To welcome the newly inducted batch of Talent Hunt Program (THP) students, faculty members and sponsors gathered for an Orientation Ceremony in Gani Tayub Auditorium, IBA Karachi on Wednesday 31st May, 2017. Dr. Zeenat Ismail, Director Talent Hunt Programs welcomed the students ranging from all over Pakistan. She advised that this was just a step in the right direction in achieving their goals and they have to work even harder, now that they are so close to their goal of studying in Pakistan's top business institution. Dr. Zeenat also profusely thanked the major sponsors of these programs.
IBA Karachi launched the IBA-IHSAN TRUST National Talent Hunt Program in 2004, IBA-CDP Sindh Talent Hunt Program in 2017, OGDCL Balochistan/ Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Talent Hunt Programs in 2016 with the aim of picking the best of the best from far flung areas of Pakistan. These Talent Hunt Programs (THP) are aimed at the students of matric and intermediate from Sindh, Punjab, Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa, FATA and Gilgit Baltistan. This Day Orientation Program is based on merit cum need consideration, designed to train students mainly in the areas of English Grammar & Composition, 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, Mr. Aamer Shabbir Khan – General Manager Administration gave a comprehensive overview of IBA to the candidates of THP program. He went on to inform the audience about the teaching departments, faculty members, student activities and the fine architecture of IBA. Mr. Aamer also notified students about the profound emphasis on 'discipline' within the premises of IBA.
Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, Dean & Director also graced the occasion with his presence and welcomed the participants and esteemed guests. While addressing, he emphasized the participants to take full advantage of the program and assured hi-quality learning through learned faculty and dedicated program team.
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 who get admission into IBA. Mr. Fayyaz urged the students to give this opportunity their all and to play their role in serving this country.
Mr.Irteza Ali Qureshi – CFO, OGDCL Pakistan emphasized on the company's aim to support such honorable cause to open doors for the underprivileged children of Pakistan, to shape their future and give them the prospect to showcase their potential.
Mr.Syed Hussain Haider – Director AISEM & International Consultant focused on availing and making the best out of this wonderful opportunity, he shared his views on the importance of education and how it can do wonders for people only if they are determined to achieve their goal.
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 at IBA Karachi and performing well in the aptitude test.
With Success stories of the alumni of THPs being shared, the orientation ended on a good note as Dr. Farrukh Iqbal presented tokens of appreciation to the esteemed donors and prestigious guests.