Orientation Ceremony of OGDCL Talent Hunt Programs & National Talent Hunt Program
May 28: On a spirited Saturday morning at the Gani Tayub Auditorium, IBA Main Campus; candidates, faculty and sponsors enthusiastically participated in the Orientation ceremony of National, Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Talent Hunt Programs (THP) and National Talent Hunt Program (NTHP). Dr. Zeenat Ismail, Coordinator Talent Hunt Program, while commencing the event, said 'IBA is proud to welcome 120 students from, Baluchistan, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and all over Pakistan to be a part of this program.' Dr. Zeenat wished the aspiring candidates the best of luck and cautioned that this was just the beginning and it would require a lot of hard work to get admission into IBA, she also emphasized on IBA's penchant for maintaining discipline. Dr. Zeenat also profusely thanked the major sponsors of these programs, the OGDCL and Ihsan Trust.
With an aim to prepare exceptionally talented X and XI students from underprivileged families, IBA Karachi launched the National Talent Hunt Programs in 2004. These Talent Hunt Programs (THP) are aimed at the students from Sindh, Punjab, Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtun Khuwa, FATA and Gilgit Baltistan. So far, around 400 students have been inducted in IBA's undergraduate programs through these THPs. This extended 40 Days Orientation Program is based on merit cum need consideration, designed to train students mainly in the areas of English, Mathematics, Presentation & Communication skills, which enhance students' knowledge, emphasize on personal development, grooming and prepares them for IBA's entry test. Each trainee is attached with a Faculty Advisor who counsel, coach and mentor the trainee in professional and personal matters.
Addressing the audience, Registrar Capt. (retd.) Ahmed Zaheer gave a comprehensive overview of IBA to the candidates of THPs. He went on to inform the audience about the teaching departments, faculty members, student activities and the fine architecture of IBA. Captain Zaheer also notified students about the profound emphasis on 'discipline' within the premises of IBA. Enumerating the objectives of THPs, he said 'It is to pick up the best of the best from the far flung areas'.
Welcoming the students, Dr. Sayeed Ghani, Acting Dean & Director IBA, said, 'We at IBA, go for an extensive search of talent and this year I am pleased to see a diversity of students from KPK and Baluchistan, thanks to the generosity of OGDCL'. He motivated students and tried to evoke energy in them by explaining that this was a lifetime opportunity to get enrolled into a top institution of higher education in Pakistan and hence shouldn't be taken lightly. Dr. Ghani also told the students to buckle up as they will be competing against the top minds at IBA and will be challenged to perform to the best of their ability.
Later on, the auditorium was humming with energy and zeal as Mr. Syed Hussain Haider, from Akhuwat (Lahore), took over the podium. 'If I were in your place, I wouldn't sleep for the next 40 days because I want to be a part of IBA', he said devotedly, while addressing the candidates.
Mr. Fayyaz Ur Rehman, VP - Product Development & Shariah Compliance, Ihsan Trust said that Meezan Bank created Ihsan Trust in 2002 and collaboration with IBA started in 2009. Mr. Fayyaz said that Ihsan Trust sponsors the orientation programme and also all those students which get admission into IBA. Ihsan Trust has sponsored 111 students through this initiative so far. Mr. Fayyaz urged the students to give this opportunity their all and to play their role in serving this country.
Mr. Abdul Rauf Khajjak, General Manager – CSR, OGDCL Pakistan said that OGDCL hopes to continue this noble cause of supporting higher education for underprivileged students of Pakistan from the remote areas for years to come. He told the students of Baluchistan and KPK to rise and show the world their courage and hard work through securing admission and performing well.
With Success stories of the alumni of THPs being shared, the orientation ended on a good note as Dr. Sayeed Ghani and Dr. Zeenat Ismail presented tokens of appreciation to the esteemed donors and prestigious guests.