School of Media and Mass Communication (SMC)

SMC offers programs in Journalism, Communication, Immersive Media, Theatre, Film, TV, and advanced degrees in PR and Advertising. With top-tier facilities and expert faculty, it empowers students to become ethical leaders in media, fostering creativity, inclusivity, and innovative research for success across traditional and digital platforms. Join us to shape a better future.

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“Our mission is to nurture ethical, compassionate, and collaborative leaders in media and communication through a comprehensive liberal arts education. We equip students with the skills needed to navigate new media technologies, tackle societal challenges, and engage in innovative research. By fostering collaborations and advancing research, we aim to develop media professionals who promote inclusivity, tolerance, and justice, contributing to positive societal change. ”
DEAN’S MESSAGE

Inspiring excellence,

As Dean of the School of Media and Mass Communication (SMC), I am honored to lead a community committed to shaping our future through proactive decisions and actions. At SMC, we embrace cutting-edge media technology while staying true to our rich traditions and core values. Our mission is rooted in inclusivity, understanding, and harmony, recognizing the media's transformative power in fostering empathy and unity.

We believe our media studies students are catalysts for change, with their creativity and dedication driving us towards a more compassionate and inclusive society. Together, we harness the potential of the media to shape a brighter future for generations to come.

Prof. Dr. Bushra Hameedur Rahman

Dean, School of Media & Mass Communication (SMC)

SMC PROGRAMS

Empowering Lives Through Diverse Programs of Study

Department of Theatre, Film and Television

The Department of Theatre, Film, and Television (TFT) is a vibrant and dynamic hub where creativity thrives and storytelling takes center stage. As a cornerstone of artistic expression, TFT serves as a melting pot for aspiring actors, filmmakers, and television professionals, fostering their talents and nurturing their passion for the performing arts.


Department of Journalism & Mass Communication

The Department of Journalism and Media Studies offers an immersive experience blending theory with hands-on practice. Led by experienced educators, our dynamic environment mirrors the industry. We emphasize global perspectives while impacting local communities. Through real-world engagement and collaboration, we prepare students for media careers. Welcome to an adventure in education.


FACULTY AND STAFF

Our team,

Prof. Dr. Bushra Hameedur Rahman

Prof. Dr. Bushra Hameedur Rahman

Dr. Bushra Hameedur Rahman is an esteemed academician with a strong background in Mass Communication. She has held leadership roles and contributed significantly to scholarly discourse in the field. Her research focuses on critical analysis of mass media discourses and their impact on societal unity and division, with a particular emphasis on Orientalism, Feminism, and Muslim feminism. Her leadership extends to various academic and editorial positions.

Mr. Rana Faizan Ali

Mr. Rana Faizan Ali

Rana Faizan Ali is a seasoned academician, broadcast journalist, and media trainer with extensive experience in teaching and production. His expertise spans across various domains of media, including news reporting, production, and strategy planning. He has been associated with leading television channels and government departments, contributing significantly to media education and training in Pakistan.

Mr. Qazi Akhyar Ahmad

Mr. Qazi Akhyar Ahmad

Qazi Akhyar Ahmad is a dedicated faculty member specializing in Videography, Post Production, and Graphics courses. He brings valuable industry expertise from his years of work at advertising agencies and prestigious TV networks, enhancing the learning experience for students in the TV, Film & Theater department.

Dr. Wajiha Raza Rizvi

Dr. Wajiha Raza Rizvi

Dr. Wajiha Raza Rizvi is a renowned academician with extensive experience in film & television, art, and communication. Her contributions to academia include curriculum development, research supervision, and scholarly publications. She has a diverse educational background and has held leadership roles in multiple institutions, showcasing her commitment to education and research.

Dr. Farasat Rasool

Dr. Farasat Rasool

Dr. Farasat Rasool is an accomplished academician with a PhD in Communication Sciences from a prestigious university in France. His research interests span across various areas of media and communication, contributing significantly to scholarly discourse in the field. He has a strong academic background and has taught at renowned institutions, showcasing his expertise and commitment to education.

