The professional future of 35 students of the 2009-2014 batch of the Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) has been hanging fire since the past about 10 months with the Council of Architecture (COA) failing to register the entire batch, even as they graduated form the college in June 2014.
Frustrated and angry at the treatment being meted out to them, students have also decided to move court.
The COA is the regulatory body for architecture education in the country and graduates have to get themselves registered with the council for getting license for starting their private practice and government jobs.
The council has been turning its back on those approaching for registration on grounds that their unique enrollment number has not been generated, which is required for registration. The regulator has blamed the college for not giving them sufficient information in the required format to register the students.
Contradicting the allegations of the COA, the college claimed that they had sent the details of the 2009-14 batch students to the council vide office letter on October 9, 2009, and again on November 5, 2014.
CCA principal Pradeep Kumar Bhagat said that the details of the students were provided to the council in 2009 in the prescribed format. “We have not received any communication from the council on the issue. They are just informing the students verbally,” said Bhagat.
He demanded that the pass-out students should be registered at earliest as the council has no power to deny registration.
Unhappy with the treatment meted out to them, Jasmine Singh, one of the aspirants, said that COA officials had been turning down their applications stating that the details of the students had not been provided by the college.
“The council officials have not given anything in writing and they are just informing us verbally,” said Jasmine Singh.
‘Court the only option now’
The students bemoaned that they have now been compelled to move Punjab and Haryana high court for justice and all preparations had been made in this regard.
Harpreet Singh, another graduate, said that they have faced lot of harassment at the hands of COA officials.
“With our careers at stake, we have decided to move court,” he said.
The students have also approached UT adviser for helping them in resolving the issue.
On being contacted for comments, the registrar, COA, RK Oberoi, asked this correspondent to mail him a questionnaire. However, after mailing him the questionnaire, repeated requests on mail and SMS for reply for two days bore no results.
The background to the tussle
Based on the inspection report conducted in 2012, which highlighted staff crunch at the college, the COA had put the college in the no-admission category and also refused to register the pass-out students, thus leaving them in the lurch.
However, last year, the ministry of human resource development rapped the COA for placing the CCA under no-admission category and refusing registration to its pass-out students without authority.
The ministry in a letter to its president had stated, “There is no provision in the Architects Act, 1972, to put institutions in no-admission category and to refuse registration of pass-outs of such institutes unless the COA’s representation is considered by government under Section 20 of the Act and a notification declaring de-recognition is issued by the Centre after examining the recommendations of the state governments.”
Grounds on which registration is being denied
The regulator, the Council of Architecture, has been registering the graduates of the Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) on the grounds that their unique enrollment number has not been generated, which is required for registration.
The regulator has blamed the college for not giving them sufficient information in the required format to register the students.
The college has claimed that they had sent the details of the 2009-14 batch students to the council vide office letter on October 9, 2009, and again on November 5, 2014.