- The Architects (Amendment) Bill, 2010 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on August 31, 2010 by the Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Kapil Sibal. The Bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare, which is scheduled to submit its report within two months.
- The Bill seeks to amend the Architects Act, 1972 which provides for the registration of architects.
- The Act empowers the central government to establish a Council of Architecture, which may prescribe minimum standards of architectural education in India and shall maintain the register of architects.
- The Act states that the tenure of an elected or nominated member of the Council is three years from the date of election or nomination or until his successor has been duly elected or nominated, whichever is later. The Bill deletes the provision that allows a member to remain in the Council till his successor is appointed so that he does not continue after his tenure.
- The Bill states that names and addresses of each member of the Council shall be notified by the central government.
- The central government may issue directions to the Council if it feels that is necessary to do in public interest. The reasons shall be recorded and communicated to the Council. The directions may include requiring the Council to amend any regulations in a specified time and give priority to any work undertaken by the Council in a specified manner.
- The central government may supersede the Council for a maximum of two years if it fails or persistently defaults in the performance of its duties, has exceeded or abused its powers or has willfully not complied with the directions of the central government. The Council shall be allowed to explain and raise objections.
September 05, 2010
In its report presented in the Rajya Sabha today, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on HRD said that it felt "substance" in the contention of the council.
Section 10 B of the Amendment Bill seeks to give powers to the government to supersede the Council for a period not exceeding two years if the body fails to comply with the directions of the government, abuses its powers and underperforms "persistently".
It said that if the council fails to comply with certain provisions of the Act, than provisions can be incorporated in the Act under which Commission of Inquiry can look into the failures.
It said that keeping in view the increased number of foreign architects practising in the country, a mechanism can be evolved for having mutual exchange of Indian architects with foreign architects.
On 08-Feb-2011, at 1:08 PM, ABA-NET wrote:
A Parliamentary panel has decided to shoot down government's plan to have greater control over the Council of Architecture, which regulates the profession. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on HRD has asked the HRD Ministry to redraft the Architects (Amendment) Bill.The Council was constituted under the Architects Act, 1972. The Bill, introduced in the Rajya Sabha in the Monsoon Session last year, has provisions to give government power to supercede the Council if it felt "that the Council is unable to perform" duty imposed on it by law.