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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.

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.

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.

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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