring out what sorcery Zambeel is. From making sure you don’t end up spiraling away in the very confusing, ever persistent Academic block, to getting to meet your brilliant, inspiring instructors. From ensuring you steer clear of the Disciplinary Committee, to unraveling mystery that is issuing a book in our humungous library. What better way to kick start this four year roller coaster ride than your very eager coaches guiding you, and the O Week title on the line. Socialization, networking, the much awaited carnival, our legacy events; the scavenger and photo hunts – this year’s O week bring it all! Hope to see you all at what is to be the best on week of your academic life, and the perfect stepping stone for the four years to come.
Orientation week is a very fresh concept here in Pakistan. Freshmen are usually welcomed into local universities through a welcome dinner where students dress to their best, eat food that is the staple of walimas and go back home having gained nothing more than an idea of what their batch looks like. LUMS O-Weeks have set a standard for how freshman ought to be welcomed in an institute and this year’s event aims at surpassing all that you have heard about the five day journey that gets you acquainted with LUMS.
It wouldn’t be bold to say that LUMS hosts one of the most interesting Orientation Weeks for its freshmen in the whole world. Few universities (even the best ones you know of) spend as much money, time and effort as LUMS does in putting together a weeklong event starting from 8 am and ending God knows when every night to make sure that its newest batch feels valued. That is how much freshmen to us! “Freshie” is a term of endearment that most seniors use to refer to freshmen and it is advised that the nick name be taken in its stride, in full glory and be owned with total respect. It is going to stick with you for a whole year, and it is charming, wouldn’t you agree?
We won’t give out a detailed schedule here because that would ruin the fun, and half the excitement is in not knowing what you will be put through. Nonetheless, there are some basics (subject to change depending on what we choose to do to you at whim) (Just kidding) (Not really) (Oh well here you go already):
As much as we wish that we give you the full list (this one’s only half of it), we’ll have to leave you here and let you discover all the other delicious activities (was that hinting at food? Yes, no, maybe) planned for you once you arrive. You’re setting foot in the best university in the country and it has earned its title for good reason. We love our freshmen and we welcome you here with open arms. It’s the only freshie friendly university you’ll find in Pakistan so pack your joggers, deodorants, sun blocks alongside other things and get ready for the summer you’ve been waiting for all your life. It’s O-Week’15 people!
The Law and Politics Society (LPS) is a student organization at LUMS that hopes to encourage legal and political discourse on international and national issues. It enables students to understand the application of legal principles, or obstacles in actual legal practice by addressing real-life situations in quality debates. Equally important is the society’s dedication to promoting an interest in the professional aspect of law and politics. One cannot understate the importance of exposure to some kind of practical experience in the field law before stepping into the legal world. Through such initiatives, the Law and Politics society aids in the development of students’ practical skills.
The patron of the society, Professor Sikander Ahmed Shah, deems the society as an upholder of hard work and academic excellence. Students from all majors with a keen interest in current affairs and national and international legal-political issues are invited to apply for membership. The society is composed of a majority of law students but also students from other majors such as Political Science, Engineering, Accounting and Finance and so on.
The structure of the society is such that the Executive Council (EC) is responsible for all decision-making. The Conveners help the Executive Council in overseeing the effective functioning of the departments. Each of the individual departments which comprise of the general body members are headed by Directors who are accountable to the EC and Conveners.
President Khadijah Ahmad
Vice-President Zarya Mushtaq
General Secretary Izzah Ejaz
Treasurer Shahzeb Khan
Convener Moots and Events
The society is known for arranging intriguing discussion seminars where well-known academics, activists, lawyers, politicians, television personalities and journalists are invited to speak on topics that are subject to heated debates. Renowned speakers that have previously been invited to speak on LPS events include, among many others, Imran Khan, Jibran Nasir, Pervez Hoodboy, the DG ISPR and Hina Rabbani Khar. The subjects of debate include amendments to the Pakistani Constitution, Pakistan’s Foreign Policies, and areas of International Law. The society does not hesitate to tap into controversial issues and encourages students to participate in sessions by directly engaging with the guests. They are urged to question and criticize speakers while respecting their contrasting views. These events stir great interest in the LUMS community and prove that students are not afraid to voice their opinion.
The society organizes Moot Court Competitions to help students get a practical feel of the legal profession, with practicing lawyers and members of the judiciary as judges. The LPS works hard to arrange for prestigious internship opportunities with international organizations such as the United Nations. An internship could involve assisting lawyers, conducting fieldwork, or carrying out research. The LPS keeps information on law firms and Non-Governmental Organizations so that students who are interested in interning or working with them can correspond with the companies/organizations they are interested in.
LUMS Media Arts society is dedicated to promoting creativity through all forms of media in use today. Since its inception, LMA has been a part of various media ventures including photography and filmmaking. It is one of the largest student lead organizations at LUMS and we are proud to host events that include participants from all over the nation along with several international entries as well.
