How to find the top architecture colleges in India?

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Bachelor of architecture (B-arch) is a highly demanding degree program in India. Nearly 450 Architecture colleges, affiliated to the Council of Architecture,  offers about 25500 seats to the first year Architecture and Planning courses every year. Even though, It is quite difficult to sort out the top architecture colleges among them. But the right  Architecture college according to the requirements of a NATA/JEE qualified candidate depends on their needs and demands. The factors mentioned below are the important elements, considering choosing the top/ best Architecture college in India.

It is a quality measurements matrix. It will be an awesome experience for you to find out the right B arch college suitable for you.

Approved by Council of Architecture: A student, after the successful completion of 5 years of architecture programme in India should be registered under the COA ( Council of Architecture ) for practising as an Architect. Only the candidates studied in the COA affiliated college are eligible for this registration. So the college recognized by COA should be the first criteria for choosing B Arch college.

Faculty strength: The potentially of a college is depended upon the practising teachers and their professional competency. A teacher, whose experience in the relevant field and student’s feedback are the key elements for the assessment of the quality.

Previous track record, awards, and achievements: The goodwill of a college can be  measured based on the consistency of the overall performance every year. As far a good college is concerned to maintain ‘the result of students’ progressively (best to better manner) in their academic and extracurricular activities in every year will be the right strategy for the development. Certificates of achievements and various recognition are the physical proof for a college to be considered it as an established or best architecture college.

University and syllabus: The University, approved and affiliated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) is the statutory body for dealing the higher education in India. The courses available in various universities are designed by the concerned faculty board according to the norms prescribed by the UGC.  A course, suggested by University for a college, conduct only after its syllabus approved by the UGC. All the universities are deferent in their functioning, academic structure, administration, courses offered, etc. So the regularity of conducting a course, examinations, certification, etc are varied in each university. The university has rights to design, revise and update the syllabus for a particular course according to the norms of UGC. The core subjects in the course syllabus of Bachelor of Architecture is almost same in all universities but there is a little bit of difference in the complementary and elective subject. So a candidate is advised to read the syllabus before choosing a college.

Infrastructure and facilities: Apart from enough learning facilities, an architecture college must have a comfortable environment to develop one’s creativity and professionalism. Classrooms, studios, workshops, various departments, recreation club, exhibition centres, etc are the adequate infrastructure  required for an architecture college campus.

Events and programmes: Student life in an architecture college must be a mixed form of learning, enjoyment, personal development, and professional build up. Periodical events and programmes in the college campus have a significant role in the personal development of a student. It helps to bring the attention of a student to know the moral values of friendship, social commitment, unity, leadership, etc. Events might be technical, art or sports in nature. As far as the top architecture colleges are concerned, these events and programmes are regular in the campus. It helps students for his/her transition from ‘architecture student to architect by profession in the campus itself.

Exposure to students: As part of professional build up, an architecture student must be familiar with the current industry trends, latest technologies and inspiring working professionals. In addition to the regular academic programmes, the top architecture college offers periodical industrial visits, study tours, creative exhibitions, expert workshops, and promote students for the participation in national/ international events.

Location and accessibly: every human being is always trying to be comfortable with their used living environment. Language, food, culture, weather, shelter, etc are the main elements influencing one for choosing his comfort zone. An architecture college in a comfort zone will increase the confidence level of a student.

Course fee and other expenditures: Mainly two type of fee systems are determined by the college for admission to Bachelor of Architecture are merit fees and management fees. Merit fees are in the yearly payment mode decided by the state government. Which is only available for the candidate those who achieved top positions in the rank list published after the qualifying examination(NATA/JEE/AAT). 50% of the total seats are reserved for such candidates in all the self-financing architecture colleges, known as merit seat. All the seats of a government architecture college are reserved for the candidates enlisted in merit category.

The course fee for the merit seat is fixed for self-financing college, is nearly 80000 per year and the same of the government college is nearly 20000 per year only. NATA Candidate has to apply online for availing this merit seat according to the notification of state government. KEAM ( Kerala Engineering, Architecture, Medical ), KOMEDK ( Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka) etc are the example for this application system. (Read more about KEAM ). The course fee offered by the self-financing college for their management seats is the other type. The self-financing colleges have 50% of their seats in management quota. The course fee offered varies in each college. It purely depends upon the decision of college management or their driving body. The management fee for one year varies from 130000 to 400000 and more from college to college.

Hope the above discussion may guide you to sort out the top architecture colleges from the list of B Arch colleges in India which is provided by  COA.

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