IMPOSE A MINIMUM 5 YEAR BLANKET BAN ON OPENING OF ANY NEW ARCHITECTURE COLLEGE IN INDIA.

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PETITION TO THE COUNCIL OF ARCHITECTURE, INDIA TO IMPOSE A MINIMUM 5 YEAR BLANKET BAN ON OPENING OF ANY NEW ARCHITECTURE COLLEGE IN INDIA.

The Pharmacy Council of India and the Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had already done the much needed- put a cap on the mushrooming pharmacy and engineering institutions of the nation. The Bar Council does it now. It has imposed a 3-year moratorium on starting new law colleges. The apex bar body said it would lay stress on the improvement of the standard of existing institutions and that if found unsatisfactory, would be closed down.

Read the pieces here:
1.  Govt imposes 5-year ban on pharmacy colleges from 2020, North-East barring.
2.  No new engineering colleges from 2020, review every two years.
3.  Bar Council of India imposes 3 year moratorium on starting new law colleges.

The status of architecture fraternity, however, is much worse. As of August 2019, there are 464 accredited institutions offering a B.Arch degree with an approximate average intake of 55/year. That is about 25,500 seats nationwide. However market research tells otherwise- fresh graduates are being offered salaries ranging from 10-15k monthly with many offices demanding a free service period of three months, post successful completion of which, salaries can be discussed. 2018 saw a sharp rise of 1.45 times the number of architects registered with the council. A major majority of this pool work to the level where they are mentally harassed, exploited daily and paid peanuts. Joblessness is at an all-time high. The moral is at an all-time low amongst the junior pool of architects.

A blanket ban will only stop business-minded organizations from opening new institutions and imparting sub-substandard education to students, or simply offering the degree in exchange for money (as is a hidden practice now). Students are looped in with promises of a bright future and the lucrative title of architect, and their suffering lasts long for the business of a few. It is time we stop that. a ban on opening any new colleges for the next 5 years is the need of the day amongst others. However, let us take one step a time. We need to make sure that this is the case for the next five years, and that the situation is analyzed appropriately in 2024-2025, and an appropriate course of action be taken.

Demands are:
1. At least 5-year blanket-ban on the opening of any new architecture colleges in the country from 2020.  Nobody no matter how powerful or financially and/or politically powerful should be allowed to establish any new architecture college.
2. Under-performing institutions and those where a majority of seats will be left vacant to the new batches from 2020, and their accreditation is canceled after the present batches graduate. 
3. An urgent reduction in the intake of up to 40 candidates/year/college.  This should be a national rule, irrespective of government or private entities.
4. Strict, actual inspections to happen by the COA. The current inspections are a farce in the name of inspection, with the COA teams not caring much about evaluation.
5. In these five years, systematic syllabus up-gradation, as well as standard and benchmark uplifting, is also supposed to be undertaken. This is a mandatory step for quality control.
6. After this blanket lifts, a sudden surge in the number of institutions arent to happen. In fact, due to the control of supply for a few years, if we need more architects, the existing colleges who have already upped their standards can be allowed a 5-10% hike in the intake.

If the PCI, AICTE, and the BCI can do it, so can the COA. 

Please sign and add to the cause, be one of the pillars of protest, because this movement needs to go so big that the Council is forced to act, that it has no other way left than to act. Because when the Council is simply a body unable to decide on what to do, we, the members have to show it the way.

Here's to hoping for a better future for the architects, and the Indian Architectural Fraternity.