Thiruvananthapuram, Nov. 14
A stand-alone campus uniquely dedicated to higher learning in architecture in the self financing sector, is coming up at Vellanadu in the city suburbs.
Named the College of Architecture, Trivandrum (CAT), the centre will offer additional research facilities in frontier areas like green building technology, construction management and infrastructure planning, says Mr N. Mahesh, Chairman of the Narayanan and Vaidyanathan Charitable and Educational Trust, promoters of the institution.
The college is coming up over a large tract of virgin green land with international quality infrastructure, research facility and faculty according to AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) norms.
It will be affiliated to the University of Kerala and run a five-year Bachelor of Architecture Degree course, to begin with. CAT is envisaged as a centre of excellence for study and advanced research in architecture, interior design, construction technology and management, urban and regional planning, housing, environmental planning, urban design, landscape architecture and structural design, says Mr Mahesh.
It will collaborate with the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) to facilitate students to obtain necessary professional expertise in sustainable architecture, energy and environmentally sensitive architecture, through theoretical and practical training. An elaborate building science laboratory is being established to evaluate performance of buildings and facilities. The students of CAT can also additionally acquire LEED AP certification of IGBC.
A centre for research, development and consultancy, will also be established in CAT as a centralised research and consultancy unit.
The centre will accomplish research projects, consultancies, short term training programmes and workshops in architecture, construction management and in green building concepts for external agencies.
The Rs 18-crore campus is designed to accommodate 500 people with an annual intake of 80 students and includes faculty as well as other members. CAT will provide hostel accommodation to students and residential apartments to house the faculty and researchers. Admissions are tentatively proposed to start in June 2011 for the academic year 2011-12.
Prof Jayakumar J. Pillai, an IITian and till recently the Head of the Department of Architecture in the National Institute of Technology, Kozhikode, will be a key resource person for the project.
The Governing Council of the College of Architecture will have seven members drawn from across the globe. A 12-member Executive Committee will oversee the functioning of the college.
The CAT Library facility will be linked to the Inflibnet (Information and Library Network under the University Grants Commission).