Set up School of Planning & Architecture in Aurangabad ASAP

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Two years on, School of planning and Architecture remains on paper.

Almost two years after of its announcement, the proposed School of Planning and Architecture (SP&A) in Aurangabad still remains on paper, with the possibility of lapse of funds worth Rs 10cr earmarked during the last year's budget looming large.

The announcement had come in the backdrop of the city being denied as the venue for hosting the IIM. The opportunity went to Nagpur, the hometown of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. However, the stakeholders have accused the ruling parties of resorting to time-killing tactics by declaring the SP&A to pacify the fuming people of Marathwada. IIM in Nagpur already started in last year. But State govt. is not giving attention to SP&A, Aurangabad.
The proposal for School of Planning and Architecture (SP&A) has been pending with the ministry of Human Research and Development (MHRD) for a year” said Sitaram Kunte, principal secretary of Higher & Technical Education While speaking to Aurangabad page. A Letter has been sent to MHRD by CM of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis for establishment of SP&A in Aurangabad. Meanwhile it is learnt from sources that Pune is also in the race to bag this institute.

Central Govt. is now planning to bring all architecture institutions including SPAs under urban development ministry from MHRD. The council of secretaries has recommended that these institutes should be brought under the Union urban development ministry to ensure better synergy between what is taught in the institutes and how they are getting translated on the ground. This will cause further delay in establishment of SP&A in Aurangabad.

The proposed SPA in the city would only be fourth in the country after New Delhi, Bhopal and Vijaywada. While making the announcement, the state government made a provision of Rs 10cr for the project in its annual budget for 2015-16.
According to sources, the district administration has not received any instructions from the state government regarding finalizing the land for SPA.

We demand that Marathwada be given justice and SPA is established in Aurangabad as soon as possible. Need to create public pressure on this issue. Hope everyone is on board and will work at individual level to highlight and raise this issue at every forum available.



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