Friday, April 15, 2011

Difference between B.Arch and B.Planning


B.Arch [5 Year Program]

An Architect is a professional who designs buildings and built environments, and acts as the leading coordinator for the entire construction project from conception to completion. Architecture is the “art and science of building”– hence an Architect’s education needs to be a perfect
balance between art, science and technology.

As an architecture student, one is encouraged to develop one’s creative talents and artistic skills, as well as hone one’s analytical aptitude for building science and technological innovation. The role and importance of an architect in society has been acknowledged since time immemorial, and assumes special significance in today’s world when buildings and spaces serve complex and diverse functions and need expert monitoring and coordination during planning and construction.

Architectural education equips a student with basic design and visual arts skills, as well as a thorough knowledge of building materials, methods of construction, structural principles and innovations and other related technological aspects of building (like air conditioning, acoustics, illumination and intelligent systems). The student is also exposed to hardcore construction issues such as construction project management, professional practices, specification, estimation and arbitration. There is a strong emphasis on practical training, whereby the student works as a professional apprentice in an established architectural firm for almost the entire ninth semester. The final semester consists of a complete real-life architectural project handled single handedly by the student which is a true simulation of entire scope of works, responsibilities and liabilities of a practicing architect.

Scope & Opportunities
On completion of five years of education, the Council of Architecture (India) offers a professional license to the architect for independent practice in the profession. With the growth of urban life & growing economy, well trained Architects are in demand for developing the infrastructure. Opportunities lie both with public enterprises & private construction companies.

B.Planning [4 Year Program]

Planning, development and management of human settlements is becoming an increasingly important task. As a result of technological advancements and integration of societies and economies of the world, planning of cities and regions has become very complex. Professionally trained town and country planners are therefore needed in order to evolve new options for the development and management of human settlements. This applies not only to the planning of metropolitan areas but also to small cities, towns and villages.
School of Planning and Architecture took lead in instituting the first ever Bachelor of Planning programme in the country in 1989. Students admitted to this four years intensive training programme are provided with broad knowledge and skills necessary to plan for integrated and balanced development of human settlements and areas of varying sizes.
Scope and Opportunities
Upon graduation the students are recruited as professional planners in town and country planning offices throughout the country.
Holders of the Bachelor of Planning degree are eligible for admission to master’s programmes in Indian and foreign universities. These include specializations such as housing, landscape architecture, transport planning, architectural conservation, environmental planning, urban design, etc. This degree also serves to widen students’ professional options after graduation. In terms of securing employment, both public and private sectors offer a range of jobs. Graduates work in organizations providing services in the fields of urban and regional planning, housing, transportation, urban design etc. Some of the past students are also working in the United Nations and World Bank, and few have become self-employed consultants.

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