MARG Institute of Design & Architecture Swarnabhoomi (MIDAS) - a niche institution for architecture education is addressing global need for high quality architects. MIDAS is affiliated to Anna University of Technology, Chennai and approved by the Council of Architecture, New Delhi. As per the recent rankings, MIDAS ranks amongst the Top 10 Architecture Institutes in Tamil Nadu. In a short span of time, this is an achievement for MIDAS and stands testimony to the quality of architecture education being imparted at MIDAS with a concerted industry focus. Regular workshops, seminars and guest lectures by industry experts play a major role in keeping the students abreast with industry norms and developments. Curriculum at MIDAS is designed to factor the prevailing trends across the world.
A big plus for MIDAS is that it is strategically situated in the 22.8 million sq. ft. live lab eco-system of MARG Swarnabhoomi - the first of its kind SMART integrated industrial and Services Township with a fast emerging 200 acre education cluster, the EduCity. The best of the multi-domain students, faculty and infrastructure are rubbing shoulders at EduCity to provide a unique learning experience & facilitating a seamless integration of multi-disciplinary research, education and critical thinking in an enabling smart, sustainable environment.
Launched in 2011, MIDAS has successfully completed its second year of operation with 135 students. In 2012 MIDAS admitted 80 students (100%) and was also the top choice in single window counseling. Recently, MIDAS has recently received a Letter of Intent (LoI) from Council of Architecture, New Delhi, for adding another 40 seats to the B. Arch program, from the academic year 2013-14. The annual intake of B. Arch program post the increase will become 120.
GRK Reddy, Chairman & Managing Director, MARG Group who envisioned this world class architecture institute says, "To deliver true potential of real estate space and planned infrastructure, India needs 396,000 architects and 119,000 planners over the next decade. MIDAS as part of the first such future built environment, MARG Swarnabhoomi, is playing a pivotal role in developing best in class Architects and Interior Designers in the country. The philosophical foundation of MIDAS is its commitment to complex symbiotic relationships of education, research, theory, practice and a broad spectrum of creative endeavours relevant to significant architectural development."
The research eco-system of MARG Swarnabhoomi, which is being developed to provide cutting edge technology to the sustainable environment, is a strong catalyst towards honing the talent pool at MIDAS and this is supplemented by a host of amenities that MIDAS students’ enjoy viz. a well-equipped library, a futuristic studio, large spacious classrooms, audio & video learning support, a Wi-Fi enabled campus, residential accommodation with centralized kitchen, swimming pool and play ground.
Spread on land area of 2.5 acres, MIDAS also a Telugu Minority Institute, is one of the few schools in India to offer alternative career options to architecture students through an integrated curriculum and teaching methodology marked by international standards of delivery and assimilation.
Conceptualized with a vision to create milestone in field of Architecture studies in India, MIDAS is headed by Jaffer AA Khan, RIBA RAIA, and FRSA, an architect and academician of international repute, since last 25 years. A team of national and international faculty supports him to provide best education in field of architecture. MIDAS Pedagogy includes extensive projects and expert lectures from eminent Architects from India and abroad for real time industry exposure.
Speaking on the strong brand equity that MIDAS has been able to create in a short period, Prof. Jaffer Khan, Director, MIDAS said, "MIDAS in a short time has emerged as one of the key players in architectural education in South India. The efforts by the faculty and students have enabled us to critically think, reflect & research on contemporary issues in a built environment. Our unique design projects have made the institute a trendsetter in architecture education. MIDAS has endeavored to bring experts and the extraordinary performers in the field of architecture so that the emerging minds get a deeper understanding of architecture in creative, artistic and social contexts."
MIDAS has truly emerged as the nurturing ground for architecture based thought leadership. It is today synonymous with practical, industry-focused education and is attracting students from across the country. MIDAS has gained acclaim for extensive industry led academia. A series of academic excursion to architectural landmarks, participation in various architectural events & competition give ample opportunity for experiential learning at MIDAS.
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