To encourage research and publish relevant and original research work, the institute has started research and publication cell MIMANSA. Under the cell college has conducted many research works in association with students and staff of the institute. It includes -
This cell has been established by the college for Heritage Conservation Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation to document all listed heritage structures of Nagpur. The cell is working on maintenance manual of Grade-1 structures which would help Public Work Department to maintain all grade-1 structures of Nagpur. At the same time this would help in creating knowledge base and awareness of rich heritage of the city.
Design Cell is an activity of the institution with an aim to provide students an opportunity to deal with live projects. Exposure to the process of handling a project right from taking measurements or site survey to preparing concept drawings, giving presentation to client, preparing detail plans and other drawings, preparing estimate, tenders, etc. gives a picture of real professional practice to the students.
Also, design cell, in its agenda, is committed to take up one final year students’ thesis, based on social issue, to be promoted to the concerned department of the Government. This will give an added motivation to the students to take up different thesis topic and would widen their spectrum of social issues. Due credit would be given to the student.
Design Cell also gives exposure and practical experience to the teaching staff of the institution.
This is an attempt to give a new perspective towards teaching architecture. Amalgamating theory and practical work, certainly would help the institution to bring out professional architects with complete knowledge and are well equipped to enter the world of core architectural practice.
Currently the Design Cell is engaged in offering consultancy services to following agencies -
S.M.M. College of Architecture spreading its wings under the banner of Women's Education Society, added a feather to its cap in 2007 by introducing the Post Graduate Master's Program (M.Arch) in Architecture Education. This is a course which is designed not only to mould good teachers of Architecture in academics but also to add a broader analogical vision to practicing Architecture. With more than 43 alumni in this program, the institution felt an urge to address an issue which is very relevant in today's context considering that the percentage of girls opting for Architecture at Under Graduate level is 40-45% and those carrying it further as a career is only 10-12%.
It is observed that almost ten years of time after graduation is given to family and children by most of lady architects. Time constraints and continuity in profession are the biggest challenges faced by women. Hence, as an extension activity of the Master's program, COWA came in existence. It has been established as a guidance center to deal with the issues faced by women architects and also as a platform to deliberate on issues pertaining to them. The issues need to be resolved by all.