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  • The Hapless Victims of the Indian Educational System

    The Hapless Victims of the Indian Educational System

    It is said that the result of hard work is always sweet. What would you do if your hard work goes in vain.

    Triveni Prasad Nanda, a graduate from the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Bhopal, faces an uncertain future despite his extreme hard work and the money he had spend for his course of education.

    Triveni Prasad Nanda, All-India Rank 640 in the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) in 2008 and All-India Rank 5 in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) in 2013.

    The Bhopal school and SPA Vijaywada were established in 2008 by the Central government as ‘institutes of national importance. When the first batches of more than 120 of BArch students in both institutes, admitted in 2008, passed out in 2013, they found that both schools did not have degree granting status. The second batch which has passed out this year shares a similar plight.

    “As we did not have a degree certificate, the Council of Architecture (CoA) refused to give us a registration number that would allow us to practice as architects. So I chose to go for a master’s and secured AIR 5 in GATE. Then, on the written assurance of the SPA Bhopal that I would get the degree certificate, I got admitted to IIT Kharagpur and will complete my master’s in 2015. However, by that time if the Central government does not pass an Act in the Parliament to empower the two SPAs with degree granting status, all my hard work and money will go waste,” says Prasad.

    According to officials of the two SPAs, the fate of around 1,000 meritorious students hangs in balance as the MHRD has yet to pass an act to empower these two SPAs with degree conferring status.

    Both schools have been offering a five-year bachelor of architecture, a four-year bachelor of planning and two-year master’s in architecture and planning from 2008 onwards without being affiliated to any university or having the status of a university.

    Like Prasad, Nagpur-based Atul Lalsare, too, does not find his career going anywhere significant. After completing his BArch from the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, (VNIT) Nagpur in 2010, he was selected for a national students’ scholarship 2010 by the Institute for Steel Development and Growth, Kolkata, after which he applied for an M-Arch programme in urban design from SPA, Bhopal. He passed out in 2012, but has yet to get a job.

    Is this Justified? Are they going to change ever? What do you think? Please write your comments.

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