Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) faculty members have won China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Collaborative Research Grant by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.

According to details, Dr Shakeel Sadiq Jajja Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) at LUMS won the grant for CPEC.

Dr Jajja is the Principal Investigator (PI) and the project’s key team members from LUMS are Dr Raja Usman Khalid and Dr Syed Zahoor Hassan. The project’s collaboration is with Zhejiang University’s School of Management from where Dr Yongyi Shou is the Co-PI, who has worked extensively on the BEV related supply chain issues and maintains a thorough understanding of the present status of the BEV industry in the China and how the industry has evolved over time.

The project, “Electrification – A Step Towards Sustainable Mobility in Pakistan” from LUMS has secured an HEC grant under its CPEC- Collaborative Research Grant (CPEC-CRG) initiative. The focus of the project is on uplifting Pakistan’s industry’s Electric Vehicles (EVs) value chain with exploration and dissemination of understanding of new business models and supply chain management related issues and guiding the development of the needed policies and regulatory frameworks. This is planned to be done by “understanding the underlying factors that can trigger the build-up of the ecosystem for the development of manufacturing supply chain and adoption of EVs in developing countries, particularly in Pakistan”.

Talking about his achievement, Dr Jajja said, “All praise for the luxury of time provided at the school to work on research, he also appreciates the ‘trust’ in the faculty to produce high-quality research and the ‘generosity’ of the school’s leadership in terms of financial support through the school’s research fund and the university’s Faculty Initiative Fund and start-up grants, that they can always turn to in case they fall short of funds.”

“When we submitted this project to HEC, we budgeted for more, and what HEC finally approved was less than what we had proposed. At this time the business school was very generous in giving us additional resources from the school’s budget to support this research. So, I think that kind of generosity is what powers this type of research,” added Dr Jajja.

Commenting on the grant, Dr Alnoor Bhimani, Honorary Dean, SDSB said, “The HEC grant will assist the team of researchers from SDSB and Zhejiang to advance an important line of research. EV technology-based transportation is reshaping the world.  Pakistan must be part of that conversation and this research will directly speak to supply chain issues and business model enhancement tied to EV. Congratulations to Drs. Shakeel, Usman and Zahoor on undertaking this important research and being awarded this grant.”

Online education facilities put in place by HEC and universities to minimize the effects of Coronavirus lockdowns have certainly drawn flak from students. But a contributor questions if it is alright to only blame HEC for the mismanagement that has come to the fore?

LETTER In these unprecedented times, it is not only our economy that is faltering, but the entire education process is also in shambles. All local and international examinations have been put on hold and uncertainty and confusion surrounds online classes arranged by higher education institutions (HEIs). Higher education has been, perhaps, the least discussed issue by successive governments and thus a comprehensive policy for it appears lacking. For many weeks in April, various hashtags trended on Twitter, like #WeRejectOnllineClasses #WeWantSemesterBreak and #HEC_StopOnlineClasses, which highlighted how effective the online education had been so far. Although it was a planned twitter campaign, issues students have been facing regarding online education are not absolutely wrong. Though it does beg a question: is only HEC solely responsible for enduring this reaction from university students? This pertinent issue needs to be examined from various angles for a better understanding. 

By  Staff Reporter

#LUMS,  remained Friday’s top trend on twitter after a student shared his experience of bullying by his peers,  and staff of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) based on his social class highlighting how class difference is dividing the society.
Muhammad Umar Habib, a former student of LUMS, who was admitted to the varsity in LUMS National Outreach Programme (NOP) shared his ordeal at the university where he shared how he was treated with contempt because of his rural background. He began with his first experience on the very first day at LUMS.

He also narrated how other students were treated based on their social class at the university and how it affected them.
Many social media users came out in support of the student and called out LUMS for the discrimination happening at their campus.
One user wrote:
Another user reminded him about the society’s responsibility to its youth

One user pointed out the university’s responsibility to not disclose which students were studying there on NOP.

The lack of diversity at campuses in universities was also pointed out and why it was needed in Pakistan.

A LUMS teacher also applauded the former student of the varsity and highlighted the need for the university administration to take the matter seriously.

Journalist Umar Cheema said that he was proud of his roots and being a “paindoo”

Nuzhat Siddiqi also pointed out the responsibility of the LUMS administration and how it needed to be taken seriously
Bullying in Pakistan is not talked about, especially at educational institutions where it is an increasing phenomenon.

Award-winning EdTech enterprise SABAQ, and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate for research and outreach purposes in order to contribute towards building a robust education ecosystem in Pakistan. The MoU was signed by  Hassan Bin Rizwan, CEO & Co-founder of SABAQ, and Dr Mariam Chughtai, Associate Dean and Assistant Professor at the LUMS School of Education.

Arsalan Haider

The janitorial staff of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) staged a demonstration against a delay in promised payments in connection with Easter at the university premises on Saturday , demanding the administration come good on its promise of payments. A number of students also joined the LUMS janitorial staff protest to express solidarity .