Beaconhouse National University

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Beaconhouse National University
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Seal of Beaconhouse National University
Established 2003
Type Private
Chancellor Governor of Punjab
Vice-Chancellor Mr. Shahid Hafiz Kardar
Students 1540
Undergraduates 1300 total
Postgraduates 240
Location Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Campus Urban
31 acres (13 ha) (Tarogil, main campus)
Newspaper The BNU Gazette
Affiliations Higher Education Commission

Beaconhouse National University (BNU) is a private university located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Chartered by the Government of Punjab, Beaconhouse National University was established in 2003 by the Beaconhouse School System and its owner, Mrs. Kasuri,[citation needed] to provide a modern education while ensuring that the history and culture of Pakistani society are respected. Beaconhouse National University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian institution offering undergraduate and graduate programms.

Founded in 2003 by the by the Beaconhouse School System and its owner, Mrs. Kasuri, the university offers programms in Engineering, Fine Arts, humanities, business and managements sciences. The university is ranked among one of the top universities in the country as currently stands in top ranking in "General category" by the HEC as of 2013.Beaconhouse Nation University is a multi-ethnic university situated in the metropolitan city of Lahore, Pakistan.BNU has foreign students from countries including China, Sri Lanka, Iran, Nepal, Bhutan, Australia, Russia, USA, and the UK.

The university offers scientific research in humanities, Business Studies, arts, Software engineering, social sciences.[1] The university is a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities of the United Kingdom.[1][2]


BNU established the Razia Hassan School of Architecture, Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts, Seeta Majeed School of Social Sciences, School of Computer & IT, School of Psychology & School of Education. The School of Computer and Information Technology, for the disciplines of Software Engineering, Information Systems and Management Business Computing, was established in 2005.


Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts & Design[edit]

The School of Visual Arts and Design at BNU has completed a decade of its existence. Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts offer Bachelor Degrees in BFA Photography,BFA Visual Arts,BFA Visual Communication Design,B. Des Textile Design,B. Des Jewelry & Accessory Design

Razia Hassan School of Architecture[edit]

School of Architecture (SA) was instituted in 2004.The first groups of students intending to study Architecture were admitted in the Joint SVA-ScAD Foundation Class in September 2004.Dr. Gulzar Haider became the first Dean of SA in April 2005 and decided to start the B.Arch from Sept 2005. Twelve (12) students chose to continue in Bachelor of Architecture in semester III (Sept 2005) after common Foundation during 2004-2005.As the HEC-PCATP Curriculum for B.Arch was announced the BNU program was recast with immediate effect after the due process of going through the Academic Council of BNU. During the period of Sept 2006 and 2009 B.Arch student enrollment pressure at BNU continue to increase. At the beginning of the academic year 2009-2010 the total number of Architecture students (not including the ones in common Foundation) were 112.At the beginning of academic year 2010-2011 the common Foundation Year was transformed into a full first year of the 5 year B.Arch Program and a transformed programme (178 credits) was launched. At the beginning of academic year 2010-2011 the total number of Architecture students, including the new First Year is 195.BNU School of Architecture has five permanent faculty.

  • Architectural Publication Centre:

In 2010 School of Architecture is proposing establishment of APC: Architectural Publication Centre with an aim to produce educational text and visual material for the primary use of architectural education in Pakistan. It will have 1-2 research assistants working under guidance and supervision of selected permanent faculty. [3]

School of Computer & Information Technology[edit]

School of Computer & IT offers bachelor Degrees in Software Engineering, Management Business Computing & Master in Information Systems.

  • Mozilla Firefox Development Cell:

School of Computer & IT has a center of Development for Mozilla Firefox (Internet browser). Volunteers from other universities also enroll for the development.BNU -School of Computer & Information Technology (SCIT) Final Year Software Engineering Students also represented Mozilla Pakistan at Mozilla Firefox Summit at Santa Clara, California, United States in 2013. [4]

Seeta Majeed School of Social Sciences[edit]

SMSS offers three undergraduate programs leading to the BSc (Honours) degree in Economics & Business Economics, Journalism and Literature, as well as a combined programs in Television & Film theater in conjunction with the Economics Department.

  • Department of Liberal Arts (SLAAS):
  • The Maya Tree:

The Maya Tree Liberal Arts Review is a peer reviewed academic journal devoted to the Arts and Critical Discourse. In print since 2009, now into its third volume (2012), the journal is published by Beaconhouse National University (BNU), Lahore, through an innovative, self-governed, multi-disciplinary project.

  • Department of Economics (SLASS-ECO):

School of Mass Communication[edit]

Institute of Psychology[edit]

The Institute of Psychology at the Beaconhouse National University was established in 2004. It is to date the only institute in Pakistan that offers specialized masters programs in diverse fields such as Clinical, Counseling, Organizational and School Psychology.


  • IEEE - BNU chapter
  • BNU Dramatics Society
  • BNU Debates and Recitation Society
  • BNU Adventure Society
  • Community Service Society
  • Computer Gaming Association
  • Culture Society
  • BNU Media Arts Society]
  • BNU Model United Nations
  • Music Society
  • Photographic Society
  • Religious Society
  • Student Math Society
  • Volunteer Society
  • Pakistan Students Association International -BNU Chapter

BNU was given, in February 2008, the highest status (Category 'W') by the Higher Education Commission in its ranking of universities in Pakistan.[citation needed]

During the past two years,[when?] a total of 128 students have graduated from BNU, 40 with bachelor's degrees, 70 with master's degrees and 16 with postgraduate diplomas. Five graduates have moved on for further studies, including three who have received Fulbright fellowships.[citation needed]

Notable faculty[edit]

School of Computer and IT
School of Visual Arts & Design
School of Education
School of Social Sciences