PMCA emerges Champion at ZONASA
This year the Zonal Convention of National Association of Students of Architecture - ZONASA-2014, was hosted by NIT, PATNA from 26th to 29th of Sept 2014. The National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA) is a one of its kind student body responsible for hosting of architecture students’ fests at national and zonal level every year. About 1200 students from twenty six different Architecture colleges of the eastern and central zone of the country participated with full zeal and enthusiasm at this zonal edition of NASA and exhibited their talents in various formal and informal events.
The students’ of ABIT - Piloo Mody College of Architecture, Cuttack were declared the Zonal Champions of this grand and colourful event by bagging the first position in Architectural Design events, Interior Design events and most importantly the much coveted Reuben’s Trophy which is the flagship bearer of the academic work of any college. The college also won the second position in Flag Design and Fashion Trophy events.
The college also notched up the 1st position in six other formal events to achieve this remarkable victory. B I T , Mesra and I I T, Kharagpur won the 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.
The last day of the convention, whose theme was ARATRIKA, saw presentations by some of the eminent architects of the country on Green Building Concepts, Aerodynamics in Buildings, Low Energy Consumption and Rain Water Harvesting Techniques besides competitions among the students
A workshop on MADHUBANI paintings was also organised to familiarize the students with the local art of the region.
SPIC MACAY at PMCA
ABIT –Piloo Mody College of Architecture, Cuttack witnessed the start of the SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) Chapter on Thursday 13th November 2014. Founded by Dr. Kiran Seth in 1977 at IIT Delhi, SPIC MACAY is a youth voluntary movement promoting intangible aspects of Indian Cultural Heritage.
The Langa Manganiars visiting from Rajasthan came along with a team of artists, namely Bhungar Khan Manganiar on Khartal, Gazi Khan on Vocals, Nehru Khan on Harmonium vocal, Bhuta Khan on Dholak and Din Mohammad on Kamaiccha. The Manganiars and related Langa caste are Muslim communities in the desert of Rajasthan, India, from the districts of Barmer and Jaisalmer along the border with Pakistan. They are famous for their classical folk music. The Manganiar performers traditionally evoke the Hindu God Krishna and seek his blessings.
The podium in Piloo Mody College of Architecture reverberated to an electrifying hour of Indian Folk Music that created not only a musical high and also experienced the colourful and vibrant flavour of Rajasthan. Students witnessed the larger -than- life Indian travelscape of the folk music genre miles away from its place of origin.
The artists were felicitated by the Director ABIT Group of Institutions at the end of the performance.
OUR ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2013 – 14.
The year started on a high academic note with Architects Jaimini & Puneeta Mehta from Vadodara conducting a seven day intensive workshop on Theory of Design and Basic Design respectively.
Documentation of the Silver District of Cuttack was also undertaken as part of an extensive documentation project for students under the supervision of our senior faculty members.
Ar Anil Nagrath from Mumbai conducted a 3-Day workshop on Climate and Architecture for students in the month of July .
PMCA successfully hosted the 1st Council Meet of NASA in Aug which was a huge success.
But the high point of the year was the materialisation of a Joint Studio project when students participated in our 1st International Summer School held at University of Lincoln, UK. The event was an overwhelming success. Students also visited York and London and carried out photo documentation of the places visited. The Summer School has been earmarked to be an annual event every year.
The Consultancy Wing of PMCA also took up an ambitious landscape project for the State Medicinal Plants Board at Dhenkanal, Orissa after successfully completing a DPR for Bokaro Steel City Master Plan Preparation.We are also currently involved in the renovation work of Cuttack Club premises.
We also conducted a number of Awareness Workshops on Architecture in various schools and colleges in Orissa to sensitise young minds towards this field. This was done as a part of our outreach program.
The PMCA Global Alumni Association was also formally instituted with office- bearers from the first batch of PMCA on the 22nd of Dec this year giving a huge moral boost and support to the college in its 20th year. The event was a runaway success winning appreciation from all quarters
Many of our students have done us proud in this academic year as always.
In the Birla White Yuvaratna Awards, in the design of a “Healthcare Centre”, the 3RD POSITION in the CENTRAL ZONE was won by Sandipan Chatterjee of the 4th year.
In Cognizance fest of IIT Roorkee of 2013 in the design category of “Affordable housing & night shelter”, the NATIONAL WINNERS were Udit Sarkar of 10th sem, Debadyuti Nandy of 8th sem and Rajarshi Das of 8th sem
In the prestigious National Students Challenge of 2013, to “provide solution for a severe problem in metropolitan cities in present context” conducted by IIHS Bangalore, the All India 9th position was won by Debadyuti Nandy, Priyanjana Bose, Sraman Ghosh, Suman Dey and Rajarshi Das.
In Transparence 2013 in the design for a “Future school of architecture and design”,Sandipan Chatterjee, Arighna Mitra and Shinjini Bhattarcharyya’s entry was adjudged as the – Best studio project from our college .
Two students, Pritam Dey and Mohana Das emerged as the first runners-up in the Eastern Interface of Archumen 2013-14 and were selected for the final round.
The winners of the Final Year Thesis Awards given by Ar Alok Swain of A+ B Architects, Bhubaneswar were Aritra Nath, Soham Mukherjee, Avantika Sengupta and Akshay Tiwari.
On a tragic note, we also lost a septuagenarian and much loved teacher, Shri S N Panda to illness in the month of Sept. His void will be difficult to fill.