Special Correspondent

TAMBARAM: Speakers at the four-day annual convention of the National Association of Students of Architecture that concluded on Wednesday urged students to work for the overall development of the society, combat global warming and protect the environment through the profession of architecture.

The convention was held at SRM University in Kattankulathur. In his special address at the valedictory session, Shahab Ghani Khan, President, Institute of Architects, Pakistan, urged students of architecture from India and other member countries of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to take part in the Architectural Jamboree to be organised in Lahore in October next year.

SRM University Vice-Chancellor P. Sathyanarayanan said the private university would be constructing a “zero energy building” for the first time in India. He said this concept was popular in the west, especially in countries like the U.S., the U.K. and Canada.

The convention, the 52nd annual event of NASA saw participation from 150 colleges in the field of architecture and interior design from all over India, in addition to representation from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In the inaugural function on Sunday, speakers, including P.C.Jain, Chairman, Indian Green Building Council and Jayantha Perera, President, Sri Lanka Institute of Architects, had urged students to keep in mind, the challenges posed by global warming and shrinking spaces for the benefit of society.