Guwahati College of Architecture inaugurated(The Sentinel,28/01/2006)

Inaugurating the Guwahati College of Architecture, affiliated to Gauhati University, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said modern architecture is bending towards westernization which is not a good sign. Assam has a different identity of art and culture. As architecture is the mother of all arts, so it has to be preserved through architecture.

With the opening of the architecture institute in Guwahati, a long felt need of the North-east students has been fulfilled, he said. Chief Minister also unveiled the permanent master plan of the institution with sprawling 16,000 sq. ft. building area with well-equipped studios, workshops and most modern library. The institution would be constructed by the Dona Foundation.

In his welcome address, Abani Das, founder trustee of the Institution, informed that the institution would evolve on culture at the institute itself as the designs be sensitive to the natural environment than being dictated by the technologists, he said, adding that it will also try to preserve the region’s own heritage of culture and architecture.

Initially the institution starts with a Bachelor of Architecture course from April this year and plans to expand its course to master degree, besides distant education programme, research programme on construction technology in future simultaneously. The institution will endeavour to convert into a mini IIT, Das said, adding that \\"our most modern library would be a place of reference for all practising architects of the entire region\\".

Speaking on the occasion, Council of Architecture president Vijay Sohoni said that the Institution would open up a new avenue for employment generation as well as for excellence. He informed that one such architecture institution would be set up at Jammu and Kashmir. Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University GN Talukdar and principal designated the of the institution RS Buche also spoke on the occasion.