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BCPR Engages Students to Shape a Course on Pak-US Relations

The session, held at BNU's Tarogil Campus, attracted a diverse group of students from various disciplines, eager to contribute to the shaping of the course outline. Facilitated by BCPR faculty, the discussion covered crucial topics such as historical context, diplomatic dynamics, economic ties, and security issues between Pakistan and the United States. Students actively engaged in the discourse, offering insights on current geopolitical trends, cultural exchanges, and the impact of bilateral relations on regional stability. Their feedback will play a pivotal role in tailoring the course content to address contemporary issues and enhance students' understanding of Pakistan-US relations. Dr. Nida Ali, the lead coordinator of the session, emphasized the importance of student input in developing a curriculum that is both academically rigorous and relevant to today's global landscape. She highlighted that incorporating student viewpoints ensures the course will resonate with the interests and educational needs of the student body. BNU aims to launch this course in the upcoming academic year, reflecting its ongoing dedication to innovative education and fostering a well-rounded understanding of international relations among its students. This session exemplifies BNU’s approach to integrating student feedback in academic planning, reinforcing its position as a leading institution in providing quality education tailored to the evolving demands of the global community.

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Second Roundtable on Strengthening Pak-US Linkages in Education, Technology & Skill Development

The key speakers at this Roundtable were Michael Kugelman, Director of the South Asia Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington D.C. who was visiting Lahore, Dr. Tahir Kamran, Professor of History and the Head of Department of Liberal Arts at BNU; and Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan, Head of the Initiative on Pakistan’s Place in the World at the BNU Centre for Policy Research (BCPR). This Roundtable featured an engaging and comprehensive discussion on Pakistan’s historic and current engagement with the US, along with an exchange of views on how the Pakistan-US relationship should proceed while prioritizing their interactions in the areas of education, technology and skill development. Kugelman in his keynote address highlighted the role of the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) as a potential avenue for productive cooperation among Pakistan and the US. Noting that there had been significant cooperation between Pakistan and the US in the areas of education and capacity building in many fields, there was a need for enhancing this cooperation conforming to the current trends and ground realities on the international and regional situations. He advised that Pakistan should make a pitch on the cooperation and the relationship it needed form the US. For this purpose, skill development and getting on the same track as the competitor countries that operate in the West were of key importance. Dr. Tahir Kamran in his address emphasized the need of understanding the perspective of Pakistani youth on the relations with the United States which can be dissociated from Pakistan’s politics as well as major international and regional developments. He shared his experience based on regular interaction with the undergraduate students who were also not shy of expressing their views and particularly their differences with the pattern or bilateral relations. A significant number of students in Pakistan regarded the relations between the two countries as representing the interests of the elite of the two countries and not the peoples of the two countries. These perceptions have also to be addressed for deepening substantive cooperation in various fields including education, technology and skill development. Dr. Kamran added that the US needs to adopt a foreign policy where Pakistan’s sense of security is not imperiled. Expressing his views regarding Pakistan’s cooperation with the US in these areas, Ambassador Khan noted that at a political level in the United States the relations with Pakistan were seen from the prism of Pakistan-China relationship and particularly Pakistan being the driver of BRI’s flagship project CPEC. He emphasized the need for moving from the zero-sum situation to a more inclusive focus economic partnerships with diverse actors. Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan underlined the immense contribution of educational, scientific, technological and entrepreneurial dimensions of relations with the United States since the independence of Pakistan. He added that despite useful programmes of cooperation such as Fulbright programme and US assistance in setting up many high-quality educational institutions, the relations have remained cyclical or marked by lack of consistency. The Round Table witnessed a candid and frank discussion and observations on the interaction between Pakistan and the US in the field of education, technology and skill development. According to one view, Pakistan had not taken advantage of the first IT revolution in the United States in 1990s and following decades. Another view was that polarization caused by developments such as Jihad in Afghanistan, regional terrorism and divergence on political issues overshadowed the importance of cooperation in educational and research fields. One of the participants mentioned that since madrassah system in Pakistan received US funding during Afghan Jihad years and it continues to provide education to a large number of Pakistani students, the US assistance for madrassah reforms can be an innovative way to address the challenges of extremism and terrorism as well fro deepening educational and academic linkages. The participants suggested expanding the inclusiveness of the Fulbright program to be able to benefit non-socioeconomic elites. It was also suggested that Pakistani and American universities should collaborate directly and send delegations to each other’s campuses to improve and update dated scholarships/curricula. The roundtable also reflected a consensus on the need for Pakistan to take full benefit from the US leadership in sophisticated technologies particularly IT, AI and robotics. A common view coming out from the discussions was that Pakistani state has to focus on investing in the people especially in the business sector for young innovative minds.

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2nd Roundtable on Enhancing Pak-US Education & Tech Ties

The key speakers at this Roundtable were Michael Kugelman, Director of the South Asia Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington D.C. who was visiting Lahore, Dr. Tahir Kamran, Professor of History and the Head of Department of Liberal Arts at BNU; and Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan, Head of the Initiative on Pakistan’s Place in the World at the BNU Centre for Policy Research (BCPR). This Roundtable featured an engaging and comprehensive discussion on Pakistan’s historic and current engagement with the US, along with an exchange of views on how the Pakistan-US relationship should proceed while prioritizing their interactions in the areas of education, technology and skill development. Kugelman in his keynote address highlighted the role of the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) as a potential avenue for productive cooperation among Pakistan and the US. Noting that there had been significant cooperation between Pakistan and the US in the areas of education and capacity building in many fields, there was a need for enhancing this cooperation conforming to the current trends and ground realities on the international and regional situations. He advised that Pakistan should make a pitch on the cooperation and the relationship it needed form the US. For this purpose, skill development and getting on the same track as the competitor countries that operate in the West were of key importance. Dr. Tahir Kamran in his address emphasized the need of understanding the perspective of Pakistani youth on the relations with the United States which can be dissociated from Pakistan’s politics as well as major international and regional developments. He shared his experience based on regular interaction with the undergraduate students who were also not shy of expressing their views and particularly their differences with the pattern or bilateral relations. A significant number of students in Pakistan regarded the relations between the two countries as representing the interests of the elite of the two countries and not the peoples of the two countries. These perceptions have also to be addressed for deepening substantive cooperation in various fields including education, technology and skill development. Dr. Kamran added that the US needs to adopt a foreign policy where Pakistan’s sense of security is not imperiled. Expressing his views regarding Pakistan’s cooperation with the US in these areas, Ambassador Khan noted that at a political level in the United States the relations with Pakistan were seen from the prism of Pakistan-China relationship and particularly Pakistan being the driver of BRI’s flagship project CPEC. He emphasized the need for moving from the zero-sum situation to a more inclusive focus economic partnerships with diverse actors. Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan underlined the immense contribution of educational, scientific, technological and entrepreneurial dimensions of relations with the United States since the independence of Pakistan. He added that despite useful programmes of cooperation such as Fulbright programme and US assistance in setting up many high-quality educational institutions, the relations have remained cyclical or marked by lack of consistency. The Round Table witnessed a candid and frank discussion and observations on the interaction between Pakistan and the US in the field of education, technology and skill development. According to one view, Pakistan had not taken advantage of the first IT revolution in the United States in 1990s and following decades. Another view was that polarization caused by developments such as Jihad in Afghanistan, regional terrorism and divergence on political issues overshadowed the importance of cooperation in educational and research fields. One of the participants mentioned that since madrassah system in Pakistan received US funding during Afghan Jihad years and it continues to provide education to a large number of Pakistani students, the US assistance for madrassah reforms can be an innovative way to address the challenges of extremism and terrorism as well fro deepening educational and academic linkages. The participants suggested expanding the inclusiveness of the Fulbright program to be able to benefit non-socioeconomic elites. It was also suggested that Pakistani and American universities should collaborate directly and send delegations to each other’s campuses to improve and update dated scholarships/curricula. The roundtable also reflected a consensus on the need for Pakistan to take full benefit from the US leadership in sophisticated technologies particularly IT, AI and robotics. A common view coming out from the discussions was that Pakistani state has to focus on investing in the people especially in the business sector for young innovative minds.

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Launch of Policy Paper on Future Pak-US Relations

Copies of the policy paper are being distributed to senior government officials, leading think tanks, and prominent journalists specializing in foreign policy across print and electronic media. This dissemination strategy ensures that the insights and recommendations reach influential stakeholders, promoting informed dialogue and policy-making on Pakistan-US relations.

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Panel Discussion on Pakistan-China Relations: 1949-2024

Speakers included Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan, Head of the Initiative on Pakistan’s Place in the World at the BCPR; Dr. Moeed Yusuf, VC BNU; Deputy Chinese Consul General H.E. Cao Ke; Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed; Dr. Ishrat Hussain, member of the Board of Governors of BNU and former Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan; Ambassador Moin ul Haque, former Ambassador of Pakistan to China and Mongolia; Dr. Zafar Mehmood, former Special Envoy for China Pakistan Economic Corridor; Professor Tang Jun, Director of the Pakistan Research Center at Inner Mongolia Honder College of Arts and Sciences in China; and Ambassador Zhang Chunxiang, former Ambassador of Pakistan to China. The event featured a lively exchange of ideas about Pakistan and China’s close diplomatic relations and support of each other in times of geopolitical crisis. The session opened with introductory remarks by Dr. Moeed Yusuf, who noted that the BNU’s establishment of a China Studies Chair is no small feat and that it is a unique project in Pakistan. Following Dr. Yusuf’s remarks, the Deputy Chinese Consul General H.E. Cao Ke delivered an address in which he compared the relationship between Pakistan and China as of gold partners while highlighting the benefits of cooperation between the two countries. He further noted that Pakistan has been a staunch supporter of the One China Policy. H.E. Cao also emphasised that the youth of both countries is the way forward for both of them, so it is important to focus on the narrative building for this generation to assure the longevity of the friendly ties between the two countries. Senator Mushahid Hussain then delivered his keynote address in which he regarded the bond between the two countries as an iron bond. He appreciated Chinese support to Pakistan through thick and thin, and how both countries have been supporting each other. He underlined how Chinese support to Pakistan does not come with Chinese interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan. He argued that Pakistan needs to provide foolproof security to the Chinese personnel working in the country and ensure political stability in Pakistan with consistent policies to facilitate Chinese support of Pakistan. Following the keynote address by Senator Mushahid Hussain, the panelists shared their views on the way forward for Pakistan-China relations and discussed how Pakistan must fix its internal processes to take better advantage of this partnership. Dr. Ishrat Hussain corroborated Senator Hussain’s view that China has been the only country which has supported Pakistan without proposing excessive restrictions on the latter. Dr. Ishrat Hussain further argued that Pakistan has lacked in areas which has created a gap between the two countries. To fill in these gaps, Pakistan should focus on the development of special economic zones (SEZs), and the removal of hindrances to Chinese capital investments. Ambassador Moin ul Haque followed Dr. Hussain’s remarks by sharing that Pakistan and China are colloquially called ‘Baatiye’ i.e., iron brothers in China, which is a marker of Chinese warmth towards Pakistanis. He noted that the relationship between both countries is robust and deep, and they have supported each other on geopolitical issues and lent constant support at international platforms, while encouraging the development of an economic partnership. This is in conjunction with their cooperation in the defense, space, financial and banking, and academic and educational spheres through people to people exchanges. Dr. Zafar Mehmood followed Ambassador Moin ul Haq’s intervention by expressing that Pakistan has unfortunately failed to learn from the development of China and that Pakistanis must focus on learning the Chinese language to be more inclusive, and understanding China’s development trajectory to kickstart development in Pakistan. Professor Tang Jun provided the Chinese perspective on the link between two countries through academia, education and research by emphasising that education, research, and people-to-people exchanges are the cornerstone of the Pakistan-China relationship. He expressed his delight at the increasing number Pakistani students in China. He further added a that think tank collaboration is a milestone that needs to be achieved. The last panelist for the session, Ambassador Zhang Chunxiang remarked upon his interactions with Pakistan. Ambassador Zhang quoted that both the countries are Baatiye i.e., iron brothers. He added that while both countries have been supporting each other, their relationship came under pressure in the 1950s, but from the 1960’s onwards, both countries have worked on mutual trust and beneficial cooperation. Ambassador Zhang Chunxiang noted Pakistan’s support on the India-China border issue, CPEC and mentioned more instances where both countries backed each other at international platforms. The panel discussion ended after an engaging question-and-answer session with the guests.

