Brainstorming on Social Entrepreneurship and Social Leadership Program

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IoBM has successfully completed the first year of the BS-Social Entrepreneurship and Social Leadership program. This program is the brainchild of Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder, Dean CBM and CES, IoBM. Participation of experts in its advisory committee helped in the distinctive design of this program. In order to evaluate the progress of this program and suggest improvements in curriculum planning and its implementation, a meeting was convened on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 11:00 am at the EMEC, IoBM. Ms Misbah Iqbal, Coordinator of this program coordinated this meeting and its proceedings. Mr. Talib Syed Karim, President IoBM, graced this occasion with his kind and inspiring presence and emphasized on the need for making the BS-Social Entrepreneurship and Social Leadership program to be more field-oriented with ample practical exposure.

Experts attending this meeting included Mr. Malik Ahmad Jalal, CEO, Aman Foundation; Ms. Sadaffe Abid, Founding Member, Circle; Ms. Sadaf Mahmood, Founding Partner, Seed Ventures; Mr. Noor Muhammad Bajeer, CEO, Civil Society Support Program; Mr. Salman Siddiqui, Director, Educational Resource Development Centre (ERDC); Ms. Seema Khurram, Executive Director, Sustainable Initiative, Urban; Mr. Rayed Afzal, Chairperson, Educational Assessment Systems and Trainings (EAST); Mr. Khurram Shafique, Leading academician (Writer, Playwright, Scholar on “Iqbal”); Ms. Shireen Naqvi, one of the leading youth trainers in the country; Mr. Ovais Mangalwala, documentary filmmaker, TV anchor, producer and actor, Express News; Mr. Moazzam Hussain, Entrepreneur; Ms. Maheen Salman, Project Management Specialist; Mr. Aqeel Baig, Assistant Professor, Economics Department, IoBM; Mr. Asad Shahzad, Assistant Professor, Islamic Studies / Philosophy Unit Department, IoBM; Mr. Abdul Khaliq Aboya, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Karachi and Ms. Zareen Qureshi, Executive Director, Charter for Compassion.

In order to further enhance the BS-Social Entrepreneurship and Social Leadership program it was conceived that pertinent and accurate data may best be available by going down to the grassroots level and talking to the less-privileged. It was also suggested that sustainability in the traditional paradigm remains of a paramount significance: especially in areas pertaining to ethical, moral, traditional, social and ecological aspects focusing primarily on the concept of “less is more”. Here the very notion of indigenous wisdom remains instrumental towards academic and professional excellence of this program. An inherent love, sympathy and fellow feelings for the impoverished community remain vital. Besides focusing on the corporate sector internships of students may also be considered in concerned slums and villages where the actual emphasis of this program lies. Students need to be encouraged to go beyond the classroom and be more focused in practical exposure. Students should also learn to share their practical experiences by writing blogs with the incorporation of the technical aspect and integrating technology to this program.