December 15, 2011
The Honorable Members of Parliament
Sub: I oppose - Architects (Amendment) Bill 2010
Ministry of Human Resource Development had in August 2010 tabled in the Rajya Sabha ‘The
Architect (amendment) bill 2010’ (Bill No. LXIV of 2010) to amend the Architects Act, 1972. This
bill was later referred to the Department related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human
Resource Development which submitted its report to the Rajya Sabha on 25th January 2011
(229th Report..) The report was also tabled in the Lok Sabha on 25th February 2011. The report
makes some certain observations and recommendations which are apt and important.
Now we have learnt that the Hon. Minister of Human Resource Development has again tabled
the same bill on 14th December 2011 without any significant changes or giving due
consideration to the observations / recommendations made in the report by the parliamentary
We architects believe that the Architect’s Act (1972) needs comprehensive amendments that
would touch and answer wider variety of issues related to the profession in light of changes
that have happened during last 39 years in the society in general and the profession of
Architecture in particular. The Bill, in its present form does not carry any amendments that are
actually needed. Instead, it merely focuses on jeopardizing the autonomy and democratic
nature of the council of architecture to suit the wishes of the bureaucracy and the ministry.
Such amendments will be detrimental and harmful to the profession of Architecture and to my
sincere belief, will paint bad image of India as democratic nation.
I personally oppose the provisions of this bill and request you to consider and voice my
opinion in the house of parliament as my representative.