Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Muhammad Babar Sarfraz is a LUMS National Outreach Programme (NOP) scholar, majoring in Management Science from the BSc Class of 2016. He lives with his mother and three elder brothers. Babar’s brothers are still studying. His father was a government officer at PASCO, who passed away when Babar was 3 years old. His mother has raised his brothers and him alone since then.

Babar explained how he discovered the NOP at LUMS, “I heard about the LUMS National Outreach Programme through one of the NOP graduates. The excellent education and an atmosphere filled with opportunities is what motivated me to apply to LUMS through this programme. Another factor was that LUMS brings the best out of people.”

“I got my acceptance letter from LUMS the same day I had my last FSc exam, so it was a big relief for me and my family. My family always believed in me and somehow believed that I would make it but I was not sure whether I would be able to meet their expectations or not. When I got the acceptance letter my family was even more thrilled than I was! I was the first one from my whole family to come to such a prestigious university like LUMS and that was an achievement for my family. I would never have been able to attend LUMS if it wasn’t for the National Outreach Programme,” said Babar.

Babar has been at LUMS for three years now. During this time he has racked up a list of admirable achievements, which include being appointed President of the ShARE student society and co-founding SENSE magazine, of which he is also Marketing Manager. He has also served as Director, Social Events for the Humanities and Social Sciences Network at LUMS and is also an Assistant Director, Social Events at the LUMS Daily Student, a journalism endeavor by the students at LUMS. Babar has also interned at Engro Foods Limited and at LUMS.

“I have had my share of ups and down but overall my LUMS experience has been brilliant. I am sure I am going to have the best four years of my life here at LUMS. Students and staff are excellent but other than that all the other staff members and departments are really great too,” Babar enthused.

Talking about what he feels he has learned during his time at LUMS, Babar said, “During my three year stay at LUMS so far, I feel like I have grown as a person. I have been able to have a better perspective towards everything I deal with. I have learned how we should seize the opportunities we get and create the ones that we don’t.”

Babar has tried to give back to his own community as well to help others avail the education opportunities available at LUMS. “Every summer I go back to Okara and help students to prepare for the entry tests. I have tried to guide and help a lot of students and I think I have been successful at that. The fact makes me feel really good that some of these students might be able to get similar opportunities as I have got,” he explained.

Babar’s future plans include doing a Master’s degree and then the CSS Examination. “My family has always wanted someone from the family to be a CSS officer and I hope I’ll be one someday,” smiled Babar.

 

About the National Outreach Programme

LUMS launched its National Outreach Programme (NOP) in 2001 to extend the benefits of world-class education to talented but underprivileged students all over Pakistan and thereby become a truly national university. This prestigious scholarship programme focuses on identifying bright students with exceptional Matriculation and FA/FSc results and inducting them into the LUMS Undergraduate Programmes. The scholars that qualify as NOP are given full financial assistance. LUMS is very proud of its NOP scholars, of whom 742 have been inducted into the university so far.

If you would like to donate to the LUMS National Outreach Programme cause, please visit the LUMS Giving website for more details.