Can any place located close to the busy Ring Road, government offices and flyovers be peaceful enough for you to think and work creatively? Surprisingly yes. Though the world outside the School of Planning and Architecture is buzzing, the campus itself is a peaceful haven. Once inside, your eyes are treated to quiet, well-manicured greens and innovative, creative corners. Interesting artefacts, paintings, sculptures and installations enliven all available spaces.
Studios to hold classes, a dedicated art room and a photography room – there’s enough happening here. “Since we have a small campus, everyone knows everyone else. The senior-junior relationship is very cordial. They (seniors) help us in our projects, listen to us cribbing and provide valuable insights that help us sail through our time here with ease,” says Muhammed Iyas, a second-year architecture student.
It is the most sought-after college for architecture in the country. The college has three campuses in Delhi with boarding facility for most of its outstation students.
The college offers programmes at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. At the UG level, it offers bachelor of architecture and bachelor of planning, while at the postgraduate level it has a number of courses on offer, including programmes in industrial design, urban design, architectural conservation, transport planning and so on.
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The college has a vibrant culture as far as extra curricular activities are concerned. “This could have been the best place for someone like me who loves music. Besides studying, I have ample time that can be devoted to music. Whenever I have enough time, I practice with my friends in the music room,” says Michael Vivian Ekka, a member of CODA, the Western music society. Besides CODA, the popular societies include, Sepia, the photography club; Sankalp, the dance society; Spandan, the theatre society; Strokes, the arts society; Zephyr, the fashion society and FEAT or Forum for Exchange of Architectural Thought.
The college has state-of-the-art computer labs. Some classrooms have computers that are used in the learning process. The college website is very comprehensive and carries information on the various programmes and the life on campus.
The college has two campuses – the architecture block and the planning block.
Both blocks have well-kept lawns, a good canteen and open space for the students to practice, perform or, if they so please, just do their own thing. The college has a library each in both of its campuses. These house rich collections of books, journals, magazines, periodicals and e-journals. The college also has an art room, a photography room and an amphitheatre.
“There is a lot of freedom given to us. When we join, thanks to our seniors and faculty, there is a free flow of communication introducing us to the campus life. We get very helpful tips on what we should expect during our time here. Every year, the movie ‘In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones’ is screened for the first-year students. Most of them at that time can’t comprehend what it’s about. It’s only in the later years that that students start to make sense of it. It is interesting to see how some things remain the same year on year,” says Preeti Srinivasan, a second-year student.
“We have more or less, everything. With a great campus, happening campus life, and experienced faculty, there is not much that is left to wish for. However, we could do with some more space I think. Once we get our new campus, even that would be solved,” says Mudassir Iqbal Sheikh, a second year student
The School of Planning and Architecture had a modest beginning in 1941 as a Department of Architecture of the Delhi Polytechnic. It was later affiliated to the University of Delhi and integrated with the School of Town and Country Planning, which was established in 1955 by the Government of India to provide facilities for rural, urban and regional planning. On integration, the School was renamed School of Planning and Architecture in 1959. A site of 20 acres has recently been acquired south of JNU for developing a new campus