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Ms. Shabana Ahmed

The panel commenced by highlighting the paramount importance of professional development (PD) for educators, setting the stage for a nuanced exploration of various approaches and types of PD available to teachers. A central theme of the discussion was the pivotal role of digitalization in shaping opportunities for teacher development. Panelists delved into the myriad possibilities afforded by technology, emphasizing its capacity to revolutionize traditional professional development practices and enhancing professional growth. The discussion underscored the potential of digital tools and platforms such as podcasts, blogs, social media platforms and educational apps in facilitating professional development during the summer break. The session culminated in a Q&A segment, providing attendees with an opportunity to engage directly with the panelists and delve deeper into the topics discussed. Shabana Ahmed’s participation enriched the panel discussion, offering valuable perspectives and insights that resonated with educators seeking to harness the power of PD for personal and professional growth.

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Dr. Tariq Rahman

Dr. Rahman’s scholarly contribution delves deep into the intricacies of Ghalib’s Urdu diwan, providing an extensive and thorough commentary that unveils profound insights into the poet’s themes, stylistic techniques, and enduring legacy. Through meticulous examination and rigorous analysis, Dr. Rahman offers readers a nuanced understanding of Ghalib's poetic genius, shedding light on the intricate layers of his work. This comprehensive volume emerges as an indispensable resource for scholars, students, and enthusiasts alike, offering a rich tapestry of knowledge essential for anyone seeking to grasp the literary and poetic mastery of Mirza Ghalib. Dr. Rahman’s dedication to bridging cultural and linguistic divides through his academic pursuits is evident in this publication, which enriches the understanding of Ghalib’s work on a global scale. "The Handbook of Mirza Ghalib's Poetry and Poetics" is poised to become a definitive guide for scholars, students, and admirers of Urdu literature.

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Dr. Syed Ali Abbas

Dr. Abbas’s study offers a strategic blueprint for reviving the iconic mobile phone brand Nokia, which has experienced a notable decline. Utilizing a correlational research approach with quantitative methods, the study reveals that employing brand ambassadors and focusing on product innovation are critical to rejuvenating the brand. This research provides valuable insights not only for Nokia but also for other brands facing similar market challenges. The abstract of the article highlights the unique contribution of this research to academic literature, emphasizing the synergistic effects of brand ambassadors and product innovation in brand revitalization. The findings suggest practical applications for companies seeking to re-establish their market presence and appeal.

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Dr. Farhat Jamil

This research delves into the intricate relationship between age, executive function components, and quality of life (QoL) in young men with substance use disorder. Utilizing a sample of 212 inpatient men, the study explores how inhibition, a selective executive function, mediates the negative association of age with various QoL domains—psychological, social, and environmental. Additionally, it examines the moderating role of family history of substance use, revealing stronger negative associations in individuals with a familial history of substance use disorder. The study's findings highlight the critical impact of inhibitory control on the quality of life among substance abusers and underscore the importance of considering family history in therapeutic interventions.

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BNU Welcomes LUMS Rector for Strategic Visit and Insightful Discussions

Beaconhouse National University (BNU) had the privilege of hosting Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, Rector of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), a founding pillar of the institution, for a strategic and insightful visit. The Rector engaged in comprehensive discussions with Vice Chancellor Dr. Moeed W. Yusuf and faculty members of the School of Management Sciences. During his visit, Mr. Dawood praised the School of Management Sciences for its significant growth and achievements, recognizing its emergence as a leading entity in Pakistan’s higher education sector. His commendation highlighted the School's critical role in cultivating future business leaders and enhancing academic excellence. During these high-level dialogues, Mr. Dawood offered in-depth strategic insights aimed at further elevating the School’s academic stature and influence. His recommendations addressed crucial areas such as curriculum innovation, research enhancement, and institutional collaboration, providing a strategic framework to bolster the School's position and impact within the educational landscape. Attending the occasion were Mrs. Nasreen Mahmud Kasuri, Chairperson of the Board of Directors and Governor at BNU, and Mr. Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Member of the Board of Governors. Their presence contributed valued support and insightful perspectives to the discussions, reinforcing BNU’s commitment to academic excellence. This visit stands as a testament to BNU’s dedication to fostering meaningful academic partnerships and its relentless pursuit of distinction in higher education.

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BNU Honors Mr. Hameed Haroon with a Prestigious Award

Beaconhouse National University (BNU)'s Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (MDSVAD) proudly announced the initiation of the BNU Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts, with the inaugural award being conferred on the esteemed Mr. Hameed Haroon. Mr. Hameed Haroon's remarkable contributions to Pakistan's art, design, media, and cultural landscape have made a lasting impact on the country's cultural identity. As a visionary leader, he has promoted heritage and culture through his work at Dawn Media, Mohatta Palace Museum, and with the Government of Sindh. Mr. Haroon has diligently archived and documented Pakistan's rich cultural history, supported notable artists, and curated seminal exhibitions. The award ceremony took place on June 8, 2024, at the SLASS Auditorium, BNU. Multiple dignitaries including members of BNU Board of Governors Mrs. Nasreen Mahmud Kasuri, Mr. Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Mr. Kasim Kasuri besides Syed Baber Ali, Mr. Abdul Razzak Dawood, Professor Salima Hashmi, Mr. Nayyar Ali Dada, Mr. Iqbal Z. Ahmed, Ms. Sameera Raja, Ms. Adeela Suleman, Vice Chancellor Dr. Moeed W. Yusuf and others graced the occasion. The event also featured the opening of the Degree Show 2024, which was inaugurated by Mr. Hameed Haroon, showcasing the outstanding works of MDSVAD's graduating students. MDSVAD, under the visionary leadership of Dean Rashid Rana, has established itself as a premier hub for creative excellence. Offering unique programs that foster innovative thinking, artistic expression, and critical analysis, MDSVAD has nurtured talent, experimentation, and originality, shaping the future of art and design in Pakistan and beyond. Dean Rana's vision has enabled MDSVAD to become a beacon producing alumni who have made a significant impact in the art and design world. The Fine Arts Department, headed by Risham Syed, produced talented artists who gained national and international recognition.

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BNU-MDSVAD Honors Mr. Hameed Haroon with a Prestigious Award

Beaconhouse National University (BNU)'s Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (MDSVAD) proudly announced the initiation of the BNU Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts, with the inaugural award being conferred on the esteemed Mr. Hameed Haroon. Mr. Hameed Haroon's remarkable contributions to Pakistan's art, design, media, and cultural landscape have made a lasting impact on the country's cultural identity. As a visionary leader, he has promoted heritage and culture through his work at Dawn Media, Mohatta Palace Museum, and with the Government of Sindh. Mr. Haroon has diligently archived and documented Pakistan's rich cultural history, supported notable artists, and curated seminal exhibitions. The award ceremony took place on June 8, 2024, at the SLASS Auditorium, BNU. Multiple dignitaries including members of BNU Board of Governors Mrs. Nasreen Mahmud Kasuri, Mr. Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Mr. Kasim Kasuri besides Syed Baber Ali, Mr. Abdul Razzak Dawood, Professor Salima Hashmi, Mr. Nayyar Ali Dada, Mr. Iqbal Z. Ahmed, Ms. Sameera Raja, Ms. Adeela Suleman, Vice Chancellor Dr. Moeed W. Yusuf and others graced the occasion. The event also featured the opening of the Degree Show 2024, which was inaugurated by Mr. Hameed Haroon, showcasing the outstanding works of MDSVAD's graduating students. MDSVAD, under the visionary leadership of Dean Rashid Rana, has established itself as a premier hub for creative excellence. Offering unique programs that foster innovative thinking, artistic expression, and critical analysis, MDSVAD has nurtured talent, experimentation, and originality, shaping the future of art and design in Pakistan and beyond. Dean Rana's vision has enabled MDSVAD to become a beacon producing alumni who have made a significant impact in the art and design world. The Fine Arts Department, headed by Risham Syed, produced talented artists who gained national and international recognition.

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IP Concludes Mental Health Week with Charitable Effort at Fountain House

On the fourth and final day of Mental Health Week, the Institute of Psychology at BNU organized a charitable endeavor to supply essential hygiene items to patients at Fountain House. Students assembled 342 care packages filled with necessities like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, combs, snacks, and gift cards. Female patients were pleasantly surprised to find lipsticks included in their bags. The visit to Fountain House kicked off with a comprehensive tour, showcasing the facility's various wards and recreational spaces tailored to engage patients. Following the tour, students distributed the care packages to female patients, who responded with heartfelt appreciation, offering hugs and prayers in gratitude. The inclusion of lipsticks was especially well-received. Afterwards, the distribution continued to the male addiction wards, where male patients likewise expressed their thanks and joy at receiving the thoughtful gifts. In addition to the care packages, students supported the patients by purchasing their artwork and crafts, with proceeds going directly to benefit them. The visit concluded with Dr. Imran Murtaza, Medical superintendent of Fountain House delivering a discourse on Altruism and Gratitude, followed by a token of appreciation presented to the students and faculty.

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Interuniversity Quiz Competition - Mental Health Week

The Institute of Psychology held a captivating Interuniversity Quiz Competition, as part of their Mental Health Week activities. The event explored diverse topics including psychopathology, assessments, and research methodologies, attracting participation from 11 dynamic teams representing esteemed educational institutions. The participating teams hailed from a variety of renowned universities including COMSATS, Punjab University, Superior University, University of Central Punjab, Lahore Garrison University, University of Management Technology (UMT), Bahria University, Kinnaird College, Government College University, and Lahore College for Women University. The atmosphere buzzed with intellectual fervor as teams showcased their prowess across various psychological domains. Dr. Ruhi Khalid, Director of the Institute of Psychology, graced the occasion, presenting accolades to the victorious teams. University of Management Technology (UMT) emerged victorious, earning the top spot and commendation for their exceptional performance. They were followed by University of Central Punjab in second place and Government College University (GCU) securing the third position.

