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AICTE restrained from interfering with architectural education
By K. Ramachandran
The Madras High Court has restrained the All India Council for Technical
Education from interfering with the administration of existing institutions
and/or establishing new institutions for offering architecture education.
Three petitions were filed before the Court after the AICTE published a
public notice on December 7 cancelling its memorandum of understanding with
the Council of Architecture (CoA), a statutory body created under the
Architects Act to administer the education and practice of Architecture
In separate petitions, the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh Chapters of the
Indian Institute of Architects and a Hyderabad based educational society
submitted that the Architect Act laid down minimum standards of
architectural education for grant of recognized qualification by the
colleges. The ACt encompased all issues relating to education and profession
of architecture, including initiation of action for professional misconduct.
At present the CoA's schedule contained 17 qualifications granted by
authorities which in turn related to 108 colleges / institutions in the
country and 115 foreign qualifications.
Even after the coming into force of the AICTE Act, the CoA by law, was
exercising its powers relating to the education and profession of
architecture. The petitioners said they did not question the cancellation of
the MOU. But they said that the notice stated the functions of establishment
of new institutions, extension, approval for increase in intake and casuing
of inspection should be accomplished only by the AICTE. This was against the
AICTE Act, whose intention was to co-ordinate technical education system.
But when a special legislation was in existence, only that would prevail.
The AICTE .... institutions now offering architecture education under the
Architects Act. Also gradutes would not be able to get their qualification
recognized by the Act and so would be ineligible to register as an
the petitons wanted the Court to quash the notification insofar as it
related to interference in the establishment and administration of the
institutions imparting architecture education and direct the AICTE for
forefear from interfering with the existing institutions.
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Justice R. Balasubramanian granted the intrim injunction and ordered noctice
to the AICTE and CoA.