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NCA holds thesis show
Rawalpindi: A total of 25 students – 13 belonging to the Fine Arts Department and 12 to the Architecture Department – of the National College of Arts (NCA), Rawalpindi Campus, submitted their theses for final judgement here on Thursday.

NCA (Rawalpindi Campus) Principal Fauzia Qureshi appreciated the first architecture degree show of students.

NCA Director Nsir Malik said: “Today we celebrate the first year of architecture for this newfound yet shareholder of the NCA’s historical past is now set to make its own mark.” He hoped that the NCA students will leave a mark wherever they go because they are the designers of modern and progressive Pakistan.

NCA Architecture Department Head Khalid Ibrahim said: “For us 2011 is an auspicious year as our campus has brought forth its first batch of architecture. Our endeavour is to adapt and infuse new concepts, technologies and management skills that affect the field of architecture education and profession at large. The NCA continues its commitment to learn from the existing as developed in the past, changing today and envision the future and constantly evolve.”

The curriculum comprises a rich offering of courses in visual representation, history and theory of architecture, building construction and professional practice complemented by design studios. The NCA provides a form of optimism and liberty that develops creative skills and holistic knowledge of students.

The students who presented their thesis work in architecture included Ayesha Zafar, Fatima Ishaq, Ifrah Arshad, Javeria Ahmed, Javeria Shahid, Kazim Hussain, Maheen Umar Khitab, Mohammad Bin Naveed, Nasir Bin Afsar, Sadia Asad, Sajjad Anwar Chohan and Tabreed Ozgen.

The jury for the architecture theses included Shama Usman, chairperson of the Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners (PCATP), Nespak Chief Architect Abid Mahmood, Khalid Bajwa, head of the Department of Architecture at the BNU, and other practicing architects.

In Architecture Department, four students were given distinction whereas three students were given honours.

Fine Arts Department Head Nadia Batool said that this year their degree show has found a new expression in diversity and experience. Inspired by their seniors and gaining surer foothold, these talented young artists have thrown caution to the wind and broken away from conventions which limit their creativity. “They have invented and flashed out their exclusive style of interpreting their selves and the world around them. They have picked up from where the last year’s degree show ended,” she said.

In miniature, the students who presented their theses were Fareeha Nazneen, Hifza Sakina Akber, Hira Zubair, Mariam Kundi and Naireen Zia Butt. In painting, the students included Ayesha Kamal Khan, Mobeen Salman Ansari and Xaineb Khan. In sculpture, the students included Myra Javed and Mohammad Zeeshan Younas. In printmaking, the students included Anuje Farhung, Kanza Sajid and in ceramics Mishaal Iqbal presented her thesis. Black Raku, a traditional Japanese art, had been included for the first time at the NCA, Rawalpindi Campus.

The judges of the fine arts included former NCA principals Professor Salima Hashmi and Nazish Ataullah in addition to renowned artist Naiza Khan. In fine arts, four students were given distinction and four given honours.

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