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Bridging Art & Advocacy: Interuniversity Performing Arts Competition

The Interuniversity Performing Arts Competition held on May 5, 2024 by BNU's Institute of Psychology in collaboration with Punjab Aids Control Program, marked a significant milestone in raising awareness about mental health and AIDS through the captivating medium of art. The event, graced by the esteemed presence of Mr. Shahid Hameed, a legendary figure in Urdu Cinema, as the Chief Guest, brought together talents from various universities across the region. The panel of jurors, comprising Mr. Qazi Akhyar, Head of Department TFT, Mr. Nasir Ali Mazari, Asst. Prof. TFT, and Registrar Farzana Shahid, added weight to the event, ensuring a fair and rigorous assessment of performances. Notable personalities such as Dr. Ruhi Khalid, Director of the Institute of Psychology, and Dr. Farhat Nadeem, HOD of the Institute of Psychology, along with Rana Faizan, HOD of the School of Media and Mass Communication, graced the occasion, emphasizing the importance of the intersection between art, mental health, and social advocacy. The competition witnessed universities showcasing their diverse talents and creative expressions, highlighting the depth of understanding and passion for the cause. After a tough competition, Government College of Lahore emerged triumphant, claiming the prestigious first position. Following closely, Lahore Garrison University secured the second position, while Punjab University secured the third spot. The winners were duly rewarded with cash prizes, with Government College of Lahore receiving Rs. 50,000 for the first position, Lahore Garrison University receiving Rs. 30,000 for the second position, and Punjab University receiving Rs. 20,000 for the third position. The participating universities, including Bahria University, University of Central Punjab, Superior University, University of Management Technology, National University of Modern Languages, Government College Lahore, and Punjab University, showcased not only their artistic prowess but also their commitment to promoting mental health awareness and combating the stigma associated with AIDS. Through this platform, art became a powerful tool for advocacy, fostering dialogue, understanding, and compassion for mental health issues and those affected by AIDS. The Interuniversity Performing Arts Competition stands as a testament to the transformative power of art in addressing societal challenges and promoting positive change.

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Mental Health Week Sheds Light on HIV/AIDS Awareness

In a concerted effort to address the pressing issues of mental health and HIV/AIDS awareness, the Institute of Psychology at Beaconhouse National University (BNU) organized a transformative Mental Health Week in collaboration with the Punjab AIDS Control Program. This year's theme underscored the importance of addressing mental health concerns within the context of HIV/AIDS. As part of the initiative, Inter-University and Inter-Schools/Colleges Poster Competitions were organized in partnership with the BNU Wellbeing Society and the Institute of Psychology, BNU, on April 29, 2024. Distinguished guests graced the occasion, with the President of the Pakistan Psychological Association, Prof. Dr. Rafia Rafique, serving as the Chief Guest. Accompanying her were esteemed personalities including Dr. Ruhi Khalid, Director of the Institute of Psychology, BNU, Ms. Khadeja Tahir, Lecturer/Coordinator of BNU Wellbeing Society, and Associate Prof. Dr. Farhat Nadeem. Adding to the honor, Dr. Sofia Bilal, Program Director of PACP, and Mr. M. Shoaib Akram, Communication Officer, lent their presence as Guests of Honor. The event's magnitude catalyzed substantial awareness about HIV/AIDS among students and faculty members from over 30 educational institutions. This heightened awareness promises not only to educate the youth but also to foster positive attitudes and behaviors towards people living with HIV.

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IP's Mental Health Week Raises Awareness on HIV/AIDS

In a concerted effort to address the pressing issues of mental health and HIV/AIDS awareness, the Institute of Psychology at Beaconhouse National University (BNU) organized a transformative Mental Health Week in collaboration with the Punjab AIDS Control Program. The week-long event aimed not only to educate and raise awareness but also to destigmatize conversations around mental health and HIV/AIDS. The inaugural day of the Mental Health Week kicked off with Inter-University and Inter-Schools/Colleges Poster Competitions. The event, graced by distinguished guests including Prof. Dr. Rafia Rafique, President of the Pakistan Psychological Association, witnessed enthusiastic participation from over 30 educational institutions. The vibrant and thought-provoking posters served as a visual medium to convey messages of mental health awareness and HIV/AIDS prevention. Day two of the event saw the staging of an Inter-University Quiz Competition, which drew participation from 11 dynamic teams representing esteemed educational institutions across the region. The quiz not only tested participants' knowledge about mental health and HIV/AIDS but also served as a platform for fostering healthy competition and collaborative learning. As the week progressed, the focus shifted to artistic expression with the Inter-University Performing Arts Competition. This day provided a creative platform for universities to showcase their artistic prowess while simultaneously promoting mental health awareness and combating the stigma surrounding AIDS. Through captivating performances ranging from theater to music and dance, participants conveyed powerful messages of hope, resilience, and solidarity. The culminating event of Mental Health Week involved a charitable endeavor aimed at spreading joy and compassion to those affected by mental health challenges and HIV/AIDS. Students from BNU assembled care packages filled with essential items and distributed them to patients at Fountain House, a renowned mental health rehabilitation center in Lahore. This act of kindness not only brought smiles to the faces of the recipients but also fostered a sense of gratitude and camaraderie among the students. Mental Health Week at Beaconhouse National University not only provided a platform for raising awareness but also ignited a spark of hope and change in the community. By bringing together students, educators, and experts from various disciplines, the event succeeded in fostering meaningful conversations, challenging stereotypes, and paving the way for a more inclusive and compassionate society.

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Ms. Aatiqa Sheikh

The forum convened emerging leaders from around the globe to explore the complexities of cultural diplomacy and its influence on international relations. As a representative of Pakistan and Asia, Ms. Sheikh played a pivotal role in discussing how soft power can be effectively utilized in cultural policy development. Her insights significantly enriched the dialogue, fostering greater understanding and cooperation among nations. Ms. Sheikh's participation in the forum demonstrated BNU's commitment to academic excellence and global engagement. Her involvement underscores the university's dedication to contributing to significant international discourse, particularly in cultural diplomacy. Beaconhouse National University congratulates Ms. Aatiqa Sheikh on her prestigious role and her impactful contributions.

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Design Summit 2024 by MDSVAD

First Edition of Design Summit Unveiled Intricacies of Design Discourse in Lahore On March 12, 2024, The Design Summit Lahore 01, a pioneering event poised to unravel the intricacies of design discourse in Pakistan and the Global South, was held at the historic Walled City of Lahore and BNU Campus from March 7 to 13, 2024, as part of BNU’s 20th-anniversary celebrations. Hosted by the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (MDSVAD) at Beaconhouse National University (BNU), in collaboration with Rhode Island School of Design and the Punjab Walled City Authority, this groundbreaking summit showcased diverse facets of design through exhibitions, conversations, projects, and pavilions. Under the theme “Everything that has been designed or will be designed is being designed right now,” coined by Prof. Ijlal Muzaffar of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the Design Summit fostered a rich and expansive dialogue on design. It brought together international speakers, design academics, practitioners, and visionaries who delve into conversations surrounding the themes: ‘Artificial and Other Intelligences’, ‘Planetary Geographies’, ‘Design as Translation’ and ‘Designing Pakistan’. The Conversations segment was Powered by Lead Sponsor JS BANK and their digital arm JS Zindagi. Other key aspects of the summit included the Simultaneity as Design: Pakistan and Beyond- Exhibition, that showcased a curated display of works at the Royal Kitchen, sponsored by Co Lead Sponsor i2c Inc., and Patron / Cultural Partner German Embassy to Pakistan and the Materiality as Design; Envisioning Space Through Time- Pavilions exhibition that inspired audiences with their large-scale installations, sponsored by Meraj Housing Society. Additionally, the Spontaneity as Design; Jugaar and the City - Projects showcased at the Delhi Gate presented a critical re-examination of the notion of ‘Jugaar’ through real-life interventions. Sponsored by Cultural Partners British Council with some projects supported by Anne-Marie Schimmel Haus (German Culture Centre Lahore). The grand finale of the summit was held at the BNU Tarogil campus, witnessing participant engagement in hackathons, workshops and unique segments such as Sound and Performance as Design. The night concluded with the Food as Design segment led by Hashoo Group.

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Second Run of Tolerance Poster Show

MDSVAD welcomed the second iteration of the Tolerance Poster Show. Originating in 2017 and spanning 40 countries with 81 appearances, this impactful exhibition returned to Lahore, Pakistan, for its second stint. The Tolerance Poster Show offers institutions the freedom to curate and exhibit works based on their capacity, which are then digitally printed and showcased. Curated by Professor Aarish Sardar, this rendition of the exhibition graced the serene backdrop of the SLASS Lawn on BNU's campus, captivating students, faculty, and visitors alike. Renowned design author and Co-Chair of the MFA Design Department at the School of Visual Arts, New York, Steven Heller, shared his commendation for the Tolerance Poster Show. In a quick review published in The Daily Heller, Heller emphasized the significance of tolerance in all societies and praised the efforts of Aarish Sardar in organizing the show at BNU. "The show leverages the unique power of design to remind us of our shared humanity," underscores organizer Mirko Ilic. By fostering dialogue and understanding, the Tolerance Poster Show at BNU continues to serve as a beacon of unity and acceptance in a world enriched by diversity.

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TFA Students Explore Textile and Sports Manufacturing Process in Sialkot

Students from the Textile, Fashion, and Accessories Design Department at the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (MDSVAD), recently embarked on an enlightening educational journey to Sialkot. Accompanied by faculty members, the students had the unique opportunity to gain firsthand insights into the intricate processes involved in material selection, apparel design, and the crafting of sports goods and sportswear. Visiting the PSGMEA (Pakistan Sports Goods Manufacturers and Exporters Association) head office as well as various factory units in Sialkot, they immersed themselves in the dynamic world of textile and sports manufacturing. Throughout their visit, the students delved into the sensitive and detailed aspects of the production chain, from the sourcing of high-quality materials to the meticulous craftsmanship required in creating sports goods and sportswear. They observed the dedication and skill of craftsmen as they witnessed the manufacturing process up close, gaining a deeper understanding of the industry's nuances and challenges.

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MoU Signing Ceremony for Establishment of China Studies Chair

Beaconhouse National University (BNU) hosted a momentous ceremony on April 28, 2024, where a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with the objective of establishing a China Studies Chair. Minister of Education of the Government of Punjab Hon. Rana Sikandar Hayat was the Chief Guest at this occasion. The MoU was signed by the Consul General of China in Lahore H.E. Zhao Shiren and BNU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moeed Yusuf. The MoU outlines a programme of collaboration between Chinese universities and thintanks and the BNU in the field of academics and research and to promote a better understanding of China-Pakistan interaction in these areas. Minister Sikandar Hayat appreciated the initiative for expnding collaboration between Pakistan and China in academics, research and exchanges involving student, faculties and intellectuals. He thanked the Chine Consul General for Chinese government’s support and efforts for increasing cooperation between the two countries in diverse fields. The Consul General of China in Lahore reaffirmed China’s commitment for strengthening interaction with Pakistan particularly in the areas of education and research. To implement this MoU Beaconhouse Center for Policy Research (BCPR) in collaboration with Chinese Consulate in Lahore will organize a number of activities during a one year programme. The categories of various activities include: Developing institutional linkages and partnerships between the Chinese universities and think tanks and the BNU in research collaboration and student exchanges. Conducting on regular basis research and publications on various aspects of Pakistan- China relationship. Organizing Seminars, Workshops, Panel Discussions on themes relating to Pakistan- China relations. Arranging Lectures at BNU under a Distinguished Lecture Series inviting leading policy makers, opinion shapers, experts, intellectuals and youth from Pakistan and China on key areas of bilateral relations and cooperation. In recent years, BNU has already developed a programme on Chinese language. Under this collaboration, the BNU would offer a course on Chinese Studies at the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (SLASS), BNU including a focus on Pakistan-China relations.

