Aror University of Art, Architecture, Design & Heritage Sukkur proudly organized its 1st International Symposium on ‘Inclusion of Art & Design in Various Professions to Promote Tolerance in Organizational Behavior ‘ on May 19 and 20, 2023. The prestigious event, funded by the Sindh Higher Education Commission, brought together renowned experts, scholars, and professionals from around the world to explore the vital role of art and design in fostering tolerance within organizational settings.

The symposium, held on the university campus, was a resounding success, attracting a diverse audience of academics, industry leaders, students, and art enthusiasts. The event aimed to bridge the gap between art, design, and various professions, emphasizing the importance of incorporating artistic principles and creative thinking into different organizational disciplines to promote tolerance, diversity, and inclusivity.

Distinguished speakers from diverse fields, including art, design, psychology, sociology, and business, presented their research and shared their insights on how art and design can influence organizational behavior positively. The symposium offered a platform for meaningful discussions, collaborative networking, and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, fostering a vibrant intellectual environment.

Among the prominent keynote speakers were:

  1. 1. Ivan Carmodey, Professor (Southern Ireland)
  2. 2. Dr. Muhammad Abdul Basit Saim, Research Assistant Professor (South Korea)
  3. 3. Dr. Zulifqar Ali Kalhoro, Anthropologist, PIDE, Islamabad
  4. 4. Dr. Ni Zhang, Wuhan Texitle University, (China)
  1. 1. Dr. Asma Faraz, Senior Manager/Program Head, TUMC, Karachi
  2. 2. Mr. Mukhtiar Malik (Ex-Director, Radio Pakistan, Khairpur)
  3. 3. Mr. Ayaz Gul, Peot, Former Director, Sachal Chair, SALU, Khairpur
  4. 4. Dr. Fazli Sattar, Pricipal, PCA, Sawat
  5. 5. Dr. Noor Ahmed Brohi, Chairperson, Management Science, BNBUW, Sukkur
  6. 6. Dr. Qasim Sodhar, Assistant Professor/Incharge FoH/Direcor QEC, Aror University, Sukkur
  7. 7. Dr. Allah Dad, PIFD, Lahore
  8. 8. Dr. Muhammad Abdul Basit Saim, Research Assistant Professor, Hanyang University, South Korea
Over the course of two days, attendees had the opportunity to participate in thought-provoking panel discussions, interactive workshops, and engaging presentations that explored the practical applications of art and design in organizational contexts. The symposium also featured an exhibition showcasing works of art and design by talented students and professionals.

Gillian Rhodes, Performer, Writer, Story Teller, (USA), a celebrated artist known for her unique blend of storytelling, performance art, and literary prowess, shared her expertise during the symposium’s proceedings. Her presentation shed light on the profound impact that arts and design can have in fostering tolerance and inclusivity within various professional contexts. Through thought-provoking examples and personal anecdotes, Rhodes emphasized the transformative power of creative expression, encouraging attendees to embrace the potential of art and design to reshape organizational behavior.

During the symposium’s gala night, Gillian Rhodes took the stage and enthralled the audience with a captivating live performance. With her dynamic presence, vibrant storytelling, and remarkable stage presence, she transported the attendees on an enchanting journey that transcended cultural and linguistic barriers. Her performance was a testament to the universal language of art and the ability to foster connections and understanding among diverse individuals.

Prof. Dr. Zahid Hussain Khand, Vice-Chancellor of Aror University Sukkur, expressed his gratitude to the donor agency, Sindh Higher Education Commission, and the partner of the event Begum Nusrat Bhutto Women University Sukkur for their generous support in making the symposium possible. He stated, “This symposium has been an extraordinary platform for intellectual discourse, fostering a deep understanding of the power of art and design to create Address: Aror University of Art, Architecture, Design & Heritage Sindh National Highway Rohri Bypass, Sukkur, Sindh, Pakistan ViceChancellor’sSecretariat inclusive and tolerant environments within various professions. We are proud to have facilitated this global conversation on such a critical topic.”

Dr. Pir Suhail Sarhandi, the Chief Organizer of the symposium, presented the Vote of Thanks to the audience, acknowledging the outstanding efforts of all participants, speakers, sponsors, and attendees. Dr. Sarhandi remarked, “It is with immense pride and joy that I extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who contributed to the resounding success of our 1st International Symposium. The wealth of knowledge, insights, and passion shared by our distinguished speakers and participants has undoubtedly enriched the discourse surrounding the role of art and design in fostering tolerance and inclusivity within organizational behavior.”

Presenting the symposium recommendations, Prof. Dr. Tahmina Mangan depicted her insightful analysis and comprehensive research findings offered valuable insights into the practical implementation of art and design principles to enhance organizational behavior. Dr. Mangan emphasized the importance of integrating creative approaches into professional environments and outlined specific strategies that can be adopted to foster tolerance and inclusivity among employees.

The 1st International Symposium on ‘Inclusion of Art & Design in Various Professions to Promote Tolerance in Organizational Behaviour’ marked a significant milestone for Aror University of Art, Architecture, Design & Heritage Sukkur in its commitment to promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, creativity, and inclusivity. The event provided a forum for experts and participants to explore innovative approaches, exchange best practices, and strengthen the role of art and design in shaping a more tolerant and harmonious society.