MARG Institute of Design and Architecture, Swarnabhoomi (MIDAS) organized a orientation programme to welcome the second set of new batch students who enrolled themselves into MIDAS through the counseling process in Anna University.
The dignitaries attending the initiation program were Sandeep Mehta, President – CREDAI and MD, Jain Housing and Constructions Ltd., Dr. Bala Balachandran, distinguished Professor of Accounting and Information Management at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University & founder and dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Dr. Ashrafi S Bhagat , Art Historian , Suhasini Ayer, Principal Architect, Auroville Design Consultants ,GRK Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director, MARG Group , Rajini Reddy, MD, Exemplarr Worldwide Ltd, and AP Ganesshram, CEO – MARG Swarnabhoomi and Education Services.
While Mr. Sandeep Mehta, President – CREDAI, expressed views on the “Future in Architecture” , Dr. Ashrafi.S.Bhagat, Art Historian enlightened the audience on “South Indian Architecture” and Suhasini Ayer, Principal Architect, Auroville Design Consultants on “Sustainable Architecture / Building Technology”, continuing the session Prof. Jaffer AA Khan, Director, MIDAS, welcomed the 2012 batch and introduced them with the teaching pedagogy of MIDAS.
Speaking on the occasion GRK Reddy, CMD, MARG Group, said, “It is indeed a pleasure to see a new set of budding architects as the next batch at MIDAS. While the good work done by the students of the first year has been noteworthy and they have carves a niche for themselves, it is up to the new batch to keep up the standards of their seniors. With infrastructure and real estate being a critical element of our economic development, the demand for good architects will only increase. MIDAS has come into existence for providing quality education and exposure so that students have a great chance to fill the need supply gap and become professionals to reckon with in the architecture industry.”
MIDAS organized this programme for the new batch of students to acclimatize them to the course curriculum as also to introduce the 2012 batch to the faculty. The new set of students will pursue 5 years Bachelor Degree Program in Architecture Studies (B.Arch – Architecture Studies). The program is offered in both day scholar and residential modes. All the approved seats are filled and students from all over the country have joined the second batch of MIDAS.
Reacting to a full batch of budding architects, an enthused Prof. Jaffer AA Khan, Director, MIDAS, said “I am extremely happy today to welcome the new set of students to our institution. Since its inception, the one year old MIDAS has already become a familiar name in the architecture industry. Though we have a long way to go, the recognition we have got in the first year is on par with any other leading architecture institutions in the Country. With leading international and national experts visiting our institution to share their practical knowledge with the students and our excellent industry oriented curriculum will ensure that the thirst of architectural knowledge by every individual student will be fulfilled with utmost care. With just a year of campus exposure at MIDAS, a best in class architecture exhibition in the city by 2011 batch students is a recent highlight that I am particularly proud of. I’m sure the new batch will work hand in hand with the faculty and their seniors to become seasoned professionals and architects. I wish them the very best.”
MIDAS, a part of 1000 acre eco-system at MARG Swarnabhoomi has an exclusive built up area of 43,000 sq. ft which houses a well equipped library, a futuristic studio, large spacious classrooms plus audio and video learning support. The campus also has a swimming pool, basket ball courts, multi-purpose sports ground, convenio store, 24 hours clinic and health care gymnasiums.
The curriculum at MIDAS is of International Standards and the Professors are from across the globe. This will enable every student to gain extensive knowledge with regard to international architectural standards and movements, right here in India.
AP Ganesshram, CEO – MARG Swarnabhoomi and Education Services, addressing the students in the orientation program, said “MIDAS is perhaps the only institution in the country which provides direct and on the field training to its students. With lot of real estate and infrastructure projects undertaken by the MARG Group itself, the students are given an opportunity to work with the professionals on the field to gain the practical experience and I am sure this “live lab learning” experience at MIDAS will give them cutting edge competency with rich dividends when they get a chance to showcase their prowess in the field of architecture.”
As a leading infrastructure developer, MARG recognizes the demand supply gap which exists between the exponential growth of infrastructure and the lack of good schools of architecture. The program is structured to facilitate students foray into specialized areas such as Retail Design, Lighting Design, Exhibition Design, Event and Set Design and Ergonomics. Designed to bring in the prevailing trends across the world, MIDAS is one of the few Schools in India to offer alternative career options to architecture students through integrated study.
MIDAS is part of MARG Swarnabhoomi, a 1000 acre campus for education, research, innovation and industry. MARG Swarnabhoomi is being built on the concept of replicable model for a new city, students of MIDAS will have live experience on the finer aspects of architecture and have a 360 degrees learning of complete urban planning which includes, roads, drainage system, sewage, residential buildings, factory spaces, commercial complexes and landscaping etc. MARG Swarnabhoomi is designed to bring in innovation through close networking between industry and academia. Through this synergy, students will have up to-date information on industry happenings, latest trends, networking with professionals etc.
The first year batch students at MIDAS recently organized a hugely successful 6 day exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi in Chennai ( July 2012) to showcase their year end work. World renowned architect Mr. Sanjay Mohe critically appraised the student works during his visit to the exhibition and applauded the student’s works.