Students to have more say in CEPT decision-making

The student council would proposes the names of the representatives.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: April 15, 2015 4:27 am

After CEPT University students wrote a  series of open letters, lamenting the loss of transparency and growing dissatisfaction with the present administrative regime, its officials on Tuesday informed the students of the institute’s move to include students in building and maintenance committees.

In an open house CEPT president Bimal Patel informed the students that five students from each of the five faculties will be inducted into the current building committee. The meeting was also attended by Registrar Anita Hiranandani, Academic Director A Srivathsan along with UG and PG course coordinators.

While these students are expected to have an equal as do faculty members; another five will be part of the maintenance committee which will be formulated soon, to take care of campus planning and maintenance of existing infrastructure. Both the tenure of student representative in these committees and their selection will be decided by the students council committee at CEPT.

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In a press release, Sachin Soni, the director of student service office said, “An open house of the students with the faculty members was held on Tuesday. Students raised issues like upgrading of infrastructure, toilets, air-conditions in studios and increased student participation in decision-making. In the four-hour meeting, it was resolved that five students representing one faculty each will be part of the building committee, which looks into the new changes required in the campus and another five students will be part of a maintenance and repair committee. The student council would proposes the names of the representatives.”

This move comes after students of architecture installed a ‘live graveyard of dissonance’ last week to protest against CEPT’s decision to modify buildings created by renowned architect and CEPT founder BV Doshi. While the “protest installation” was removed, it was followed by an open letter sent out by architecture students to varsity authorities expressing dissatisfaction over lack of transparency and accountability in the present system towards students.

Sources added that the issue of changes in South facade of the CEPT building which has remained the bone of contention in the students’ letter and which had raised heckles of its architect and Founder of CEPT BV Doshi to take umbrage was incidentally never raised at the meeting.

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