Faculty & Staff
SMC’s faculty members are on the cutting edge of the business. Our faculty members at the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication keep themselves updated on journalistic issues and media practices. At TFT, courses are taught by a diverse faculty of accomplished filmmakers, professional practitioners, scholars and writers, representing a wide range of approaches and backgrounds, who have earned national and international distinction in their areas.
Prof. Dr. Taimoor-ul-Hassan
Professor and Dean of SMC
PhD Mass Communication
Dr Taimoor ul Hassan is working as Professor and Dean of School of Media and Mass Communication (SMC) at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. Dr. Hassan has 32 years of experience in media education, research and profession with 40 research publications. His one book is published while two other two books are in progress. Dr. Hassan is a HEC-Approved PhD Supervisor. During his tenure as Dean, the SMC has risen to become one the leading media institutions in Pakistan in terms of number of students, innovative interdisciplinary programs, production facilities and international linkages. Dr Hassan is a Member of HEC Mass Communication Curriculum Committee, HEC Text Book, Monograph Evaluation Committee, Punjab Public Service Commission Selection Committee and Punjab Public Service Commission Curriculum Committee. He is a reviewer of national and international journals, a member of professional bodies and a member of Selection Board, Board of Studies and Board of Faculty of many universities. He is an external examiner of MPhil and PhD of various universities. During his career as media professional, Dr. Hassan worked as Assistant Editor, Executive Editor, Group Editor and Joint Editor in The Pakistan Times, The Frontier Post, The Sun International and The Post, respectively. He did reporting assignments with the Associate Press of America. He worked as master trainer of TV channels. As Editor, he wrote over 2,000 articles and editorials. He has also worked as communication specialist for Semiotic/ Canadian International Development Agency and new media specialist for various projects.
Dr. Farasat Rasool
Head of Department- Journalism & Mass Communication
PhD Communication Sciences – CIMEOS, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France
M II (Research) Media, Language & Communication – Institut Français de Presse (IFP), Université Panthéon – Assas Paris II, Paris, France
MA Mass Communication with specialization in Advertising & Public Relations – Institute of Communication Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Dr. Farasat Rasool did his MS and PhD from France on merit scholarship jointly offered by Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan and the Government of France. He did his MS (Research) from one of the most prominent and eminent institutes of journalism in Europe i.e., IFP. His area of study had been semiotics. For his PhD dissertation, he specialized in the field of Media Sociology and was awarded distinction for his doctoral thesis – a rare honor in the field of Communication Sciences in France. He has been teaching at the some of the most renowned higher education institutes of the country in both public and private sectors.
Rana Faizan Ali
M. Phil Mass Communication, BNU
M.A in Mass Communication, BNU
Former News Reporter GEO TV,
Former Asisstant Producer (Left Right GEO TV)
Strategy & planning Head (Koh-e-Noor TV)
Host (Gardish-e-Halat Kohe-e-Noor Tv )
Dr. Wajiha Raza Rizvi
Educationist, Producer, Writer, Researcher
Profile: Professor Dr. Wajiha Raza Rizvi is trained in USA, UK and Norway. She is also Co-Chair of the Gender & Communication Section of International Association of Media & Communication Research and was also the Project Director to set up Department of Film & Television at NCA (2003 – 2006). She studied at NCA, Lahore, was awarded Chughtai Award for Excellence in Design. She then received scholarship under FCOSAS to study television production techniques at North East Media Training Centre (European Media School) Tyne & Wear UK and did her MA in Television Documentary from Goldsmiths’ University of London on Chevening and PhD from University of the Punjab Lahore. She has been working for the public and private sectors, and has about 100 television productions and commercials to her credit. She produced 65 SAF Stars Quiz Shows to raise funds for the 9th SAF Games among the seven SAARC nations in Pakistan in 2001. She went on Fulbright to Oklahoma State University, specializing in film research and production. She is internationally published, and her work is included in readings for courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and at the US Army War College. Presently she is working on “The Censorship of Visual Pleasure in Pakistani Cinema.”
