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Memorial Service for Minal Panchal

A Memorial Service for Minal Panchal shall be held at 2 pm on April 19, 2007 at the College Auditorium. All Alumni are urged to attend.

The below is a message from Prof Chauhan, Principal, RCA.


Minal Panchal, 26, a RCA graduate was killed in the shoot out at Virginia Tech, USA. She was among the 32 students and faculty members who were killed. She had joined the Virginia Tech only six month ago to undertake a Masters program in Advanced Building Science.

Minal Panchal studied architecture at Rizvi College of Architecture and graduated in 2003. prof. Pradnya Chauhan taught her Basic Design in 1st year and Architectural Design in 2nd year. Minal was a very keen observer and her sense of design was highly developed. her housing project in Rajasthan was quite articulated, and she was also very good in structures. She could weave aesthetics in visual language and structural systems quite harmoniously says A.Prof. Pradnya Chauhan who taught Minal in the early years of the course.

She scored the highest grades in the design dissertation in her class. Under the guidance of Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, she did her thesis on Children’s Museum at Borivali which reflected her deep humane concerns. She was committed to the ideals of evolving sustainable architecture which though innovative blended harmoniously with nature. She was a very sincere, patient and a sensitive student who worked hard and pursued the quest for excellence in architectural design, says Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, Director, Rizvi College of Architecture.

She is survived by her mother and her elder sister. She lost her father three years ago. Her father was an architect who encouraged her to take up architecture as her professional career. Her mother was visiting the sisters in the USA.

Dr. Akhtar Hasan Rizvi, President, Rizvi Education Society expressed his profound shock at the loss of brilliant student. He shall join the faculty and students of Rizvi institutions in the condolence meeting which has been organized by Rizvi Education Society on 19th April 2007 at 2.00 p.m. at Rizvi Educational Complex, Sherly Village, Off Carter Road, Bandra West, Mumbai 400 050.

May God bless her noble soul with eternal bliss and peace in her heavenly abode.

Prof. Akhtar Chauhan
Rizvi College of Architecture

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