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TRIBUTE TO ALLAMA IQBAL BY PAKISTAN HIGH COMMISSION , SINGAPORE

Prof. Salahuddin Mohammad Shamsuddin, eminent scholar, delivered a lecture on Allama Iqbal at the residence of the Mr. Nasrullah Khan, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Singapore on the evening of 11.11.2017.

The talk was organised by Pakistan High Commission to pay tribute to Allama Iqbal, the sub-continent’s great poet-philosopher on occasion of his 140th death anniversary. Dr. Salah ud din Mohammad Shamsuddin flew in especially from Brunei Dar us Salam for this session devoted to Iqbal’s legendary poetic and philosophic work.

The discourse mostly centred around Iqbal’s concept of Khudi. Mr. Nasrullah Khan, High Commissioner, pointed in his introductory remarks, that to understand man in Iqbal’s poetry and philosophy, we have to take the route of the Khudi- , selfhood or Falsafa-i-Khudi .

Replying to questions from those present, Dr. Salah ud din explained that Iqbal’s “Khudi” symbolizes realization of self, i.e. recognizing one’s ego/spirit, and the divine strands that connect creation with the creator. Khudi, as Allama held, means to realize that man carries a particle of divine light within him whose discovery can raise him to the zenith of creation and whose negligence can bring him to its nadir.

On the occasion, messages of the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out by the Press Counsellor and the famous “Khudi ka Sirr e Neha” was sung by one of the guests to the applause of all present.

A number of prominent Pakistani and Singaporeans lovers of poetry came to gather on this literary night.

BANK ALFALAH PARTNERS WITH YAYVO.COM FOR E-COMMERCE PAYMENTS & REWARD REDEMPTION

Bank Alfalah and Yayvo.com signed a Memorandum of Understanding, allowing Bank Alfalah customers to conveniently purchase items from one of Pakistan’s biggest e-commerce stores, further enhancing the scope of e-commerce and digital payments in the country.

Yayvo.com will integrate Bank Alfalah’s payment gateway and power Bank Alfalah’s Orbit Mall for the bank’s loyalty customers, account and card holders. Under this agreement, Bank Alfalah customers will be also able to redeem Orbit reward points and also use Bank Alfalah Accounts and Credit Cards on the revamped Orbit Mall. In addition to providing ease of payment and quick delivery, this will greatly enhance the range of items customers can purchase with their reward points and other payment instruments, as well as opening up many more avenues of collaboration in the future.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Nauman Ansari (CEO, Bank Alfalah) said, “This partnership highlights how both organisations have effectively capitalized on their strengths, increasing the range of choices that customers have. With Bank Alfalah’s payment gateway integrated into Yayvo’s e-commerce space, customers now have access to thousands of products which can be purchased via easy e-payment options.”

M. A. Mannan (President & CEO, TCS Holdings) said, “Yayvo.com is one of Pakistan’s fastest growing ecommerce companies which is utilising TCS’s delivery expertise and reach to make our customers live easy, simple and convenient for all their purchasing needs. Our partnership with Bank Alfalah will mark an important step in making online purchasing a trusted and secure option for all customers.”

QEC IBA KARACHI HOLDS SEMINAR ON ’PROMOTING QUALITY CULTURE IN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS’

Quality Enhancement Cell of IBA Karachi organized a seminar on ’Identification and Prioritization of Critical Issues and Challenges in Promoting the True Quality Culture in Higher Education Institutions’ followed by a panel discussion.

The seminar was attended by a large number of QECs, faculty members and management personnel from different renowned universities of Karachi, Nawabshah, Sindh and Balochistan. Whereas, universities in other cities connected the session via HEC video conferencing and HEC web TV.

Prof. Dr. Mustaghis-ur-Rahman Head of Management Sciences Department, Bahria University discussed various different Quality Cultures like Responsive (Something developing around the world and how we respond to that), Reactive (it will lead to regenerative quality culture and it can be done by Top management), Regenerative and Reproductive (maintenance of status quo) quality cultures.

Dr. Zaki Rashdi, highlighted the Quality Octate comprising the 8 important parameters with ‘Institutional Leadership’ on top because our leaders are not exposed to those quality parameters.

The speakers noted the demands of the ever increasing number of students pursuing higher education and the increasing expectations of the job industry towards institutions to maintain the highest levels of educational quality.

Associate Dean, Faculty of Business Administration IBA, Dr. Nishat, distributed souvenirs among the speakers and panelists and certificates among the participants.

MCB BANK IN DIGITAL FINANCIAL ALLIANCE WITH TMF

MCB Bank, one of the largest & most innovative banks in Pakistan, has entered into a strategic alliance with leading Sindh based microfinance service provider Thardeep Microfinance Foundation (TMF) for digital financial services.

At the signing ceremony, Mr. Faisal Ejaz Khan, CIO MCB Bank, apprised the TMF team on the bank’s diverse digital product portfolio. Mr. Sono Khangharani, CEO, TMF, also spoke of greater collaboration between the two organizations and proposed different initiatives to strengthen ties between the financial sector and the microfinance sector. The MoU was signed between Mr. Faisal Ejaz Khan CIO MCB Bank and Sono Khangharani, CEO, TMF in the presence of senior executives of both organizations.

Established in 1998, Thardeep Microfinance Foundation (TMF) is a community loans provider that helps unbanked / un-served micro-entrepreneurs increase their income through doorstep microfinance services without collateral. The company provides a variety of financial products to help equip their clients with the knowledge and skill required to reduce poverty and drive sustainable development.

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