Qazi Akhyar Ahmad
Officiating Head of TFT
M. Phil in Mass Communication Management
M.Sc. in Computer Sciences PUCIT
Certificate Course Video Production NCA Lahore
Certificate Course Documentary Film Production Institute of Media & Communication, Iqra University Lahore
Qazi Akhyar Ahmad has been teaching at TFT since 2011. He is full-time faculty teaching Videography, Post Production and Graphics courses. He has worked for 2 years at an advertising agency cum media production house in Lahore. He has worked for 6 years as Program Director at one of the Pakistani prestigious leading TV network channel HUM TV. With his previous years of work in telefilms, dramas, documentaries, magazine shows etc., he brings valuable industry expertise to the editing portion of the program.
Nasir Ali Mazari
Freelance Documentary Filmmaker
MS TV & Film (Ongoing), Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
Diploma in Video Production, National College of Arts, Lahore
Diploma in Multimedia Engineering, College of Tourism & Multimedia Computing, Lahore
Nasir has been teaching at TFT since 2012 as a permanent faculty member. He teaches Cinematography, Documentary, Production basics etc. His film won National Award in Filums 2012. He worked in The Documentary project “One Day On Earth” by American Director Kyle Riddick as Cinematographer from Pakistan. His recent work was a Documentary named “The Language of Love” with Tamil British Singer Susheela Raman. Nasir is planning to work on a Feature Length Documentary Film in near future.
M.A Communication Design - University of Salford, UK
Diploma in Interior Design, Kinnaird College Lahore
BCA, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi
Misha Mirza is a communication designer and a freelancer. Her work focuses on design for social change and developing eco-friendly products. She has not only worked on various briefs by multinationals but has also been creating experimental design on self-initiated projects, exploring mediums.
Dr. Qamar-ud-din Zia Ghaznavi
PhD in Media Studies
Masters in Mass Communication, Philosophy, Political Science, Punjabi, History and Pakistan Studies
Dr. Qamar-ud-din Zia Ghaznavi holds a PhD in Media Studies and has 16 years experience of professional journalism. Apart from Mass Communication, he has done Masters in Philosophy, Political Science, Punjabi, History and Pakistan Studies. Previously, he was working as the Head of Print Media and In-charge PhD Programme at University of Central Punjab (UCP).
M.A Communication Management- Emerson College
Fulbright Scholar 2013
BBA (Hon.) NUCES (FAST)
Mehroz Sajjad is a Public Relations and Communications professional with a penchant for research, especially pertaining to Soft Power & Nation Branding. She was a Fulbright Scholar to the U.S in 2013 where she completed her M.A in Communication Management from Emerson College with a concentration in Public Relations and Stakeholder Communication. During her time in the U.S she worked on a number of international public diplomacy and branding projects with Chile, Mexico, Spain and the U.S that allowed her to develop her skills as an international liaison and special events manager.
She is currently working on a paper based on smart cities and soft power with Dr. James Gregory Payne of Emerson College.
Rector, Virtual University of Pakistan
Managing Director, Virtual Television Network
CEO, Prime TV – Norway
Director Programs, TV Asia – UK
Director Audio Visual, Interflow Communications
A veteran with over 45 years experience in advertising, electronic media production and management, Mr.Alam has been associated with renowned national and international media organizations in very senior capacities. He has also participated in international media conferences and forums as guest and keynote speaker. He has trained Hundreds of TV and film professionals who are successfully serving notable media organizations or working independently at home and abroad.
PhD Scholar Mass Communication
M.Phil Mass Communication (Gold Medal)
MS Public Relations & Advertising
MA Mass Communication
MA Mass Communication
Muhammad Shan Aatir
Teaching Assistant TFT
Teaching Assistant Cum MS Coordinator - TFT
MS in Film and TV (Ongoing), Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
MA in Film and TV (Gold Medalist), Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
Diploma in Graphic Design and Photography, National College of Arts, Lahore
Executive Director, Student Affairs & External Relations, Beaconhouse National University
Chevening Scholar, Producer at GEO TV
Head of Marketing, Asia Pacific at NetSol Technologies Inc.
