Budget 2018: Two new full-fledged SPAs planned

Budget 2018: Two new full-fledged SPAs planned

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Architecture education is going to get big boost in the country as the Finance Minister has promised two more new full-fledged Schools of Planning and Architecture in the country. Interestingly, one of the highlights of the budget 2018 is the thrust given to education in the document presented today in the Parliament. Location of the new SPAs is not decided yet and the Finance Minister has said it will be selected on challenge mode.

At present there are three SPAs in the country at New Delhi, Bhopal and Vijayawada. These SPAs  are a group of autonomous public institutes of higher education under Ministry of Human Resource Development.  The SPAs primarily offer undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and executive education programmes. 

The first School of Planning and Architecture was founded in 1941 as a Department of Architecture of Delhi College of Engineering now the Delhi Technological University. It was later affiliated to the University of Delhi and integrated with the School of Town and Country Planning which was established in 1955 by the Government of India to provide facilities for rural, urban and regional planning. On integration, the School was renamed as School of Planning and Architecture in 1959. Recognizing its national and international eminence, the Government of India conferred the status of the ‘Deemed University’ on the School in 1979. This entitled the SPA, New Delhi to broaden and deepen its academic horizons by introducing new academic programmes, and by promoting critical research activities. Later on two more SPAs were set up at Bhopal and Vijayawada. 

The Finance Minister has also announced setting up of 18 new SPAs in the IITs and NITs as autonomous Schools. Again the selection will be made on challenge mode.