Habeeb Ahmed, president, Council of Architecture (COA), says the transfer will facilitate college students in securing admission amid the hardships attributable to the pandemic. “Since most schools are not following the usual routine and are not conducting offline classes, board aspirants are following different parameters for preparations. Removing the minimum marks eligibility criteria may compromise on the quality of students joining BArch courses, but the bigger concern is not to disturb academic timeline any further.”
BArch college students get admissions in authorities and personal institutes primarily based on the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) and JEE Main scores. Nand Kumar, head, Department of Architecture and Planning, Malaviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT), Jaipur, says that college students’ class XII grades may undergo attributable to on-line studying and it is just logical to get rid of board marks as eligibility standards.
“Most often, students start preparing for competitive exams from class IX onwards. Hence, the pandemic might not have an impact on their performance in the entrance test. But the pandemic has affected the class XII preparations as schools have resorted to digital learning. Those who clear entrance exams can be expected to know all the relevant concepts required to study architecture and the quality of admissions will remain the same,” says Kumar.
Pramod M Gawari, head, School of Planning and Architecture, Mysore University, says that structure college students want drawing expertise and creativity greater than the in-depth data of PCM college students. “The entrance exams filter out the deserving students who are passionate about pursuing a career in architecture. But, instead of removing the requirement for minimum 50% marks in PCM class XII, it should be reduced to 45% as they must have the foundational knowledge of these subjects.”