School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada, (in short SPAV), was established on July 7, 2008 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, as an autonomous institution. SPAV is a premier Centrally Funded Technical Institution (CFTI) directly under the MHRD, for excellence in the fields of Planning and Architecture. Although in its nascent stage, with experienced faculty and guest lectures by eminent visiting faculty and industry experts from all over the country, the quality of education imparted and its focus on research puts SPAV in the league of leading institutes in the country. At SPAV, the academic focus and approach is a unique blend of design, creativity and objectivity with a social purpose. Students not only learn the skills required, but during the course of studies are exposed to though-provoking and intellectually inspiring sessions, through studios, field trips and research projects, which brings out the creative best in them. School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada is established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India as an autonomous institute in the year 2008. The School was established with the realisation that India urgently needs quality urban and regional planners and also architects to meet the demands of the Indian economy which is growing fast. It is expected to offer Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees as well as doctoral and post-doctoral programmes in architecture and planning. It was envisaged that the School would focus on “exploration of new knowledge, besides evolving stratiegies and solutions for issues and problems in the fields of planning, development of human settlement”. Aims and Objects: To establish, set up, run and carry on the administration and management of the School of Planning & Architecture, Vijayawada and in particular to perform the following functions inter-alia: I. To create centre of excellence for imparting quality undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and post-doctoral education in Planning and Architecture and to provide for instruction and research in Architecture, Urban Design, Building, Town and Country Planning, Housing, Traffic and Transportation Planning, Landscape Architecture and other branches of studies pertaining to Human Settlements and the Environment; II. To create national level Research and Development centres with special emphasis on Research and Consultancy work in the field of Planning and Architecture. III. To create National level database centre and Decision Support centre for the preparation and implementation of Page 4 of 56 Settlement and Habitat development programmes for the Government. IV. To create Nodal Centre for mentoring other architecture and spatial planning institutions in the regions; V. To create a cadre of high caliber faculty members who will be devoted to teaching, research and consultancy in all disciplines that deal with Planning and Architecture. Also, School will be socially responsible institution providing research feedback to the Government for physical development of human settlement.
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Two under graduate programs, one in each of the two departments, Architecture and Planning, were started from the academic year 2008-09. The Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) program is a 5-year under graduate program and the Bachelor of Planning (B.Plng) is a 4-year under graduate program, Post Graduation and Masters. Various post graduate and short term certificate programs are proposed to ...