R. K. Degwekar Memorial Design Workshop and Lecture Series 2015-16

Priyadarshini Institute of Architecture and Design Studies organised the 22nd Freshman Induction Program to Welcome 120 Freshers into the field of Architecture on August 10, 2015.

Ar. Uday Gadkari, President, Council of Architecture, Dr. Satish Chaturvedi, Founder & Chairman, LTJSS, Smt. Abha Chaturvedi, Secretary, LTJSS, Ar. S. A. Deshpande, Past President IIA, Ar. Habeeb Khan, Director, Architecture, Ar. Ashok Chhatre were the guests who enlightened the gathering with their encouraging speech.

The program was then followed by a short presentation briefing about the Sanstha, the College, its vision, a portfolio of student’s works, events & activities held and all the faculty members at PIADS.

Ar. Habeeb Khan, Director, PIADS gave an encouraging note to parents & students, about the importance of Architecture learning with best practices.

Dr. Satish Chaturvedi, Founder & Chairman, LTJSS inspired the students by saying “There is Nothing in life, that can’t be achieved.  It is just the Ambition & Dedication which is required to fulfil the dream”

Prof. Uday Gadkari, President of Council of Architecture, explained about Architecture as a profession. He assured that the future of the students of Architecture is not only safe but also in great demand.

24th Freshman Induction

Study Tours

''PIADS Study de Tour 2015'

has been scheduled

and the Final Posters are out!

Our country is bestowed with rich architectural heritage which is a result of geo - climatic, cultural, political, economic and technological factors. Learning about our past is essential to understand the present and project the future. This is possible through the educational tours to places of historical importance and modern advanced examples of architecture. At our institute, we believe students should be exposed to the best architectural practices through architectural study excursions.

To promote & execute these tours a set of guidelines were prepared under the guidance of our Director Prof. Habeeb Khan in 2013.  These tours are study oriented yet fun and interesting.  They involve the entire faculty and all the students.

It's like a PIADS TOUR EXPO where teachers work hard and come up with various options for study tours which are educational & refreshing for the students.  The tours are both domestic and international.  Students can choose from different options according to their interest and budget.  We found it to be a great example of study.  Once back, the students participate in the "Tour-Fair" where they present their tour documentation/assignments to the rest of the college.

In the past few years, tours to the following destinations were organized:-

a. International –Dubai, Sri lanka, Bhutan,

b National - Agra – Fatehpursikri, Rajasthan, Pune-Mumbai, Auroville, Humpi,

Pattadakal, Kerala, Gujrat (Kutch), Andaman, Kontan Forts, Kanyakumari,

Hyderabad, Mandu-Maheshwar, Bhopal etc.

c. Local -  Ramtek, Anandwan, Wardha etc.

Late Mr. R.K. Degwekar Memorial Workshop / Lecture Series

With a view to broaden students knowledge base and develop their personalities we started Lecture series at PIADS under the patronage of Ar. Sunil Degwekar, chairman IIA Maharashtra Chapter, owner Ashray Developers, Nagpur, in memory of Late Mr. R.K. Degwekar.  This year many eminent Indian Architects and personalities delivered lectures and shared their experiences with our students.  The students found the lecture series very enriching.

Cerebral Mondays

We at PIADS organize many guest lectures by eminent speakers from all over India. There is a special slot allotted for this in time table called as “Cerebral Mondays”. Apart from academics we believe in keeping in touch with current trends, market and new innovation as well as concerns related to Architecture. Our Cerebral Mondays are series of lectures, workshop and talks on variety of subjects by our own faculty to enlighten the student on the same.

IIA Design Competition

Every year students of PIADS participate in Prof. S A Deshpande design trophy organized by Indian institute of architects (IIA) Nagpur centere. The competition was instituted in the year 2009 to honor the contribution of Prof. S A Deshpande to the teaching profession in general and to the teaching of architectural design in particular.

