Authorities take note of infra, faculty deficit at Architecture school

Authorities take note of infra, faculty deficit at Architecture school

Srinagar: Authorities have taken cognizance of a recent Kashmir Reader report on the acute dearth of faculty and infrastructure at the valley’s only School of Architecture (SOA).
Sources said that the first of its kind institution in the valley- which is running from a lone building block at Government Degree College, Bemina since its inception in 2017- will likely be shifted, for now, to the Government College of Engineering and Technology (GCET), Safapora in Ganderbal from the next academic session.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan had held a meeting on Wednesday with top officials regarding issues confronting SOA, Bemina including availability of land for setting up its own campus, filling of vacant faculty positions and other problems.
The meeting came four days after Kashmir Reader carried a report on the acute dearth of faculty and infrastructure at the institute.
Although the divisional commissioner had directed officials at the SOA to inspect the vacated campus of the Central University of Kashmir at Nowgam or the Baghi Dilawar Khan College for additional space till a permanent campus was established, sources told Kashmir Reader that none of the two are feasible.
“We need big halls as per the SOA specifications, while as the Baghi Dilawar Khan College has only normal class rooms. There are no halls there,” the source said.
The CUK’s vacated campus at Nowgam, the source said, turned out to be “costly” for them.
“The monthly rent there amounts to lakhs of rupees. There is not that much budget (with the Higher Education Department),” added the source.
The source added that after the divisional commissioner’s directions, Secretary Higher Education Department, Talat Parvez had called a meeting a couple of days back over the matter adding the SOA will “likely” be shifted to GCET Safapora from next academic session.
Parvez had earlier this month told Kashmir Reader that it would be “appropriate” for the SOA to operate in the vicinity of the GCET.
For now, the upcoming 3rd batch at the SOA will be accommodated at the Bemina College, the source said, adding an additional makeshift hut was being built for the purpose.
The SOA Bemina was established by the J&K government amid a rising demand for the Bachelor’s course in Architecture for which aspirants had to otherwise move out of the valley. Admissions to the course are made on the basis of the ‘National Aptitude Test for Architecture (NATA) as per the Council of Architecture (CoA) guidelines.