Faculty at Department of URP

We have experienced faculty members in the department having expertise in various related specializations. All the faculty members are academically committed and professionally trained. Besides the specialization of urban and regional planning, we have faculty having expertise in the related domains such as environmental planning, transport planning, architecture, geography, civil engineering, economic and finance, etc. Also, the department is ably supported by the administrative staff to take care of the labs along with other support staff.



Dr. Binayak Choudhury

Head of the DepartmentUrban and Regional Planning
MA (Economics, NE Hill University)MRP (IIT Kharagpur)PhD (Regional Economics, Gauhati University)
Work Experience:Teaching and Research 30 years
Institutional Research:
Research Interests: Regional Planning & Development Analysis, Urban Economics, Municipal Governance & Finance, Economterics.
Subjects at MURP: Demography & Economics, Quantitative Techniques, Regional Planning & Development, PPP in Development, Project Planning & Appraisal

Dr. Nikhil Ranjan Mandal

ProfessorB. Arch (IIT Kharagpur)M. Plan (SPA, Delhi)PhD (BIT, Mesra Ranchi)
Work Experience: Teaching and Research 30 years
Institutional Research:
Research Interests: Industrial Development Strategies, Urban Competitiveness, Role of DCR.
Subjects at B.Plan: Planning Studio, Housing
Subjects at MURP: Planning Studio, Project Planning & Appraisal, Planning History & Theory, Community Planning

Dr. Natraj Kranthi

ProfessorUrban and Regional Planning
B. Arch (JNTU, Hyderabad)MURP (JNTU, Hyderabad)PhD (Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad)
Work Experience: Teaching, Research and Administration 18 years
Research Interests: Urban Land Tenure, Inclusive Planning, Urban Morphology, Geospatial Modelling, Architectural Daylight.

Dr. Sheuli Mitra

Assosiate ProfessorB. Arch (Jadavpur University, Kolkata)MCP (IIT Kharagpur)PhD (Jadavpur University)
Work Experience:Teaching and Research 20 years, Industry 8 Years
Institutional Research: Shelter for All by MHRD, GoI, Climate resilient planning for 5 Smart Cities in MP funded by EPCO, GoMP, Study to develop appropriate Housing Design ALternatives for Geo-Climatic Region covering MP, CG, and Inland MH by MHUPA, GoI
Research Interests: Urban Renewal. Transportation and Real Estate, Land Economics.
Subjects at MURP: Thesis Guidance, City Planning, Land Economics and Real Estate Planning, Introduction to Area Planning

Dr. Ashfaque Alam

Assistant ProfessorMA (Geography, Jamia Millia Islamia Central University, Delhi)M. Plan (SPA Delhi)PhD (SPA Bhopal)
Work Experience:Teaching and Research 11 years, Industry 11 years
Institutional Research:
Research Interests: Impact of Spatio-functional determinants of small towns on Regional Development, Small & Mediu m Towns, District Development.
Subjects at MURP: Demography & Economics, Regional Planning & Development, Special Area Planning, Planning Studio

Dr. Kshama Puntambekar

Assistant ProfessorB. Arch (MIET, Nagpur University)M. Tech (Urban Planning, VRCE, Nagpur)PhD (Integrated Land Use & Transport Planning, MANIT, Bhopal)
Work Experience:Teaching and Research 20 years
Institutional Research:
Research Interests: Integrated Land Use and Transport Planning, Land Use and Travel Behaviour, Urban Biodiversity.
Subjects at MURP: Planning Studio, Planning Theory & Techniques, Geoinformatic Lab, Disaster Management, Planning for Mega Cities.

Dr. Kakoli Saha

Assistant ProfessorB. Sc. (Geography, Presidency University, Kolkata)M. Sc. (Geography, University of Calcutta, Kolkata)PhD (Applied Remote Sensing, Kent State University, Ohio, USA)
Work Experience:Teaching and Research 16 years
Institutional Research: Optimization of Photovoltaic Solar Panel Installation, IMPRESS Research Project under ICSSR, Universal Design Innovation for Heritage Sites, DIC, MHRD
Research Interests: Application of GIS & Remote Sensing in spatial planning, Visualization of digital terrain, Use of GPS to locate Meso-scale landforms.
Subjects at MURP: GIS Lab, Computer Application

Dr. Arti Jaiswal

Assistant ProfessorB. Arch (MANIT Bhopal)M. Plan (Housing, SPA, Delhi)
Work Experience:Teaching and Research 15 years
Institutional Research:
Research Interests: Urban Transformations, Housing, Heritage Conservation as a tool for Urban Regeneration.
Subjects at MURP: Housing, Evolution of Urban and Regional Planning, Real Estate Planning and Valuation

Mr. Premjeet Das Gupta

Assistant ProfessorB. Arch (Jadavpur University)MCP (IIT Kharagpur)PhD Ongoing SPAB
Work Experience:Teaching and Research 15 years
Institutional Research:
Research Interests: Urban Transport, Urban Governance.
Subjects at MURP: Transportation Planning & Management, Local Governance, Management and Finance

Mr. Paulose N. Kuriakose

Assistant ProfessorMA (Geography, University of Kerala, Trivandrum)MURP (CEPT University Ahmadabad)Diploma in Transport Economic and Management (Indian Rail Institute, Delhi)PhD (Ongoing) SPAB
Work Experience:Teaching and Research 10 years, Industry 3 years
Institutional Research:
Research Interests: Urban Transportation, Urban Infrastructure Issues & Management, Policy Studies, GIS based Urban and Regional Planning.
Subjects at MURP: Integrated Studio, Planning Legislation, Disaster Management, Geomatics, Sustainable Urban Development

Mr. Gaurav Vaidya

Assistant ProfessorBE (Civil Engineering, MITS, Gwalior)M. Plan (Infrastructure Planning, CEPT University, Ahmadabad)PhD (Ongoing) SPAB
Work Experience:Teaching and Research 7 years, Industry 8 years
Institutional Research:
Research Interests: Urban Infrastructure System, Urban Sanitation Management, Urban Environment Management, Urban Poverty Issues.
Subjects at MURP: Infrastructure Planning, Transport Planning, Planning Challenges for Mega Cities

Mr. Vibhore Bakshi

Assistant ProfessorB. Plan (SPA Bhopal)MURP (CEPT University, Ahmadabad)PhD (Ongoing) IIT Roorkee
Work Experience:Teaching and Research 6 yearsPursuing Phd: IIT Roorkee
Institutional Research:
Research Interests: Infrastructure Planning, Urban and Regional Planning.
Subjects at MURP: Integrated Planning Studio, Infrastructure Planning, PPP in Development, Regional Planning and Development

Ms. Aparna Soni

Assistant ProfessorB. Arch (UPTU APEEJAY School of Architecture and Planning)MURP (CEPT University, Ahmadabad)PhD (Ongoin) OP Jindal
Work Experience:Teaching and Research 9 years
Institutional Research:
Research Interests: Urban and Regional Governance, Planning Legislation in India, Land & regulatory framework, Real Estate Market Analysis.
Subjects at MURP: Planning Studio, Urban Governance & Management, Integrated Studio

Ms. Anuradha Chakrabarti

Assistant ProfessorB. Sc (Calcutta University)M.Sc (Calcutta University)M.Plan (CEPT University, Ahmedabad)
PhD (Ongoin) : Dual Doctorate Degree between IIT KGP & Curtin University
Work Experience:Teaching and Research 3 years
Institutional Research:
Research Interests: Critical Urban Theories ,Migration, Subalternism etc.
Subjects at MURP: Planning Studio,Planning History and Theory, Regional Planning , Settlement, Ecology & Environment,