Priyadarshini Institute of Architecture and Design Studies (PIADS) virtually swept the 6th Indian Institute of Architects Prof. S. A. Deshpande Studio Design competition 2015 by bagging 4 out of 5 prizes and also retained the running trophy for the second time in a row.  350 students out of 6 colleges from R.T.M. Nagpur University participated in competition. This year’s award recipients from PIADS are 1ST Prize – Priyanka Dasgupta, 3rd Prize-  Mahua Moitri-Mujumdar, 1st Consolation Prize – Megha Rohilla 2nd Consolation Prize – Arkojyoti Saha In year 2014  Ms. Sabrina khan and Ms. Sukhada Degwekar Students of PIADS secured 1st and 2nd Position.

This was for the first time in the history of IIA Nagpur Centre and of PIADS that around 350 architecture students of VIII sem. of various colleges affiliated to Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) registered and worked in PIADS Campus for a week. PIADS not only hosted the competition by providing its full infrastructural support but also provided accommodation and dining facility for outstation students. During this period of six days PIADS had also organized cultural events for the students every evening.  The students of other colleges enjoyed working in PIADS Campus as well as the entertaining programs after the working hours.

Work of 19 students was shortlisted for the final jury. Members of the jury were Ar. Dev Bildikar from Bengaluru, Ar. Shirish Kembhavi from Pune, Ar. Paramjit Ahuja from Nagpur, Mr. Vikas Khurana, Director and Producer of stage craft theatre, Nagpur and Mr. Vijay Phansikar, Chief Editor of The Hitavada, the highly rated newspaper of Central India.

Archi Days!!!

A formal body of student representatives was formed, consisting of a  secretary, treasurer etc. to successfully conduct the events in the institute with participation of students and faculty. This venture not only exposes students to management skills which is going to help them in real world  but also gives an opportunity to interact informally with the teachers. The first event  was the Teachers Day celebration accompanied with the exhibition which focused on making it a special day for the teachers by entertaining them with cultural performances and on the spot events. The exhibition held a more serious note as it looked back on the work they had done in their college time. The exhibition not only helped enlighten the students but also delighted the teachers.

The other major event conducted by the student body was the annual fest, ‘Archi-Days’.


Archi-days 2015 - Exploring the colors of life.  The college fest which is a week-long celebration was held in February.  It was a delightful and enthusiastic program conducted by the students in concern with the faculty PIADS.  It also consisted of a welcome session for all the toddlers of the institute - "The Fresher's" and a grand ceremonial farewell to all the going to be architects of the institute - informal convocation and oath taking ceremony with several other cerebral days.

Joint Studio at PIADS

25th august 2012 - PIADS – LTIADS Joint studio, Nagpur

As always excitement is driven by the unknown, we seek thrill in understanding something new and we were really in for a surprise. The day began with our induction and tour of PIADS followed by a session of design briefing by the director Ar. Habeeb Khan, on sustainability of material and use of local material, such as brick, mud and stone. Materials native to the site of the design. As students seeking the thrill of the design, we were given a criteria of choosing these materials, anyone of them and then as an additional challenge we were to design this school in a cost effective manner, in the sense that the built structure must be economical and multi-functional in its purpose. As Ar. Habeeb Khan further briefed us about the site, he mentioned an important aspect of the design and the situation of a programme  which was a school to be built, taking the rural context as its foreground.

None the less our first day was a hectic dilemma of building construction and design programme as is any type of architectural competition or project. In the midst of all this curiosity and excitement new friendships sprung, as we got more acquainted and comfortable with our host institute we started developing a bond with them. This bond would go on to really make us share and understand the concept of our schools much better. The day began with excitement and ended with it, the excitement of going back to our hostels and rewind on our learning’s for the day. The next few days went in forming groups and creating the designs for a school. During this time many ideas were exchanged and plenty was learned. A trip to CSV Wardha, a lecture on building construction and services application and a visit, further cleared all the doubts on rural methodologies of efficiency in a structure.

