Urban Planning is the force and mainstay of sustainable development of Urban environment. Its purpose is to find solutions for the use of land and public domains, environmental protection, infrastructure, supply network, and many other segments which make a city functional and operational. It is as much a technical process as a political process and aims at orderly development of cities, spaces and activities. It focuses on the physical form, economic functions, and social impacts of the urban environment and on the location of different activities within it. Because urban planning draws upon engineering, architectural, and social and political concerns, it is variously a technical profession, an endeavor involving political will and public participation, and an academic discipline. Urban planning concerns itself with both the development of greenfield land and the revitalization of existing parts of the city, thereby involving goal setting, data collection and analysis, forecasting, design, strategic thinking, and public consultation.
The course guides the students through field experiences and offers an excellent opportunity to apply their learning to create communities, accommodate growth, or revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas. Trained by master planners, they learn how to forage relevant information in the avalanche of data, and how to join forces with engineers, architects, geographers and planners. They also take real life lessons in collaboration with public officials, engineers, architects, and developers in the field.
Masters in Urban Planning gives exposure to best practices in urban planning and equips with theoretical knowledge and skills required in a professional career of planning and development of urban areas.The specialization is built around core subjects like the city and metropolitan planning, environment, urban planning, development and disaster management, land conservation, infrastructure planning, urban development management, legal issues, economics, urban governance, development financing and project planning.
Today's urban planners are trained to work with modern software tools like GIS, excel designed for planning. An urban planning student, as a part of his training, goes through rigorous scrutiny by jury that sharpens his presentation skills. They are also trained to prepare detail project reports.
The students have performed well in the academic exercises and I sincerely wish them good luck to achieve great heights in their future endeavors!
Sh. M. Palaniappan
Head of the Department