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Diploma in Traditional Indian Architecture


structure, curriculum and syllabi


Vastuvidya is concerned with the planning ,design and erection of artifacts in harmony with nature. Its roots can be traced to the evolutionary developments in technology (stapatya), arts and crafts (silpa) and philosophical thoughts (darsana) from the vedic times. The tradition of silpins, the technical treatment of  Sanskrit texts and documented information of the extant heritage monuments support this knowledge system. The education programme of diploma in Vastuvidya is conceived as a structured learning scheme to this master discipline.


Diploma in Traditional Indian Architecture (Vastuvidya) course is tested over target groups from different academic backgrounds and is structured to suit the entrants at any level. However the learners are cautioned that the Diplomas offered by the Institution are academic certifications on the competence in the subject and not the professional licence to take up technical practice related to buildings. Practice of technical aspects of buildings requires the professional licence as stipulated in National Building Code or State Building Rules.

Regulations OF THE Diploma in Traditional Indian Architecture (Vastuvidya) course

1.     The regulations shall apply to the Diploma in Traditional Indian Architecture (Vastuvidya) offered under 3 schemes

        (i) The weekend course is organised with weekend sessions of 2 hours duration.

        (ii) Fast-track mode is a fully residential programme of 4 weeks (20 working days) duration.

        (iii) Correspondence course is for outstation candidates in India or abroad. The academic contact requirements of the correspondence course will be normally 10 hours per subject (Total of 10 working days). It will be arranged at Kozhikode and Kochi. Exemption may be given from attending contact classes in deserving cases for professionals.

        Correspondence course is being offered now

2.     Diploma in Traditional Indian Architecture (Vastuvidya) programme will be of 5 course subjects, which can be completed within 6 months to 1 year.

3.     The course content of each subjects will consist of structured lessons, sessional work and open book examination. The medium of instruction will be English or Malayalam.

4.     The study material for each subject will be sent to the candidates in time so as to enable them to study the topics according to their convenience within the specified period.

5.     The sessional work shall be submitted as a portfolio along with examination answer paper of each subject for evaluation. All candidates who obtain 50% of the total marks for each course subject will be declared to have passed the examination.

6.     On completion of the academic requirements and the evaluation, the candidates will be awarded the Diploma in Traditional Indian Architecture (Vastuvidya) with mark list.

7.     If a candidate does not complete the course within two years of registration, the registration of the candidate shall be deleted from the rolls. There shall be no partial or full refund of fees already paid.



8.     Entry qualifications:

(i)      Degree in any discipline

(ii)     Diploma in Engineering/Architecture/Arts

Scheme of subjects

VV01   History of Architecture

VV02   Principle of Vastuvidya

VV03   Residential Architecture

VV04   Temple Architecture

VV05   Design in Vastuvidya

VV01. History of Architecture

i)      Definitions, origin and evolution of architecture.

ii)     Development of world architecture from ancient to modern times.

ii)     Indian architecture - ancient, vedic, Buddhist  and Jain styles.

iii)    Hindu, Indo-Islamic and Indo-European and modern styles.

VV02. Principles of Vastuvidya

i)      Classification of vastu, resource material for  study of Vastuvidya.

ii)     Dimensional system, standard scales and module for different uses.

iii)    Vastumandala attributes of form, orientation, yoni concept.

iv)    Analysis of mandala, vithivinyasa and padavinyasa.

VV03. Residential Architecture

(i)    A detailed study of Manusyalayacandrika or Mayamata.

ii)     General principles of settlement planning and patterns.

iii)    Selection and analysis of site, layout of buildings in a vastumandala.

iv)    Plan composition of residential buildings and construction techniques.

VV04. Temple Architecture

(i)    Temple as a symbolic building, overview of Agamic literature, Pan Indian temple typologies.

ii)     Resource materials, Silparatna, Tantrasamuccaya Silpabhaga, site planning for temples..

iii)    Temple plans and layout, Shadangas (six elements) of temple structure - details.

iv)    Ancillary construction - tanks, gopuras, theatres etc.

VV05. Design in Vastuvidya

i)      Knowledge base in Vastuvidya, prescription, exposition, conceptualisation, classification of buildings.

ii)     Creative principles, design principles - rhythm, balance and unity, study of design tables.

iii)    Planning and detailing of mandapa, square and polygonal types, sala and sabha.

iv)    Design and detailing of functional buildings and symbolic buildings.

For registration, please contact

The Executive Director


Project Office : Saranya, Balan K. Nair Road Ist Lane

Kiliyanad, Calicut - 673001, Kerala, India

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