AICTE cannot grant nod for architecture course

Feb 18, 2013 by

Source: The Hindu via PwC – EdLive

The Karnataka High Court has ruled that the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) does not have a role to play in granting approval for the architecture course while declaring that the Council of Architecture is the statutory authority to grant approval for architecture education.

Justice Hulavadi G Ramesh passed the order while allowing the petitions filed by the BMS Educational Trust and BMS School of Architecture seeking directions to the state and the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) to recognise and accept the approval granted by the Council of Architecture.

The petitioner contended that architecture was not a branch of engineering or technology and it was covered by the Architecture Act, 1972. Also, the Council of Architecture was the final authority for fixing of norms and regulating the standard of architecture education and profession in India, and the AICTE had no authority over this domain of education. The court upheld the contentions of the institution and asked the state and the VTU to recognise the approval granted by the Council of Architecture for the architecture course being offered by the school.