The alumni of Sir JJ College of Architecture have recently formed a group with its focus to celebrate the completion of 100 years of the prestigious educational institution. The group also has plans to follow this up with the authorities concerned to make the college a better place of learning.
A day-long celebration has been planned for December 14.
Parshuram Warwadekar, an alumnus, said: “We have plans to present papers and celebrate the centenary year. We will also request the college management to improve the condition on the campus by focussing on its heritage value. If we do not see any visible difference after that, then we will take up the matter.”
According to ex-students from across the globe, the campus of this prestigious institution lacks landscaping. “We want it to be preserved and maintained as a heritage structure,” added Warwadekar.
Sir JJ School of Art was set up in 1857 as the Bombay School of Art and Industry by Sir Jamshetjee Jeejeebhoy. Architecture as a distinct discipline was recognised in 1913.
“The beautiful JJ campus has been constructed in the Renaissance style. Sir JJ College of Architecture was the first and the only college teaching architecture in the whole of South Asia.
The college has the largest alumni base owing to its long innings,” said Rajiv Harmalkar, a member of Alumni Association of the college.