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GOVERNMENT SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE BEMINA | SRINAGAR | Jammu And kashmir
Principal AAA Memorial Degree College Bemina
The state Govt. has established a school of architecture at Abdul Ahad Azad Memorial Degree College Bemina, Srinagar (Erstwhile Govt. Degree College Bemina) as per the latest guidelines of Council of Architecture (COA), New Delhi. Kashmir, owing to its rich history of vernacular architecture and allied arts and crafts is the ideal location for such an institution. The natural beauty and topography has been an inspiration for many creatives and in order to carry forward this culture, it’s time to emphasize on preparing professionals who can meet the current demands due to increased urbanization with a sensitivity towards the cultural heritage and environmental aspects in the valley’s context.
Presently, only one school of architecture with an annual intake of 30 is offering the B.Arch program in the state of J&K located at Katra town near Jammu under the patronage of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. As per Council of Architecture, only 192 registered architects (14.12.2016 web-data) from the state of J&K are rendering services to the society, which is far below the average in other states where minimum 500 registered architects are serving the society at various levels.
One of the basic needs i.e. Housing with all kinds of diversified demands is met by architects considering the sustainability and budget concerns. With unprecedented growth in the construction industry and allied infastructural fields, the employment opportunities are widened for aspiring architects. The school of architecture will also contribute greatly to research, capacity building and documentation.
Mr.Saleem Beg is the Convenor, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage – J&K. After retirement in April 2006 as Director General Tourism, J&K, took over the responsibilities of honorary convenor INTACH J&K chapter on full time basis. This chapter has now become a leading organisation for preservation of natural and man made heritage in the country.
Mr.Sameer Hamdani is the Project Director at INTACH, J&K chapter and has been working as a senior architect there since 2005. He has been co-ordinating various research, conservation and advocacy progrmmes of the chapter. Aditionally, he has been responsible for designing of contemporary buildings that highlight the architectural traditions of the state. Some of his conservation works involve conservation of historic Mughal Gardens of Kashmir, resource mapping for Srinagar city and revitalization of Jamia Masjid heritage corridor.
Ar.Aditya Kumar Singh is Head, Department of Architecture and Landscape Design, SMVD University katra. He has done his bachelors from NIT Bhopal and EMIB at IIFT New Delhi. He also has a masters in Landscape architecture from SPA New Delhi. Dr. Singh’s areas of specialization are Landscape design, International Business, Building economics and Capital & Stock management. His research interests include architectural education, GATS in service sector, globalization of architectural profession and sustainable landscape design.
Mr.V.K.Panth is the Chief Architect with the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.
Dr.Asgar Hassan Samoon is the senior IAS Officer and is currently Commission/Secretary Higher Education Department to the J&K Government.
Prof.(Dr.) Yasmeen Ashai is Nodal Principal Amar Singh College Srinagar.
Ar.Aditya Kumar Singh
Dean, Faculty of Engineering, university of Kashmir
Head, department of Civil Engineering, NIT Srinagar
Director, Craft Development Institute, Srinagar
Mr.Zahoor Zaragar, Ex Dean-Faculty of Fine Art, JMI New delhi
Mr.Qazi Qamar Iqbal Qari
The School of Architecture is affiliated to the Univerisity of Kashmir. The School is currently undergoing the process for recognition by Council of Architecture. (Preliminary stage – Complete)
The Bachelor of Architecture Degree programme prepares students for professional practice in the field of Architecture. Being an undergraduate programme, it has a broad scope, providing exposure to a variety of interests in this field and assisting students to discover their own directions for further development.
There is increasing recognition today of Architecture as an intellectual discipline, both as art and as a profession. Architects make a vital contribution in the shaping of our environment and society, in the design and technology for a diverse range of situations, both in the rural and urban contexts. In India, we have further complexities of different social, cultural, geographical, economic and technical nuances which are unique and typical of every region in our country.
It is the appreciation of this over-changing context that the architect must bring to bear of his work. This demands appropriate skills, understanding and knowledge and a deep commitment to professed ideals. Addressing Architectural Design as a comprehensive creative process, this programme is based on the following broad intentions:
To stimulate sensitivity and unveil creative talents.
To reinforce intellectual capabilities and develop proficiency in professional skills to enable graduates to competently pursue alternative careers, within the broad spectrum of architecture.
To provide opportunities to students to try out the role they will eventually play as responsible members of society, under supervision and interactive guidance.
The program aims at attaining a high level of excellence in Architectural Design. To this end, the design course is seen as the core of the programme with supportive inputs from courses in other streams viz., the Humanities, the Technological and the Professional, built upon a strong foundation of enabling skills in communications and data processing. The emphasis is on the development of faculties of discernment and decision-making with the aid of both objective information and subjective attitudes, based on reason.
Given the complexities of present-day design projects, the architect’s role is that of a team Leader and coordinator of the input of specialists in various specific disciplines. He needs to possess a sound knowledge of all aspects of modern building technology to be able to draw up an integrated framework for activities of the other members of the team, to direct them and to assume overall responsibility for the collective effort. This is manifested in the courses in the Technological and professional streams.
Address: At AAAM Degree College Bemina-Srinagar, J&K.
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