Department of Architecture
Outreach Programme of the Department
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ONE WEEK OUTREACH PROGRAMME on Rural Housing Design and Construction Awareness at Chattari Village District Bulandshahr. Organized by DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (14-18 January 2019)
Chhatari is a small Village in Pahasu Block in Bulandshahr District of Uttar Pradesh State, India. It belongs to Meerut Division. It is located 51 KM towards South from District headquarters Bulandshahr 9 KM from Pahasu village and 362 KM from State capital Lucknow. This Place is in the border of the Bulandshahr District and Aligarh District. Jawan Sikanderpur of Aligarh District is in Southwards to this place. As per census of India 2001 India the Chhatari village had a population of 15786.
Chhatari was the jagir during British India and was owned by Nawabs of Lalkhani a Badgujar Rajput community and the Chhatari fort along with guest house is located in the heart of the village.
The department of Architecture, Aligarh Muslim University in collaboration of Heritage Cell, Aligarh Muslim University is doing, exhibitions, workshops and hands on training programmes on yearly basis to sensitize the community about various indigenous and vernacular techniques of construction.
The initiative of Outreach Programme on Rural Housing Design and Construction Awareness was laid forward by Dr Mohd Khalid Hasan and Dr Mohammad Farhan Fazli along with the students of M. Arch programme at Chattari Village under the able guidance of Ar Nawab Ahmad, Chairman, Department of Architecture.
The team of thirteen members visited Chhatari village for one week from 14-18 Jan 2019 and explain the villagers about various rural housing designs and explain the simple and easy method of their construction. The first session was of the demonstrations and presentations to the local villagers. In the second sessions in afternoon, the hands-on training and the live demonstration to their problems were taken care.
The villagers come to discuss the issues related to their problems of construction. The most common problems which we have encountered are the rising dampness in the houses. We have visited several houses along with the villagers so that we can identify and demonstrate the causes of the problem and will provided hands on solutions and remedial measures to those problems.
The outreach programme to Chhatari Village was the first effort of the department of Architecture outside the university premises and was organised successfully. The chairman, department of Architecture and other faculty members appreciated the efforts of the team visited for this outreach programme.
The team members thanks the chairman for providing support to make this programme a big success. The chairman has given the credit to the University administration for providing bus and approval for the same. The chairman also thanks Nawab Javed Saeed of Chhatari for their tremendous help and support and providing food to the team members in Chhatari fort during the visit.