IBA Alumni host Dinner In honour of the President of Pakistan

 

On Friday December 13, 2013 the Sindh Governor’s House was full of dignitaries on as the IBA Alumni and the IBA played host to a dinner in honour of the President of Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, an IBA Alumnus from the class of 1965. Over 500 attendees including the Council-Generals of different countries, top executives from the corporate world and IBA Alumni gathered to celebrate and honour the President of Pakistan, and to raise funds for the Endowment Fund of the IBA.

 

Mr. Shahid Shafiq, the Alumni Representative on the IBA Board of Governors, was the motivator and impetus behind the dinner while the IBA Alumni Department provided the administrative and functional support to make this event a reality. He personally requested the President to attend the dinner, and despite his gruelling journey to South Africa and the swearing-in of the new Chief Justice of Pakistan, the President attended the Alumni dinner. It took more than a month’s preparation to accomplish the feat, including daunting multiple-level security clearances. The hard work paid off as an impressive Rs. 9 million were collected from the corporations and Alumni. This amount has been donated to the Endowment Fund at IBA, to help new students who may be financially challenged.


While a corporate table was worth Rs. 200,000, Alumni were required to pay a subsidised Rs. 5,000 per seat as a token of their love and affection for IBA. A large number of Alumni, accompanied by family members, came together to rejoice this momentous occasion.


Alumni friends from the class of the President of Pakistan travelled from different parts of the world, such as Bangladesh, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to congratulate their IBA batch mate on his historic achievement. The President’s teacher, Dr. Azeemuddin Subhani, IBA Alumnus of 1963, accompanied by his wife, were also present at the occasion. “It is indeed a matter of great pride and honour for IBA to have produced graduates like Mr. Mamnoon Hussain”, said an enthusiastic Dr. Azeemuddin over a candid discussion during the event.
 

 

Alumni Testimonials:
 

The alumni dinner was lovely. It was great meeting everyone. The dinner was absolutely smashing and a great initiative. All in all … a classy affair...and congratulations to the Alumni team for pulling it off. Hope other dinner table meetings are held regularly. Proud to be associated with the IBA.

----Shazia Yaqub (Alumnus of 1996)


This event was simply flawless. Very good job done by the team under the dynamic leadership of Alumni Representative, Shahid Shafiq, who deserves our heartiest felicitation!

--Etrat Rizvi (Alumnus of 1974)


The dinner with the President was effectively planned and meticulously implemented. The arrangement made for the dinner was superb. Seating arrangement looked very attractive. Timing of starting and finishing of this event was very comfortable for the guests. Food served for the guests was very delicious.

 

I congratulate the entire team of Alumni Department for their untiring efforts for making the dinner successful. It would be unjust on my part if I do not commend/acknowledge Mr. Shahid Shafiq, Alumni Representative/Member on the Board of Governors of IBA, for his guidance and support to Alumni Department. He has always been instrumental for arranging large number of events from Alumni Forum since long. Congratulations to the Alumni Department for making this event a GREAT SUCCESS!

--Shahood Alam (Alumnus of 1980)

 

First of all, I want to congratulate IBA for arranging the event so beautifully, it’s really an awesome feeling to be a part of the historic event. I pray that the tradition continues.

--Rana Shaheen  (Alumnus of 2000)

 

 

The wonderful evening kicked off at 6 p.m. with the arrival of guests. The one-hour session before the arrival of the Chief Guest served as a networking session as old friends relived the memories of IBA days while new connections were made amongst corporates from various sectors.

The Chief Guest was received by Dean and Director IBA Karachi, Dr. Ishrat Husain and Mr. Shahid Shafiq. President of Pakistan received a standing ovation from the audience as he made his way to the stage. Dr. Ishrat Husain gave a welcome address and felicitated the Chief Guest on attaining the most exalted position in the country.

“IBA has been a Centre of Excellence for decades producing global graduates who have made a mark in various fields.” While extolling the achievements of IBA Alumni, Dr. Ishrat exhorted the graduates to come forward with monetary help and facilitate its alma mater in achieving greater heights.

The Chief Guest was all praises for IBA whom he affectionately referred to as his 'second home'. "The history of the IBA is as old as Pakistan and only a handful of institutions can claim this honour. But what truly sets apart IBA from the rest, is the consistency with which it has produced graduates that have shaped the history of this great nation in every era and in every possible field they entered."

The President eulogized the efforts of Dr. Ishrat Hussain under whose leadership IBA has turned a new leaf. "At a time when economy was at its ebb, Dr. Ishrat managed to raise almost Rs. 5 billion, turning the IBA into an institution, commensurate with its legacy and prestige. His efforts were not just restricted to the infrastructural development but were aimed at improving the academic environment at par with international standards."

The President emphasized the role of higher education institutes especially the IBA to churn out graduates who work towards the betterment of the country.

"A great responsibility lies on the shoulders of higher education institutes like the IBA for preparing a workforce that could not only add value to the economy with honesty, integrity and sheer hard work but also become good human beings for the betterment of the society."

The President of Pakistan also led a prayer for the well-being of former Dean and Director IBA, Mr. Danishmand, an IBA Alumnus of 1961. The address was followed by a sumptuous dinner and the evening culminated with the musical performance from the talented artists of National Academy of Performing Arts.


We wish the President best of luck in his future endeavours and hope that the IBA continues to produce such talent in future.