Architecture colleges in the state have opposed the government move to nominate a private person to the Council of Architecture, a premier body under the Union government to regulate the education and practice of the profession in the country.
A prominent architect from Kochi, who runs a self-financing architecture college in Vytilla, had approached the state government seeking the nomination. He had sought the support of two ministers from the district.
The council, among other things, takes a decision on allotting courses in architecture colleges in states. "It will be better to nominate a person from government engineering colleges to the council. What is the need for nominating a person heading a self-financing college to the council," said Abdul Rahim, chairman of Sneha College of Architecture, Palakkad.
Shihab Mecheri, CEO of Eranad Knowledge City College of Architecture in Malappuram, said nominating a private person to the council was not a welcome move. "There could be chances of his intervention in the inspection of architecture colleges and allotting courses. Currently, the functioning of the council is transparent and their inspection is perfect. If a private person is nominated, there could be vested interests."