Architecture Courses to Exclude Arts & Commerce Students
( Y.S. Rana The writer is a Hamirpur based Himachali settled in Chandigarh )
A new mandate issued by the Council of Architecture (CoA) came as a shock to Arts and Commerce students as they won’t be considered for admission to B. Arch courses. Students who have taken Arts or Commerce stream in Class 11th this year will not be eligible to take 5-year degree course in Architecture (B.Arch) from 2018 academic session. Architecture is a process of planning, designing and constructing buildings and other physical structures and to make it more practicable, the Council of Architecture (CoA) has prepared a draft which contains that students of Commerce and Arts streams will not be able to pursue B.Arch degree course. The new minimum standards for Architecture course will come into effect from the academic year 2018 onwards. However, Minimum Standards of Architectural Education Regulations, 2015 states that “No candidate, other than a candidate possessing 50% marks in aggregate and with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry as subjects of examination at the end of 10+2 scheme of Senior School of Certificate Examination or equivalent examination, shall be admitted to the architecture course.” The regulation further states, “The institutes shall admit only such candidates who qualify National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) or any aptitude test in Architecture, drawn on the pattern prescribed in these standards, conducted by a competent authority in the country.” The aptitude test in architecture shall have two papers — Aesthetic Sensitivity that will carry 100 marks and has to be attempted in an hour while the second paper will be drawing that will also carry 100 marks and will have to be answered within a duration of two hours. The official of the Council of Architecture, New Delhi, on telephone has admitted such mandate issued by the council and added that the Council has drafted the mandate and sent it to the Government of India for approval of the Parliament. Two years time has been given to all stakeholders to raise objections. If it was passed by the Parliament, it would be implemented from the academic year 2018 across the country, said the official.
Admitting a big shock to Arts and Commerce students who are planning to pursue Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) course and have not opted for science stream, the private colleges who run architecture course will face crunch of students. They said that majority of students for this course came from Arts stream. “Earlier, students from any stream (Science, Arts, Commerce) who had mathematics subject in 11th and 12th standard with valid NATA score were eligible to pursue B.Arch course. It was applicable since 2008. With introduction of new mandate of the CoA, the old rule is all set to make a come back which was in force before 2008, says architects. According to the official of the CoA, from academic year 2008, students from Arts and Commerce stream having Mathematics as one of their subjects are eligible for admission to B. Arch course. The Council of Architecture has made this 5-year course in 2004. It is stated that during the past few years, representatives of technical and engineering courses have claimed that with the entry of Arts and Commerce students to B. Arch course, the faculty will not remain ‘technical’ in real sense. The council has also received representations demanding to make aggregate of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry as compulsory yardstick for admission and it led the Council to draft the mandate.
While talking to Himachal This Week some architects of the city said that the decision to implement the criteria from academic 2018 onward made students studying in Class X (Arts and Commerce courses) at present have to redraft their choice of their subjects from this year itself. Those who could not get admission in science stream, they would not be eligible for admission in B.Arch course in 2018, said Vinod Joshi, an architect. Despite scoring a minimum 50% marks in PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics), one will have to appear for the prescribed aptitude test based on scores, of which seats are allotted in colleges. The weightage of aptitude test score for admission too will be minimum 50%. A professor of RIMT College of Architecture said that most of the science and commerce stream students opted for other courses, so it may become difficult to get more students for the course and a number of seats in B. Arch would remain vacant. On the other hand there was no such survey proving that students of Arts and Commerce streams were not good ‘Architects.’ But on the other hand, who wanted to make it more practical like technical and engineering stream say otherwise.
The state’s ups and downs this week
Forest Department to to Curb Monkey Menace
Nurpur: The state Forest Department has devised a plan to plant 2.50 lakh species of fruit, medicine and other saplings during the current monsoon season in 215 hectares of land in Nurpur forest area comprising most parts of lower Kangra district. The department has finalised its afforestation plan keeping in view the simian menace in lower Kangra areas. The department will plant 30% saplings of fruit bearing plants so that monkey can get their food in the forests and 70% other species of khair, shisham and sagwan trees. As per information, the department has set a target to plant saplings in forest area in 44 hectares in Nurpur forest range, 42 hectares each in Kotla, Rey and Indora range and 45 hectares in Jawali range during the monsoon season. As many as 1,100 saplings will be planted in each forest range. The forest nurseries in Nurpur, Jachh, Sadwan, Bhadroya and Sihal have produced around 8 lakh saplings of neem, jamun, guava, amla, harar, behra, khair, shisham, kachnar, sagwan and bamboo species for plantation in the identified forest areas in Nurpur forest division. Dinesh Sharma, Divisional Forest Officer, Nurpur, said the field staff of the department had been activated for special afforestation drive this year in which thrust would be on planting fruit trees.
One killed, Six Washed Away as Car Falls into Beas
Mandi: One person was killed while five others were washed away as a car they were travelling in fell into Beas river near Banala in Mandi district. One person was rescued from the spot. According to police, the ill-fated car carrying eight persons was on its way back from Manikaran to Mandi when it collided with another vehicle coming from the opposite side. As a result, car driver lost control and rolled down into Beas River. Deceased has been identified as Vanita (25), daughter of Charan Singh, a resident of Daran village in Mandi district. One person Chuni Lal (18) was rescued. He has been admitted to regional hospital Mandi for medical treatment. His condition is stated to be stable. The police has located the wreckages of the car from the spot but there was no clue about the missing victims till the filing of the report. The police had engaged divers, rafters, work force of fire brigade, Home Guards and policemen in the search operation but according to official sources the swollen Beas and muddy water were the major hindrance in the search operation.