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Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.)

Admission to 20 seats of B.Arch for 2019-20 session is offered through the most prestigious Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced), conducted by IITs.
i. The program aims to produce qualified architects as per the requirement of registration with the Council of Architecture (CoA), for license to practice the profession in India. Accordingly, the curriculum is based on the Standards of CoAand is structured for five years divided into two stages: a. The first stage consists of three years (6 semesters) of full-time study followed by practical training in professional offices or at construction sites for 20 weeks (1 semester). b. The second stage consists of one and a half years (3 semesters) of full-time study, where by each student is required to write a research based dissertation, prepare a paper for seminar and present a design thesis along with other compulsory and elective courses.
ii. Students gradually learn through practical work how to evolve an architectural design as a response to at least four, occasionally conflicting, forces that define the context, namely, historical and cultural antecedents,contemporary social aspirations, climate/geography and evolving technologies. Show(+)
iii. Whereas the program will essentially prepare students for a career in mainstream architectural practice in private and public domains, there will be a significant thrust to encourage them to take up other careers in research, academics, journalism, outreach and advocacy which are becoming increasingly relevant and even critical to the continuation of a habitable world as will be progressively defined through the lens of the universally accepted Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
iv. The aim of the program will be to attain a vanguard position in nurturing thought leaders for the way we need to build in the future, in India definitely and perhaps all over the world. They should not only have the creative urge to ideate a better built environment but also develop confidence to experiment and invent technologies to execute those ideas.
v. The pedagogic model shall strive to consciously move away from the personality driven design practice of the past, towards more inclusive and collaborative paradigms which are process-oriented rather than result-oriented, targeting truly disruptive, path- breaking explorations with less weightage given to short-term success or failure..Hide(-)


Historical Background

There are many compelling reasons for establishing more Departments of architecture and planning in the country. Existing urban settlements face problems of housing, employment, infrastructure and transport apart from old and dilapidated buildings. More over since Indian economy is growing as well as globalizing, Indian cities and towns will have to face international competition for attracting global capital which is so essential for sustaining current and future economic growth of India. According to the United Nations, by 2050, more than 80% of the world population (estimated to be 9.3 billion) will be living in urban areas. The biggest contributors to this drastic change in the ratio of urban/rural population are the developing nations from Asia. In the next four decades (2010 to 2050), India will add another 497 million to its urban population. The challenges brought on by this increase in urban population among the developing economies will stretch the limits of how societies function and how they can sustain productive economics and socio-cultural activity.. Show(+) This is the broad canvas for establishing the Department of Architecture and Planning at IIT(BHU). Apart from this, Varanasi is one of the oldest city and the centre for cultural and architectural heritage and since there is no other university in the neighbourhood which provides the students an opportunity to study these courses, in fact there is no premium institute from Delhi to Kolkata for Architecture and Planning, therefore Varanasi seems to be one of the best possible options to set up a new Department for Architecture and Planning and fill up this gap. However, since tourism is very important economic sector for Varanasi, with over 30,00,000 domestic and 2,00,000 foreign tourists visiting annually, there is a significant strain on city infrastructure. The Department intends to specifically deal with endemic problems and introduce efficient solutions for the physical condition of the city of Varanasi and the Purvanchal region, which may be scalable and adaptable to other geographies, in India and abroad. The Department of Architecture and Planning shall be committed to produce excellent Architects, Planners and Designers of the Nation to take up the challenges of physical and socio- environmental development of global standards, where a sense of enquiry will prevail amongst all stake holders- students, researchers, professors and purveyed to the society at large. The Department will strive for social, cultural and environmental sustenance through the discipline of Architecture and Planning..Hide(-)