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Ordinance to empower architecture schools

New Delhi, Jan. 3: The human resource development ministry is planning to take the ordinance route to enable two architecture schools and an Indian institute of information technology (IIIT) to grant degrees to students.

The ministry had drawn up a school of planning and architecture bill to give statutory power to architecture schools in Delhi, Bhopal and Vijayawada. The bill, however, has yet to be introduced in Parliament.

The first batch of students has already passed out from the Bhopal and Vijayawada schools. They have been issued provisional degrees for the B.Arch and B.Plan courses.

According to norms, an institute set up by Parliament or a legislature or a deemed university can grant degrees to students. Since the Delhi architecture school is a deemed university, it has no problem awarding degrees. But the Bhopal and the Vijayawada schools have been registered as societies and cannot award degrees. The same is the case with IIIT Kancheepuram.

The Bhopal and Vijayawada schools were set up as educational societies in 2008. The Centre wants to place them on the list of institutes of national importance through an act of Parliament.

Higher education secretary Ashok Thakur today said the HRD ministry would push for an ordinance to give statutory power to the architecture schools while another ordinance would be brought to empower IIITs to award degrees. The ordinances will have to be passed by both Houses within six months of being notified.