A research study on “The State of Individual Philanthropy in Pakistan” was launched at National University of Science and Technology (NUST) by Pakistan Center for Philanthropy on February 7, 2017. President of Pakistan Mr Mamnoon Hussain was the chief guest at the occasion.
The President, in his address, congratulated PCP for its brilliant accomplishment of conducting a pioneer research study on giving practices in Pakistan. He also appreciated NUST for jointly organizing the event at its main campus. He said that such initiatives would go a long way in promoting the culture of giving, and addressing the needs of people who have not been reached out by various welfare programs of the government. He further said that the government would ensure to create an enabling policy environment to work together with the philanthropists and civil society to rectify the imbalances and inequities in the society. He said PCP is doing a great service to the country in terms of acting as a catalyst to connect philanthropic contributions and its routing through credible and trust worthy organizations to attain optimum social returns. He recognized that the time is now right to promote philanthropy as a social institution to address social sector deficit and economic challenges of the country.
In his welcome address, Rector NUST Lt Gen Naweed Zaman HI (M), (Retd) felicitated PCP on the launch of this critical study on philanthropy. He maintained that NUST has incorporated community service, development, and engagement into its core values, adding, “NUST Community Service Club (NCSC), supported by NUST schools and administration, has spearheaded relief efforts in times of emergency. We also offer a compulsory Community Service Learning (CSL) course as part of all undergraduate programs with students undertaking mandatory field assignments and projects in areas as diverse as clean water provision and storage, environmental conservation, community health, renewable energy, educational technologies, etc.” He apprised the audience that NUST is the headquarters of Pakistan Chapter of the Talloires Network (PCTN), which stimulates civic engagement among institutions of higher learning. Till date, 68 Pakistani universities are members of the network. He also made special mention of one of NUST’s projects, “Education for Empowerment,” which has recently won the Talloires Network’s prestigious MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. The Rector said that more than 50 percent of NUST students hail from lower middle income and low income backgrounds, who are all admitted on the basis of merit. He invited all philanthropist individuals and organizations to come forward and wholeheartedly support the NUST need-based scholarship program.
Mr Zaffar A Khan, Chairman PCP Board of Directors, in his remarks, highlighted that the study is a pioneer comprehensive exposition of trends of individual giving and its channelization to individuals and/or organizations to improve people’s lives.