FATE OF around 80 architecture college students hangs in the balance after the Council of Architecture (COA) refused to recognise their admissions.
The COA is unhappy, as the college does not have adequate faculty members and infrastructure required to dispense technical education. About 40 students belong to the 2005 batch and an equal number to the current session. The COA refusal is being taken as a big blow to the students’ career as they won’t be able to practise acquired skills for want of a consent from the COA. However, the college administration says that the apprehensions of students are baseless as the COA has no powers to derecognise the college if the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has given its consent.
But, architecture students are anxious that if the COA does not recognise their admission now then when they would complete their course. This would adversely hit their career and stop them from starting their practice. Not just this apprehension, students are even opposing the move of the college management to be run by Lucknow College of Architecture Society. Students reckon that once the government transfers its power to the society, the fees would shoot up in the days to come. The students are on warpath and have levelled serious allegations right from non-availability of infrastructure like photo laboratory, financial irregularity, etc. Principal Mukul Singh rubbished all the allegations levelled by the students and termed their apprehensions as “unwarranted”. Says the principal: “The COA has no right to stop colleges from admitting students or derecognise any admissions. AICTE is the supreme body that is entrusted with this important task and not COA.”
Singh claimed: “AICTE is fighting a case of supremacy with the COA in the Supreme Court. Already a few hearings have taken place and once the verdict comes the matter would be settled once and for all.”
When asked to comment about COA report on paucity of teacher, he said: “In 2005, when the team visited the college, a number of teachers had retired by then. Hence posts were vacant which they thought that there was no teacher.
Similarly, COA had suggested for installing more computers and that we did instantly.” The principal was of the view that these were of the reasons that the COA had asked the college not to take any new students. “But by the time we got their letter, the admission process was under progress and there was no way that we could have stopped admission,” said Mukul Singh. He said: “Even in the past, the COA had made a similar move. The students moved the court and the COA had no option but to go for an out-of-court settlement.”