In a major revamp of programmes, the 56-year-old CEPT University has decided to introduce an integrated master's programme that would allow students to complete undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in six years. The students will also get a yearlong period of internship in the fourth year.

The university has also decided to restructure their present Master's in Architecture programme into three separate programmes focused on Architectural Design, Conservation, and History and Theory of Architecture. Similarly, the Master's in Planning will be restructured into four streams including urban planning, urban transport, urban housing and urban infrastructure.

A Srivathsan, academic director, CEPT, said, "As of now, a student takes five years to study under graduate programme so with the integration, in six years the student will be able to finish UG and PG along with one year of internship. Details are being worked out currently, we will be able to offer the integrated program from 2019."

Apart from these changes, studios will now constitute a larger part of the curriculum. The university officials said, "CEPT has always emphasized studio-based learning. Last semester we reviewed studio education in the UG programs and decided upon a number of improvements. These improvements have been first implemented in the 2nd and 3rd years. Studios will now constitute a much larger portion of the curriculum and are now smaller, 12-15 students with one or two faculty members."


Speaking about assessment of heritage value of buildings on campus, Srivathsan said, "CEPT campus has a long history and comprises buildings that have undisputedly strong heritage value and some that merit a deeper review. Hence, we will be framing guidelines to assess the buildings so that it can help in conserving them. Dr Jigna Desai, area chair of Conservation area will lead this as she is also a member of the technical committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites."