Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS) was founded in 1990 by a group of professional architects, designers and artists who believed that Karachi was in critical need of a school of excellence encompassing the disciplines of Fine Art, Design and Architecture.
The School is registered as a not-for-profit, non-commercial institution and is managed by an Executive Committee, through the office of the Executive Director. The Executive Committee and the Executive Director work with an independent Board of Governors that includes distinguished educationists, artists, architects, industrialists, bankers and media persons. In addition, the Government of Sindh nominates three members of the Board and the Governor of Sindh fulfils the role of the official patron of the School. IVS was granted an independent charter by the Government of Sindh in June 1994, thereby empowering it to award its own degrees. It was the fourth private institution of higher learning in Pakistan to be given that status. Admission to the School is strictly based on merit, as determined by an aptitude test, an interview process and a weightage criterion.
The School is placed at the W3-category of DAIs and ranked as the second best institute of Art and Design education in Pakistan by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). The four-year academic programme in Fine Art and Design and the five-year academic programme in Architecture began in September 1990 with the induction of forty-five students. This number has progressively increased, with the current intake at one hundred and eighty students, while the overall student body has grown to over 611 students.
With the generous support of philanthropists and well-wishers, the School acquired a piece of land in KDA Scheme No. 5, Clifton, and built its custom designed campus which became operational in 1994. Shortly afterwards, the School undertook the unique and extensive project of relocating a hundred-year old land mark of Karachi. The Nusserwanjee Building which is part of Karachi’s architectural heritage was dismantled from its original site, stone by stone and was reconstructed at the IVS Campus. The four storey East Wing was completed in 2001 and the three storey West Wing became operational at the end of 2004. The two wings of the Nusserwanjee Building give the School a further 25,000 sq. ft. of space, while additions to the building and interior continue to be made. Recently IVS has acquired a 6 acres of land in the Education City, Malir. This is a prime piece of land situated in front of SMB Quaid-e-Azam Public School near the Main Link Road connecting the National Highway to the Super Highway, in close proximity to Aga Khan University Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture is dedicated to much more than producing technically competent artists, designers and architects. It strives to motivate and guide students to think, be curious, to keep themselves open to sources of experience and learning, to be politically aware and socially responsive and take an independent position, respecting knowledge and people of knowledge, with humility.
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