A fine arts student of the Government College University (GCU) Lahore, Sehrish Ahmad, on Friday in her annual thesis display portrayed the transgender in different reputed professional fields i.e. as a lawyer, police officer, teacher, politician, poet, doctor, housemaid and businessman to fight taboos and misconceptions that prevail in our society.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Asghar Zaidi inaugurated the thesis display at the University’s Abdus Salam Hall, where Sehrish Ahmad and 18 other GCU Fine Arts Department final-year students put on display the promotional and awareness campaigns on different social issues as their semester thesis.

“Art has the power to change the world, and it gives me immense pleasure to see that my students have used their artistic skills to raise awareness about real-life issues,” Prof Zaidi said while visiting the project stalls. The Vice-Chancellor discussed with the students the aesthetics and scope of their projects.

Talking about her thesis titled “Wajood”, Sehrish said that her project is aimed at the moving acceptability of the transgender in different professional fields. She believed that greater transgender inclusion in the workforce would benefit everyone and overall society. Ms. Sehrish put on display photographs in which transgender portrayed as lawyer, police officer, teacher, politician, poet, doctor, housemaid and businessman. A male student of GCU, Ghulam Mustafa, is used as a model for the campaign.

The other students’ projects were on different social issues including the use of mobiles by toddlers, pollution, bullying, depression in fashion, and parenting influence on child behavior.

Some students made projects to launch brands which consisted of complete promotional material including mobile applications, calendars, pamphlets, press and electronic media advertisements, and social media pages for the promotion of their brands.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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