Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) is a national university, established by sponsors belonging to the country’s leading private and public sector corporations. The goal of the sponsors was to develop an institution which would provide rigorous academic and intellectual training and be a feasible alternative to leading universities
The National Management Foundation (NMF), the sponsoring body of the university was incorporated in November1984 and was granted a charter by the Government of Pakistan for establishing LUMS, in March 1985, with the president of Pakistan being designated the role of the University’s Chancellor. Through this charter, the university was given the legal right to establish degree-granting programmes. The Board of Trustees, the policy-making body of the university, comprises leading members of the business community, academia and representatives of the government. The principal functions of the Board are to set broad policy guidelines and to review the operations of the University. The Board of Governors, the sponsors of LUMS are responsible for raising the necessary funds for the University’s operation and maintenance. Many board members are representatives of the business community and form a crucial link between the University and the industry.
In 1986 LUMS launched its Business School with a world-class MBA programme (the school has been renamed as the Suleman Dawood School of Business). In 1994, LUMS started a BSc Honours Programme in Economics and Computer Science. Over subsequent years this evolved to include more specialisations. In 2000, the School of Arts and Sciences was formed to oversee the undergraduate programme at LUMS. Later on, Master’s programmes in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Economics were added, followed by the launch of doctoral programmes in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Mathematics. In addition, an Executive MBA programme, a Bachelor’s programme in Accounting and Finance and a PhD programme in Management were added to the programmes offered by the Suleman Dawood School of Business. In 2002, a five year, integrated, B.A. - LL.B
degree was added to the list of programmes offered by the School of Arts and Sciences. As the Programmes and departments expanded, it became apparent that the scope and diversity of the programmes offered by the School demanded more meaningful division and focus. Hence, in 2006, School of Humanities and Social Sciences was established. It was re-named as School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law in 2008.
Announced at the Convocation 2012 ceremony, it is the present Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The School currently oversees the Social Sciences and Economics departments. A separate law school, Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law was also announced and is functional now. Syed Babar Ali School of
Science and Engineering previously School of Science and Engineering was launched in 2008 and comprises the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics.