After so many years down the line, dont think I have any negative remarks about the college. though there used to be complaints when we were young, as one would expect.
Course Curriculum Overview :
Course curriculum was interesting though and there was focus on creative approach to problem solving. It was designed to train oneself to be logical and assertive. While there are views on it being fair, theoretical and relevant to market conditions, people would be unanimous in stating that it was tedious, exhaustive and thorough. This helped in adapting oneself to the market easily when we were exposed to it.
Placement Experience :
The internships, back then, used to be settled with the seniors and professors and there wasn't much effort on placements. It must be different now wherein colleges actively guide the students on internships and placements.
College Events :
There is an annual fest called Utopia (it used to called that in 1990's) which was 4 day fest with many competitions, activities, seminars, shows etc involving colleges from Delhi and neighbourhood. There used to be shows from classical musicians under SPICMACAY. Apart from that there used a gathering of architectural colleges which used take place anywhere in India where the college used to actively participate.
Fee Structure And Facilities :
Fee structure was 'feasible' as there was a grant from UGC. However, later it was withdrawn which resulted in the course becoming a little expensive. The mode of payment was through a DD. Apart from the standard structure of tuition fees and related adminstrative charges, there were no other amounts charged per semester. the fee breakdown used to be completely transparent.
Loan/ Scholarship Provisions :
If the scholarship opportunities were there, I was not aware. I had heard of few foreign students availing the loan but most of us were not required to, as the fee structure was quite reasonable.
Campus Life :
Campus life was great. There were a lot of things happening during the year which could keep oneself busy in items apart from the academic curriculum. the gender ratio was healthy and the atmosphere in the premises was conducive to higher learning and development as a professional
Hostel Facilities :
I had availed the hostel facility. I was lucky to in batch which occupied a new hostel building in Maharani bagh which was spacious and nice. The charges for the room and food were reasonable. The hostel mess was one of the best in country with variety of food being served in breakfast and dinner. The lunch was served in mess near college.
Yes, the alumni used to visit and interact with the students and were very helpful. There were many influential people in the alumni with whom interactions used to happen during their visit to college.
The admission is through an entrance exam. During the early 90's ( I took admission in '91) there used to a scholastic test followed by an aptitude test for the college as it was deemed university. There were 65 seats for architecture and 20 seats for planning all over India. It was not centralised through NEET as it is now. The college had a great reputation and was one of the top three institutes for Architecture in India back then.
The faculty was renowned and were dedicated in their pursuit of producing professionals of high calibre. Most of them were practising professionals apart from being columnists, authors etc. who had created a name for themselves in the field due to many year of hard work and success.