PTI | 08:12 PM,Dec 14,2011

New Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) Government today sought powers to supersede the Council of Architects following complaints of malfunctioning that were affecting the career of students in architecture colleges. By introducing an amendment bill in the Rajya Sabha, the government is also seeking powers to fix tenure of office- bearers of the Council for three years. Moving the Architects (Amendment) Bill, 2010, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said the measure provides for superseding of the Council by the government for a maximum period of one year in case it "fails" in its duties. Sibal said the Council has been working in a haphazard manner and the Central government has received a number of complaints in this regard. "This is a very unfortunate state of the recent past, the Institute of Architects ... has been complaining bitterly about the functioning of the Council and very distinguished architects have complained about the way that this institution has been functioning," he said. The minister said he had also received a complaint from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar against the Council which was putting the fate of architecture students in jeopardy by derecognising bachelor of architecture degree in NIT Patna. However, the bill came in for attack from the opposition. Piyush Goyal (BJP) said the Central government was trying to bring statutory bodies under bureaucratic control and was doing nothing in the name of reform. "We believe this Government, through the mechanism of this bill, is bringing in so many powers that the Council of Architecture will become redundant," he said.

On 08-Feb-2011, at 1:05 PM, Architexturez 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.