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My name is Basir Mahmood and I graduated from Beaconhouse National University in 2010. I started in 2006 and was only able to get admission on the basis of my skills and my work and because of that I got a scholarship which was luckily the 100% scholarship. I belong to one of those families that definitely cannot afford this kind of expensive education. Read More>>

Basir Mahmood
BNU Alumnus: Graduate from School of Visual Arts and Design, 2010
Visual Artist

Excellent faculty, the promise for independent research and exposure were just some of the reasons why I chose to do my MS Public Policy from BNU. I confess BNU delivered on every promise; the faculty is committed and thrives on class discussions, the teaching methodology was never purely academic. I felt challenged in every lesson because I was expected and Read More>>

Izza Aftab
BNU Alumnus: MS Public Policy, 2010.
Currently: Fulbright Scholar.

Faculty News

Dr. Maryam Mirza's Research Article Published in the Journal of Commonwealth Literature

An article by Dr. Maryam Mirza has recently been published online by The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (JCL). The article is titled, ' "An all-weather, all-terrain fighter": Subaltern resistance, survival, and death in Mohammed Hanif’s Our Lady of Alice Bhatti.’ JCL is indexed and abstracted in Academic Search Premier, Arts and Humanities Citation Index and MLA International Bibliography, among others. Read More>>


Faseeh Saleem’s work featured at Biennial “Scythia 10” in Ukraine

Faseeh Saleem, Assistant Professor at Mariam Dawood School of  Visual Arts and Design (SVAD), showcased his work at the 10th International  Biennial on Contemporary Textile Art “Scythia 10”, 2014 in Ukraine. The  Contemporary Textile Art exhibition took place on June 18th-28th, 2014, at  Kherson, Ukraine. Saleem has been exploring various perspectives  of Art & Design in different contexts.  Read More>>


Dr. Ruhi Khalid presented a Research Paper at BPS Conference in Windsor, UK

Director Institute of Psychology, Beaconhouse National University, Dr. Ruhi Khalid has presented a research paper at the British Psychological Society Conference 2014 held in Windsor, United Kingdom. Her paper was based on the topic of “Gender as Disability” and she presented it along with Ms. Ishba Khan, a student of M. Phil at the Institute of Psychology. The British Psychological Society aims at promoting excellence  and ethical practice in the fields of science, education and practical  applications of psychology.  Read More>>


Dr. Maryam Mirza Presented a Research Paper at the 5th Biennial International CWWA Conference, Australia.

Dr. Maryam Mirza, Assistant Professor at the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Beaconhouse National University, has recently presented a research paper on male identity politics and domestic spaces in contemporary Indian women's novels in English at the Fifth Biennial International Conference of the Contemporary Women's Writing Association. Read More>>


Latest Research Work by Dr. Fariha Tariq

HEC sponsored Paper presentation,"Provision of  Participatory Shelter Facilities in Adverse Environments:A case  study of Lahore, Pakistan" at Disaster Mitigation,  Preparedness, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction Conference held at  University of Massachusetts Boston, U.S.A.on 8-9 May,2014.  Read More>>


Malcolm Hutcheson Shoots Pakistan’s first noir film as Director of Photography

Malcolm Hutcheson, a faculty member at the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD), has contributed in Pakistan’s first neo-noir film, Tamanna, as DOP (Director of Photography). Produced by Concordia Productions (PVT) Limited and directed by a British director Steven Moore, the film stars Salman Shahid, Omair Rana, Mehreen Raheel and Feryal Gauhar. The film has been in the making for the past four years and it will hit theatres across Pakistan on June 13, 2014. Malcolm Hutcheson has used some unique techniques and equipments to shoot the film.  He has used old film cameras for stills and music videos for the film.  Read More>>


David Alesworth at Biennale, Germany

David Chalmers Alesworth, a faculty member at the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD), is showcasing his work at the 8th Berlin Biennale 2014 in Germany. The Contemporary Art exhibition started on May 29, 2014 and will run through August 3, 2014 at four venues in Berlin and Berlin-Mitte: Haus am Waldsee, Museen Dahlem – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art (KW) and Crash Pad c/o KW. David Alesworth is well-known is a visual artist and landscape designer who is leading the Foundation Studies program at SVAD, BNU. Some of his most acclaimed works include mixed media site-specific installations made in Karachi in the 1990s. He worked with artists and crafts people to create truck paintings and shrine-like shipping containers that exceeded conventional binaries of high art and popular craft, modern and traditional, local and foreign. Read More>>


Research Paper by faculty of School of Architecture Presented at ‘ARCHDESIGN 14’in Istanbul, Turkey

