Lahore : MS Malala yousafzai, the youngest Nobel prize winner and champion for the education and empowerment of women, says that change does not happen by itself and requires one to make a step forward, to say and do something.
She acted as General Rapporteur of the world’s first virtual convocation ceremony of 2020, Lahore University of Management science (LUIMS) on Facebook on Saturday.
The rector of LUMS Shahid Hussain, founder of the Pro Chancellor Syed Babar Ali, Pro Chancellor Abdur Razzaq Daud and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Arshad Ahmad also shared congratulations on the 1,092 graduates. Parents of graduates, LUMS faculty and staff also participated in a virtual holiday.
The ceremony was started with the greetings of the Secretary, then the national anthem. After completing the ritual cover was observed in which the class of 2020 celebrates the spirit of being together. This was followed by messages from alumni and the student Council President, and then a video dedicated to the graduating class under the name of al’vida was shown.
Sharing his thoughts on the occasion, MS yousafzai said that her journey taught her that the changes do not occur independently, and requires that one step forward, to speak out and to do something. She said that Pakistan has the second highest number of out of school children, more than 20 million children aged 5 to 16 years of school and they encountered too many barriers. She said that in Sindh, 58 per cent girls were out of school, while in Balochistan 78 percent of girls could not go to school.
Malala urged the students urge the government to invest more in the quality of education, as “I believe that this is the most important investment our country can do.”
Malala yousafzai shared her journey and struggle for education for girls and women, when from 2007 to 2009, the Taliban began to spread its extremist ideology, banned the education of girls, women stopped going to the market and bombed more than 400 schools.
To the graduates, she said, “to speak out against gender bias and harmful social norms. At home, in the classroom and in the community, social norms affect the performance of boys and girls about their lives and their future. Social norms can change—and you can help them change, raising your voice for girls ‘ education in communities across the country.”
Dr. Arshad Ahmad congratulated the students and urged them to serve the public as they made their way forward. “This is the time when the calls for help become louder when the economic and personal losses is more prominent and when social disadvantage and inequality acquire new meanings. So, maybe this is your moment and this may be your opportunity; this may be your defining moment, to look beyond personal ambitions to consider a more noble social vision that is required more than ever before.”
Shahid Hussain, rector, LUMS, advised the graduates to find creative solutions to problems and expressed his admiration for the students. “I’m inspired by and proud of how you all responded to the call and displayed exceptional maturity, perseverance and determination.” He also Announced the winners of the prestigious National award of the Fund management.
Abdur Razzak Dawood addressed the graduates into the next generation of leaders. “As the world recovers from the consequences of Covid-19, they will look to you to give us purpose, hope, and the way forward”.
Syed Babar Ali spoke about how graduates can prepare for the road ahead. “You are now entering the real world. The degree or certificate you get from there are only entry for your next career or your next class. After that you will be judged on what the industry and the hard work you put into your efforts. It was stressed to you throughout your entire stay at lums that, first of all, you will be judged on your credibility, your integrity, and your humility as you behave.”
In the virtual convocation of LUMS graduates also shared deep memories of time spent in the Alma mater, and far-reaching consequences it has on their lives. They are joined by the deans of different schools, who congratulated the students and wished them luck in their future endeavours.
The degree was awarded online graduates, and those medals or awards Dean’s list were recognized for their work.