LMA is organized in two domains: Events and Productions. The coordination of the two departments results in successful execution of ideas and plans. In the past year, Filums, an international film festival, was a great success, attracting many experts in the field of media and filmmaking to come and share their experiences and knowledge with our students. It’s been a platform for students from not only Pakistan but foreign countries as well to showcase their film making talents. Likewise, theLUMS Olympiad, one of the largest and most anticipated events at LUMS, was a huge success with over 800 participants from all over Pakistan. It included 21 competitions in diverse areas along with some of the grandest social events that LUMS has ever witnessed. LMA also premiered their Flagship film for this year, Khat-e-Falak, which is all-set to be premiered at various international film festivals as well. We started our very own Mini-Series this year by the name of LUMS Kahani, and it goes to show that LMA is open to ideas and welcomes all those who wish to express themselves on screen or behind the scenes! Next up on our agenda is the execution of one of our dream-projects, Documentary on Karakoram Highway, which aims to incorporate the vision of promoting the good in our country.
Along with these main events and projects, LMA hosts many Intra-LUMS events through the year, such as Karaoke Night which is a night dedicating to bad singing and just having fun, Movie Trivia where movie buffs can finally settle who knows more about what and Ushoot where lums students can go crazy making videos to compete against each other.
Not only is LMA one of the many faces of LUMS, but it is also an excellent example of how determination and ambition can make anything possible. And lastly, for those who hope to join LMA, know that you will not just be joining a society, but will also be becoming part of a family dedicated since 11 years to help people showcase and grow their skills and talents.
The LUMS Daily Student is the LUMS’s flagship journalism society, priding itself for its prompt and precise coverage of events and happenings on campus and delivering an insight into life and times at LUMS. We, at the LUMS Daily Student, aim to bring a platform for self-expression to the LUMS community, promoting healthy discourse and discussion. We also provide our members with the opportunity to host the annual Convention for Aspiring Reporters and Media Anchors (CARMA) and the LUMS Journalism Festival (LJF). LDS also hosts a variety of Journalism related events throughout the year, including the Online Writing Competition, The World in Captions (TWC), workshops and seminars, granting the LUMS community exposure into the field of journalism and its nuances.
What are CARMA and LJF? CARMA and LJF are the LUMS Daily Student’s flagship events.
Delegates attending CARMA are school-going students looking to attend a hands-on event that’ll simulate live coverage of contentious events and broadcast news.
LJF, on the other hand, comprises entirely of seminars and workshops conducted by renowned journalists, designed for university students looking to enter into journalism as a career.
Whilst both events are varyingly different, they equally provide our members with a wealth of experience in areas of logistics, management and organization. They also grant them an opportunity to rub shoulders with professionals dominating the field of journalism.
The Music Society of LUMS is probably the only society at LUMS that will compel you to ponder upon the strangest of questions; like “Who is Oscar? Why is he always watching us?” “Will there EVER be cake? They always SAY there will be cake…” “Why does this society even have a baking department?!!”
All understandably valid, legitimate queries that you may or may not have the answer to as a senior in your last year in the society. However, what you experience during the journey to your discoveries in this bizarre society is probably the best part. It’s possibly the only society where you don’t feel pressured to fit into a certain mould, play by specific rules or change yourself in any way to fit the ideal, because frankly, we’re all a bunch of idiots who don’t take ourselves too seriously and merely share a love for music. We’re also proud boasters as the only society that has a space just to itself; the Jam Room! Like a child whose diapers we’ve changed for a staggering 18 years, the Jam Room is a sacred, holy entity to us, where we come to unwind after a long day, jamming that song with our friends that always sounds atrocious but we still love to play anyway, or when we just want to hide from the world and sit alone and play an instrument to ourselves. With a jam (lol punz)-packed schedule, we have an event every other week, whether it’s just an Open House gig where any Luminite is welcome to perform, Thriller Night, our Halloween-themed annual freak-show of a concert, the Battle of the Batches, where we act like teeli-baazes to incite a friendly rivalry between the batches, or our national and most (for us at least) feelz-inducing event, the LUMS Music Fest, where we invite musicians and music-enthusiasts from institutions all over the country to perform, get mentored by the best and, perhaps most importantly, to revitalize their faith in the scope for music in this country. Psst…and while we’re at it, we’re also responsible for A LOT of awesome concerts that overwhelm our neighbors with complaints.
So we’d love more than anything for you to join our little family! Or as we like to say:
Sports at LUMS (SLUMS) is the biggest student run society in LUMS, boasting involvement of over 60% of the total LUMS community, including LUMS students, staff and faculty members. It operates in tandem with the Sports, Wellness and Recreation Department. SLUMS believes that sports is one of the most integral parts of life at LUMS and is determined to make that integral part the best possible for all parties. The society hosts a lot of events over the year, involving both Intra-LUMS and Inter-Varsity tournaments. The Inter-Varsity tournaments can lay the claim of hosting participants from all across the country, all year round! The society is home to many different sports, 18 of them actually. This includes athletics, football, cricket, hockey, basketball, badminton, table tennis, netball and volleyball among others. This provides individuals with a wide range of abilities to get involved with sports. With over 90+ passionately attended intra LUMS events to look forward to throughout the year, LUMS has always been a sports driven community and that is unlikely to change soon.