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Workshop on Strengthening Policymaking for Cultural & Creative Industries

Beaconhouse National University (BNU) recently convened a consultative workshop of domain experts in the cultural and creative industries to share insights and gather feedback on the ongoing project titled, “Improving Data Collection among National and Provincial Statistical Agencies to Strengthen Policymaking for the Cultural and Creative Industries.” This initiative is funded by the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The workshop brought together over 70 professionals, including academics, researchers, policymakers, development experts, cultural professionals, artists, activists, and entrepreneurs, representing a diverse range of stakeholders in cultural and creative industries across Pakistan. Representatives from public sector entities such as the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, Bureau of Statistics Punjab, Punjab Council of the Arts (PUCAR), Planning & Development Board (P&D), Government of the Punjab, Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA), Lahore Arts Council, and Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) attended the workshop. Mr. Zaeem Yaqoob Khan, the Project Lead and Expert, delivered a comprehensive presentation outlining the goals of the UNESCO 2005 convention and providing an overview of the project's background and objectives. This was followed by a detailed presentation by Senior Researcher Syed Amna Hassan on the definition exercise, which synthesized inclusive definitions of "Culture," "Creative Trades," and "Cultural Goods" tailored for Pakistan's context. Senior Researcher Sadaf Akbar presented prototypes of instruments aimed at quantifying the economic contributions of cultural and creative industries. These instruments, developed based on the UNESCO- prescribed domains included Design and Creative Services, Audiovisual and Interactive Media, Visual Arts and Crafts, Performance and Celebration, and Music. The adoption of UNESCO's Culture, 2030 Indicators methodology was highlighted for its ability to measure economic contributions while mapping impacts on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Following the presentations, breakout sessions facilitated direct engagement between the project team and experts, enabling the collection of feedback and recommendations. Mr. Zaeem Yaqoob Khan expressed gratitude to all participants for their valuable insights, emphasizing the importance of their contributions in refining and validating the project's instruments. The project now progresses to its next phase, focusing on detailed mapping exercises and field testing of the instruments in selected cities. The ultimate goal is to develop a validated framework for estimating local gross domestic product within the cultural and creative sectors. The project team anticipates presenting its findings at a conference scheduled for February next year.

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BNU Excels at Lahore School of Economics Sports Gala

BNU Excels at Lahore School of Economics Sports Gala Beaconhouse National University (BNU) proudly celebrates the outstanding achievements of its students at the Sports Gala organized by Lahore School of Economics (LSE) from February 3 - 5, 2024. BNU students showcased remarkable skill and determination, securing top positions in multiple categories and earning accolades for their all-around excellence. In an impressive display of sporting prowess, BNU students clinched the 1st prize in both the Table Tennis Single and Double categories, demonstrating exceptional talent and competitive spirit on the court. Their dedication to the sport and relentless pursuit of excellence resulted in well-deserved victories, bringing pride to the university community. Additionally, the BNU girls' team demonstrated exceptional teamwork and skill, securing the runner-up position in Throwball. Their exemplary performance reflects the hard work and commitment invested in training and preparation, showcasing the university's commitment to fostering a culture of sportsmanship and camaraderie. Moreover, the collective efforts of BNU students across various sports and activities earned them the runner-up trophy as the Best Delegation, underscoring their all-around excellence and contribution to the overall success of the event. This recognition not only highlights the individual achievements of BNU students but also reinforces the university's reputation for producing well-rounded individuals capable of excelling in diverse fields.

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Hospitality Management Students Acquire HACCP Certifications

Hospitality Management Students Acquire HACCP Certifications Students specializing in BS Hospitality Management at Beaconhouse National University (BNU) have achieved significant milestones by obtaining their Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Training Certifications. A dedicated ceremony held at the Pearl Continental Hotel Lahore commemorated this achievement, wherein successful students were presented with their certificates. The event was graced by esteemed personalities including Mr. Haseeb A. Gardezi, Chief Operating Officer of Hashoo Group; Prof. Dr. Atif Hassan, Head of the Hospitality Management Department at BNU; and Mr. Faisal Naeem, Director of Education at Hashoo School of Hospitality Management. The ceremony was meticulously organized by Ms. Javeria, the Learning and People Development Manager from Pearl Continental Hotel Lahore. The Department of Hospitality Management at BNU collaborates closely with the Hashoo School of Hospitality Management to offer a comprehensive 4-year BS degree program. This strategic partnership ensures that students receive a well-rounded education and are equipped with the necessary skills and certifications to excel in the hospitality industry. The successful attainment of HACCP Training Certifications by the students underscores their commitment to excellence and their readiness to contribute effectively to the hospitality sector. BNU takes pride in nurturing such talented individuals and looks forward to their continued success in their professional journeys.

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Seminar on Expansion of Pakistani Startups to Berlin & Europe

Seminar on Expansion of Pakistani Startups to Berlin & Europe The Initiative on Innovation & Incubation, ORIP BNU recently organized a seminar focusing on the "Expansion of Pakistani Startups to Berlin & Europe." The event aimed to raise awareness about the potential opportunities for local startups to expand their business operations in Germany and Europe. Led by Dr. Talat Mahmood, an accomplished innovator and researcher, the seminar provided a comprehensive overview of the startup landscape in Berlin and highlighted the facilities available to startups in the region. Dr. Mahmood emphasized the importance of leveraging the latest technologies, including Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning Models, to address real-world problems and develop sustainable business models. The interactive session engaged attendees in discussions about the challenges and opportunities associated with international expansion for Pakistani startups. Dr. Mahmood's insights into the startup ecosystem in Berlin and Europe offered valuable guidance to entrepreneurs looking to scale their ventures beyond local markets. The seminar concluded with a lively Q&A session, where participants had the opportunity to seek further clarification and advice from Dr. Mahmood. The event underscored ORIP BNU's commitment to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship by providing aspiring startups with the knowledge and resources needed to thrive in an increasingly globalized market.

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RHSA Hosts Inspiring Exhibition: 'Embracing Paradoxes'

The Razia Hassan School of Architecture (RHSA) at Beaconhouse National University proudly presented an engaging exhibition, "Embracing Paradoxes". The event, co-curated by esteemed faculty members M Awab Nouman and Zara Amjad, showcased a diverse array of exceptional works by talented architects. The exhibition was a testament to the creative prowess of Umm e Laila, Sahyr Sayed, M Awab Nouman, Zara Amjad, Usman Saqib Zuberi, and Fatima Zahra, all of whom contributed their unique perspectives to the theme of embracing paradoxes. The faculty co-curators, M Awab Nouman and Zara Amjad, played a pivotal role in curating a collection that not only captivated visitors but also encouraged reflection on the inherent contradictions and complexities within artistic expressions. The event served as a platform for the School of Architecture to celebrate the creativity and innovation of both its faculty and students. Attendees were treated to an immersive experience that highlighted the depth and breadth of artistic talent within the Razia Hassan School of Architecture. The exhibition not only demonstrated the School's commitment to fostering a vibrant artistic community but also provided an opportunity for students, faculty, and art enthusiasts to engage with thought-provoking works that challenge conventional perspectives. The "Embracing Paradoxes" exhibition undoubtedly stands as a testament to the dedication and artistic excellence upheld by the Razia Hassan School of Architecture at Beaconhouse National University.

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Dean Invited as Juror for American Institute of Architects Design Excellence Award

Mr. Omar Hassan, the esteemed Dean of the Razia Hassan School of Architecture & Design at Beaconhouse National University (BNU), has been accorded a prestigious honor. He has been invited to serve as an international juror for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design Excellence Award. The AIA Design Excellence Award is one of the most prestigious accolades in the field of architecture, recognizing projects that demonstrate exceptional design quality and innovation. Mr. Hassan's participation as an international juror underscores BNU's commitment to fostering excellence in architecture and design education. This invitation stands as a testament to Mr. Hassan's outstanding contributions and remarkable expertise in the field of architecture and design. With his wealth of knowledge and experience, he will be a valuable addition to the esteemed panel of jurors evaluating projects for excellence in architecture across various categories.

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RHSA Hosts Thrilling Inaugural Street Sports Fest

The Razia Hassan School of Architecture (RHSA) at Beaconhouse National University (BNU) witnessed a burst of energy and excitement as it hosted its inaugural Street Sports Fest. This one-day event brought together architecture students, small businesses, and sports enthusiasts for a memorable celebration of athleticism and creativity. The event, held within the vibrant campus grounds, showcased a dynamic fusion of sportsmanship, talent, and entrepreneurial spirit. From thrilling futsal matches to innovative stall setups, the fest offered a diverse array of activities for participants and spectators alike. A standout feature of the event was the comprehensive coverage provided by the Society for Architectural Photography (SAP).Through the lens of SAP, the vibrancy and energy of the Sports Fest were immortalized in stunning detail. As the first chapter of what promises to be an enduring tradition, the inaugural Street Sports Fest served as a testament to the collaborative spirit and boundless talent within the RHSA community. It set the stage for future celebrations of athleticism, creativity, and innovation, uniting students and stakeholders in a shared passion for sports and architecture.

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Economics Students Clinch FCC Economist of the Year Award

In a remarkable triumph for Beaconhouse National University (BNU), the Economics students clinched the prestigious FCC Economist of the Year Award. The fiercely contested competition, hosted by the Lucas Economics Society at Forman Christian College University (FCCU) in Lahore, witnessed BNU's team emerging victorious, surpassing competitors, including the reigning champions from Government College University, Lahore (GCU). Comprising Hassan Shabbir, Rida Shahid, Ayan Ali Butt, Mahzaib Salman, and Syed Sher Muhammad, BNU's winning team showcased exceptional talent. All members hail from the Economics Department at BNU's School of Management Sciences, exemplifying the university's commitment to nurturing excellence. The Economist of the Year contest, organized by FCCU's Lucas Economics Society, is renowned for its rigorous evaluation and challenging scenarios, testing participants' analytical and decision-making skills. BNU's team not only demonstrated academic prowess but also applied economic principles adeptly to real-world situations, distinguishing themselves among formidable contenders. The victory gains added significance as BNU's team surpassed the defending champions from GCU, Lahore. This accomplishment not only reflects the dedication and diligence of the BNU team but also underscores the university's dedication to fostering excellence in economic education and research.

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Business Students Dive into Advertising at BBDO Pakistan

Students specializing in Marketing at Beaconhouse National University's School of Business embarked on an enriching journey to one of Pakistan's premier advertising agencies, BBDO Pakistan. BBDO Pakistan is renowned for its extensive portfolio of national and international brands and its noteworthy Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, which range from campaigns advocating against dowry to endeavors addressing skin burn issues. With a global presence, BBDO Pakistan has set industry standards for excellence. Mr. Farooq Qazi, the Chief Operating Officer at BBDO Pakistan, extended a warm welcome to the students. He provided valuable insights into the intricacies of the advertising process and engaged in an interactive discussion about the critical role of bridging the gap between client and customer understanding in the advertising world. Mr. Qazi encouraged the students to approach their roles with unwavering passion and enthusiasm, emphasizing that these qualities are key to becoming successful advertisers. Moreover, he commended the School of Business (SB) at BNU for its commendable efforts in aligning students' theoretical knowledge with practical exposure. This valuable visit to BBDO Pakistan not only broadened the students' horizons but also deepened their understanding of the dynamic world of advertising. BNU's School of Business is dedicated to providing students with real-world experiences that complement their academic pursuits, and visits like these serve as a testament to the university's commitment to preparing students for successful careers in the business world.