Razia Latif, a faculty member at Razia Hassan School of Architecture (RHSA), BNU presented a paper, co-authored by RHSA Faculty members Haseeb Amjad, Zara Amjad, and Dean Dr. Gulzar Haider at ARCHDESIGN 14: Architectural Design Conference held on May 8-9 at Istanbul, Turkey. Held at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts at Istanbu the ARCHDESIGN 14 conference focused on the different methods on design in general, analysis of single buildings and projects and contemporary issues to designing, and representation and construction in the contemporary world. Read More>>


Zeb Bilal Presented her Paper at a Conference in Norwich, UK

Zeb Bilal, a visiting faculty member at the Department of Textile Design, Fibre and Fashion studies, School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) was recently invited to give a presentation at ‘The Future of South Asian Collections: UK and South Asian Perspectives’ conference. The conference was held at the Sainsbury Institute of Art, University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich, UK from 30th April to 2nd May, 2014 and was concerned with understanding issues pertaining to collections of South Asian material culture. The conference provided a forum to leading curators and academics to share and debate the shifts in museum practice, but also explored notions of craft, history, and society that all link to interpretations of South Asian material collections. Read More>>


David Alesworth talked about Karachi Art Scene at South Bank Centre, London

David Chalmers Alesworth, a faculty member at the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD), BNU shared his impressions of the Karachi art scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s at the South Bank Centre, London on Sunday 25 May, 2014. His talk was part of a day-long interactive event featuring talks and seminars on “Pakistan: Satire, film and cricket,” curated by acclaimed author Kamila Shamsie at the South Bank Centre. David was the speaker in the session called “Karachi Popped?” along with artist Adnan Madani. The session focused on an important era of art in Pakistan, late 1980s and early 1990s. This was a brief but influential decade in the history of Pakistani art; as a cosmopolitan group of artists collaborated, taught, and left a legacy which remains formally undocumented. Read More>>


Director IP, Dr. Ruhi Khalid Participated in the Global Conference 2014 Organized by the British Council

Dr. Ruhi Khalid, Director, Institute of Psychology at Beaconhouse National University participated as a panelist in the Global Conference organized by the British Council at Lahore College for Women University on May 8th, 2014. The conference, concerning the topic Next Generation: Insecure Lives, Untold Stories, was attended by leading educationists, human rights activists, social workers, journalists, and politicians from all over the world who talked about deprivations, atrocities and injustices in different societies especially Pakistan. Punjab Education and Youth Affairs Minister Rana Mashhood, Advisor to the Sindh Chief Minister on Youth Affairs Faisal Sabzwari. Read More>>


Yasmeen Aftab Ali Nominated in the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting

Yasmeen Aftab Ali, a member of Faculty at the School of Media and Mass Communication (SMC), Beaconhouse National University has been nominated as a member of the task force for the Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting of the National Assembly of Pakistan to review, suggest amendments and redraft new media laws for Pakistan.Yasmeen Aftab Ali is a communication professional, lawyer, academic and political analyst. She has authored a book titled ‘A Comparative Analysis of Media & Media Laws in Pakistan’ which has been accepted as a Reference Book on the subject by Harvard University Law Library.  Read More>>


Dr. Maryam Mirza Presented a Research Paper at the 2014 EACLALS Conference in Austria

Dr. Maryam Mirza, Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, recently presented a research paper on the politics of narrating cross-class dialogue in South Asian Anglophone literature at the 2014 European Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS) Conference. The conference was held at the University of Innsbruck, Austria from April 14 to 18, 2014


Sahr Bashir Receives Australian Alumni Excellence Award for Education

Sahr Bashir, Head of the Jewelry and Accessory Design Department at the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD), has been selected to receive the Australian Alumni Excellence Award for Education at the Australian Alumni Excellence Awards 2014.The Australian Alumni Excellence Awards recognize and honor alumni who have attained exemplary achievements in their field of specialization at a national, regional or international level, as well as those who have contributed significantly to the betterment of Australian education and their institution or alumni community. Read More>>


Dr. Tariq Rahman Awarded the Doctor of Letters by the University of Sheffield

Dr. Tariq Rahman, Dean of School of Education, Beaconhouse National University has been awarded a Litt.D. (Doctor of Letters) degree by the University of Sheffield in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a researcher, scholar and author. Two years ago, Dr. Tariq Rahman was asked by the University of Sheffield, U.K. to submit his published work for the examination of a higher doctorate. The examiners have now recommended him for Litt.D. at the Research and Innovation services of University of Sheffield. Read More>>


Prof. Dr. Taimur-ul-Hassan’s Research Article Published

A research article by Prof. Dr. Taimur-ul-Hassan of School of Media and Mass Communications, Beaconhouse National University is published in HEC approved Journal of Gender & Social Issues. This research journal is published on a biannual basis by Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi. Titled “Role of Newspaper in Education Policy making in Punjab,” the research paper is published in the Spring 2013 issue, Vol 12, Number 1, PP 1 -19.


