School of Planning and Architecture- Vijayawada (SPAV) will start its first post-graduate programme on sustainable architecture from current academic year.

Talking to The Hindu on Thursday, Balbir Verma, senior architect and member board of governors of SPAV, said, “The first B. Arch and B. Plan batch from this institute will pass out this year and in tune with that we are starting our first PG programme. Sustainable architecture is the new trend in the study of architecture and we hope there will be many takers.”

The SPAV which was started in 2008 is also likely to shift to its new campus behind the polytechnic college by 2016. “The government has allotted about 9.2 acres but we are yet to get the approval from the corporation,” said the Head of the Architecture department S. Ramesh. The SPAV had asked the government five years ago to allot some land but it was kept pending by the government citing various reasons and only recently the land was allotted. “We have actually asked for more land, as the allotted land will not be sufficient. This school was started along with the School of Planning and Architecture in Bhopal, and the MP government had allotted us about 90 acres. Now we have to manage with what we get, since the allotment was much delayed,” said Mr Balbir Verma.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has already sanctioned funds to the tune of Rs. 130 crore for setting up the campus and we are just waiting for the Corporation to sanction the plans, informed Prof. Ramesh. According to professor Ramesh, the design is going to be unique as they had called for a design contest and from 99 entries an architect from Mumbai Shantanu Poreli had bagged the order.

Mr. Balbir informed that the faculty shortage at the SPAV will soon be overcome, as the recruitment process for about 50 new faculty members have been finalised. “If things go well, then by 2016 we would be moving to our new campus with full strength and more number of PG courses,” he said.