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Hospitality Management Students' Exclusive PC Practicum

Hospitality Management students from the Department of Hospitality Management recently underwent their hotel orientation at the Pearl Continental Hotel Lahore. As partners of the Hashoo School of Hospitality Management, these students have the unique opportunity to undertake their practicums at the country's largest five-star property. The orientation was meticulously organized, commencing with an introductory session encompassing all departments of the Pearl Continental Hotel Lahore. Additionally, BNU students had the chance to partake in an informative kitchen tour led by the Quality Assurance Manager. In a gesture of hospitality, Pearl Continental Hotel Lahore hosted a sophisticated ceremony for the Department of Hospitality Management students from Beaconhouse National University. The esteemed faculty members, including Prof. Dr. Atif Hassan, Mr. Ahmad Zafar Hayat, and Ms. Javaria, graced the occasion with their presence. Heads of the various hotel departments provided comprehensive insights into their operational processes and the practical implications of their roles to the students. This hands-on experience proved invaluable to the students, who expressed gratitude for the opportunity to receive training at one of the country's premier hotel establishments.

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3-Day Training Workshop on Cognitive Behavior Therapy Skills

The Institute of Psychology at Beaconhouse National University (BNU) remains steadfast in its commitment to advancing professional development in mental health and fostering community well-being. Recently, the institute organized a highly impactful 3-day training workshop on cognitive behavior therapy skills for school counselors in Islamabad. Led by the esteemed Dr. Ruhi Khalid, Director of the Institute of Psychology and a renowned expert in the field, the workshop aimed to enhance the skills and knowledge of school counselors. Dr. Khalid's leadership ensured that participants gained invaluable insights and practical techniques to effectively implement cognitive behavior therapy approaches in their counseling practices. Joining Dr. Khalid were Ms. Iqra Naz and Ms. Bismah Tayyab, who each brought their unique expertise and perspectives to the program. Their contributions enriched the workshop, providing attendees with a comprehensive understanding of cognitive behavior therapy principles and applications in the school counseling context. The workshop garnered widespread acclaim for its transformative impact on participants, equipping them with essential tools to better support the mental health needs of students. Through initiatives like these, the Institute of Psychology at BNU continues to play a pivotal role in advancing mental health education and professional development, ultimately contributing to the well-being of communities nationwide.

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Dr. Farhat Nadeem's Impactful Workshop at Riphah University

Dr. Farhat Nadeem, Associate Professor at the Institute of Psychology, Beaconhouse National University (BNU), recently spearheaded a dynamic workshop titled "Statistical Insights: From Concepts to Conclusions" for the esteemed faculty of Riphah University. The workshop, meticulously crafted by Dr. Nadeem, delved into essential statistical concepts, equipping faculty members with the skills to extract meaningful insights from data. Dr. Nadeem's expertise and engaging teaching style captivated attendees, fostering a deeper understanding of statistical methodologies crucial for academic research and decision-making. With a focus on practical applications, the workshop provided participants with hands-on experience in analyzing and interpreting data, empowering them to make informed conclusions in their respective fields. Attendees lauded Dr. Nadeem's approach, emphasizing the workshop's value in enhancing their statistical proficiency and research capabilities. The resounding success of the workshop underscores Dr. Farhat Nadeem's commitment to advancing statistical literacy and academic excellence. Through initiatives like these, BNU continues to forge meaningful collaborations with peer institutions, fostering knowledge exchange and professional development within the academic community.

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Faculty Members Participate in PHEC Training Program

Faculty Members Enhance Teaching Excellence Through PHEC Development Program Two esteemed faculty members, Ms. Bismah Tayyab and Ms. Khadeja Tahir, recently participated in a comprehensive three-day development program organized by the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC). The program, designed to advance teaching excellence, focused on equipping educators with effective strategies for higher education instruction and professional development. During the intensive training module, participants engaged in interactive sessions and workshops aimed at enhancing their pedagogical skills and fostering innovative teaching methodologies. Ms. Tayyab and Ms. Tahir embraced the opportunity to deepen their understanding of contemporary teaching practices, gaining valuable insights to enrich their educational practices at Beaconhouse National University (BNU). Expressing their gratitude, the faculty members extended sincere thanks to BNU's Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Moeed Yusuf, and the Director of the Institute of Psychology, Dr. Ruhi Khalid, for providing them with the opportunity to attend this transformative training session. They acknowledged the unwavering support and encouragement received from BNU's leadership, highlighting the university's commitment to investing in the professional growth and development of its faculty members.

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Ambassador of Kazakhstan Enlightens Liberal Arts Students

BNU had the privilege of hosting His Excellency Yerzhan Kistafin, the esteemed Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Pakistan. The Ambassador addressed the Liberal Arts students specializing in History, International Relations, Anthropology, and Literature with an enlightening lecture During his address, Ambassador Kistafin emphasized the significance of enhancing both economic and cultural ties between Pakistan and Kazakhstan. He delved into various avenues for strengthening Pak-Kazakh relations, highlighting Pakistan's geographic advantage in networking with the Eurasian continent via warm waters. The lecture provided invaluable insights for students keen on understanding the dynamics of international relations and the potential for collaboration between the two nations.

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Dr. Dóra Shares Insights on Hungarian Education System

The Department of Liberal Arts (DLA) hosted a captivating guest speaker event featuring Dr. Dóra Günsberger, Deputy Head of Mission at the Hungarian Embassy. Dr. Günsberger provided valuable insights into the funded higher education opportunities in Hungary, particularly focusing on the Stipendicum Hungaricum scholarship offered by the Higher Education Commission. The session also delved into the rich cultural landscape of Hungary. With a BA in International Relations from Pazmany Péter Catholic University, Hungary, and an MPhil and PhD in South Asian Studies from the University of Cambridge and SOAS, University of London, respectively, Dr. Günsberger brought a wealth of academic expertise to the session. Her experience as a Research Fellow and Educator at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, as well as her tenure at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hungary, including her role as Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Hungary in Islamabad, further enriched her insights into international education affairs. The guest speaker session provided students and faculty with a unique opportunity to learn about the Hungarian education system and explore potential academic opportunities abroad. Dr. Günsberger's engaging session sparked meaningful discussions and highlighted the importance of international collaboration and exchange in higher education.

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SLASS Hosts Book Launch Event

The Department of Liberal Arts at Seeta Majeed School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (SMSLASS) recently organized a captivating book launch event for Professor Ali Usman Qasmi's latest publication, "Qaum, Mulk, Sultanat." The event, held on Thursday, February 22, 2024, drew faculty members, scholars, students, and enthusiasts alike to celebrate the esteemed author's newest work. Dr. Ali Usman Qasmi, the author of "Qaum, Mulk, Sultanat," earned his PhD from the prestigious South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University in 2000. Currently serving as the Associate Professor of History at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Dr. Qasmi brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his research and writing. The book launch allowed participants to explore the intricate themes within "Qaum, Mulk, Sultanat" and engage in stimulating discussions with the author. During the panel discussion featuring Professor Qasmi and Ms. Rajaa Saleem, thought-provoking conversations ensued regarding the impact of nationalism on culture and identity debates. The students posed questions covering various topics, including the role of language, the politics surrounding the anthem, and the significance of national dress. The Department of Liberal Arts at SLASS continues to foster an environment of academic inquiry and literary appreciation through events such as this book launch, furthering its commitment to promoting interdisciplinary dialogue.

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BNU Talks: CEO Systems Limited Explores the Future of IT

Mr. Asif Peer delivered an insightful discourse on the "Future of Information Technology" at Beaconhouse National University (BNU) as part of the ongoing BNU Talks: Distinguished Lecture Series organized by SCIT. Mr. Asif Peer, a distinguished figure in the Information Technology sector, currently holds esteemed positions as CEO, Managing Director, and Member of the Board of Directors at Systems Limited. Mr. Peer has played a pivotal role in shaping the growth and success of Systems Limited, executing strategic initiatives in alignment with the company's vision and mission. Under Mr. Asif Peer's leadership, Systems Limited has won four consecutive Forbes Asia's Best Under a Billion awards (2020-23). His dedication and leadership have propelled Systems Limited to new heights, earning accolades such as the Microsoft Business Applications Inner Circle and Asia Money's Most Outstanding Company award for three consecutive years (2021-2023), along with SAP EMEA awards, PSEB IT Export Awards, and multiple P@SHA ICT Awards. In recognition of his unwavering commitment to excellence and exceptional contributions to the IT sector, he was honored with the presidential award, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, in 2022. During his recent address at the Distinguished Lecture Series organized by the School of Computer & IT (SCIT) on February 20th, 2024, Mr. Peer expounded upon the imperative of establishing a robust groundwork in core computing concepts. Emphasizing the indispensability of this foundation, he underscored the significance of comprehending fundamental principles such as algorithmic efficiency, data structures, computational complexity, and software engineering paradigms. Mr. Peer illuminated how proficiency in these foundational pillars forms the bedrock for navigating the intricate landscapes of emerging technologies, including quantum computing. Central to Mr. Peer's discourse was the spirit of perpetual learning and adaptability, which he deemed essential for professional growth and success in the dynamic IT ecosystem. Advocating a mindset characterized by openness to new ideas and technologies, he urged attendees including students of different departments and academic semesters, to transcend conventional boundaries and embrace innovation. Furthermore, Mr. Peer emphasized the need for individuals to transcend the confines of rigid thinking and embrace the transformative potential of emerging technologies. In the interactive Q&A session that ensued, Mr. Peer addressed pertinent issues surrounding technology adoption and stakeholder engagement. Stressing the importance of clarifying tangible benefits to stakeholders, including strategies for overcoming resistance to technological change and fostering organizational buy-in. Moreover, Mr. Peer underscored the holistic nature of professional development, highlighting the significance of cultivating technical expertise and fostering a mindset characterized by resilience, adaptability, and proactive learning. Furthermore, Mr. Peer offered an in-depth probe of the emergence and spread of generative AI, clarifying its long-term influence on several IT-related issues. Using his extensive experience, he provided practical advice on using generative AI to spur innovation and gain an edge over competitors across a range of industrial sectors. The thought-provoking talk was an effort to explore the boundaries of leadership excellence and technology innovation at SCIT's Distinguished Lecture Series. Mr. Asif Peer embodied intellectual curiosity and creative leadership while providing priceless insights into the revolutionary path of information technology. His speech inspired a shared dedication to innovation and lifelong learning in both seasoned practitioners and aspiring experts.

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SCIT Achieves Success at All Punjab Universities Expo 2023

Beaconhouse National University (BNU) takes immense pride in announcing the noteworthy achievements of its School of Computer and Information Technology (SCT) students at the All Punjab Universities Expo 2023, held at the Expo Center Lahore. Amongst the 44 participating universities, BNU SCT stood out prominently, showcasing three exceptional projects that garnered attention and acclaim. SocialSense, developed by Ibraheem Omer & Huzaifa Ejaz, presented a groundbreaking social media comments classifier utilizing Generative AI to excel in both Urdu and English. Ammara Amin & Awais Ameen's "Bolt" introduced a locally sourced 3D printer prototype meticulously designed for accessibility to our local audience. Additionally, Jahanzaib Tanveer & Hamza Leghari impressed with "PlayTube," a captivating web gaming platform. The culmination of this success was SocialSense clinching the 1st prize in the IT & CS category, earning a prestigious Rs. 100,000 and securing a coveted spot in the upcoming China Expo. This victory is particularly commendable, considering the intense competition with over 800 applicants, 450 shortlisted projects, and representation from 48 universities across eight project categories. BNU extends a resounding congratulations to all the SCIT students from the 3rd and 4th years who actively participated in the event, contributing significantly to the dynamic showcase of innovation. The School of Computer and Information Technology at BNU remains steadfast in its commitment to inspiring and leading in the realm of technology.