Founder, the Support Group & Former Director External Linkages, USA
Educationist, Producer, Writer, Researcher
Mr. Imraan Peerzada, Founding member and partner – Rafi Peer Theater Workshop -1974 to present, has a large portfolio of work including theater productions, films, musical concerts, and international arts festivals.
Senior Producer, 92 News HD, Express TV, Capital TV PhD Scholar
Special correspondent at The DAWN Media Group
Rameez Ahmed Khan
Political Correspondent, Express Media Group
Amjad Islam Amjad
Pride of Performance, Writer, Poet.
Former Executive Programs Producer (PTV)
Film Director, Writer
Nigar Award for Best Film Director in 1995, 1996 and 1997
Muhammad Usman Rana
MA - Masters in Music, University of the Punjab - 2009
BSc (Hons.) - Musicology, National college of Arts Lahore - 2007
Usman is a profound, contemporary and conventional Musicologist. He has more than 16 years of experience as a music educator, performer, music producer, arranger and guitarist. He has been associated and worked with main stream artists of Pakistan over the years like Mekaal Hassan, Ai Mustafa and Rustam Fateh Ali Khan of Patiala Gharana. His entire work span has the reflection of both academic and field work mainly in music production.
He started his music career as a guitarist of “O”positive Band in 2000, performed in various stage shows/live concerts. He is a signed artist of two major record Labels Fire record in Pakistan and Worldwide records in India. The latest of his self-production was a solo song with a band Black n White - titled “ISHQ” in 2011 which gained recognition on national and international platforms.
He began teaching career from Aitchison College Lahore and after that joined University of the Punjab as lecture, where he got a chance to taught Music elements , aesthetics , background scoring, recording techniques and orchestrations by using modern teaching methods. He is currently a CEO of Music Factory Studios. The studio is officially signed up with more than 30 gaming brands worldwide. From 2013 till now the studio provide sound facilitation to more than 3000 games.
Director / Producer
Executive Producer at Dunya TV
Former Director / Producer PTV and GEO TV
M.A (URDU), Karachi University
Mr. Ayub Khawar has worked with majority of popular stars of Pakistan, having directed famous drama serials such as Khwaja and Son, Fishaar, Din, Daldal, Inkaar, Ghareeb-e-Shehar, Qasmi Kahani, Nisaf Sadi Ka Qassi and Kahani Ghar. All of these serials were directed for PTV. Since he left PTV, he has done several serials for ARY Digital as well, the most notable of which was Gulzar Kahani. He is currently working as the Executive Producer of famous infotainment show Mazak Raat on Dunya TV.
Actor / Director / Producer
During the 1990s, Ali Tahir rose to prominence as a promising actor with tremendous potential. Acting is something that ran in Ali's family as both his parents, Naeem Tahir and Yasmeen Tahir, have been associated with show business for decades. He has starred in various Pakistani Dramas, Theater and sitcoms.
His recent performances have been witnessed in the sitcom 'Main Tujh Se Pyar Karta Hoon', airing on Geo TV and 'Rani', which recently aired on PTV and are much appreciated. He has also starred in the 2003 short film 'Kal', which was aired at the third Kara Film Festival.
TV and Film Artist/Social Activist, Entrepreneur, Academician and Trainer
Simi Raheal is a veteran TV and Film artist who has to her credit countless famous TV Serials including Landa Bazar, Daastan, Maan, Dur-e-Shehwar, Manchaley, Najiya, Woh Ishq etc. She has also worked in films such as Films Khuda K liye and Mein hoon Shahid Afridi. Besides her acting commitments, she is a social activist, entrepreneur, academician and trainer on the areas of gender, media and communications.
