Introduction to History of Architecture in India

By Prof. Pushkar Sohoni   |   IISER Pune
Learners enrolled: 2518
The history of architecture in India is a material narrative of aspirations, polities, and societies in the region. From the Indus Valley Civilization to the modernism of B.V. Doshi, architecture has defined periods, peoples, and regions across India. This course is a brief introduction to a history of five thousand years of architecture in India, and provides a broad perspective on one aspect of material expression. 
PREREQUISITES : Any student who is interested in architecture or cultural history.l
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Category :
  • Architecture and Planning
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1  :  i. Introduction to History of Architecture,
 ii. Indus Valley Civilisation,
                 iii. Early Historic Period - Wooden and Cave Architecture
Week 2  :  i. Beginnings of the Temple,
        ii. Medieval Temples,
 iii. Islamic Architecture
Week 3  :  i. Sultanate Architecture,
 ii. Mughals and Rajputs,
 iii. Princely States
Week 4  :  i. Neo-Classical, Indo-Saracenic, Revivial Gothic,
 ii. Art Deco, Modern, 
 iii. International and Contemporary

Books and references

Christopher Tadgell. History of Architecture in India. (London: Architecture Design and Technology Press, 1990).ii. Percy Brown. Indian Architecture. (Bombay, D. B. Taraporevala, 1965).  

Instructor bio

Prof. Pushkar Sohoni

Pushkar Sohoni trained as a professional architect from the University of Pune, after which he received an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. His doctoral research was on late medieval and early modern architecture, and he received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a post-doctoral position at the University of British Columbia. He has authored many articles and books on architectural history and other aspects of material culture. 

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 27 March 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

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