Upon return from London in 1999, Wali joined ILM Lahore (now UMT) as Associate Dean, Faculty of Media & Communications (FMC). The FMC offered degree programs in MSc Mass Communications and MSc Media Management. The latter program couldn’t take off, while in the MSc Mass Comm, only two batches could be recruited, with small number of students.
The program wouldn’t meet the revenue requirements of the university. So, after a struggle of about two years, Wali took responsibility for failure and moved on to British Council where he became the Country Director, Management Development Services from 2001-2008.
Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, Rector and owner of UMT, in a recent interview mentioned Wali fondly. This was a surprise that Dr Murad still remembered Wali in spite of a failure. Have a look!
In a later lunch meeting with Dr Murad, where Wali received the magazine carrying his interview, Wali was surprised to find out that the whole 11-page interview on ILM/UMT journey mentioned only three names: Dr Murad’s father, Dr Murad’s former boss Hussain Dawood, Rector LUMS, and Wali’s. That’s some blessing. SubhanAllah.