The structure of the architecture programme is set for reform this year. On Tuesday, the Council of Architecture’s (COA) newest changes to the ‘Minimum Standards of Architectural Education’ Regulations, 2020, were released. As per the changed norms, students will now have the option of exiting the programme at the end of three years, with the University awarding an ‘appropriate’ degree.
Under newly-launched regulations, the choice-based credit system has been introduced with practical hands-on training in the eighth and ninth semesters. There is stress on hands-on learning with study tours to cultural and historic sites. It also paves the way for an exchange programme with national and international universities. As per the regulations launched by the minister of education, Ramesh Pokhriyal, the new rules focus on bridging the gap between industry and academia.
The admission process will be based equally on marks obtained in 10+2 exam and the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA). The new regulation is in line with National Education Policy 2020 (NEP), launched last month, as it offers a multi-disciplinary approach to courses offered. The new regulation also allows the semester exchange options, and flexibility to join courses.
In another major reform, the regulation allows private practice and research for faculty members associated with architecture programmes. Teacher-training has been made mandatory before joining the course, and the pay scale to be followed will be as per government directive.