Master of Planning (Transport Planning and Logistics Management) is offered by the Department of Transport Planning as a two year post graduate programme. It is proposed to be introduced in the institute in July 2018.
In India, the share of the urban population is expected to increase to 40 per cent of total population by the year 2021. There is a tremendous increase in the personalized mode of transport in urban areas. With increase in population and number of private vehicles, issues in urban areas are also taking different dimensions. Transportation issues are one of the severe issues faced in many of the Indian cities. Lack of land use transport integration, coordinated planning, manpower, etc., leads to congestion, increase in accidents, pollution and wastage of national resources.
Sustainable urban transport, seamless public transport availability and provision for NMT are the objectives of National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) 2014 where people become centre stage. These objectives can be met only by creating specialized experts in academic, research and various implementing agencies including private and government agencies.
Transport & logistic Planners play a key role in ensuring that transport systems are efficient and equitable. For this, they need to understand the core principles, techniques and concepts that underpin the discipline. Compulsory modules ensure that all students, whatever their background, have a solid foundation including policy, economics, planning, modeling and data analysis. Optional modules then allow for specialization and expertise in specific areas. The focus of this programme is on planning and engineering solutions to transport issues, particularly how the design of systems determines the nature of flow of people and goods being transported. Students learn how to use planning aspects to meet the challenges of integrating different modes of transport and make it more sustainable.
The programme aims to address the complexities faced in the domain of transport and logistics planning in regions and develop innovative approaches to improving cities and regions.Emphasis has been laid on integrating theory and studio contents and application of theoretical inputs in the studio.
The present proposed syllabus is developed in keeping with the objectives mentioned in the preceding section.
Minimum educational Qualification with 55% marks in aggregate in any one of the following disciplines need to be fulfilled for admission into the Master of Planning (Transport Planning and Logistics Management) Programme :
B. Arch/B. Plan
B.E./B. Tech in Civil Engineering
Masters Degree in Economics or Statistics or Operations Research
Students shortlisted on the basis of above mentioned eligibility criteria are required to appear in an interview conducted by School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal.
The course is divided into four semesters. The first semester is common for all Master of Planning specializations, referred to as the ‘Integrated Semester’, in which the students will be taught basic foundation subjects to enhance their understanding of planning and to strengthen their analytical skills. Students from diverse backgrounds would get an opportunity to learn the fundamentals across disciplines and be brought to a common platform of understanding.
The Second and Third semesters deal with core subjects of Transport Planning and Logistics Management. The structure of the syllabus has one core studio with various theoretical subjects providing appropriate base of knowledge and tools. The studio problems would address issues of regional and urban scale in consecutive semesters. The subjects ‘Seminar’ and ‘Pre-Thesis Research Design’ in second and third semester respectively will orient students towards finalizing their research work to be taken up in final semester. There are electives offered in third semester. One in departmental elective and other is common pool.
There is an option for students to opt for a subject from Common Pool of electives across all disciplines of planning and architecture to foster a multidisciplinary approach prevalent in the Institute. The subjects listed under ‘Common Pool Elective’ in this syllabus are those that the Transport and logistics planning programme would contribute to the pool. Students would however have a wider choice of electives not limited to those listed in this scheme.
In the fourth Semester, the thrust is primarily on Thesis being undertaken on any topic related to Transport Planning and Logistics Management, having spatial implications on the natural and built environments. The final semester focuses on developing students as robust individuals contributing to the profession by assimilating and applying the learnings of the entire course.
Assessment and Evaluation pattern
The student will be as assessed and evaluated as per the academic manual.