Master of Planning in Urban and Regional Planning is being offered by the Department of Planning as a two-year post-graduate program since 2010. In India, the growing needs of an increasing population, coupled with a very fast pace of urbanization, are resulting in depletion of natural resources, polluted environments, stressed economic conditions and fragmented social structure.
The rate of urbanization has increased manifold in recent years. It has been perceived that the urban problems, which have grown in recent years having direct correlation to the surrounding rural hinterland, cannot be handled in isolation. Issues related to urbanization thus need to be addressed holistically in the perspective of the region around. A study of resources and infrastructure of the region to provide a blueprint of balanced environmental and settlement system development is thus a priority in all institutes of planning.
This course aims to produce professional planners who are equipped to rise to the challenges posed today and assist communities, organizations, and policymakers in addressing the present-day problems of settlements and evolve new strategies for improving the quality of life in cities and regions. The students will be trained to address contemporary and emerging issues of cities and regions, through planning exercises set in varied geographical and socio-cultural locations. The emphasis of this program is on acquiring practical skills for spatial planning through studio and lab exercises. At the Post Graduate level of education, learning is not restricted to the academic curriculum alone. Students are encouraged to participate in workshops, conferences and seminars and develop their capabilities as a professional, both through enhancing their professional knowledge as well as through the development of personality. The program through the design and delivery of its curriculum endeavors to develop students as robust individuals capable of contributing meaningfully to the planning profession.