Khadeeja Khurshid & Masifa Kashif
On March 1, 2021, The Nisa Society, UOL, hosted eminent personalities from different walks of life at the TEDxULahore 2021, arranged at SOCA Auditorium. The event attracted over100 participants including students, faculty members and the guests.
The multi-talented speakers were; Mr. Sami Khan (Actor, Model), Dr. Sassi Sher Malik (Deputy CEO, Chaklala Cantonment and Winner of Intel Science Olympiads 2008-09), Mr. Arsalan Ahmed (Director/Assistant Professor, Institute of Islamic Guidance, Perspectives at UMT), Mr. Orya Maqbool Jaan (Columnist, Analyst), Ms. Abiha Haider (Midfielder, Pakistan Women’s National Football Team), Mr. Ali Ilyas (Psychotherapist, Public Speaker), and Mr. Jahanzeb Burana (Cofounder, CEO, Hoopoe).
Ms. Maryam Abdul Hameed (Stage Secretary) hosted the event that started with the talk by Dr. Malik on “Work Life Balance”. She shared her experience as a working woman and explained how she manages both professional and personal life altogether.
Mr. Ahmed talked about “Being human through reflection”, a talk that motivated the audience not to hesitate in taking a new step saying: “Go through the plan bravely and by the grace of God good things will follow you”.
Ms. Haider whose name is in the list of the ‘30 Most Powerful Muslim Women in Sports’ took the stage and discussed “A woman dominating in a masculine labeled sport”. She shared her experience, journey of hardship, struggle; and how she faced all the negative remarks of the people around her. She said, “I started playing football when I was 9 years old and with the passion and a lot of struggle I have become one of the most celebrated Pakistani woman footballers who made the whole country proud by making not only one but two Guinness World Records in a year”.
“Intellectual Immigration and Integrative Thinking” was the topic discussed by Mr. Ilyas. The creative solutions for complex problems and thinking outside the box or thinking unconventionally was the center of his talk.
Mr. Burana’s talk was on “How to rethink education in Pakistan”. He shed light on the low standards of education in Pakistan; and how favoritism and bullying are destroying the integrity of the education system. He emphasized on improving the teaching standards for the betterment of the society.
In his talk titled as “End of Times”, Mr. Jan expressed dissatisfaction towards the influence of foreign languages particularly English saying: “We are reprimanded when we don’t speak English and not applauded when we fluently speak our mother languages. Speaking a foreign language is defined as being modern and stylish and the reverse is true”.
He attracted the audience’ applauses when he switched his speech from English to Urdu. He related science, politics and religion and intriguingly presented each one’s case as it is experienced in the contemporary society.
Mr. Khan shared his achievements with the audience in a talk dubbed as “Don’t give up on your dreams”. He asked the attendees to follow their dreams and work hard in order to realize their set goals.
The talk sessions were followed by the cultural and musical performances by Arts and Culture Society and Music Society.
Madam Ammara Awais (Director, OSA) concluded the event by thanking and appreciating the guests and management. She said, “I would like to thank the hierarchy of Nisa Society for hosting this mega event. We will be doing TEDx next year again to keep the spirit alive and share the ideas worth spreading”. Later, she presented the token of appreciation to the speakers and organizers.
A TEDx event is a local gathering where live TED-like talks and performances are shared with the community. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. The content and design of each TEDx event is unique and developed independently, but all of them have features in common.