Dr. Qamar-ud-din Zia Ghaznavi

Dr. Qamar-ud-din Zia Ghaznavi

Dr. Qamar-ud-din Zia Ghaznavi is an Assistant Professor with a PhD in Media Studies. He has extensive experience in professional journalism and holds multiple Masters degrees in various disciplines related to media and communication. He has contributed significantly to academia and previously held leadership roles at University of Central Punjab (UCP).

Ms. Werdah Munib

Ms. Werdah Munib

Werdah Munib is a dedicated Assistant Professor with a strong background in Mass Communication. She has years of experience in academia, research, and community engagement. Her commitment to academic excellence is evident through her teaching, research supervision, and participation in scholarly events.

Dr. Zeeshan Zaigham

Dr. Zeeshan Zaigham

Dr. Zeeshan Zaigham is an Assistant Professor with a PhD in Media & Mass Communication. He specializes in Strategic Communication & Fifth-Generation Hybrid Warfare and has extensive experience in teaching and research. He has supervised numerous research projects and workshops in strategic communication, media, and digital media, contributing significantly to the field of communication studies.

Mr. Haris Badar

Mr. Haris Badar

Haris Badar is an Assistant Professor with a strong background in international journalism and finance. He has worked as a journalist, financial analyst, and educator, bringing a diverse skill set to academia. He has contributed significantly to media education and has experience in teaching at various universities, showcasing his commitment to education and research in media studies.

Dr. Qaisar Abbas

Dr. Qaisar Abbas

Funded by the prestigious Exeter International Excellence Scholarship, Qaisar Abbas did his PhD at the Department of Communication, Drama and Film, University of Exeter. He was the Commonwealth Scholar at Goldsmiths, University of London, and was awarded with Distinction for his MA in Applied Anthropology and Community Development. He took training in Acting at Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) under the Erasmus Exchange Program. He has published articles in New Theatre Quarterly (2024), THAAP journals (2016 and 2017), and a chapter in From Tsiam to the Hindu Kush: Kalasha People and their Culture (THAAP and UNESCO, 2019). His extensive practice-based work with the folk performers of Punjab - including storytellers, actors, theatre makers, dancers, and musicians - contributed to UNESCO’s study on the promotion of ICH into the school curriculum in the Asia-Pacific region. He has also presented his work at various national and international conferences. He is currently working on his first monograph The Neo-liberalization of Political Theatre in Punjab (Pakistan) to be published by Routledge. Recently, he received a research grant award from the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) for his project Theatre of Colonial Lahore (1900-1947).

Mr. Muhammad Nasir Ali Mazari

Mr. Muhammad Nasir Ali Mazari

Nasir Ali Mazari is an Assistant Professor with extensive experience in film & television production and academia. He has a strong educational background and practical experience in documentary filmmaking, voice artistry, and directing. His contributions to film education and research showcase his commitment to media studies and creative storytelling.

Sarmad Ibrahim Cheema

Sarmad Ibrahim Cheema

Mr. Sarmad Ibrahim Cheema is a seasoned professional with a strong background in directing film & television. He brings valuable industry experience to his role as a Senior Lecturer at BNU.

Mr. Muhammad Naveed Asim

Mr. Muhammad Naveed Asim

Muhammad Naveed Asim is a VFX TD, VR Producer, and Digital Arts Lecturer with extensive experience in VFX, Animation, Virtual Reality, and Art Direction. He brings a wealth of industry knowledge and practical skills to his role as a Senior Lecturer in Communication & New Media Technology.

Mr. Usman Rana

Mr. Usman Rana

Mr. Usman Rana is a music producer and educator with expertise in sound design and music production. He brings practical experience and industry insights to his role as a Lecturer at BNU.

Ms. Warda Shah

Ms. Warda Shah

Warda Shah is an Advertising and PR practitioner with experience in media management, account management, and marketing. She is committed to providing practical insights and real-world examples to students in her role as a Lecturer.

ALUMINI

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SMC TODAY

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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.

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.

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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