Prof. Dr. P.S.N.RAO, Di­rec­tor, School of Plan­ning and Ar­chi­tec­ture (SPA)

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An ar­chi­tect, civil en­gi­neer and town plan­ner with over 30 years of pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence, Prof. Dr Rao is also the Chair­man, Delhi Ur­ban Art Com­mis­sion, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia. Be­sides be­ing an ed­u­ca­tion­ist, he has car­ried out sev­eral re­search and pro­fes­sional as­sign­ments for var­i­ous na­tional and in­ter­na­tional agen­cies. Talk­ing about the ed­u­ca­tion la­cu­nae for pro­fes­sion­als like ar­chi­tects, en­gi­neers and project man­agers he feels while there are num­ber of ex­ist­ing and new col­leges mush­room­ing across In­dia, the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion has not im­proved. “Ideally stu­dents should be im­parted both the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal knowl­edge so that when en­ter the in­dus­try, they are al­ready semi trained and well versed with the job re­quire­ments. But very few col­leges ei­ther have the re­sources or ca­pa­bil­ity to do so. The qual­ity of teach­ers too needs to be relooked at. They should have cer­tain years of pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore tak­ing the po­si­tion of a teacher so as to share their knowl­edge of the pro­fes­sion through teach­ing.”

spa-mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

“At SPA we in­vite in­dus­try fac­ulty, right from lead­ing de­sign­ers, ar­chi­tects, prod­uct man­u­fac­tur­ers and other pro­fes­sion­als of the in­dus­try to keep our stu­dents up­dated with the prac­ti­cal knowl­edge. The col­lege or­ga­nizes field vis­its to the project sites for stu­dents to get first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of site work, de­sign chal­lenges and tech­nol­ogy ap­pli­ca­tion. In­tern­ships also play a great role in this. Through all such prac­ti­cal train­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties SPA is holis­ti­cally mak­ing its stu­dents job ready. We truly be­lieve giv­ing skill knowl­edge to stu­dents is to make them em­ploy­able. More­over, SPA has MOUS with some of the de­vel­op­ers who reg­u­larly visit the cam­pus, share their feed­back on stu­dent’s work and pro­vide sug­ges­tions that can be in­cor­po­rated in the syl­labus. The whole idea be­hind this is to bring to the stu­dents dur­ing their stud­ies the ground re­al­i­ties and teach them how to com­bine the com­mer­cial as­pect with cre­ativ­ity. What we teach our stu­dents is to not come up with pseudo cre­ative utopian projects but rather stay in sync with mar­ket re­al­i­ties and cre­ate prod­ucts and ser­vices those are both fea­si­ble and vi­able to the cur­rent mar­ket sce­nario. Ten years back this was not the sce­nario, but to­day we are tak­ing full co-op­er­a­tion from realty pro­fes­sion­als in our en­deav­our to train the next wave of pro­fes­sion­als in the best way pos­si­ble.

the new ex­per­i­ments

Hav­ing said that, Prof. Dr Rao ex­plains that in metro cities it is eas­ier for in­sti­tutes to pro­vide best in class pro­fes­sional ex­po­sure to stu­dents but for col­leges lo­cated in smaller cities, this be­comes a chal­lenge.” In such sit­u­a­tions, the pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship in the do­main of skill up gra­da­tion of stu­dents can play a ma­jor role. While, Min­istry of Skill De­vel­op­ment can come forth with some mea­sures to cre­ate such part­ner­ships, tech­nol­ogy to can be uti­lized in the form of con­duct­ing we­bi­nars, video con­fer­enc­ing so that stu­dents across cities can be im­parted sim­i­lar ex­po­sure and a level play­ing field for all the young pro­fes­sion­als,” he con­cluded.

Pro­fes­sional bod­ies like Coun­cil of Ar­chi­tec­ture, in­dian in­sti­tute of in­te­rior De­sign­ers and oth­ers can play a key role in bring­ing uni­for­mity in the ed­u­ca­tion, so that every stu­dent walk­ing out of the in­sti­tutes is ready to be em­ployed in the mar­ket.


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