Architectural Aspirations at Stake: Sudden Eligibility Change announced by HRD
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This petition is to bring to the notice of public and Ministry of HRD that suddenly eligibility criteria to answer NATA for admission in Architecture course is being changed from 2018 without giving any notice period to students. This decision makes students presently studying in Std 11 with Arts/Commerce & Mathematics subjects enrolled for ineligible to answer NATA from 2018.
Council of Architecture has come up with Minimum standard of Architectural Education Regulations, 2015, aimed at barring students with Arts-Commerce & Mathematics as their subjects in 10+2 & 10+3 examinations. The note on page 9, Appendix A, 2.0, Note of the document reads "The requirement of Physics and Chemistry as subjects of examination in addition to Mathematics shall come into force after three complete academic sessions from the date of notification in the Official Gazette to accommodate prospective students enrolled for 10+2 and 10+3 examination". The above proposal was to be implemented after required approval from Ministry of HRD and notification in the Official Gazette. The approval / NOC was issued by Ministry of HRD on 19/01/2017 and the matter is still pending notification in the Official Gazette.
Many aspiring / prospective students opted for Arts/Commerce & Mathematics, believing that there will be three complete academic sessions, after the above mentioned proposal/regulations of 2015 is notified in the Official Gazette. Now it is being widely reported by the media that Arts and Commerce students won't be able to pursue B.Arch. from 2018. Telephonic inquiries with the Council of Architecture have also confirmed the same whereas clarifications through emails to the Registrar and Academic office as well as registered post have gone unanswered.
Sadly the Council of Architecture is insisting that the above regulations of 2015 will come in to force from 2018 despite pending notification in the Official Gazette. This is causing serious issues for prospective students aspiring to take up Architecture as a profession as they are being denied the promised window of three complete academic sessions. This is despite the Ministry of HRD accepting the proposal of three complete academic sessions as window period to secure & protect the future and career options for students presently enrolled in 10+2 & 10+3 examinations.
Besides protecting their future prospects, it is important for all of us to ensure that children at this young age do not lose faith and confidence in the administration and the government organisations.
In order to safeguard the future of our children, we urge the Ministry of HRD to
ensure that the provision of 3 academic sessions is given to the present students of 10+2 and 10+3 as promised, before implementing the amendment for minimum standard of architectural education regulations.
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