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If university education was meant to enhance our combined understanding  – then why is it not free?  In today’s episode, Rajan travels to Pakistan to meet Rasheed Noorani, an art educationalist and scholar born in Iran, who currently heads the Continuing Education Programme at the prestigious Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Pakistan.

Rasheed tells Rajan his views on global identity crises, Sufi poetry and touches upon the deceitful state of academia in the modern world.  This is a conversation that challenges the status quo and will probably leave you with more questions than answers!

About Mohammad Rasheed Noorani

Mohammad Rasheed Noorani was born in a small coastal city “Khorramshahr” in the south coast of Iran and later settled in Tehran of Pahlavi era where his formative and basic education took place. He has a Law degree and a Masters in English Literature and has been working with many educational and cultural organizations in Pakistan and abroad for the past 30 years.  Presently he heads the Continuing Education Programme at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and has taught elective courses on the relationship between Mawlana Rumi and Shams Tabrizi.  His interest in philosophy and philosophical expressions makes his writing and training sessions very different and yet lucid and practical.  As a writer he has been contributing to a lot of periodicals both in Pakistan and abroad.

As a trainer, he has a very firm grip on the practical manifestations of performance enhancement sciences such as NLP. Creating Anchors, Roadmaps and Planning Scenarios are some of the things he does with exceptional ease. His training and counselling sessions on Career Guidance, Leadership, Motivation and Communication skills are the most sought after. He is also an avid researcher on Rumi and Sufism and use of rumination and related stories in training.  Having a complete command over Persian language he drives a lot of material from classical Persian poetry and literature to create awareness with a touch of mystic aura among his audiences.

His grip on digital and visual media and film studies specifically minimalist cinema of Iran and National cinemas around the world are topics of interest for academics delving into the nature and function of post-colonial agency.

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My name is Rajan Nazran Chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.

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Episode details:
Episode: 63
Presenter – Rajan Nazran
Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guest – Rasheed Noorani
Art Design – Vanisha Patel

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