Actor (Theater, Film, TV and Voice Actor)
Salman Shahid is a highly respected actor of Pakistan who is especially known for her power packed performances in various television plays. Besides being one of the most recognized actors of the Pakistan television industry, he has also worked in many stage plays and films. He has worked in number of Indian films, including 2010's Ishqiya and 2014's Dedh Ishqiya directed by Abhishek Chaubey.
Dr. Ahmad Bilal
Lecturer at University of Punjab and UCAD.
PhD, NTU, UK
MA Film Studies -Kingston University, London
Creative Director Midas (Pvt.) Ltd
DoP - Visual Prophecy
Master in Film & TV, Beaconhouse National University
Actor / Director / Screen Writer
MFA in Academy of Art University, California, United States
Mian Ghazanffer Ali
MA Political Science, Punjab University Lahore
Diploma TV and Production Techniques, Pakistan Television Cooperation Academy, Islamabad
Experienced entrepreneur, business executive and adviser
MFA Film - Ohio University (Fulbright Scholar 2009)
Executive Producer – Media GENIC & KCGL Productions
Profile: Bilal is a filmmaker, screenwriter and director. His work has appeared on television channels and festivals both in Pakistan and internationally. He was a Fulbright scholar to the U.S. where he completed his MFA in Film from Ohio University in 2012. During his time in the U.S. Bilal produced, directed and wrote a number of short films that have been screened at various international film festivals. He also worked on two hour-long documentaries that aired on National Geographic. His first feature length film titled ‘Lavender Rocks’ which he wrote and directed was shot in Ohio and is currently in post‐production.
In 2013-14 Bilal collaborated with the acclaimed Pakistani musician and producer Mekaal Hasan on a short documentary series titled 'Dhun'. Bilal has also written lyrics for the vocalist Zeb Bangash. Their song 'Jaisain milain ajnabi' was featured in the Indian feature film 'Madras Cafe'.
Bilal is currently writing his next feature length film ‘Sheher’ which he will produce in collaboration with the acclaimed Pakistani filmmaker and director Mehreen Jabbar. The film will be Executive Produced by Mira Nair.
Prof. Qamar Abbas
Former Chairman, Department of History, Punjab University
Prof. Riffat Sohail
Former Head of Department, English Language and Literature, Queen Mary College
Dr. Mohammad Tahir
PhD Urdu FC College, MA Urdu, MBA, MA History, MA Political Science, MA Punjabi
PhD International Relations
Dr. Aamir Bajwa
Executive Creative Director MIDAS, Orient Communication
Agha Nabeel, Regional Director
Former CEO Fashion Avenue Quarterly
Former Editor, Express Tribune
Former Chief Editor, Pakistan Times
MA Mass Communication, LLB
Former Marketing Manager Coca Cola Bottlers, Lahore
Dr. Waqar Malik
Lecturer Department of Mass Communication, Punjab University
Chairperson, Department of Journalism, Government College for Women, Gulberg, Lahore
Capt. (Retd.) Mohammad Arshad
MA Public Administration, Punjab University, MS Business Education, UK
Former Director General Public Relations, WAPDA
Asif Hussain Zaidi
Graphic designer / Photographer
Dr. Aslam Dogar
Director General Public Relations – DGPR – Punjab
Sarah Eleazar is a senior sub-editor at The Express Tribune’s Lahore desk. She handles has written extensively for several national and international publications.
Former Senior Reporter Daily Imroze, Lahore
Mohammad Akbar Bajwa
M.A Mass communication, BNU
M.Phil Mass Communication, Punjab University
Producer/ Correspondent, SAMMA News
Dr. Sohail Chand
Ph.D Statistics (UK)
Punjab University Lahore
Teaching Assistant cum Academic Coordinator (MS Program)
MS Film & TV
MA Film & TV (Gold Medalist), Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
Diploma in Graphic Design and Photography, National College of Arts, Lahore
Academic Coordinator (BA Hons. Program)
MBA in Human Resource
Academic Coordinator (MA / MS Programs)
Mr. Rafique Ahmad
Video Lab Assistant (TFT)
Control Room Operator / Studio Supervisor (TFT)