The Council of Architecture (COA) based in New Delhi, India, was established by the Government of India under the provisions of the Architects Act, 1972, passed by the Parliament of India, on 1st September, 1972. They are responsible for regulating education and helping architects in their profession in India. There are rules and regulations framed by the government of India and the council of Architecture according to the Architects Act.
A person who wants to start his career in the field of Architect must be registered with the Council of Architecture. On order to get the registration a person should posses the requisite qualification as appended to the Architects Act, after having undergone the education in accordance with the Council of Architecture (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 1983.
A person can only practice the architect profession once he/she is registered with the Council of Architecture and holds a Certificate of Registration with updated renewals. It also opens the opportunity of the person to use the title and style of Architect. Both these can also be used by a group architects, but the partners need to have the registeration with COA. The Limited Companies, Public and Private Companies, other juridical persons are not subject to entitle to use title and style of architect and also to practice the profession of architecture.