“What sets LACAS apart from other institutions in its closely knit, family-like nature. Everyone looks out for each other. We are all treated like family here and we develop a bond that enables us to overcome anything that comes our way, together.”
Daanish Hussain A Level Head boy, Class of 2006
Our students have always shared a special bond with us and continue to support us as we plan the future of this institution. We expect them to play a critical role in this process of evolution and are always eager to listen to their suggestions and ideas. We are proud of our alumni who graduated from LACAS as enlightened individuals and have gone on to play their role in driving change in our society while being grounded in its culture and heritage. Read on as we share profiles of a few alumni.
Selina Rashid Khan is the Chief Executive of Lotus Client Management & Public Relations – Pakistan’s first dedicated lifestyle PR company and a cofounder and director at The One Lotus Agency – Pakistan’s premier talent management agency. She had her schooling at LACAS after which she read Politics at the University of Warwick in England with a distinction from the university. Following graduation, she worked at Avalon Public Relations, a comedy and television based PR company in London for several years before she shifted back to Pakistan in March 2007. Selina coached the LACAS U17 and U19 debates teams and both teams won the nationals in 2007, Lacas being the only institution to accomplish this feat in the history of DSP. In September 2007 she set up Lotus Client Management & Public Relations, Pakistan’s first PR company dedicated to art, culture, lifestyle and entertainment. Lotus currently represents some of Pakistan's leading platforms, people, brands and projects such as Coke Studio, L’Oreal Pakistan, HSY, the PFDC Fashion Week, Academy Award Winning Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, et al. She has now established The One Lotus Agency with her husband Rizwan R Khan – a company dedicated to professionally managing talent in Pakistan.
We are living in an era, where value addition, earnest guidance and passion are the only way to survive and LACAS gave me beyond all this. It has played a vital role in my life to let me figure out where my aims and abilities meet. I am obliged to LACAS for providing me with a strong foundation to ascend in life.
Dr. Yaqoob Bangash is a historian of South Asia and currently Assistant Professor and Chairman of the Department of History, Forman Christian College, Lahore. He is currently working on a monograph on the Imagination of Pakistan as a Country. Dr. Bangash has taught history and politics at Oxford University, from where he received his DPhil in 2011. He graduated, Summa Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2004.
The passion instilled at LACAS was pivotal in sustaining me through my BA and DPhil in History at Oxford.
Maliha Noorani holds a BFA Honors from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. She received hre MA in the History of Art and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and went on to work at Sotheby’s London and Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong. Maliha was the Norma Jean Calderwood Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Islamic and Later India Art at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum and the Harvard Art Museum. She is currently pursuing her PhD from Yale University.
I recall seldom wanting to go home. Every member of the school; Azeem Khan at the gate, the admin, my teachers, invested in us and that sort of enabling gave me a sense of self and security that allowed me to try my hand at new things – both in and outside the classroom. Hence, History classes, school plays and Shakespeare, occasionally taught Punjabi, and countless other moments and experiences. At LACAS, the people I studied with and studied under made my time one that I return to with infinite fondness.
A communicative and diverse media professional with extensive experience in team management and the planning and implementation of large scale media productions, Beenish was awarded the ‘Chevening Scholarship’ in 2009. She went to Goldsmiths University, London and completed MA in Image and Communications. She currently manages Branded Content for Starcom-MediaVest Group.
Completing my A Levels at Lacas helped me in many ways. It was my first time studying in a co-ed environment and it seemed challenging at first. However, the teachers were remarkable and provided guidance and support which made studying fun. Thinking back my fondest memories are of walking around the old school building, chit chatting with friends and eating hot samosas. A wonderful time indeed.
Atif went on to graduate with distinction from LUMS form BSc in Mathematics and Masters in Statistics from University of New South Wales. He is presently a Senior Manager, Credit Risk Analytics, Stress Management and Capital at Westpac, Sydney, Australia.
There are some experiences in life that are truly life changing; I can safely say LACAS was such an experience for me. There were opportunities presented at every step, whether academic or extracurricular, for individuals to put their hands up and be part of something. Though the two years passed in the blink of an eye, they have left me with a lifetime of friendships and fond memories.
Aqeel graduated from A Level with an excellent result and went on to complete his BSc (Hons) in Finance and Accounting with a 1st Class and place on Dean’s Honour List from Lahore University of Management Sciences. He landed a job with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, London as an associate right out of LUMS and is currently working at Ernst & Young, London as Assistant Director, FS Mergers and Acquisitions Lead Advisory.
I joined LACAS in 2001 for my A levels knowing that at the time, it was an institution that boasted one of the most experienced faculties and established A level programmes in Lahore. I had a fantastic 2 years that gave me the flexibility to choose the subjects I wanted, and most importantly gave me the opportunity to meet some friends who are a still an important part of my life in London.