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Hosts Hackathon on "Urban Innovation and Environmental Conservation"

Beaconhouse National University's (BNU) School of Computer and Information Technology (SCIT) recently organized the "Urban Innovation and Environmental Conservation" hackathon as part of the 2024 design summit. The event, held on March 9, 2024, saw enthusiastic participation from over 50 students, including final year and third-year students from the SCIT department. We are thrilled to announce and celebrate the remarkable achievements of the students who emerged as winners of the hackathon. Congratulations to Hasnain Ahmed, Wahab Semi, and Amber Razzaq for their outstanding accomplishments and dedication to excellence in the realm of "Urban Innovation and Environmental Conservation." The success of the hackathon would not have been possible without the guidance and support of esteemed individuals who contributed their expertise to the event. Dr. Nauman Shahid, leading the Sensor Systems Team at Qualcomm Ireland, brought his specialization in low-power edge AI, machine learning (ML), and digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms to enrich the event. Aqeel Arshad, a seasoned "Staff Engineer" at ams-osram, shared his expertise in optical sensors and his passion for IoT and social initiatives. Additionally, the valuable contributions of faculty members from BNU played a significant role in shaping the success of the hackathon. Usman Nazir, an Assistant Professor specializing in machine learning and computer vision for socio-economic insights, provided invaluable guidance and support to the participating students. Nimra Abbass, a lecturer at BNU with expertise in machine learning, data mining, and information retrieval, also contributed her expertise to enhance the learning experience of the participants. The hackathon not only provided students with a platform to showcase their technical skills and creativity but also fostered collaboration and innovation in addressing real-world challenges related to urban innovation and environmental conservation. BNU extends its heartfelt congratulations to all participants and expresses gratitude to the faculty and industry experts for their invaluable contributions to the success of the event. We look forward to witnessing more innovative initiatives and accomplishments from our talented students in the future.

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Guest Lecture on Systems Leadership & Organizational-Development

The School of Education at BNU organized a compelling guest lecture, under the leadership of Ms. Iram Farooq, an esteemed alumna and a dedicated visiting faculty member at the Education Leadership and Management (ELM) department on "Systems Leadership and Organizational Development," as an extension of her course, "Leadership Practices for Social Impact" where students had the privilege of engaging with guest speaker, Dr. Qudsia Kalsoom, lecturer at the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, University of Dundee, UK. Dr. Qudsia Kalsoom’s talk on “Systems Leadership and Organizational Development” focused on the complexity of systems and the need for systems leadership. Using the framework of sustainable development goals (SDGs), Dr. Kalsoom highlighted the interconnectedness and interdependence of various elements in an open system. She discussed how inputs in an open system do not lead to equivalent outputs. Dr Kalsoom further discussed the elements of systems leadership and the relationship between complexity theory and systems leadership. She concluded her talk by stressing that today’s world’s problems are complex and cannot be addressed with ready-made solutions. Rather, they require an insight into the complexity of the whole system, collaboration among stakeholders and skillful, action-oriented leadership. The session concluded with an interactive question and answer segment, fostering active student participation and knowledge exchange.

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SE Celebrates Mother Language Day

The School of Education at BNU celebrated Mother Language Day continuing a cherished tradition that has been a hallmark of the school for many years. This annual event pays homage to the significance of mother languages, particularly Punjabi, and serves as a platform to promote their importance. This year's celebration featured esteemed speakers who delivered presentations in Punjabi, enriching the event with the cultural and linguistic heritage of the region. Professor Bhutta from GCU and Dr. Tariq Rahman from SE presented seminar papers focusing on the rich history and intricate politics surrounding the Punjabi language. Their insightful discussions provided attendees with a deeper understanding of Punjabi's evolution and its socio-political relevance. Following the presentations, an engaging question and answer session was conducted, allowing students and faculty to actively participate and exchange ideas in Punjabi. This interactive segment further enhanced the educational experience and fostered a sense of community within the School of Education. Continuing the festivities, a traditional Punjabi lunch was served, featuring an array of authentic dishes that delighted the senses and provided a taste of Punjab's culinary heritage. The event served not only as a celebration of language but also as a vibrant showcase of Punjabi culture. The entire occasion was conducted exclusively in Punjabi, reaffirming the school's commitment to preserving and promoting linguistic diversity. Through events like these, the School of Education continues to uphold its mission of fostering cultural understanding and appreciation among its students and faculty.

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Dr. Tariq Rahman Inspires Educators at 5th TLA Conference

Renowned education expert Dr. Tariq Rahman, Dean of the School of Education at Beaconhouse National University, delivered a keynote address at the 5th Teachers Learning Alliance (TLA) Conference. With its theme "Beyond the Textbook: Transformative Teaching Approaches," the event attracted over 300 participants from across Punjab. Dr. Rahman emphasized understanding transformation before adopting new teaching methods to meet evolving student needs. His speech sparked reflection on the transformative power of language and inclusive teaching practices. A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Shireen Rahim featured esteemed educators sharing insights into transformative teaching. Workshops led by experts offered practical strategies for implementing innovative teaching approaches. The conference was a resounding success, leaving participants inspired to enhance their teaching practices and empower students for the future.

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Assistant Professor's Address on Information Warfare Research

Dr. Zeeshan Zaighum, Assistant Professor at the Department of Journalism, was invited as a distinguished speaker at the AMCAP Doctoral Spring School. The event focused on exploring the "Prospects of Information Warfare Research in the Context of Cognitive Security." Dr. Zaighum's expertise in the field of media and mass communication, particularly in the realm of information warfare and cognitive security, positioned him as a valuable resource for the participants, who included PhD candidates and faculty members from various universities across Punjab. During his presentation, Dr. Zaighum delved into the evolving landscape of information warfare, emphasizing its implications on cognitive security. He highlighted the importance of understanding the multifaceted nature of contemporary conflicts, where information manipulation plays a pivotal role in shaping perceptions and influencing decision-making processes. The event concluded on a high note, with participants commending Dr. Zaighum's contribution to enriching the scholarly dialogue on information warfare research and cognitive security.

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Associate Professor Participates at Fulbright Alumni Conference

Dr. Wajiha Raza Rizvi, Head of MS Film & TV and Associate Professor at the Theatre, Film & TV (TFT) Department of the School of Media & Mass Communication (SMC) at BNU, recently participated in the 17th Annual Fulbright Alumni Conference on Climate Change. The conference, organized by the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan, took place at Marriott Islamabad. The event, attended by approximately 250 Fulbright alumni, was funded by the U.S. Mission to Pakistan and organized in collaboration with the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN). The primary objective of the conference was to bring attention to the challenges posed by climate change and showcase the initiatives undertaken by Fulbright alumni to develop innovative solutions to address the climate crisis. Key highlights of the conference included reports on actions taken by alumni and their organizations to mitigate the impact of climate change on communities across Pakistan. USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar welcomed the guests and participants, followed by a keynote address from Founder Akhuwat, Dr. Amjad Saqib. U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, Donald Blome, emphasized the importance of alumni continuing to contribute to Pakistan's efforts in tackling climate change through groundbreaking research solutions. In a notable interaction, Dr. Wajiha Raza Rizvi stood alongside U.S. Ambassador Blome, who assumed his role as the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan on April 11, 2022. Ambassador Blome, having previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia, Chargé d'Affaires at the Libya External Office in Tunis, Tunisia, and Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, shared his insights on the significance of international collaboration in addressing global challenges. The Fulbright Program, as highlighted by Ambassador Blome, fosters exchanges and collaborations to address complex issues like climate change, emphasizing the vital role of people-to-people connections in making a positive difference on a global scale.

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Renowned Entrepreneur Inspires Media Students at BNU Talks

The Department of Journalism welcomed Mr. Vic Ahmed as the esteemed speaker for a Special Guest Lecture, presented as part of BNU Talks - our Distinguished Lecture Series. Mr. Ahmed, an accomplished entrepreneur, engaged the audience with his extensive insights during a captivating session focused on "Navigating Career Pathways: Tech Startup." The event was meticulously arranged by BNU's School of Media and Mass Communication. During the lecture, Mr. Vic Ahmed underscored the significance of transforming visionary ideas into tangible business opportunities. His insights provided BNU students with a unique chance to broaden their entrepreneurial perspective and glean valuable lessons from his entrepreneurial journey. Mr. Ahmed brings a distinctive expertise in building companies from the ground up and revitalizing struggling businesses into successful ventures. His passion for converting visions into concrete business opportunities is evident through his effective communication with diverse stakeholders, including investors, employees, partners, and customers. With a notable track record of raising substantial funds and leading world-class teams, Mr. Ahmed is celebrated for his agility in navigating market changes. His approach ensures a harmonious blend of strategic planning and focused execution, making him an invaluable source of inspiration for budding entrepreneurs.

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BNU and Tech Valley Launch Google Certificate Scholarship Program

In a significant stride towards fostering innovation and technology, Beaconhouse National University (BNU) and Tech Valley Pakistan joined forces to launch the Google Career Certificate Scholarship Program. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed to establish a collaborative relationship aimed at offering the scholarship program to learners associated with BNU. Through this partnership, BNU offered its students 500 scholarships, granting them access to Google's prestigious certification courses free of cost. This equipped BNU students with in-demand skills across various fields, including data analytics, digital marketing & e-commerce, IT support, project management, and user experience (UX) design. This partnership underscored BNU's commitment to providing its students with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in a rapidly evolving digital landscape. BNU continued to be at the forefront of innovation and technology education, empowering students for successful careers in the digital age.

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BNU Joins Forces with WWF Pakistan for Environmental Sustainability

In a significant stride towards environmental sustainability, Beaconhouse National University (BNU) and WWF Pakistan forged a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), marking the inception of the "BNU Green" initiative. The MoU lays the groundwork for BNU's endeavor to become Pakistan's first certified green campus, setting a precedent for environmental stewardship in the nation. The agreement outlines a comprehensive framework aimed at enhancing water sustainability, promoting research and innovation, providing practical learning opportunities for students, and pursuing environmental excellence over a three-year term. Under the purview of this collaboration, BNU and WWF Pakistan will focus on various aspects of environmental preservation, energy and water conservation, climate advocacy, and environmental education and awareness-raising. Central to the partnership is the commitment to water sustainability on campus, with initiatives aimed at reducing water consumption, enhancing water management practices, and exploring sustainable water sources. Through research and innovation, BNU and WWF Pakistan aspire to develop cutting-edge solutions to address environmental challenges, leveraging the expertise and resources of both institutions to drive positive change. Furthermore, the collaboration will provide students with invaluable practical learning opportunities, allowing them to actively engage in environmental conservation efforts and gain hands-on experience in sustainability initiatives. By integrating environmental principles into the academic curriculum, BNU aims to cultivate a culture of environmental consciousness and responsibility among its student body. In addition to on-campus initiatives, BNU and WWF Pakistan are committed to advocating for climate action and raising awareness about environmental issues within the broader community. Through outreach programs, workshops, and awareness campaigns, the partnership seeks to empower individuals to take meaningful action towards a more sustainable future. Crucially, both parties have pledged to uphold child safeguarding policies and data protection obligations, ensuring the safety and privacy of all stakeholders involved in the "BNU Green" initiative. As BNU embarks on this transformative journey towards sustainability, the collaboration with WWF Pakistan underscores the university's steadfast commitment to environmental stewardship and its vision of creating a greener, more sustainable future for generations to come. Through collective efforts and shared values, BNU and WWF Pakistan aim to inspire positive change and lead by example in promoting environmental conservation and sustainability in Pakistan.

