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India, April 2015. Not many except in the academics or in the administration of an intermediate college know the guidelines laid down for intermediate college campuses. Here are a few of them for your information. Is your college adhering to it?

The board of intermediate or the BIE in the erstwhile united AP was formed in the year 1971, “to regulate, and supervise the system of Intermediate Education in the state of A.P. and to specify the course of study and matters connected to therewith.” This includes giving affiliation to unaided and private colleges to operate.

There is a valid, tried and tested procedure for an unaided and private college to get affiliation and the green signal from the BIE to operate. Now, in the state of Telangana, there are numerous intermediate colleges that were given permission both in the tenure of the previous governments and recently after the formation of the new state.

Information presented here is solely for the knowledge of the reader to understand the guidelines for an intermediate college so that students, parents, and institutions would choose and build colleges that are conducive to education and the well being of the students.

College as a building

Two decades ago or even now in suburbs, we find intermediate colleges with a sprawling ground and buildings scattered around it. This is an ideal picture for an intermediate college. In the urban set up, for want of space, intermediate colleges are housed in buildings comprising four to five floors.

Spaces that are conducive for offices, hotels, and institutions are converted into colleges. More often than not, these buildings are in the heart of the city much to the inconvenience of the students, and the passersby on the roads.

In this context, it might be useful for students, parents, and academicians to contemplate on the quality of intermediate education in India. Accommodating an intermediate college in a multi storey building might be inevitable, but these buildings may need some architectural changes or even the BIE might have to consider new architectural norms for such type of college buildings.

The Guidelines

If one checks out the top intermediate colleges in India, you would certainly find something like this:

Accommodation: 8000 Sq.Ft. RCC (plinth area).

Approved Building Plan duly approved by competent authority and a copy attested by Principal of any G.J.C.

Playground: 2 acres (1 acre in Hyd, Wgl) within a distance of 5kms from the college along with bus facility for transportation of students whenever required.

Fire Safety Certificate: From the Fire & Emergency Services Department.

Parking area: For colleges located in the main road in urban areas shall be required to provide 20% of the total built up area atleast within a distance of 100 mts.

Separate toilets to be provided to boys, girls & staff.

Drinking water facility.

Structural soundness certificate of the building.

The list actually goes on, but since the relevance in this article is only architectural, we have restricted the list only to this. An interesting fact is that most of the intermediate colleges here are born from coaching institutes. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons for the shift in architecture.

If one checks the list of coaching institutes in India, it would be no surprise to note a striking similarity between the intermediate colleges and the coaching institutes.

Ultimately, the architecture of an intermediate college is not just the responsibility of the board, and the college, students and parents should actively seek admission in colleges who adhere to these guidelines.