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Admission test for KU masters programme
Karachi, Dec 17: Around 960 candidates appeared in the admission test on Sunday for masters programme of group-1 subjects in Karachi University.

A total of 10,879 male and female candidates had been registered but only 960 appeared in the test. The result would be announced on Dec 19.

The test was conducted under the National Testing Service at the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology.

Director for admissions Prof Khalid Iraqi said that the admission test for candidates who had finished their BCom or BBA degrees.

Meanwhile, the deadline for the submitting forms for enrolment in the MPhil programme has been extended till Dec 20.

Moreover, students of LLM final year can also submit their thesis till Dec 17 with Rs1,500 as late fee in their respective law colleges. ppi

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Principals to meet on Dec 31
Karachi: A meeting of the principals of colleges affiliated with the University of Karachi has been convened on December 31.

This was announced by the registrar of the university.

Matters pertaining to admissions to BA (Pass), BSc and BCom programmes would come up for discussion, he said. The news

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KU architecture students display theses
Karachi: The training of architecture students of University of Karachi, Visual Studies Department (VSD) concluded with their thesis project display on Monday. All in all, 11 students of the VS Architecture department submitted their thesis this year, which was scrutinised by the jury consisting of professional contemporary architects, including architect Tariq Hasan, Abdul Qadir Khaliq, Arif Changezi and Sibte Jaffar.

The projects were done on immensely relevant issues that now direly need to be addressed. Among those that got the first three positions respectively were; A place to - Schoolyard by Basit Rasool, Raising the Grade by M Ansir and Urban Trellis by Mirza Taimoor Baig.

Basit Rasool, a diligent student of his batch, who proposed changing the infrastructure of schools, which enormously affects the learning process of the pupils, received the highest appreciation for his project.

"We don't have state-of-the-art schools at our disposal and those ultra-modern schools we seldom get the chance to see are unreachable and unaffordable to the general public. I have thoroughly researched upon this field and tried to propose a feasible architecture for schools that can enhance learning among students," said Basit Rasool.

The second position holder was perhaps the result of untiring efforts of Parveen Rahhman and Arif Hassan who are associated with Orangi Pilot Project as M Ansir of Visual Studies Department proposed a plan to rehabilitate Madho Goth settlement in Karachi.

Not many students tread on the social aspect of architecture, but Ansir gave his best to propose a plan in his thesis which is not only feasible but also takes into account the deplorable residential conditions people live in Karachi.

"People who are today settled in Madho Goth migrated from Balochistan in 1903 in a hope to elevate their lifestyle and livelihood. It's our duty as architects to provide them better living conditions," the future architect M Ansir said.

Urban Trellis a proposal by Mirza Taimoor Baig received the third position, which stresses upon the need of bringing back nature in our lives and cities. Nature has certainly withered away in the chaotic lives of mega cities like Karachi, and Taimoor Baig has ensured to address this issue innovatively.

"The idea of kitchen gardening has always struck my mind, mainly because I was brought up in an environment that encouraged it and valued the significance of such activities," he said.

Explaining the architecture of his project, he informed, "I have proposed a plan in my thesis to build a residential building with around 110 flats and a proper system of kitchen gardening for each family living in the building."

Baig successfully depicted the past and current shrinking irrigated areas of the city all due to the expanding urbanisation. His plan is a bit unfeasible economically but will surely give insight to many a future architects for a nature-loving infrastructure.

Fatima Shoaib proposed another plan, which did not get much appreciation, under the title 'Redesigning of Small Shops around Empress Market'. Fatima proposed to resettle the stalls, kiosks that surround the market to solve the congestion in the area.

Most students struggle at the VSD due to lack of proper facilities and proper administration. The department building, itself a declared heritage site remains neglected because of insufficient funding from the university. However, most students remain dedicated, or as a current student Mir Raza Ali of architecture department said, "are more aware of issues, because they face them every day".

As per Mir Raza, the department gets enrolment of students belonging to every stratum of the society, which also brings diversity to their understanding and projects. "Students who study here know the issues related to our society because they are themselves plagued by these problems. For instance Riaz Rajput's - an alumnus of VS - thesis, which was a proposal to redesign Shershaah Karachi was discussed in the SAARC due to its high social awareness."

One of the jury members, Architect Arif Changezi, who is the NESPAK Head of Architecture and Planning Division, Karachi, was glad to share his views with Daily Times, regarding the thesis display at VSD. He had only seen the work done by four students out of 11, and appreciated their efforts, while stating that there are always lots of things to learn from students.

"I also saw NED University thesis this year, and the work seems more or less the same. Students lacked a little bit of direction, and seem to have suffered due to the instable political situation," he said.

Changezi has worked on projects of diverse nature including hospitals, offices, educational buildings, sports complexes, housing schemes, etc, at NESPAK, and concluded, "The thesis was good, diverse and there were more architecture design projects to look at this year." Daily tmes

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SSUET announces entry test result
Karachi: The result of the entry test for candidates seeking admission in the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) in 2014 was declared on Friday. The result can be checked at the notice board of the campus as well as at the institution's website, All successful candidates are advised to deposit the admission fee by December 23. ppi

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Chartered accountant students' conference 2013
Karachi: The annual chartered accountant students' conference 2013 will be organised at a hotel on December 17. An official said that the moot is being held under the auspices of the Chartered Accountants Students' Association, South (CASA-S). Dean and Director of IBA Karachi, and former governor of the SBP Dr Ishrat Husain will be the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony. It was pointed out that CASA was established in the year 1968, with an aim to bridge the communication and expectation gap between Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) and the trainees of chartered accountant firms and to provide a platform to trainees to exhibit their hidden talents and prove their mettle by organising extracurricular and co curricular activities. app

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Convocation of SIUT
Karachi, Dec 15: A group of 250 students trained as physicians' assistants will be conferred BS degrees (Bachelor of Sciences) at annual convocation of the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) set for Dec 18.

The graduating students are those who have completed the three-year professional and academic programme followed by year-long internship.

In 2005 SIUT launched an academic programme for producing 'physicians' assistants'. ppi

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Khairpur Education dept makes '62 illegal appointments'
Sukkur: The Education Department, Khairpur, appointed at least 62 people illegally under the Sacked Employees Reinstatement Act 2010.

It is learned that the Education Department Khairpur in June-July 2013 inducted at least 62 people by showing them as reinstated under the Sacked Employees reinstatement Act 2010.

Later, they were transferred to different districts, including Karachi, Mirpurkhas and Jacobabad. These 62 included Primary School Teachers (PST), Junior School Teachers (JST) and High School Teachers (HST).

When contacted, the Director Schools, Sukkur, said he was not aware of the hiring these 62 people. However, he said he will look into the matter. The news

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