Master of Planning in Urban and Regional Planning is being offered by the Department
of Planning as a two year post graduate programme since 2010. In India, growing
needs of increasing population, coupled with a very fast pace of urbanization, is
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. Emphasis of this
programme 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 development of
personality. The programme through the design and delivery of its curriculum endeavours
to develop students as robust individuals capable of contributing meaningfully to
the planning profession.
The curriculum is designed in a semester format comprising of four semesters spread
over the duration of two years with studio projects being at the core of each semester
and theoretical subjects plugged in, providing the underlying backbone of knowledge.
Use of state of the art computer applications for GIS and other spatial and non
spatial analyses is a forte of the School and finds extensive application in the
core studio projects integrated in the curriculum.
The first semester of the course referred to as the 'Integrated Semester' is common
across all specializations under Master of Planning in which the students will be
taught basic foundational subjects to enhance their analytical understanding of
planning. Students will also be introduced to planning history, theories and thought
besides the tools and techniques of planning. Students from diverse backgrounds
shall be brought to a common platform of understanding and shall be facilitated
to get an opportunity to learn the fundamentals across disciplines.
The Second and Third semesters will deal with core subjects of Urban and Regional
Planning. The main focus in these semesters will be on studio exercises and intensive
theoretical knowledge on core subjects to complement and supplement the studios.
Studio problems would address issues of regional and urban planning in consecutive
semesters respectively. Dialogue with government departments related with planning
of cities and regions is arranged during studio exercises to establish a meaningful
process and to generate a purposeful product.
The curriculum would also offer a wide range of elective subjects including common
pool electives (designed for all specialisations under Master of Planning) in the
higher semesters to encourage students to develop interests in diverse areas of
specialisation within the broad realm of urban and regional planning.
The subject 'Thesis Programming' incorporated in third semester will orient the
students towards finalizing their research work of final semester. Students will
take up an urban or regional planning topic in the final semester for their thesis
work having spatial implications on the natural and built environment. Topics of
research could be across a wide range covering many contemporary issues such as
environment, industry and economy, city sprawl and real estate dynamics, tourism,
urban infrastructure systems management, to name a few.
SPA Bhopal aspires to create professionals who are sensitized about the various
facets of planning for human settlements and who have the required analytical skills
needed for performing the assigned task related to planning and implementation.
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