A stand-alone campus uniquely dedicated to higher learning in architecture in the self financing sector, is coming up at Vellanadu in the city suburbs.
Named the College of Architecture, Trivandrum (CAT), the centre will offer additional research facilities in frontier areas like green building technology, construction management and infrastructure planning, says Mr N. Mahesh, Chairman of the Narayanan and Vaidyanathan Charitable and Educational Trust, promoters of the institution.
Kerala’s first private college of architecture will take 80 students for the five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree course from the academic year 2011-12. The Rs.18 crore College of Architecture – Trivandrum (CAT) will offer research facilities in areas like green building technology, construction management and infrastructure planning, said veteran architect N.Mahesh, chairman of the Narayanan & Vaidyanathan Charitable & Educational Trust – the promoters of the college.
CAT is envisaged as a centre of excellence for study and advanced research in architecture, interior design, urban and regional planning, environmental planning, urban design, landscape architecture and structural design.
‘The college, in association with the Indian Green Building Council, will facilitate students to obtain necessary professional expertise in sustainable architecture, energy and environmentally-sensitive architecture, through theoretical and practical training,’ Mahesh said.
Currently, there are just four engineering colleges in Kerala that offer the architecture branch.
‘The e-courses in architecture and project management will also be launched shortly,’ Mahesh said. The college will collaborate with the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) to facilitate students to obtain necessary professional expertise in sustainable architecture, energy and environmentally sensitive architecture, through theoretical and practical training. An elaborate building science laboratory is being established to evaluate performance of buildings and facilities. The students of CAT can also additionally acquire LEED AP certification of IGBC. The centre will accomplish research projects, consultancies, short term training programmes and workshops in architecture, construction management and in green building concepts for external agencies.
Prof Jayakumar J. Pillai, an IIT -ian and till recently the Head of the Department of Architecture in the National Institute of Technology, Kozhikode, will be a key resource person for the project.
The Governing Council of the College of Architecture will have seven members drawn from across the globe. A 12-member Executive Committee will oversee the functioning of the college.
The CAT Library facility will be linked to the Inflibnet (Information and Library Network under the University Grants Commission).