THE BANGALORE University Architecture Department has proposed to start two M. Arch courses Architecture and Construction Project Management, and Landscape Architecture.

Here is the rationale behind starting the Landscape Architecture course: "There is an urgent need to train and equip talented and skilled pool of landscape designers to meet the environmental and ecological challenges posed by the industry, rejuvenating disaster hit sites or degraded areas or even soften the harsh urban landscape through better landscape design."

The course will be open to students with bachelor's degree in architecture or any equivalent qualification. The candidates should have scored 50 per cent or more marks in the qualifying examination. The course will be of four academic semesters, including training between second and third semesters.

The postgraduate programme on Construction and Project Management aims at producing competent construction and project managers for the booming construction section, which is estimated to take up over 50 per cent of the development expenditure in the country. "The last decade has seen many constructions and project consultancy firms emerging in urban areas." Spread over four semesters with a vacation capsule, the programme will be open to B. Arch degree holders or those with a civil engineering degree. They should have scored at least 50 per cent marks in the qualifying examination.

Graduation Day

The Graduation Day for final year students of H.K.B.K. College of Engineering was celebrated recently at the college's seminar hall. Tapan Bhat, Vice-President, Human Resources, Wipro Infotech, was the chief guest and distributed mementos and certificates to students.

College administrator Abdul Hameed S.A. presided over the function and urged the outgoing students to be sincere and dedicated to their professions. D.B. Fakruddin, college principal, administered the oath to students that they would serve the nation with utmost loyalty, integrity and to the best of their ability.

Course in theatre

Christ College is offering certificate courses in theatre, starting from July.

The courses offered are Playback Theatre and Theatre-in-Education. The Playback Theatre course is open to the public while Theatre-in-Education is designed for teacher trainers, educators and people working with children.

Playback Theatre is an international form of improvisational theatre practiced across 50 countries. Focussing on teamwork, empathy and sharing, this form was ideal for beginners looking to develop acting, creativity and communication skills.

Script Peoples Theatre, a theatre group affiliated to the International Playback Theatre Network (IPTN), facilitates the workshops.

Starting from July 2006, the course details can be had at the theatre centre at Christ College (ph: 9845075825) or email: or

Job fair

About 20,000 job aspirants turned up for the job fair "Big Leep 2006" conducted recently by the Sapthagiri College of Engineering.

Over 22 national and multinational firms, such as IBM, Siemens, HP and FLG took part in the fair.

Inaugurating the job fair, Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) Vice-Chancellor K. Balaveera Reddy said more and more such job fairs had to be conducted on a regular basis not only in one institute but also throughout Karnataka.