The Pimpri-Chinchwad Educational Trust (PCET) was established in 1990 by Late Shri S.B Patil with a vision to provide value added educational platform to society in multiple dimensions right from Nursery to Doctoral programs in all professional streams. This vision further aided the development of the twin city of Pimpri-Chinchwad which was emerging as an industrial hub then. Wholesome development of any city is possible only when it provides all amenities to its residents, encourages economic growth, provides equity and the development is environmentally balanced (3E’s). The establishment of the trust has acted as a catalyst in accelerating this growth of the twin city, through imparting quality education to the younger generations. I thank all the trustee members of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Educational Trust (PCET) for their constant motivation and guidance.
The campus is ideally located near the Akurdi railway station and appropriately connects the other transport nodes, making commuting easy. It has ample open and green spaces dedicated to circulation and gathering. The campus is having various departments such as Engineering, Management, Computer Applications, School education along with the Architectural department. It is well equipped with facilities such as residential accommodation, sports ground, gym, cafeteria, mess, etc.
As the new principal I was happy to put into place a smooth opening of the New Architecture College Building. The building offers state of the art learning facilities to the students such as multipurpose lecture halls, studio rooms where students can gather, discuss and work on their assignments, a library, an auditorium, material museum, arts and crafts room and construction yards that go in hand with the teaching principle of knowledge beyond books. The under-graduate architectural course offered is affiliated by Savitribai Phule Pune University; working under the approval of Council of Architecture (COA), New Delhi and guidelines of the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Government of Maharashtra.
Our focus is not only to impart book knowledge but also provide exposure to site study, market trends and various aspects of building industry to our students. In order to keep up with the changing world we try to incorporate current development needs, such as Climate responsive architecture, Digital and Parametric architecture, Low carbon design, Environmental awareness and Social needs, etc. in our teaching objectives. The college is having faculty with expertise in Sustainable Architecture, Environmental Design, Construction Management, Product Design, Urban Design, Town and Country Planning, Landscape Design and Digital Architecture. The teachers are innovative, hard-working and strive towards complete personality development of the students.
We are molding the students to be smart professionals. In order to achieve this we are developing an intellectually stimulating environment in the college by organizing various events and inviting eminent personalities to interact with the students. The students have a good vertical interaction with their co-students and show equal energy in extracurricular activities such as sports, quiz, architectural student competitions, exhibition, National Association of students of architecture events (NASA) and cultural program. They have excelled in so many fields and we are proud of them.
I consider Life to be larger than just Architecture and hence look at failures as stepping stones to success. I foresee my students as successful architects, entrepreneurs, good human beings and leaders working their way up to the top and leaving their mark globally. Lastly I would like to quote that ‘Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure, so don’t let failure make you believe that you can’t do something, keep trying and you will realize that even sky is not the limit’.