IST shines at the Annual Yousif Badri Civic Engagement International Prize

It is a great honour that for the first time a university from Pakistan has won a podium place in the Yousif Badri Civic Engagement International Competition.

‘Umeed’, the educational awareness and community building society run by the students of Institute of Space Technology (IST), was awarded third prize at the 2016 Yousif Badri Civic Engagement International Competition. Umeed provides continuous material support to about 50 rural area government schools and to students of these schools. ‘Umeed’ has undertaken various welfare projects in these schools since its inception in year 2010. ‘Umeed’ has also managed to set up clean drinking water facilities in 15 schools.

The competition was organised by Ahfad University for Women, Sudan and aims at rewarding universities from across the globe for their civic engagement activities. Umeed showcased its welfare work in a competition sponsored by Ahfad University for Women and won Third position in ‘Yousif Badri Civic Engagement International Prize-2016’.

Speaking about Umeed’s recent success, life-long President and Vice Chancellor IST, Imran Rahman said that it is a great honour for the society and its volunteers to gain some much-deserved recognition for the hard work they have done in the last few years.

“It is a great honour to be given so much recognition at such a prestigious platform,” said Vice Chancellor IST, Imran Rahman.

First prize was won by Pretoria University for their work on “Law Clinics” and second prize was won by American University of Beirut for their work on Syrian refugees living in Lebanon. Prize distribution ceremony was held on 12 December 2016 at Ahfad University for Women.


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