Culture and Language

About SCL

The School of Culture & Language at the Institute for Art and Culture aims to create socio-historical consciousness needed to promote cultural sensitivity and culturally driven practices. The school offers degree programs based on people and place specific approach. Being an ancient society we have a living legacy of cultural and linguistic diversity which is a collective asset that needs to be understood and promoted, making it compatible with the demands of modern times. The school recognizes the fundamental right of each culture to exist in the process of human evolution and believes that co-existence of diverse cultures can lead towards a tolerant, harmonious, and progressive society.

With interdisciplinary approaches, SCL aims to promote creative expression through exposure to diverse cultural practices in which language, art, music, theater, and storytelling constitute an important component.

Aims and Objectives

The objectives of the Degree Program are to develop the student’s capabilities to:


  •  Appreciate the value and significance of culture and its diversity through interaction with communities, exploring their behaviors, beliefs and practices.


  • Enhance their cultural sensitivity in developing innovative policies, strategies and projects that are socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.


  • Promote creative expression through exposure to arts, music, theater, art appreciation, cultural theories and critical thinking.


  • Effectively understand and communicate in Pakistani and international languages for a better understanding of peoples values, cultural norms, practices, and rituals.


  • Appreciate the evolution of culture through the people’s history, mythology and folklore, allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of their past.



Bachelor in Culture & Development Studies

The degree program explores the dialectics of culture and development and enables students to search and recognize creativity inherent in culture and employ it towards development. Supported by an exploration of cultural assets, expressions, and practices through interaction with people and their environment, the degree program focuses on holistic human development, inclusive of the economic and the social. The goal is empowering people to live in dignity and freedom, fulfilling their creative potential and enable students to design innovative and culturally sensitive development projects.

Degree Requirements:


The students are required to obtain a minimum of 134 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 for degree eligibility. These credit hours are distributed over 8 semesters in a period of 4 years.

Center For Creative Partnerships

The “Center for Creative Partnerships”, established under the School of Culture and Language, is the hub of conceiving, designing and implementing projects in the fields of arts, culture and development.  It is established with an aim to generate practical and hands-on knowledge of students in the proposed fields and to enrich and inform the practice with theoretical perspectives and academic inputs.  By bridging the gap between traditional knowledge and contemporary trends, CCP removes out the distinction between traditional and modern, folk and classical practices, and provides the opportunity to bring both closer to enrich each other, through exchange, innovation and contemporization.


Meet the Faculty

Mushtaq Soofi

Poet, Writer/ Already published more than ten books. Served Pakistan Television as a Programs Producer, Programs Manager and Controller Programs/ Co-founded Sachal Studios and co-produced 24 music albums / Regular columnist of daily Dawn

Saba Samee
Associate Professor

Saba Samee graduated as an Architect from National College of Arts, and specialized in Conservation of Built Heritage after her Masters in Buildings Archaeology from University of York, UK. Her research focuses on stratification of built heritage, developing conservation interventions, constructing Building Biographies by linking people with places, and Values that elevates a Place to a Built Heritage

Ghiasuddin Pir
Assistant Professor

MA in Anthropology & Behavioural Studies from the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom. His research interests include cultural hegemony, participatory development, and exploring gender as a social construct. Pir has been involved in curriculum development and implementation of development initiatives in Chitral, Swat, Peshawar, and Bahawalpur.

Qaisar Abbas
Assistant Professor

A PhD researcher in Drama at University of Exeter, Qaisar Abbas did his MA in Applied Anthropology and Community Development from Goldsmiths, University of London. Engaged extensively in Pakistan’s political theatre, he has a long list of theatre productions to his credit. His research includes theatre for political and social change, acting methods, and politics of performance.

Osama Ahmad
Assistant Professor

Osama is a historian specializing in the history of modern South Asia. He earned his Bachelors degree from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies from the University of Cambridge on a Commonwealth Scholarship. His research and teaching interests include the social and intellectual history of South Asia, Comparative Colonialisms, Decolonization, and Post-Colonial Theory

Hasan Shahnawaz Zaidi

Professor Hasan Shahnawaz Zaidi is a renowned designer, painter and poet of Pakistan. He has been the Principal of College of Art and Design, University of the Punjab for over 15 years. He has participated in more than 60 national and international art exhibitions. He was awarded Tamgha e Imtiaz in Painting in 1998 and Pride of Performance in Art Education in 2014.His areas of interest also include Music and Acting.He is the author of several books on art and poetry.

Atiya Shirazi
Assistant Professor

Sakina Husain
Assistant Professor

Sakina has a BSc. (Hons) and a Masters degree in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS). Her research interests include informal economic systems, macro-economic policy, institutions, small industries and food safety. She has been involved in various economic analyses and feasibilities in the food, water and environment sectors in addition to the development of the economics and development curriculum at the institute

Anum Nawaz

Fulbright scholar, MA, Cognitive, Social, Cultural and Developmental Psychology from The New School, New York. Founder, My Voice Unheard and Academics Accessible, she aims to highlight invisible narratives and create spaces for public scholarship. She has developed educational interventions for Rabtt, YES Network, BC, CBEL, Adams Smith and Akhuwat. Her research interests include stereotype threat, Cultural variability and Social development.

Zeeshan Yousaf

Zeeshan Yousaf is a lecturer in the School of Culture and Language at the IAC. He holds an MSc in comparative politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA Honours in political science from Forman Christian College. He has previously taught at FC College, worked as a journalist, and as a researcher for NatCen, UK. His current research focuses on national self-determination conflicts and subaltern resistance.

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