Hamid Suleman, from the BS Electrical Engineering Class of 2016 is one of the bright stars of the LUMS National Outreach Programme, which helps brilliant and talented students from underprivileged backgrounds to study on full financial assistance at LUMS.
Hamid's LUMS journey began when he heard about the LUMS National Outreach Programme from a relative of his who had come to congratulate him after he got good marks in the Matriculation exams. "She told me about the NOP and encouraged me to apply for it. I already had a good perception of LUMS in my mind and thought there would be no harm in applying. I took the test for NOP coaching session, which didn't go well I thought, but I got selected! It was the NOP coaching session that made me determined to get into LUMS and made me fall in love with it," reminisces Hamid.
Without the National Outreach Programme, it would have been impossible for Hamid to study at LUMS. Hamid's father passed away some time ago and his mother is a housewife. He has two brothers, one older and one younger than him. The family lives in a small suburb of Lahore, in a rented portion of a house. "When I was finally offered admission at LUMS, my mother was extremely happy, in fact she was overjoyed with the offer!" says Hamid proudly.
Hamid is enjoying the LUMS campus life to the fullest and is a part of five student societies, which include Society for the Promotion and Development of Science (SPADES), Model United Nations at LUMS (LUMUN) and the IEEE LUMS Chapter. Hamid has also been selected for global Ugrad exchange programme.
Along with his studies and his extra-curricular activities, Hamid has also been gaining practical work experience through internships. He has worked as a Research Intern and a Solar Power Monitoring Research Intern at the LUMS Physics Lab during his summer breaks. Hamid also worked as a Teaching Assistant to Dr. Ahmed Kamal Nasir (Phd, University of Siegen Germany) for five months for a course related to 3-D modelling of products, circuit simulation, PCB designing and machining.
On joining LUMS, one of the challenges he faced was getting used to the semester system. “It required tasks to be done on a daily basis which I was not used to. It still hampers me sometimes,” he explains. One of the most important things Hamid thinks LUMS has taught him to do is to question everything, “in a constructive and productive manner, not just for the sake of it!” he adds, “My mindset has been truly broadened.”
Hamid feels he can contribute in numerous ways to society. He says he is most inclined towards creating awareness about the NOP programme and teaching students so that they too can have the chance to study at LUMS.
Discussing his future plans, Hamid says “First of all I need to get a job. Then if the financial aspect allows it I would like to go for higher studies. I also want to start a business that will have its roots in the welfare of the employees and community around them. The education and development sector is also something I feel strongly about and I would like to contribute towards that too.”
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