P.I.A.D.S. Architect's Oath

Upon my honour I promise unending devotion to the task of continually studying, learning, seeking, experimenting, that I may become ever better educated and trained for my work.


Upon my honour I promise to my community undeviating adherence to the ideal service to my fellow men, as the goal of my effort, that I may honestly and fully earn my living—my right to live among them.


Upon my honour I promise to maintain that integrity in practice which will insure to each client the finest possible stewardship of his interest.


Upon my honour I promise in the execution of every commission to strive to create beauty as well as order, character as well as safety, spiritual value as well as convenience.


Upon my honour, I shall strive to achieve "meaningful, humane & sensitive architecture', which responds to context, climate, is rooted to its land and is an integral part of its people.


Upon my honour, I shall strive to achieve an architecture which respects tradition & culture of the people of the land for whom it is being built.


Upon my honour I promise to join with my fellow architects to make our profession of greatest possible usefulness and benefit to our society, to share and disseminate all valuable professional knowledge, and to pass on to the succeeding generation the full .And fine discipline of our profession, enriched because of my dedication.

Get Back to Home

Kite Fiesta

For the surprise of students, the Director of PIADS accompanied by Principal & staff organized a KITE FIESTA to give them break from the regular coursework on the auspicious day of Makarsankranti. The kites and the required accessories were all brought in the campus. Students along with the faculty enjoyed competing and flying the colorful kites in the college gardens all afternoon.

Oath Taking Ceremony

PIADS since last two years started a new event which is looked forward to by all the students and teachers, and specially the parents of the graduating students.  The graduating final year students seated on the dais take up the PIADS architect's oath given by Director Architecture LTJSS, Ar. Habeeb Khan.  The student's promise that they would abide by the Oath.  It is a proud moment, for the specially invited parents and the teachers as well.


Social Events

Founders Day

Lokmanya Tilak Jankalyan Shikshan Sanstha celebrates 10th October the birthday of its Founder & Chairman Dr. Satishbabu Chaturvedi as ‘Founders Day’ every year with some charity gesture for needy people of the society. Apart from these activities the college staff organizes various activities for the students.


Blood Donation Camp

The Faculty members of PIADS – Prof. Rashmi Dande, Prof. Archana Bele and Prof. Anuya Moharil along with students, in association with Jeevan Jyoti Blood Bank organized a blood donation camp at PIADS Campus. Around 40 students and 20 staff members donated blood on this occasion. The students were given certificates for volunteering in this social cause.


Tree Plantation

The tree plantation was organized on the eve of Shri Satish Chaturvedi Birthday. Thirty Five trees were planted by faculty and students not forgetting the non-teaching staff along with the dignitaries. The  trees were planted in the parking area and along the road. The students were excited about the plantation and promised to care for the plant till they are here in the institute.


Paper Lamp Making Competition

P.I.A.D.S. organized a paper lantern making Competition for all the students on the occasion of Founder’s day and received an overwhelming response. The competition's objective was to create an innovative light patterns out of lanterns. A presentation about the paper lamps was given by Ar. Purva Mange and Prof. Sarang Gurjar. The group consisted of five students of any semester .Altogether 235 students participated in 47 groups. The prize distribution  was held at 1:00 PM in the audio visual room. Attractive prizes and certificates for the best five entries were awarded by Prof. Pradeep Padgilwar and Prof. Ravi  Nafde.


Greeting Card Making Competition

Objective of this completion was to orient the students towards creativity & new design concepts with material innovation. Hundred students were participated in this event.

Creativity of the students came out in the form of unique designs of greeting cards and best greeting card was presented to Dr.Satishbabu Chaturvedi,Chairman,LTJSS.

Price distribution was held and students were suitably awarded.


Yoga Camp

Priyadarshini Institute of Architecture and Design Studies,Nagpur successfully organized  a five day yoga and pranayam camp under the able guidance of renowned Yoga and Pranayam experts Col. Pratap Jog and Mrs. Padmini Jog.





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