Licensing of interior designers may be made mandatory -min
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to introduce a system which will allow only a licensed person to operate as an Interior designer. Trigger for kneejerk reaction by the local authority is the recent probe by the BMC into the Kamala Mills tragedy that also held the architect and interior designers of 1 Above and Mojo’s Bistro responsible for the blaze that killed 14.
It is felt that while architects are governed by Council of Architecture which ensures that architects in the country comply with safe standards of practice, there is currently, no such regulatory body for interior designers. Interior designers are currently answerable only to their employers. So, there is urgent need to formulate a law to regulate and make the interior decorators accountable for their actions too. BMC is of the opinion that through a process of licensing, only qualified people can be allowed to operate.
However, at present, the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act doesn’t provide for such a provision which authorizes the local body to issue licenses to the interior designers. So, BMC is planning to recommend the state government to issue a common licence so that only qualified people are allowed to operate. An amendment to the Act will help the local body ensure that only registered professionals carry out the interior design profession. License will be issued only after verifying the qualification of the interior designers. A code of ethics will also be drafted which will have to be adhered to by the interior designers.
Currently, Indian Institute of Interior Designers (IIID) which was founded and registered as a society in 1972 act as an apex body of the interior designers. The institute issues certificate to the interior designers. At present there around 5,500 members of this institute.