LAHORE:27 April: The Annual Thesis Show of the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD), Beaconhouse National University (BNU), the “Degree Show 2018” will conclude on Friday (today). This year’s SVAD Degree Show features thesis works of around 68 graduating students of Visual Arts, Visual Communication Design, Textile and Fibre Studies, Fashion and Fibre Studies and Jewelry and Accessory Design. The Degree Show was inaugurated by the Chairperson, BNU Board of Governors, Ms Nasreen Mahmud on April 21 and has since been attended by a large number of students from across various institutions of Lahore besides art academics, artists, designers, art-critics and art-enthusiasts. The week-long activities also featured a Design Summit 01– Prologue that SVAD –BNU hosted in collaboration with Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). The Design Summit, as an inclusionary body, aims to continue supplementing design academia as well as the design industry at large, and facilitating a cross-disciplinary discourse with leading professionals and stakeholders of the region. During the week the second edition of Nothing Fest was also presented between 23rd and 27th of April, where a number of guest speakers held talks. The eminent panel included the likes of renowned columnist and writer, Imtiaz Alam, former Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, veteran politician and lawyer, Senator Ch Aitzaz Ahsan, world-renowned linguist, Dr Tariq Rahman, fashion designer, Hassan Sheheryar Yasin, journalist, Fahd Husain and many others. In his statement, Dean SVAD, Prof Rashid Rana said, “This year especially, our students have outdone themselves, creating work ranging from the thought-provoking to the innovative, fearlessly standing up for what they believe in. Their practices are enriched through peer interaction as they all come from diverse backgrounds, not just from Pakistan but also as exchange students from many countries across South Asia. As in the past, we have high hopes that through this unique experience, not only they will make their mark in their respective countries but also on the global stage.” Meanwhile, Beaconhouse National University organised an awareness session on intellectual property rights to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day 2018. Dr Rizwan Basharat of Intellectual Property Organisation (IPO-Pakistan) addressed students about laws related to intellectual property with a historical perspective. He informed students about which items come under intellectual property.The news.