School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada


The School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada (SPA Vijayawada) is a higher education institute in Vijayawada, India, specializing education and research in the field of urban planning and architecture. It is one of the two School of Planning and Architecture (SPAs) established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in 2008 as an autonomous institute and a fully Centrally Funded Technical Institution (CFTI). It forms a part of the league along with the other two SPAs: SPA Bhopal and SPA Delhi.

School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada
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Established7 July 2008 (7 July 2008)
Academic affiliation
Institute of National Importance
ChairpersonDr. Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'
DirectorDr. Minakshi Jain
Academic staff
42 full-time
Location, ,
CampusSuburban, 2.66 acres (1.08 ha)
Urban, 9.66 acres (3.91 ha)[1]
ColorsEarthen Yellow   and White  
AffiliationsNASA; NOSPlan
SPA Vijayawada


The roots of the institute are with a report made by the Institute of Town Planners, India (ITPI), on the request of the Ministry of Human Resource Development regarding the establishment of more SPAs, in addition to the SPA Delhi, established 1959. Based on this report, the decision was made to establish two schools, in Bhopal and Vijayawada.[2] On 7 July 2008, SPA Vijayawada was established as an autonomous Centrally Funded Technical Institution (CFTI).[3] In 2014, Lok Sabha passed a bill to make all the three SPAs "centre of excellence" on the pattern of IITs and IIMs, now it is a Institute of national importance.


Initially, the school was operated out of a temporary campus in Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur till 2011, before moving to its current campus. In 2011, the foundation stone of the Vijayawada campus was laid by Daggubati Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource Development. The present campus is located at Nidamanuru, on National Highway 5, close to the Vijayawada Airport (12.4 km only).[4] Expansion plans include building more hostels to accommodate the growing number of post graduate students, a state-of-the-art sports complex and residential quarters for doctoral students.

The Government of Andhra Pradesh is in the process of allotting nearly 60 acres of land, spread over two locations in and around Vijayawada, for the development of the school. Of this, the first 7.2 acres was handed over on 22 February 2010. In January 2012, design for the new campus was adopted as part of an all-India competition and it is proposed to develop it as an eco-friendly campus with state-of-the-art facilities. The proposed campus will comprise academic, co-curricular and residential facilities.[5]


The school is being run under supervision and guidance of a board of governors. The board comprises members from Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, Andhra Pradesh Government, two representatives of the Government of India from the fields of architecture and planning, representative of the Institute of Town Planners, Indian Institute of Architects, University Grants Commission, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi and All India Council for Technical Education.[6]


Academic programmesEdit

The Institute conducts educational programmes leading to the degree of Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.), Bachelor of Planning (B. Plan.) Master of Architecture (M. Arch.), Master of Planning (M. Plan) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.) in the following areas:

Degree Specialization
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) Architectural design and Building construction.[7]
Bachelor of Planning (B.Plng) Settlement design, developmental economics, photogrammtery and Remote Sensing, rural development, utilities and services planning, project planning, operations research, real estate valuation, disaster management, transport planning, housing, infrastructure planning, land use zoning and environmental monitoring.
Master of Architecture (M. Arch) Sustainable Architecture.
Master of Planning (M. Plng) Environmental Planning and Management
Master of Planning (M. Plan) Urban and Regional Planning
Master of Planning (M. Plan) Transportation and Infrastructure Planning
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.) All Architecture and Planning disciplines, interdisciplinary areas, humanities and social sciences.


Admissions to the under graduate programme is through the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, India. Foreign nationals, non-resident Indians (NRIs) and persons of Indian origin (PIOs) candidates are eligible to apply and should have qualifications from the foreign boards/universities recognized as equivalent by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) to be shortlisted for further evaluations.[8]


Institute rankings
Architecture – India
NIRF (2020)[10]9[9]

In 2020, SPA Vijayawada was ranked 19th in architecture by the National Institutional Ranking Framework.[10]1

Student lifeEdit

Newly built Student housing complex

The present campus started with two hostels. As the intake has gradually increased, today the school has four hostels. For the first three-year students, a separate hostel has been set up that can house almost 200 — future proof for the substantial increase in intake planned. In addition to these, school has a special quarters which houses visiting students and guest faculties. Two hostels are dedicated for final-year students with over special accommodation.

Dedicated mess facilities and round-the-clock canteen facilities are available between the hostels. The common rooms at the hostels have a 20" LCD TV with satellite cable, in addition to the facilities for playing indoor games. It is the scene of action for get-togethers, parties and informal discussions.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About SPA Vijayawada, India".
  2. ^ "Institute of Town Planners, India". Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Centrally Funded Technical Institution". Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  4. ^ "SPA Vijayawada address".
  5. ^ "Green SPA building design wins contract". The Hindu. 29 January 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Board of Governors' | School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada". Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  7. ^ "School of Planning and Architecture Vijayawada – B.Arch".
  8. ^ "School of Planning and Architecture Vijayawada – Admission NRI" (PDF).
  9. ^ "NIRF Architecture Rankings 2020".
  10. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Architecture)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.

External linksEdit

  • SPA Vijayawada