MoU, The Citizens Foundation and the Centre for Business and Society

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Citizens Foundation and the Centre for Business and Society, LUMS sign an agreement to facilitate the admissions of TCF Alumni in tertiary institutions


Lahore, Pakistan – 4th Sept 2019: The Citizens Foundation (TCF), a Pakistani non-profit organization educating the less-privileged, and the Centre for Business & Society, LUMS (CBS, LUMS) signed an agreement to facilitate TCF Alumni in seeking admissions in undergraduate programmes.

CBS was created to engender action, education, engagement and research within a new order of business and societal priorities. Through education, research, and experiential learning at the grassroots level, CBS works with the broader community to develop novel and innovative solutions to complex social problems and inculcates within its graduates a strong commitment to social responsibility. This collaboration with TCF is one such initiative that will allow CBS to contribute to development in education.

The Memorandum of Understanding between TCF and CBS was signed by Riaz Kamlani, Executive Vice President of TCF, Dr. Arshad Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of LUMS, Dr. Alnoor Bhimani, Honorary Dean Suleman Dawood School of Business, LUMS and Dr. Zehra Waheed, Director CBS. The ceremony was attended by members of the LUMS and TCF management.

TCF and CBS have agreed to collaborate to facilitate the admission of meritorious TCF Alumni in tertiary institutions. The project entails setting up “CBS Ambassadors for Change” at LUMS, a body of student volunteers under the supervision of the CBS team which will conduct information sessions and preparatory classes for meritorious TCF Alumni to prepare them for tertiary universities including LUMS.

On this occasion, Riaz Kamlani said, “Through collaborations like these, TCF Alumni can have great exposure and can build a better future for themselves. Only by working together, we can resolve the educational crisis.” “I would like to thank LUMS for joining hands with us and furthering our mission to educate the children of Pakistan”, he added.

Regarding the collaboration, Dr. Alnoor Bhimani said, “Good education empowers good education. The TCF-CBS partnership opens up educational possibilities to those who lack access. In doing so, this allows for the cultivation of a learning environment where all key players not only benefit from each other, but also help each other grow in unprecedented ways.”

Currently, approximately 23% of TCF alumni are able to seek admissions in tertiary institutions. This percentage will increase with the help of the Alumni Development Programme which is an on-field teaching initiative designed to help TCF alumni secure admission in the best universities in Pakistan and abroad. This collaboration with CBS will help TCF students get access to these universities and give them the preparation required to get admission in the best undergraduate programmes in the country.