Architects, in a society, play a vital role as they are responsible for conceptualizing and designing the buildings, interiors and public spaces. The importance of an architect has a deep root and goes back to the times of Harappa and Mohenjodaro. Historically Architects helped in ancient town planning which is still known to be one of the kind. Since then, architects have gained a respectable position in society.
Over the years, the complexity of the social structure has increased. This has made it obligatory that the capacity of an architect should be also increased for which they need to be separately trained. School of Architecture, Noida International University (SoA, NIU) is catering to the current demands of the industry by providing skilled and qualified architects.
The School of Architecture at NIU was started in the year 2014. The school is equipped with modern labs, workshops, studios, library and other necessary infrastructure. The intake of the students is drawn from all parts of the country. The school also welcomes foreign students from various parts of the world.
Within short span of time, SoA,NIU has created unique niche in Indian higher education with the approach of global exposure to its students and making aware to its students about societal responsibilities. The school is committed to provide the best quality education to students and awareness about the latest trends in the industry. To connect students’ academic with the industry, School has been taking a number of initiatives. Various global outreach program and collaborations with top national and international institutions are on the top priorities.
To keep updated with the latest trends in the architecture world, SoA,NIU gives great emphasis on adoption of newer ideas and topics through its syllabus. This ensures that the students acquire the right skills which, in turn, prepares them to conquer the world. The school syllabus is constantly updated and is generally designed by the advice of expert academicians, industry professionals and international faculties.
The curriculum includes site visits and interactions with leading industry professionals. This helps students to gain exposure to the latest market situation. Through a weekly time table of regular library study and propositions, students are encouraged to think and explore beyond regular syllabus topics and classroom. Students actively attend conferences, seminars outside of school on a regular basis. This helps students to expand their knowledge as well as connect with society.
Apart from this, regular lectures by international experts and industry professionals are being organized for students and faculties. Frequent up-gradations in pedagogy is an essential part of the classroom.
The Pillar of SoA,NIU As the Director of the School of Architecture, NIU, Ar. Rajendra Kumar focuses on best education and global exposure to students.
Rajendra Say, “In today’s time when the world is talking about 5G technology and artificial technologies, it is very essential to adopt the pace of technological innovations at the same speed as the world grows. Gone are the days when for one topic and for a piece of information we had to visit a library or refer books were the only options for teachers as well as students. However, now smart photos and the iPad have all the answers. Today an astronaut can know and see how doctors do medical operations in a hospital. At one side excess information is good, on the other side it is also very much a worrying phenomenon, especially in education. As an educator, our role is to direct students in the right direction where students should be able to know the usefulness of knowledge.”
Further he added, “Gone are the days when for one topic and for a piece of information we had to visit a library or refer books were the only options for teachers as well as students. However, now smart photos and the iPadhas all the answers. Today an astronaut can know and see how doctors do medical operations in a hospital. At one side excess of information is good, on the other side it is also very much worrying phenomena, especially in education. As an educator, our role is to direct students in the right direction where students should be able to know the usefulness of knowledge.”
The architects develop buildings’ design that are more creative in aesthetics and increase the efficiency of spaces. An architect works with an artistic and a functional mind for the design of any structures or spaces. Speaking about the achievements, Rajendra was invited to lead the delegation of Indian Architects with world-renowned architect Padma BhushanHafeezContractor from Mumbai. A few other famous architects of India along with President, Council of Architecture, India had been invited as part of delegation led by Rajendra Kumar.
SoA-NIU’s student’s work was exhibited at “Symposium on Indian Architecture Today” which was held by the Consulate of India, New York, USA. It was attended by NRIs, local architects and diplomats of New York. The exhibition was inaugurated by His Excellency, Mr. SandeepChakravorty, Consul General of India, New York. Such kind of global exposure to students gives great encouragement for their academic and professional recognition.
Committed to Innovation
With the aim to provide skilled professionals to the industry, SoA,NIU is equipped with the latest innovations and technologies. To this, Rajendra adds, “In our teaching method more focus is given for not only understanding books and today’s available information, but rather we also envisage students to look beyond today and imagine futurities. Innovative imaginations and practical experiences are very helpful tools for making graduates ready for tomorrow’s world.”
Into the Future
SoA-NIU is a prestigious school that has international recognition. It has recently signed collaborations with Asia Network of Industrial Heritage (ANIH), Taiwan and Ural Federal University, Russia for academic exchanges and joint study programs. More international collaborations for student’s exposure at global levels are planned. It will further involve students in a number of international academic projects and joint studio programs with top leading universities of the world.