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BNU Partners with Jazz Pakistan to Drive Digital Transformation

Beaconhouse National University (BNU) took a significant step towards advancing the digital landscape of Pakistan by signing a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jazz Pakistan. This momentous collaboration marked a crucial milestone in the journey towards realizing the #DigitalPakistan vision, empowering the youth of Pakistan to excel in the digital realm. A ceremony was held in Islamabad to commemorate the development, and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between CEO Jazz, Aamir Ibrahim, and Vice Chancellor of BNU, Dr. Moeed Yusuf. The program gave participating students the exposure to understand the nuances of #techjournalism. At the heart of this collaboration lay the esteemed Digital Pakistan Fellowship Program, orchestrated by Jazz. This pioneering initiative served as a platform for nurturing the next generation of tech-savvy minds. Through this program, BNU stood proudly as a participant, ready to harness the potential of young Digital Pakistan Fellows. These talented individuals were at the forefront of crafting compelling audio and video content that not only enriched the Digital Pakistan narrative but also amplified the nation's tech prowess. By bridging the gap between technology and storytelling, the Digital Pakistan Fellowship Program empowered participants with unique skills that aligned perfectly with the digital age. As BNU and Jazz embarked on this exciting journey of change, innovation, and learning, they were united by a shared aspiration to drive Pakistan's digital evolution. Together, they aimed to equip the youth with the tools they needed to thrive in the digital age while steering the nation towards the pinnacle of digital excellence.

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Roundtable on Pak-US Trade, Economy, and Investment Opportunities

The first Roundtable on "Exploring Opportunities for Pakistan-US Engagement in Trade, Economy, and Investments" was convened at Beaconhouse National University (BNU). The event facilitated a dynamic discussion among distinguished guests, including executives from leading companies in Pakistan with business ties to the US, heads of influential organizations such as the Pakistan-US Business Council and the American Business Forum, and academic experts specializing in Pakistan-US relations, particularly in trade and economy. Notably, Michael Kugelman, Director for South Asia at the Washington-based Wilson Center, participated virtually in the event, adding valuable insights to the dialogue. Participants engaged in thought-provoking exchanges, sharing perspectives on how Pakistan and the US can bolster their trade relations and explore new avenues for cooperation. Key sectors discussed included IT, tourism, and agriculture, with a focus on mitigating the effects of climate change and enhancing food security through collaborative efforts. The Roundtable served as a platform for constructive discourse and strategic deliberation, aiming to foster stronger economic ties between Pakistan and the US while addressing mutual challenges and identifying opportunities for mutual growth and prosperity.

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Dir. BCPR & Australian High Commissioner Discuss Pakistan's Foreign Relations

BNU Center for Policy Research (BCPR) arranged a session with Ambassador Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry and High Commissioner of Australia Mr. Neil Hawkins on foreign relations of Pakistan in a changing world to understand the depths of Pakistan’s foreign policy and how it is evolving under the current circumstances. Mr. Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry delved into the determinants of foreign policy, emphasizing evolving global and regional dynamics. He explored various foreign policy options amidst the changing landscape and highlighted the global economic outlook, underscoring opportunities for Pakistan. In his address, he highlighted the significance of understanding these dynamics in shaping Pakistan's diplomatic strategies and leveraging global economic opportunities for national growth. Mr. Neil Hawkins also made similar comments about the changing circumstances in foreign policy and highlighted the need for international collaboration in the future. Issues like immigration, international relations as well as foreign connections were the highlight of the session.

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BCPR Launches Policy Research Publications with FES Pakistan

Beaconhouse National University (BNU) marked a momentous occasion with the inauguration of its Policy Research Publication, a product of its vibrant collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Pakistan. The distinguished gathering witnessed the presence of notable figures, including Ambassador (R) Mansoor Ahmad Khan, Dr. Niels Hegewisch (Country Director of FES Pakistan), Dr. Hafeez A. Pasha (Professor Emeritus), Dr. Moeed Yusuf (Vice Chancellor BNU), Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha (Minister of State for Finance and Revenue), and Mr. Shehzad Qazi (non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Policy and managing director of China Beige Book International). The event commenced with a warm welcome from Ambassador (R) Mansoor Ahmad Khan, setting the tone for insightful discussions ahead. Dr. Niels Hegewisch followed with enlightening remarks, emphasizing the significance of collaborative endeavors in shaping policy discourse. Dr. Hafeez A. Pasha presented a thought-provoking analysis from his latest work, "Human Security in Pakistan," while Dr. Moeed Yusuf shared insights from his co-authored publication, "Pakistan's Geo-Economic Pivot," alongside Dr. Rabia Akhtar. The ensuing dialogue delved into the nuanced aspects of the research, enriched by commentary from Dr. Hafeez A. Pasha, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, and Mr. Shehzad Qazi, each offering unique perspectives on the critical themes explored in the publications. A stimulating Q&A session allowed attendees to engage directly with the speakers, fostering a deeper understanding of the research findings and their implications for policymaking. Ambassador (R) Mansoor Ahmad Khan delivered closing remarks, underscoring the collaborative spirit driving impactful policy solutions.

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Creator Hive's Recruitment Drive

The Creator Hive held an engaging recruitment drive at Beaconhouse National University (BNU), drawing over 40 remarkably talented students keen on joining their dynamic community of creators. Amidst an atmosphere brimming with creativity and enthusiasm, students showcased their passion and prowess for content creation, leaving a lasting impression on the event organizers. Particularly noteworthy was BNU student Tatheer Raza, who emerged as a standout talent, securing the coveted cash prize of Rs. 50,000 for her captivating vlog. Tatheer's exceptional skills and dedication were further showcased in a thrilling on-the-spot video editing competition, where she demonstrated her creative flair and technical expertise. The recruitment drive not only provided an avenue for students to explore their creative potential but also served as a testament to The Creator Hive's commitment to fostering talent and innovation within the BNU community. By offering opportunities for students to showcase their skills and compete in friendly competitions, The Creator Hive continues to inspire and empower the next generation of content creators at BNU, paving the way for a future filled with creativity and success.

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IDP Study Abroad Fair

Beaconhouse National University (BNU) hosted an enriching Study Abroad Fair that served as a platform for students to explore exciting academic prospects abroad, with a particular focus on leading universities in the United Kingdom and Australia. Representatives from prestigious institutions graced the fair, offering invaluable insights into graduate and post-graduate education opportunities in the UK and Australia. The fair witnessed an overwhelming response from enthusiastic students eager to pursue their academic aspirations on an international scale. Discussions ranged from course offerings and academic requirements to scholarship opportunities and student life abroad. Attendees engaged in meaningful conversations with university representatives, gaining firsthand knowledge about the diverse educational landscape awaiting them overseas. The BNU-IDP Study Abroad Fair underscored BNU's commitment to providing students with access to global education opportunities and fostering a culture of academic excellence and exploration.

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Student's Exchange Program Journey in Turkey

Beaconhouse National University (BNU) takes immense pride in highlighting the remarkable journey of Mirza Sikander Saeed Baig, a student from the Department of Liberal Arts, SLASS, who recently participated in the exchange program at Yeditepe University. Sikander's reflections on his exchange program experience are both insightful and inspiring, as he describes it as an enriching and transformative journey. He emphasizes the academic excellence at Yeditepe University, coupled with exceptional guidance from esteemed teachers, which significantly broadened his knowledge. During his time in Turkey, Sikander seized the opportunity to explore the country's rich historical and cultural heritage, visiting nearly 12 different cities. However, he candidly acknowledges the language barrier as a notable challenge and took proactive steps to overcome it by enrolling in a Turkish language course during his summer vacation. Despite this hurdle, Sikander's active involvement in Yeditepe University's Parliament Society stands out as a remarkable achievement. He became the first exchange student to serve as the society's secretary general, showcasing exemplary engagement and leadership skills. In conclusion, Sikander expresses that the exchange program transcended mere academics, offering an unforgettable and enriching experience. His journey serves as a testament to BNU's commitment to providing students with opportunities for personal and academic growth on a global scale.

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Big Wins for Our Athletes at GIKI Sports Festival

The sporting prowess of Beaconhouse National University (BNU) athletes was on full display at the prestigious GIKI Sports Festival, where our talented Girls' Futsal team emerged triumphant, claiming the championship title. The event, held at the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI), showcased the exceptional skill and teamwork of BNU's female athletes. Adding to the glory, the BNU Boys' Volleyball team exhibited remarkable prowess, earning the runner-up position in a fiercely contested tournament. The boys showcased unparalleled skill, teamwork, and sportsmanship, making their mark as formidable competitors in the GIKI Sports Festival. As BNU continues to make waves in the world of sports, the university community eagerly anticipates further achievements and successes on both the national and international stages.

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BNU Triumphs at UCL Sports

Beaconhouse National University (BNU) proudly showcased its athletic prowess at the UCL Sports Festival, securing an impressive array of medals across various disciplines. In the fiercely contested Tape Ball Cricket Tournament, BNU emerged triumphant, claiming the Gold Medal and solidifying its reputation as a force to be reckoned with on the cricket pitch. The Badminton arena witnessed BNU's dominance, with the Boys' Double Category, Mixed Doubles Category, and the Single Category for Girls all clinching Gold Medals. Adding to the glory, the Girls' Futsal team displayed exceptional teamwork, securing the Gold Medal in their category. The Chess enthusiasts at BNU demonstrated strategic brilliance, securing yet another Gold Medal for the university. While the Girls' Volleyball team soared to new heights, clinching the Gold Medal, the Badminton (Single Category - Girls) players exhibited commendable skill, earning a well-deserved Silver Medal. BNU's outstanding performance at the UCL Sports Fest is a testament to the dedication, skill, and sportsmanship of its athletes. The university community extends heartfelt congratulations to all the participants, coaches, and supporters who contributed to this resounding success. These achievements reflect BNU's commitment to fostering a holistic educational experience that embraces both academic and athletic excellence.

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Football Team Triumphs in HEC Football Championship

The resounding cheers reverberated across the fields as Beaconhouse National University's (BNU) Football Team clinched victory in the inaugural round of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Football Championship. With an outstanding display of skill and determination, the team's stellar performance paved the path for a jubilant celebration. The HEC Football Championship stands as a prestigious platform for universities nationwide to showcase their prowess in the sport, and BNU's triumph in the opening round underscores its dedication to fostering and showcasing sporting talent among its student body. As the BNU Football Team progresses to subsequent rounds of the HEC Championship, anticipation and enthusiasm within the university community soar. The journey through the championship mirrors the resilience and competitive spirit embodied by BNU athletes, solidifying the university's stature as a dominant force in collegiate football.

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Bestival XI: A Spectacular Fusion of Talent and Entertainment

BNU's Bestival XI, held from February 29 to March 03, 2024, proved to be a magnet for youthful enthusiasts from across Pakistan. The event, sponsored by esteemed brands, showcased a diverse array of activities, ranging from workshops to competitions and electrifying performances by renowned artists like Shamoon Ismail, Aur Band, and Hassan & Roshaan featuring Mekaal Hasan. With its dynamic lineup, Bestival XI lived up to its reputation as the quintessential annual extravaganza, drawing crowds eager to immerse themselves in a whirlwind of creativity and entertainment. One of the festival's most memorable highlights was the captivating Sufi Night, featuring the renowned Sufi Rock band Raga Boyz. Their mesmerizing performance resonated with attendees, infusing the atmosphere with a profound sense of spirituality and cultural richness. As the festival unfolded, attendees were treated to an immersive experience that transcended mere entertainment, fostering a deeper appreciation for the diverse cultural tapestry of Pakistan. In addition to the spectacular performances, Bestival XI provided a platform for budding talents to showcase their skills and creativity. From competitive events to interactive workshops, participants had the opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals and hone their craft. The festival's inclusive atmosphere encouraged collaboration and camaraderie, fostering a sense of community among attendees. As Bestival XI drew to a close with an exhilarating Awards Night and Fashion Ramp Walk, attendees left with memories that would last a lifetime. The event's resounding success reaffirmed BNU's commitment to providing enriching experiences that celebrate the vibrancy and creativity of Pakistani youth. With its blend of entertainment, culture, and creativity, Bestival XI left an indelible mark on all who attended, setting the stage for even greater experiences in the years to come.

