One-year training programme to be compulsory for Architecture students

A one-year training programme will be made mandatory for Architecture students should the proposed amendments be given approval, Prof Uday Gadkari, president of Council of Architecture, has said.

Speaking after inaugurating the new standalone campus of the R V College of Architecture in the City on Saturday, he said that a set of new amendments have been proposed for the Indian Architecture Act, 1972, and that a committee has been formed to look into it.

“One of the important changes that will be implemented if the proposal is accepted is that the students will have to complete one-year training under a practising professional after their course is completed,” Gadkari said.

He said that there was a need to treat planning of a building as a speciality. “Presently, anyone can design the plan of a building. In future, it will be ensured that only an architect will do the final design,” he said. 

While the new revisions are likely to bring in stringent regulations on the professional front, students may have a thing to cheer about. Presently, it is mandatory for students to complete the first three semesters by the time they reach the final year. It has been proposed that the rule be relaxed.

Panduranga Shetty, president, Rashtriya Shikshana Samithi Trust, said that the state-of-art campus is the first of its kind in the country as it is the only college dedicated to architecture. The campus has all the facilities including a studio, seminar hall, multipurpose hall, open air theatre, exhibition hall and hostels.

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