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Opportunities await architects: Venkaiah Naidu

Opportunities await architects: Venkaiah Naidu
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Ample opportunities are waiting for the architects to be grabbed in the evergrowing civilisation and to become trendsetters, said Venkaiah Naidu,...

Vijayawada: Ample opportunities are waiting for the architects to be grabbed in the ever-growing civilisation and to become trendsetters, said Venkaiah Naidu, Vice-President of India while addressing the convocation of the School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada (SPAV) as chief guest here on Thursday.

Expressing happiness over his participation in the first convocation of the SPAV in the upcoming capital city of Amaravati, the Vice-President said that he dreamt of having great institutions in the state after bifurcation and one after another they were coming to materalise.

After inaugurating the newly constructed building for the SPAV, Venkaiah Naidu described the new premises as iconic building which is eco-friendly and least power consumption and that is the need of the hour. “The beauty of the building coupled with the duty of the faculty would become mighty,” he averred.

The Vice-President hoped that it would produce great architects who would participate in the development of the new capital city of Amaravati.

Warning them not to play with the nature, the Vice-President advised the architects to preserve nature with culture for better future through architecture.

Governor ESL Narasimhan, who is the guest of honour, recalled that the architecture has been part of Indian civilisation since Vedic time. “Adharvana (sic) Veda refers to the architecture as Sala Nirmana,” he said and added that we have to research for the Vedic knowledge to know more about it.

The Governor said that the architects have a greater responsibility towards the society. “Never ever give chance to illegal constructions and stick to strict code of conduct,” he advised the architects.

R Subrahmanyam, Secretary to the Union Ministry for Human Resources Development, said that he was happy to learn that the SPA students have been contributing to the construction of the new capital city of Amaravati.

Recalling that the Centre has sanctioned a number of premium institutions to the newly formed Andhra Pradesh, he asserted that the Centre was committed for the development of the Amaravati city.

He said that the Centre had earmarked Rs 5,000 crore for the permanent buildings for the all the premium institutions sanctioned to the State.

Social Welfare Minister Nakka Ananda Babu wished all the best to the architecture students.

Brinda Somaya, Director of SPA, said that architecture is not only for the affluent but for rural areas also. She said that 237 architects including graduates post graduates are receiving degrees today.

Earlier, Meenakshi Jain welcomed the gathering.

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