The LUMS Syed Ahsan Ali and Syed Maratib Ali School of Education hosted its sixth session in its series of talks AlumniConnect. The session, moderated by Dr. Razia Iram Sadik, Associate Professor at SOE, invited back two esteemed alumni Kamran Taj and Faiza Tariq to share their experiences.
Muhammad Kamran Taj graduated from SOE in 2021. He helped envisage and launch Radio LUMS, allowing university students, for the first time in Pakistan’s history, to independently run their own radio station. He is also the current President of Radio LUMS. He is working as an Exam services Officer at the British council. He is also part of the SNC research team as a Research Assistant for the Languages section. His main interests are commitment to social change and equity in education across the country.
Faiza graduated in Economics from LUMS in 2015, and then from LUMS SOE in 2020, as part of the inaugural MPhil SOE batch. She has been associated with the education sector in Pakistan for over 5 years, and her experience in education predates her time at SOE. Currently working as a Research Associate at PMIU, Faiza believes in taking small steps towards bringing about change in the education sector of Pakistan.
While talking about the role of MPhil Education Leadership and Management Programme in harnessing their abilities to play community building roles, the alumni discussed how the courses taken at SOE helped them understand the dynamics of community and education landscape in Pakistan and gave them an in-depth practical insight in various interlinked domains. In addition to this, they also elaborated on how the programme provided them with the relevant knowledge of handling data and various research practices which ultimately aided them in confidently taking up research-oriented roles in professional capacity.
The session concluded with a comprehensive Q&A round. When asked about various student societies at LUMS and how these added to their overall experience, the alumni explained that the societies at LUMS provide students with the exposure aligned with their interests, hence giving them a unique platform to polish their skills. The alumni encouraged students to join societies since this would serve as one of the integral components of their overall experience at LUMS.