The Lok Sabha on 3 December 2014 passed the School of Planning and Architecture Bill, 2014. The Bill was passed by a voice vote.
The Bill intends to declare three existing Schools of Planning and Architecture (SPA) as institutions of national importance to promote education and research in architectural studies. These institutes are located in New Delhi, Bhopal and Vijayawada.
The new status will empower the institutes to award degrees as in order to confer degrees, an institute has to be made a deemed university by an act of Parliament.
Provisions of the School of Planning and Architecture Bill, 2014
• These three institutes will be entitled to grant degrees to the students under the provision of the Bill.
• The Bill also proposes to set up a council for the SPAs similar to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) to advise the Centre on policy matters in the field of architecture and planning.
• The reservation policy for admission and others will be applicable in lines with IITs and NITs.
What: Passed by Lok Sabha
When: 3 December 2014