What do you imagine when you think of doing Master’s at SEECS? I imagined 5-8 pm classes with students cut off from the extra-curricular activities, buried deep into research papers, books and anxious to get their supervisor selected (I had no idea this task had to be done in first semester until some of my class fellows left no doubt for me).
Eager to jump into student societies, I was hesitant to mingle with juniors (UGs). My friend suggested, “yar raub dalna, aur kya!” but perhaps I lack in that skill. However, I was thrilled to know about GPSG, Graduate & Professional Student Government. SEECS has indeed opened a new chapter for the Post Graduates.
Four years back, GPSG was formed at SEECS starting with just two members which turned to a full council this year. Yes, the council members are all masters’ students. And quite opposite to my imagination, my batch was active both in studies and in extra-curricular activities.
This year GPSG and MS Batch 2013 has pioneered the Post Graduate Farewell for their seniors (Batch 2011 and Batch 2012). Amidst exams and time constraint, they were able to arrange an awesome farewell with brilliant skit performances, funny titles to seniors and special farewell videos.
The event started off at around 8:00 pm in the evening at SEECS ground. The entrance had red carpet laid for all guests and immediately to the right hung memorable pictures with wall of memories section for seniors to write their farewell notes. On the left were several round tables for seating, beautiful lights hung the marquee and despite summers the weather was tolerable with cool wind blowing. The theme for the event was both Royal and Formal. We saw British royals to English princess to formal to divergents who chose to wear casual.
The hosts, dressed up as mirza ghalib and an urdu-in-english-accent Charlie Chaplin character, gave a hilarious welcome to the seniors. The next segment was a funny SEECS News Bulletin; an excerpt mentioned below.
“Kal shaam SEECS UG lobby ki entrance pe traffic jaam…..!!!!!…—-tafselaat k mutabiq ************ ki class k lie Dr. ***** apnaay pooray laao lashkar smait jaahoo jalal se tashreeef larahay thay.”
Every NUSTian, in particular, post graduates have asked this at least once in their academic career, “Yeh Thesis Kaisay Hota Hai?” The answer to this question was part of a video segment at the farewell. You too can view it here.
The skit performance included the story of Akbar who despite his royal name was turned down impudently by the NUST security, “Oye Akbar ho ga apnay ghar, yahan card key baghair ander nahi Janay detey, chal card nikaal.”
The story ended with Akbar marrying Anar Kali leaving his son in utter shock and dismay. After all, the King’s son had endured four difficult years at NUST only for Anar Kali. 😛
In addition, there were musical performances and special graduate video comprising of senior interviews & pictures. IAESTE Islamabad foreign interns had also joined us in the evening. Though I doubt they understood much but they surely enjoyed with others.
The evening ended with the post-thoughts from a senior representative and Dean’s speech who somehow emphasized “celebration with decency” a lot.
Finally the most awaited announcement of the evening, “Khana Khul gaya hai.”
Despite a few glitches, the evening turned out to be amazing and SEECS PGs are the lucky ones who not only received a welcome party from their seniors but also arranged a farewell for seniors.
Farwell Pictures Courtesy: Rajaan’s Photography