Since the time when human beings started setting down in clusters, they started planning how to make living more comfortable. This started off with planning for better living quarters in the Indus Valley Civilization and went on to form the basis of planning and architecture in the country. As is evident from history itself, Indians have always pioneered in architecture and planning. From the intricate designing in the caves of Bhimbetka to the high rise skyscrapers that adorn the skyline of our cities, Indian architecture has always been the envy of the world. In fact post globalization, Indian architects have been high on demand even for multinational companies and international firms. The trend is so strong that we often see Indian architecture freshers being paid in terms of crores.
To keep up with this trend and to ensure that Indian architecture remains at the top, a number of architectural colleges have mushroomed in the country. Among these the top 10 have been arranged in order. Thus if you are considering pursuing a career in architecture, this is a list you must definitely check out in order to ensure that you carve a worthy career for yourself in the field of architecture
1. School Of Planning And Architecture, Delhi
With over 1000 students pursuing their degree in architecture and planning in this, this institute is the best architectural college in the country. The institute has separate blocks for planning and architecture. With an excellent infrastructure to its credit, the institute has already finalized plans for setting up a new campus at Vasant Kunj. A major part of the college's funding comes from its alumni, most of who are well placed in life.
2. Indian Institute Of Technology, Kharagpur
Among all the courses that are offered in Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, the architecture course is among the best. This course focuses on taking students out for outings to see various architectural marvels across the lengths and breaths of the county. That way the students are exposed to a more practical learning approach and they are able to apply what they learn in the classroom to what they see in these excursions.
3. Sir J. J. College Of Architecture, Mumbai
Established in the pre independence era, this was the first architecture college in Asia. With architects, planners and even writers like Arundhuti Roy making their way in the institute's distinguished line of alumni, the institute has always ensured that creativity remains in the pinnacle of learning in the institution. This old institution has adopted itself with the changing times to establish a strong foothold in the field of architecture in the country. It has an array of latest software and technology that is introduced as a part of the curriculum of the institution.
4. Birla Institute Of Technology, Mesra
The five year architecture course at BITS Mesra is one that has been consistently excelling in terms of placements. Other than that, it also offers a post graduate degree of masters of Urban Planning. These courses are highly appreciated by the Institute of Town Planners, India and that is why students who pass out from this institute seem to land themselves with jobs much more easily as compared to their peers from other colleges in the country. The research facility in the college is commendable with the best of technology being made available to its students.
5. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
The department has expertise in the field of Architectural Design Theory, Architectural Acoustics and Landscape Architecture. Students graduating out of this place are seen to take up blue collared jobs or even offer professional consultancy services (both in the private as well as the government sector).The students have their own special interest group called the Student Society of Architecture while it is responsible for all the design and planning the college's fests and other events. With an over 50-year-old legacy to its credit, the department has stood tall to its values.
6. Chandigarh College Of Architecture, Chandigarh
Established in 1961 under the Punjab University, this institute has a number of notable alumni to its credit. Baburam Bhattarai, the 35th Prime Minister of Nepal was one of them. Other than the classroom teaching that happens in the premises of this institute, the focus is also on all around development of the students. That is why the college focuses on fests and other events. The celebration of ‘Corbu Day' is among the best among the architectural colleges of the country.
7. Jamia Milia Islamia University
The only central university to offer a full fledged course in architecture, the aim of this department is to train its students to develop social concern through innovation. The department offers two degree courses in architecture and five master's course. Other than this the institute also offers PhD programs in architecture.
8. National Institute Of Technology, Tiruchirapalli
Started in the year 1980, the architecture department of National Institute of Technology Tiruchirapalli specializes in producing professionals of exceptional calibre who take the environmental concerns into consideration while designing human structures. Another key point to be noted here is the fact that most of the students who have graduated out of this department are seen to fare very well in life.
9. Center for Environmental Planning and Technology University, Ahmedabad
Founded in 1962, the institute specializes in the different areas of natural and developed environment of human society. Although the institute offers courses in a number of related disciplines, the architecture course here is particularly famous. It has a number of dedicated research wings that specialize in producing architects of exceptional calibre.
10. Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal
The architecture course at Manipal is one of the most advanced in terms of technology. With more than 28,000 students from over 50 nations participating in the program, it is ensured that a very cosmopolitan approach to architecture is achieved. There are more than 36,000 books in the department's highly reputed library. The faculty of this institute is among the most well reputed in the country.