Students threaten COA of legal action for denying them registration as architects

  • HT Correspondent, None, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 07, 2015 22:56 IST

In the ongoing tussle between Council of Architecture (COA) and Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA), the affected students of 2009-14 batch have threatened to approach court against COA for denying them to register themselves as architects.

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 in order to start their private practice and government jobs. There are 35 students who have been denied registration.

In a fresh letter to COA, the students said, "As your office is well aware that under schedule 14 any student having obtained the bachelor degree of architecture awarded by the Indian universities established by an Act of the central or state legislature are eligible to be registered as architects under the provision of Architects Act, 1972, therefore, the council may kindly register 2009-14 batch students of CCA as 'architects' as more than six months have already elapsed since our graduation. … It is again requested that graduates may kindly be registered as architects within a period of one month from the receipt of this letter, failing which we will take recourse to legal remedies available to us."

Chandigarh Admin stands by students

The secretary, technical education, Chandigarh administration, has also written to COA "for allotting enrolment numbers to students seeking registration as architects under the Architect Act, 1972. The concerned parents and students are requesting time and again to take up the matter with Council of Architecture."

The issue

The COA has been turning its back on students approaching for registration on grounds that their unique enrolment 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 claims 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. Based on the inspection 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.

Talking to HT, CCA principal PK Bhagat said, "It is beyond our comprehension why COA is denying us registration. We have already supplied them all the information. In fact, they have no power to do so. The ministry of human resource development had also rapped the COA for placing the CCA under no-admission category and refusing registration to its pass-out students without authority."

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