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Lyceum wins: KU new programme: IJT clash

Lyceum student wins Qatar design competition
Karachi, 25 March, 2008: The Lyceum School's Mahwish Rizvi has won first place from Pakistan in the Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar 2008 Design Competition followed by Sabika Jamal from the Beacon House School System and in third place Tabassum Wazir from the D.A. Public School O/A Levels.

At a press briefing Monday, the VCUQatar announced the winners of the first phase of the 2008 design competition held every year in the Middle East for all high school students in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Turkey and now for the second time in Pakistan.

"The Formula for Success" was the theme for this year's competition. A great number of students from Pakistan participated in this competition with immense confidence and enthusiasm, a press release said. The judging was conducted at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUQ) on February 17, 2008 where winning entries were judged by a world-class jury comprising representatives from the Qatari Ministry of Education, the Arts Faculty of VCUQatar, DHL as well as other VCUQatar officials including the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Dr Charles Bleick and Director of Marketing and Public Relations Moamer Qazafi.

Three semi-finalists were chosen from each country and they are now entitled to receive cash prizes of $1,200 for first place, $800 for second place and $600 for third place.The three winners from each country will now move on in to the second phase of the competition in which two, full four-year scholarships to attend VCUQatar will be won by the two finalists. The scholarships for creativity to attend VCUQatar are provided by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned.VCUQatar Students can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic, fashion and interior design. Daily Times

New programme launched at KU
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the UN University of Peace, Costa Rica, to launch an MS programme on Peace and Conflict Studies at the Department of International Relations (IR) that begun from January 2008, said Dr Moonis Ahmar, Chairman of the department while talking to journalists at a press conference on Monday.

The purpose of the press conference, according to Dr Ahmar, was to provide information about the vision of the IR department and to disseminate existing academic programmes before the media.

Meanwhile, Dr Talat Siddiqui, a teacher in the Department of Usool Uddin, KU has been awarded Certificate of Distinction and a cash award for her book 'Pakistan Economy and Islamic Reforms' at the National Seerat Conference held in Islamabad.

The coveted award has been given to the books from Punjab and Sindh only and Siddiqui is the first women author in Pakistan to write on the complex topic of economics, especially, which is very appropriate to the present times.

Seven IJT activists injured in clash
Karachi: At least seven workers of the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) were injured as activists of their rival party attacked them in North Karachi Degree College and Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) on Monday. The IJT alleged, in a press release, that its activists were attacked by members of the APMSO. The injured students from both the institutions were taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) where they were admitted in critical condition. Muhammad Hussain Mehnati, Amir, Jamaat-e-Islami, Karachi, Nasrullah Shaji, the former MPA of Sindh assembly, Hasan Hammad, Nazim IJT, Karachi and Samiullah Hussaini, General Secretary IJT visited the injured students at the hospital and condemned the attacks. They asked the CCPO and DG Rangers to take notice of the attacks in the educational institutions and prevent such acts in the future. The News
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