600+ NOP Applicants Attend LUMS NOP Summer Coaching Camp

Lahore:Today, LUMS welcomed the 2013 batch of National Outreach Programme (NOP) applicants for the 2-week coaching sessions, which is being organised by the Office of Student Affairs. The summer coaching camp will conclude on July 29, 2013. Some 600 eager and excited students were at the campus well before time for their registrations; check-in at the hostel for outstation students was completed in time for the 11 am welcome session.
At the session, students were given an overview on the vision behind the LUMS NOP and were talked to about the disciplined perseverance required to make the most of the opportunity to enhance their personalities and prepare them for the competitive admissions at LUMS. Great enthusiasm was evident in the young boys and girls as they asked pertinent and intelligent questions during the sessions.
This year shortlisted NOP applicants have been divided into 12 sections to attend the sessions which will be conducted by LUMS students that will focus primarily on written and spoken English, along with General Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Advanced Mathematics. Apart from these, LUMS senior faculty and staff will give motivational talks to the students over various aspects of life at LUMS and beyond. The students will be tested over a diagnostic exam that was completed today, which will be followed by a mid-term and final exam. Co-curricular activities have also been planned in the evenings for a well-rounded campus experience during the NOP coaching session.
One of the unique features of the LUMS National Outreach Programme (NOP) is that the pool of applicants is constructed nearly two years before admission (soon after the announcements of Matriculation results). High achieving students, particularly from remote parts of the country, and from the most economically constrained households are invited to apply to the programme. A shortlist is prepared from these applicants who are then invited to come to LUMS for a two-week Summer Coaching Camp during which they are taken through an intense and extensive test-preparation, life coaching, and motivational sessions. The Summer Coaching Camp also includes interviews and assessment tests, based on which a large proportion of those attending would be invited to appear in the LUMS admission test next year. The Summer Camp is funded by LUMS as part of its NOP initiative, including board and food for those attending from out of town.
LUMS NOP, which was launched in 2001, seeks scholars from extremely deserving backgrounds from the underprivileged areas of the country, representing the majority of Pakistan’s population. Through this programme, students have been successfully inducted from all the provinces of Pakistan, including places like Rawlakot, Okara, Narowal, Rahim Yar Khan, Gojra, Bannu, and Mastung to name a few.
LUMS NOP scholars have proved their mettle at LUMS. The performance of the NOP scholars has been extremely encouraging as most have done exceptionally well both academically and in extracurricular activities, which reflects their ambitious drive. Of the 518 NOP scholars inducted to date, 145 have graduated and 11 have been awarded the Fulbright scholarship. Amongst those who have graduated, some have received fellowships to join top universities such as Harvard University, National University of Singapore, Cornell University, Columbia University, Georgia Tech, and Ohio Lakehead University. Those who have opted to work have been recruited by leading companies like Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Bank Alfalah, United Bank Limited, Standard Chartered Bank, Deloitte, UK and Alghanim Industries (Kuwait). They are not only eager to turn this opportunity into a life changing experience for themselves, but are also keen on improving the conditions of their families and communities in the process.
It should be noted that NOP is only one type of financial assistance available to LUMS students. Those not short-listed during the Summer Coaching Camp may also be considered for the programme if they meet its criteria, and all students can apply to various financial aid opportunities available. Since inception, the University has been proud to offer generous financial aid packages to qualifying students in all its degree programmes. To-date, nearly PKR 1.9 billion has been disbursed to LUMS students in financial assistance.
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