PANJIM, AUG 3 – The Goa College of Architecture (GCA) is now free to
restart its admission process for the academic year 2007-2008.
The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the decision of the Bombay High Court
at Goa — allowing GCA to resume its admission process, told Dr A K Rege,
Assistant Prof of GCA.
It was further submitted that the National Aptitude Test in Architecture
(NATA) was the pre-requite for admission and therefore even if a student
is today admitted without complying with the NATA then the council would
not be able to register such a student as an architect even after
completing the five year course.
However, the division bench rejecting his argument held that the council
cannot directly freeze the admission of students to a college as there
is no provision in the Architects Act, 1972, which empowered the council
to do so.
The High Court further observed that if the college failed to meet the
minimum requirements then the council can act only in terms of the
procedure under Section 20 of the Architects Act, 1972.
The High Court has directed the Goa College of Architecture to remove
the deficiencies and provide the necessary infrastructural facilities as
suggested in a letter to the officiating principal on April 18. The High
Court has also directed the state government to file a point-wise
compliance report by August 6.