British Alumni Association re-activated
LAHORE: The British Council Lahore has re-activated the Lahore chapter of the British Alumni Association (BBA), said Dr Iftikhar Elahi, the British Council Lahore director, on Saturday. Dr Elahi was addressing a BAA get-together at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU).
The British Council, in collaboration with London Metropolitan University arranged an inaugural dinner to honour the BAA members followed by a musical programme. Vocalist Hamid Ali Khan, a noted singer from Patiala gharana, performed after the dinner.
Dr Elahi welcomed all and said that though were many other individual organisations and association of British alumni, the BAA was more inclusive. He assured full support of the British Council to the BAA.
Simon Butt, the British deputy high commissioner in Islamabad, who was the guest of honour, congratulated the BAA on its revival.
Butt praised educational links and said that the get-together of old students from several disciplines would help them to share their experiences. He said that studying abroad broadens students’ minds and gives them a cross-cultural understanding. It also helps them develop personal links. Butt said that he was visiting Lahore for the first time. He said he liked the city’s architecture, especially educational institutions constructed during British rule.
Dr Bushra Mateen, the LCWU vice chancellor and president of the BAA Lahore chapter, who studied in UK in 1976, called for suggestions from the members to improve the BAA. She said that the BAA website would be launched soon.
Dr Mateen said that BAA members would guide the younger generation and their experience would be useful for society.
Farhan Aziz Khawaja, the BAA general secretary, thanked all BAA members and urged them to participate actively in the BAA events. staff report