Sitara-i-Imtiaz for Dr. Tariq Rahman, Dean of School of Education

Dr. Tariq Rahman, Dean of School of Education at Beaconhouse National University has received Sitara-i-Imtiaz in recognition of his contributions in the field of Literature. Conferment of Sitara-i-Imtiaz for Dr. Rahman was approved by the President of Pakistan in 2013 and the award was conferred on him on the occasion of Pakistan Day (23rd March 2014). Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) is the third highest honor and civilian award in Pakistan. It recognizes individuals who have made an "especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of Pakistan. Read More>>


Basir Mahmood’s New Exhibition in Paris

Basir Mahmood’s work is going to be displayed at an exhibition called the Rencontres Internationales at Palais de Tokyo and Gaîté Lyrique. The exhibition is going to be held on 24th March, 2014. In this exhibition, Mr. Mahmood will be displaying his work titled "Thank You For Coming". This work explores social identities and human behavior by analyzing the aesthetics of social activities which, in themselves, may be regarded as banal in everyday life. For this project, Mr. Mahmood has worked with the idea of a social gathering, within the context of a celebration, where individuals gather in a certain manner, and form a structure that is identical to the social structure we live in. Within these parameters, Read More>>


Rashid Rana featured at Art Dubai 2014

A founding faculty member and the head of the Fine Art Department at Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD), BNU, Rashid Rana is presented at Art Dubai 2014 in three different events. His solo booth is featured in the exhibition, presented by Chatterjee & Lal and Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai. This is the second time his work is being showcased at Art Dubai. Utilizing the grid structure, he has recently begun to rearrange famous paintings such as The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus (1618) by Peter Paul Rubens and The Oath of the Horatii (1786) by Jacque Louis-David, chopping them up into smaller digital fragments, before scrambling these famous compositions into pixelated and codified puzzles. Read More>>


Basir Mahmood's work to be showcased in Paris

Basir Mahmood's work is going to be showcased at an exhibition of the Collège des Bernardins in Paris, France, titled Des Hommes, Des Mondes (Of Men, Of Worlds). The exhibition, to be held from 7th March-25th June, 2014, will bring together 15 contemporary international artists from around the globe. With some of the works being prepared specially for it, the exhibition will explore the apparently nomadic Man in an increasingly globalized world, and his search for meaning, identity and place in it. Basir Mahmood is a BNU graduate  and a faculty member at the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design  (SVAD).  He graduated from BNU in 2010  with a distinction and since then, he has risen in stature as an internationally  recognized artist. Basir’s works have been displayed in ARCUS Studio, Japan. Read More >>


Basir Mahmood's Work Showcased at the University of Dundee, Scotland

Basir Mahmood, a BNU graduate and a faculty member at the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design, is currently showcasing his works at an exhibition at the University of Dundee, Scotland titled At Intervals (Three Moving Image Works from Pakistan). Running from January 23 - February 15, 2014, the exhibition features three emerging film artists from Pakistan: Basir Mahmood, Seher Naveed, Fazal Rizvi (Karachi).  Read More>>


Dr. Taimur-ul-Hassan of SMC is honored with Best Teacher Award

Governor Punjab Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar has given Best Teacher Award to Prof Dr. Taimur ul Hassan, Head of Journalism Department  at the School of Media and Communications, at a ceremony held at Alhamra Cultural Complex. The award has been instituted by Nai Baat Newspaper Organization to honor individuals who have made valuable contribution to their respective fields.


Dr. Hafiz A Pasha and Waseem Saleem Present Research Paper in PSDE Conference

One of the country's leading economists and Professor Emeritus BNU, Dr Hafiz A Pasha and Wasim Saleem, Lecturer at SLASS have recently presented a research paper on "The Impact and cost of Power Load Shedding on Domestic Consumers" at the 29th Annual General Meeting & Conference of Pakistan Institute of Development Economics. The theme of the conference was "Energy Security & Economic Sustainability: The Way Forward." The conference - held in Islamabad from December 19-21, 2013 - was organized by Pakistan Society of Development Economics.


