Zeeshan Shaukat’s Legacy Lives on as Family and LUMS ink MOU
Following the tragic event that took the life of one of the brightest students in the MBA Class of 2014, Zeeshan Shaukat’s family and the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) are dedicated to keep his legacy alive and strong for future students to come.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Brigadier Shaukat Aslam, father of Zeeshan, and Vice Chancellor of LUMS, Prof. Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi on the 18th of September, 2015.
The initiative, which was a collective effort of Zeeshan’s family, LUMS and the MBA Class of 2014, will be sponsoring 50 percent of a business graduate student’s fee throughout the program, purely on a need basis.
Prior to this, a tree planting ceremony in memory of Zeeshan Shaukat was held earlier in July at the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB). The plaque and Ficus tree honoring him is regularly visited by friends and family members.
A memorial and tree-planting ceremony was held on 27 July, 2015 at Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) in memory of Zeeshan Shaukat, the shining graduate of the MBA Class of 2014. Zeeshan's sudden death came as a tragic loss to all who knew him. A large number of family, friends and faculty were present to honor his memory.
Zeeshan was remembered by his fellow graduates as "the most loved member of the batch. He was a compassionate human being, an excellent student, a regular at the mosque, would never miss a cricket match, and always had his trademark smile.Dr. Ehsan ul Haque, the Dean of SDSB remembered him as one of his brightest students and a "thorough gentleman".
Zeshaan's father Brig. (Retd.) Shaukat Aslam remembered his son proudly. 'I am sad but positive,' he said, 'I lost the will to live at first, but people's positivity made me strong. Zeeshan strongly believed in giving back to the community and his father wants to carry his son's legacy forward with the Zeeshan Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship - set up by Zeeshan's batch mates - aims to help and transform the lives of deserving students.
The Fund will be in the form of an interest free loan provided to one (01) student enrolled in the MBA programme at LUMS, covering fifty percent (50%) of the Student's tuition fee expenses throughout the entire programme. Zeeshan's family is contributing one-third to the fund while the rest requires generous donations.
The memorial was concluded with the planting of a Ficus tree, the placement of a plaque outside the SDSB building, and 'Fatiha' prayer for Zeeshan.
Milestone 1 - For 2015-2016 Academic year: PKR 750,000 by 31st July 2015
Milestone 2 - For 2016-2017 Academic year: PKR 750,000 by 31st July 2016
We lost more than just a friend.
There are very few people who are universally liked. He was one of them. A beautiful soul, a charming personality, he would often wake us up for Fajr during the hostel days, was a regular at the masjid, would never miss a cricket match, and always had his trademark smile on.
Zeeshan Shaukat was always there for his friends, first one out of the gates. With the wit and charm to give you a run for your money and on the flip side, a responsible attitude that is rarely found at this young age.
Zeeshan had a very strong bond with LUMS. In his own words, his time at LUMS was the best time of his life. He was a passionate advocator of giving back to this institution and wanted MBA 2014 to be remembered as a batch that left a mark.
We want to make his vision come true. We want to give a deserving candidate the chance to fall in love with LUMS like Zeeshan did. Build friendships that last a lifetime, learn from the best faculty in the country and develop a well rounded personality. For all the times you were there for us, for your unwavering friendship and the memories you have left us with - Zeeshan, this is a small token of our gratitude.
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Here are a few words from the LUMS Faculty:
"Zeeshan's tragic death has come as a big shock to all of us. His ever-smiling face, his positive attitude towards life, and his extremely courteous mannerism was such a delight for all the faculty members and students alike. He was the kind of student that we would love to have anytime and all the time. I am finding it hard to believe that he is not amongst us anymore. I guess he was too precious for God to be left in this world. Let us pray for him. May God give strength to his parents to bear this unbearable loss."
Dr. Ehsan ul Haque
Dean, Suleman Dawood School of Business
"I remember him distinctly for his smile, less talk and interesting arguments. An intelligent and confident personality with loads of wisdom. He was a great listener and quite creative in his reasoning. It has been truly an honor to have him as my student. It is heart breaking to see a young gentleman so fine and hardworking lost so early to the time. I believe his memories will always be cherished for the time to come. He will remain the center of my prayers."
Dr. Salman Khan
"Not every student leaves a strong impression, but Zeeshan was not just any student. He was a very bright, respectful student. However, his radiant smiling face and pleasant personality are the befitting mementoes I will always remember him by. This tragedy is solely responsible for All the light we cannot see anymore."
Dr. Adnan Zahid