Express Career Expo scored solid ground for futuristic concernsA commendable number of 70 schools, colleges, universities and educational experts were reported to be seen at the educational expo organized by Express in Faletti’s Hotel Lahore on Thursday. After organizing two such events in Karachi and Islamabad in May Express has stepped in Lahore for the first time giving Orya Maqbool Jan a renown columnist to be the icebreaker of this event. Some other dignitaries were also the part of this event inclusive of Government College University Vice Chancellor (VC) Khaleequr Rahman, Lahore College for Women University VC Sabiha Mansoor and Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Chairman Nasrullah Virk.
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All these activities were taken along with huge number of students. Orya Maqbool also shared his word of mouth quoting , ‘Such expo’s must be conducted on and off as they truly work for the betterment of today’s educational needs’. Kamran Michael. Ports & Shipping Minister being one of the dignified personals also recognized the growing stature of our youth and quoted that, ‘’youth must be provided with the best opportunities so that they could excel in all fields of competent world’. He also emphasized the government’s part on encouraging such events which would render a platform for our youth to be groomed as marvelous leaders adding note that, ‘government is very anxious also and taking steps in this regard’.
Students were seemed to be eagerly interested in educational course of study offered and so all the booths and stalls were kept gathered round the day. Almost all the universities and colleges were there to show their support including the Forman Christian College, the University of Gujrat, the Allied Schools, the University of Lahore, the Bahauddin Zakariya University Lahore campus, the Institute of Chartered ACCOUNTANTS of Pakistan, the University of Management of Technology, the National Testing Service, the University College of Engineering, Sciences and Technology, the Lahore Garrison University, the Information Technology University, Hajvery University, the Professional Academy of Commerce, Nisa Girls College and last but not the least The Oxford University Press.
College of Tourism and Hotel Management (COTH) remained as an eye of attraction for those who visited their stalls sharing the views that courses like Culinary Arts and Hotel Management being rare in Pakistan was innovative thought to pluck in. One of the representatives of COTH Sabeen Farzand asserted that ‘students were seemed more surprised as they did not know that such courses were also offered to be studied in Pakistan’. Sharing her views with Express Tribune she said that,’’ Television food channels are increasing deliberately and so the knowhow of our course of study being offered in this regard is also increasing which is very much beneficial for us. This has augmented the ratios of student’s enrollment in our institution’’.
This expo also gave the educational institutions to enhance their admission percentage by sharing several eye catching offers including The Imperial College of Business Studies (ICBS) which declared 15% waive off in fee for those who get themselves registered during the expo in courses of engineering, human and social sciences at ICBS. Sana Chaudhry representing ICBS clearly defining the most concerned point of the queries said that, ‘’ our fee waive offer was much encouraging for the students and it also increased the enrollment as mostly questions asked were about the monetary infrastructure of the college’’. Mariam Shahzadi and Noreen Anwar from the platform of e-learn Punjab were preoccupied in giving away the hand outs and organizing the various attractive competitions. As said by Noreen, ‘Games and arts competitions were our way of attracting people and students so that they could experiment the projects and courses we offer’. Selling the project course of study CD’s for Rs60 was another way of catching the eye.
The Sharif College of Engineering and Technology, Raiwind was also there with their representatives like Muhammad Imraan stating that Number of enrollments were already there in engineering and related fields since last 3 years and still expecting to get more on this platform’’. Habib Raza a representative of Allied Schools also commented on the huge crowd’s reason of attraction towards them. He said that,’ Interactive Boards tech has been an innovation in the teaching criterion at primary level and sooner it is going to be launched at high levels of education also using touch screens. ’ The counselors be-seated there were seemed so busy with the students that not even a single moment was recorded to get free. Certain centers of attractions and competitions also encouraged the participation level of the crowd. Brighto Paints also provided a platform by organizing a painting competition for all those who were interested to display their hands on canvas skills among the mass. From Lahore to Faisalabad almost 20 colleges and universities also took part in Innovative Business idea competition showing excellent brains of current race.
Aiman Tahir, a 5th semester Fine Arts student at the Institute of Art and Design also shared her experience saying, ‘We came here not only to interact all the multifaceted people and students from multi-cultured universities but we are also here to enjoy all sorts of competitions organized’ and she also did so with her 3rd semester partner Rohail Rahat in painting competition. Fiza Yousaf, a volunteer from the STEP Institute of Art, Design and Management also gave her view point that ‘people here other than being attracted towards the educational concerns and information are also seemed to enjoy different competitions especially the painting one.’ This expo will be in timeline from Friday 10am to 7pm. Other than the activities for fun loving people education counseling will also be carried out throughout the day.