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Culture Day by BNU CulArt Society

Beaconhouse National University's CulArt Society orchestrated a vibrant celebration of diversity and unity with its much-anticipated "Culture Day" event. The event transformed the campus into a kaleidoscope of colors, traditions, and beautiful melodies, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie among students and faculty alike. The festivities kicked off with immersive cultural performances that showcased the rich tapestry of Pakistani heritage. From traditional Pashtoon and Saraikii dance performances to soul-stirring Sindhi and Punjabi songs by the BNU Music Society, attendees were treated to a captivating display of talent and cultural expression. Notably, the BNU Dramatics Society presented "Haq Bakhshish," a poignant theatrical performance shedding light on the archaic tradition of forced marriages with the Holy book, resonating with the audience's emotions. Adding to the festivities, a delightful photo booth provided the perfect backdrop for students to capture cherished memories and moments of joy. The colorful stalls offering appetizing traditional food further enhanced the cultural experience, tantalizing visitors' taste buds throughout the day. Above all, Culture Day served as a testament to BNU's commitment to embracing diversity and fostering inclusivity within its community. As students, faculty, and staff came together as one big BNU family, the event underscored the richness of Pakistan's cultural heritage and the strength that lies in unity. Culture Day was not just a celebration; it was a reaffirmation of the values that define us as a university and as a nation.

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Interfaith Society Hosts Inspiring Seerah Symposium

Beaconhouse National University's Interfaith Society recently organized a thought-provoking Seerah Symposium, providing students with a platform for dialogue and reflection on the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The event featured notable speakers, Mr. Ali Nomani and Mr. Muhammad Ali, who shared their profound insights and wisdom, sparking a deep and meaningful discussion among attendees. The symposium brought together a diverse and enthusiastic group of students, fostering an atmosphere of overwhelming phenomenology and leaving participants with a profound sense of fulfillment and gratitude. As attendees engaged in dialogue and reflection, they gained valuable perspectives on the Prophet's life and teachings, further enriching their understanding of Islamic principles and values. Reflecting on the success of the Seerah Symposium, the BNU Interfaith Society expressed its commitment to continue arranging meaningful and interactive events for the student body. The society extended sincere gratitude to all who contributed to making the symposium a memorable and enlightening experience, emphasizing the importance of fostering dialogue and understanding among individuals of different faiths and backgrounds.

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December Ride Out with BNU Community

Beaconhouse National University (BNU) organized a thrilling December Ride Out, inviting students, faculty, and staff to embrace cycling as a habitual, fun-loving, and healthy activity. Held on [insert date], the event aimed to promote physical well-being while fostering a sense of camaraderie among participants. Cycling enthusiasts from across the BNU community came together for a memorable ride, exploring scenic routes and enjoying the fresh air and exercise. The event provided an opportunity for individuals to connect with like-minded peers and share their passion for cycling, creating lasting memories and forging new friendships along the way. Looking ahead, BNU envisions a future filled with more cycling and fun-loving events on the track. The university encourages individuals with diverse interests to share their ideas and collaborate in bringing them to life within the community. Each participant plays a crucial role in shaping the vibrant and meaningful experiences that define the BNU circle. As the BNU community continues to embrace new ideas and initiatives, cycling and other enjoyable activities will remain integral to its identity. The university extends gratitude to all participants for their involvement, emphasizing that their contributions are essential in enriching the BNU experience. Together, let's continue to explore new adventures and make them a reality within our circle.

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Debating Society Hosts Rang-e-Shayri

Beaconhouse National University's Debating Society recently mesmerized audiences with an enchanting evening of Rang-e-Shaiyri, showcasing classical Urdu poetry and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Pakistan. The event served as an interuniversity Urdu Poetry competition, drawing participants from various private and public sectors in Lahore, including KEMU, LUMS, GCUL, FCCU, UCP, Govt. M.A.O College, and others. Students from across Lahore came together to revel in the timeless art of shaiyri, weaving a vibrant cultural tapestry with their heartfelt renditions of classical Urdu poetry. The event provided a platform for participants to showcase their remarkable talent and passion for Urdu literature, captivating the audience with their eloquence and poetic expressions. In a fiercely contested competition, Hanzala Shahid emerged victorious, securing the 1st position as a private candidate. Muhammad Ammar Saeed from BNU claimed the 2nd position, while Ali Noor Mohsin from Rahbar Medical and Dental College clinched the 3rd position, showcasing their prowess in the art of Urdu poetry. A special highlight of the evening was the presence of esteemed guests, including Dr. Uzma Zareen Nazia, Associate Professor in the Persian Department at Oriental College, University of Punjab, Lahore, and Ms. Farhat Perveen, a renowned poetess and Urdu language activist in Pakistan and the USA. Their passionate words and profound insights left an indelible mark on the hearts of the attendees, further enriching the cultural experience of the event. The Rang-e-Shaiyri evening organized by the BNU Debating Society exemplified the university's commitment to promoting Urdu literature and providing a platform for artistic expression. As students and guests alike immersed themselves in the beauty of Urdu poetry, the event served as a testament to the enduring significance of our cultural heritage.

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Professor Salima Hashmi

Salima Hashmi, Director of the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute for South Asian Arts (UMISAA) at MDSVAD and a celebrated figure in the Pakistani art scene, has been honored with a major retrospective exhibition titled '…And Then Came Spring'. This exhibition is a collaboration between the Lahore Literary Festival, the National College of Arts (NCA), and Rohtas 2 Gallery. The exhibition, held at the Tollinton Market adjacent to the Lahore Museum and NCA, has garnered widespread attention and acclaim. Showcasing Hashmi's masterful visual works spanning from the 1960s to the 2020s, the retrospective offers a comprehensive insight into her artistic journey. Salima Hashmi's diverse portfolio, which includes paintings, printmaking, and mixed media installations, delves into socio-political themes such as feminism, human rights, and the cultural landscape of Pakistan. Her art serves as a powerful commentary on contemporary issues, resonating with audiences both locally and internationally. The retrospective exhibition serves as a testament to Hashmi's enduring artistic legacy and her unwavering commitment to pushing boundaries through her work. Visitors to the exhibition have been captivated by the depth and breadth of Hashmi's artistic expression, making '…And Then Came Spring' a must-see event for art enthusiasts and scholars alike.

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Dr. Atif Hassan

Dr. Atif Hassan Invited as Distinguished Speaker at ICOHT 2024 Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka Beaconhouse National University is proud to announce that Dr. Atif Hassan, the esteemed Head of the Department of Hospitality Management at the School of Management Sciences (SMS), has been invited to serve as a Distinguished Speaker at the 10th International Conference on Hospitality and Tourism Management 2024 (ICOHT 2024). The conference is set to take place from July 25th to 26th, 2024, in the vibrant city of Colombo, Sri Lanka. With the theme "Diversification and Expansion of Tourism Products," ICOHT 2024 aims to explore innovative strategies and trends in the rapidly evolving hospitality and tourism industry. Dr. Atif Hassan's expertise and contributions in this field make him a valuable addition to the panel of speakers at this prestigious event. As a renowned expert in hospitality management, Dr. Atif Hassan's insights are expected to shed light on key challenges and opportunities facing the industry, particularly in the context of diversification and expansion of tourism products. His participation underscores BNU's commitment to fostering academic excellence and promoting thought leadership in the field of hospitality and tourism management.

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Dr. Tahir Kamran

Dr. Tahir Kamran Authors the Fourth eEition of "The Policy Beacon" by BCPR The Beaconhouse National University (BNU) Center for Policy Research (BCPR) has proudly unveiled the fourth edition of "The Policy Beacon." Authored by Dr. Tahir Kamran, Head of the Department of Liberal Arts at the Seeta Majeed School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (SLASS), this edition is titled "Unveiling Elite Capture: A Closer Look at its Impact on Pakistan's Society and Culture." Key Highlights: Understanding Elite Capture: Elite capture, as described in the publication, is a corrupt practice wherein a small group of individuals with superior social and financial status manipulate state and public resources, leading to adverse effects on the larger population. Decision-making power is concentrated in the hands of these elites due to various factors such as social class, asset ownership, political influence, and economic position. Mechanisms of Elite Capture: The article delves into how entitled elites with de jure power divert public funds meant for the benefit of the general populace towards projects that exclusively serve their interests. Factors like information asymmetry, ineffective regulation, and inefficient allocation of resources contribute to the persistence of elite capture. Impacts on Well-being and Fairness: Areas where elite capture persists witness compromises in overall well-being and fairness. The article emphasizes how decentralized governments are susceptible to elite capture, with local governments prioritizing the interests of influential elites over the broader community’s well-being. Identification of Elites: The publication identifies three ways to identify elites: positional, decisional, and reputational. In Pakistan, the elite is described as a complex web deeply entrenched in the country’s socio-political fabric, comprising various segments with vested interests and sources of power. Pakistan's Elite Landscape: The real locus of substantive power and governance in Pakistan, as pointed out in the article, rests with a conglomerate of business magnates, industrialists, feudal lords, religious figures, and civil and military officials, working together to safeguard their political dominance and mutual interests. Economic Impacts: The economic impact of elite capture, particularly in the industrial sector, is discussed. The article highlights significant financial losses due to low tax rates and favorable pricing structures benefiting the industrial elite. Recommendations and the Way Forward: The article concludes with recommendations, emphasizing the need for fiscal reforms in Pakistan, including addressing the low tax base and regressive taxation. Strategies to combat elite capture include reconceptualizing the Charter of Economy, promoting inclusive growth, emphasizing human development, strengthening accountability and transparency, and empowering marginalized sections of society. The importance of a balanced civil-military relationship is also stressed. To read the full edition of "The Policy Beacon" and gain deeper insights into the adverse effects of elite capture on Pakistan’s economy and society, visit: Unveiling Elite Capture: A Closer Look at its Impact on Pakistan's Society and Culture About BNU Center for Policy Research (BCPR): The BCPR at Beaconhouse National University is committed to rigorous and impactful policy research, aiming to contribute to informed decision-making in Pakistan and beyond.

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Dr. Farooq Sulehria

Dr. Farooq Sulehria, Assistant Professor at the Department of Liberal Arts (DLA), has recently achieved a significant milestone in academia. His scholarly article titled "Between Fundamentalist Anvil and Red Hammer: How the 1980s Sculpted Afghan Women Movement" has been published in Studies in Indian Politics (Sage), a prestigious journal recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) with an impact factor. The article delves into the pivotal role of the 1980s in shaping both Afghan history and the women's movement within the region. Dr. Sulehria's work offers a profound analysis of how the experiences of Afghan women during this decade influenced feminist discourse and activism in Afghanistan. The article highlights the complex interplay between foreign occupation, religious narratives, and the struggle for women's rights, emphasizing that true liberation for women transcends external interventions. This insightful contribution by Dr. Sulehria was featured in Studies in Indian Politics' special issue focusing on the 1980s as a defining period in South Asian contemporary history. The abstract of the article sheds light on Afghan women's resilience and their realization that genuine progress requires indigenous efforts rather than external impositions.

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