The National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA, India) is the largest architectural student body in the world with over 300 dues-paying colleges with participation from other student bodies and colleges in India and across the globe. NASA, India is an autonomous, non-profitable, non-political, non-religious, and democratic body for the undergraduate students of Architecture in India.
The objective of the organization is to create a platform for architecture students to learn, interact and grow.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The organization aims to bridge the gap between the students and professionals of the fraternity and those affected by their outcomes.
It is the voice of the student community helping students stage their opinions and issues.
MISSION AND VISION
BEING THE VOICE
NASA, India voices out the concerns, pitches students’ issues to find solutions pertaining to Architect and education.
BRIDGING THE GAP
All for one, one for all, together we are the vision:” connecting students and professionals for a united fraternity.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The promise of assisting non-government and government organizations in relief work, rehabilitation, research, and documentation to serve the community.
CREATING A PLATFORM
The organization is a forum for everything an undergraduate architecture student should know, learn, and seek: to showcase and share critical ideas.
Together we work, for the students, by the students and of the students”, through an elected council for, every student is represented in the organization.
The students are the strength. To strengthen the students, the organization is principled to work with democracy creating a legacy of 62 years and counting.
The genesis starts with seven colleges in 1957 to 300 to date and counting.
NASA is no doubt one of the largest Architects student bodies in the world. The fact the body has survived for six decades is itself the evidence of leadership and the student hope for the future. In any society change is brought by young people, and in India change in architectural education, I hope, will be brought out by the young minds of the Nation Association of Students of Architecture. With the growing number of schools in the country, Nasa has become a potential force in future, and this will bring a big change in Architectural education and profession in India. I believe that the IIA should have a student representative in their committees and bodies…. It is no longer a student Jambori and, it has become a student platform where the young minds meet not only to have fun but also exchange a lot of new ideas. This is important for the development of the future of the country and for nurturing young minds.
AR. JAFFER KHAN ( Principal, Jaff Design Studio, Auckland, New Zealand )
I must congratulate NASA for doing something I did not believe was possible - of doing fieldwork, documentation and actually creating things hand-on. I can see that there are interesting developments afoot and a lot of young people are trying to make a difference and bring about a change in the world of architecture
AR. SANJAY PRAKASH ( SHiFt, Studio for Habitat Future )
NASA is very beneficial for all those who make it a point to attend and also be a part of the preparation at their respective colleges whether it is zonal NASA or annual NASA, the entire energy level is completely different from what happens on the routine bases in the colleges. When we go to participate in NASA activities it is an opportunity to compare your work with other colleges at the same level which creates a sort of peer competition. There are a lot of conversations and exchanges of ideas, that you come back with a changed perspective and as a completely changed person.
AR. MADHAV JOSHI ( Madhav Joshi and Associates, Pune )
NASA used to be a small affair during my time in 1975 but now, it is an evolved system with thousands of participants, speakers, and events; it has grown exponentially. It is quite a unique experience; I cannot recollect any other student organization to have grown with such huge numbers of members; the kind of events the organization hosts is unique by itself; that said, one of the most important aspects NASA does is connecting students, this was the primary reason for its establishment and through years, the goal has been growing tremendously
Prof. Manoj Mathur ( School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi )
NASA for me is a parallel education system. That is the greatest strength of Nasa. I can say that as much the student can get from the college, that much itself can be given by Nasa alone. I would definitely like to encourage more and more students to participate in NASA, because it's a completely different world. Students can gain a huge amount of knowledge by participating in Nasa and working with the group for the preparation for NASA.