Ijaz Hussain's Research Article Published

Research article titled "Estimating Firms’ Vulnerability to Short-Term Financing Shocks: The Case of Foreign Exchange Companies in Pakistan" written by Ijaz Hussain has been published in the Lahore Journal of Economics. The Lahore Journal of Economics is ranked among the top category of HEC recognized journals in Pakistan. The article is available at the following URL:


Rashid Rana's work Exhibited at the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City

Rashid Rana's work is currently at display at the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City in an exhibition titled "Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Artists." The exhibition, which will continue till April 27, 2014, highlights the artistic achievements of traditional Islamic art. Rashid Rana's work at the exhibition is receiving accolades from different quarters. A review in Kansas City Star goes like: "The exhibit’s most striking pairing begins with a long vista seen through the mosaic arch of a 17th-century Persian rug on a platform. Read More>>


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Early Admission Test Results for TFT

Following students have qualified their admission test for B.A (Hons.) Theatre, Film & Television, M.A in Television & Film for Fall 2014 semester. Read More>>


Early Admission Test Results for SMC

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Students of BNU at Spic Macay arts-and-culture workshop

Students of Beaconhouse National University recently visited Chennai to participate in an arts-and-culture workshop organized under the umbrella of Spic Macay. Read More>>


SMC: Catering to the Challenges of Pakistan’s Media Industry

There is a great demand of trained journalists in the media industry of Pakistan. The boom of private television channels in the first decade of 2000’s created a rather unusual scenario for us where issues such as lack of journalistic ethics, abundance of untrained and unskilled journalists, and dearth of production related professionals became a matter of concern for everyone. Read More>>


School of Computer & IT announces early admission test result.

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BNU Open House Addresses Applicants’ Admission Queries

The BNU Open house was held on June 17, 2014 at the Tarogil Campus. A huge number of applicants and parents attended the event and explored academic and other facilities at BNU. Read More>>


Ammar Faiz to participate in CinemadaMare Festival 2014

Ammar Faiz, one of the many shining stars of Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design, Beaconhouse National University has been invited to CinemadaMare Festival which is one of the most popular film festivals in the region. This is the third year that Ammar Faiz has been invited to this festival. Read More>>


Tayyab Tariq’s Work to be exhibited in “MANIFESTA 10”, Saints Petersburg

Tayyab Tariq’s work is going to be exhibited in MANIFESTA 10 - The European Biennale of Contemporary Art. The festival will run through 28 June to 31 October 2014 at Saints Petersburg and will bring several contemporary artists from around the world. Read More>>


BNU in the Limelight: Coverage of BNU Students in Deccan Chronicle

A group of 23, including 18 students of Beaconhouse National University represented Pakistan at the International Spic Macay, a cultural convention held in Chennai from 8th to 14th of June, 2014. About 1800 participants from across the world participated in the week-long event to engage themselves in this voluntary movement. Read More>>


SVAD’s Graduating Students Received Accolades at Degree Show

Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD), Beaconhouse National University organized its annual degree show of the graduating batch of 2014 from May 29 to June 1, 2014. The exhibition featured works of 53 graduating students. Read More>>


BNU School of Architecture Achievements of 2013-14


List of Summer Courses 2014

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SVAD student gets a Residency at Babayan Culture House AiR, Turkey

Ammar Faiz, an aspiring visual artist and a student at Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design, Beaconhouse National University, has been invited for an art residency stay at Babayan Culture House AiR, Turkey for the year 2014. He is the only student artist chosen for this residency and he will be collaborating with artist Teresa Wilson from the United Kingdom. Read More>>


SVAD Degree Show 2014

Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD), Beaconhouse National University is organizing its annual degree show of the graduating batch of 2014 from May 29 to June 1, 2014. The exhibition will open at 4.00 p.m. on Thursday (May 29) featuring works of 53 graduating students. Read More>>


SMC Students Win Awards at Forman Media Fiesta

Students from School of Media and Communication (SMC), Beaconhouse National University received accolades for their work at the Forman Media Fiesta, held on May 12th 2014 at Forman Christian College. The competition, held under the patronage of Formanites Journalism Society and Department of Mass Communication, included categories related to documentary and short film making. Read More>>


Art that Works for All: A Project of SVAD Student on Braille Dispensers

Maheen Afghani, a third year Fine Arts student at the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design, BNU has come up with a very innovative project on Braille Dispensers titled “Sense.” Her project is meant to provide juices and drinks for the blind through an array of juice containers that are artistically placed on a wall, having attractive dots on them in raised plastic. Read More>>


SVAD Student Azeem Hamid Conducted a Theatre Workshop at IBA, Karachi

Azeem Hamid, a student at the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) at Beaconhouse National University conducted a workshop and special lecture at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. Titled as "The Self as an Actor," the workshop centered on the techniques of acting on stage. Read More>>


BNU embarks on a Project for Supporting the Implementation of RTI in Punjab

The Punjab Government enacted the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act on 16th of December, 2013. The purpose of this law is to promote free flow of public information to ensure accountability and transparency in the functioning of public bodies.  By providing the right to seek public information without providing any reason. Read More>>