The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all the universities and colleges to introduce a course or a subject on urban planning.
UGC has asked them to introduce a course at either the undergraduate level or post graduate level.
According to ‘timesofindia’, the University Grants Commission has written to all universities and colleges to include a subject on urban planning from the current academic year- 2016-17.
The decision is taken in order to meet the requirement of urban planners which India lacks. The fact that most municipal bodies in India do not have urban planners is a cause for concern.
According to A Shankar, National director of JLL, there are huge opportunities for urban planners in India with the government having five urban schemes to be implemented for which government needs urban planners who can come up with area-wise development plans in each municipality.
Also, there is huge disparity with respect to population, mode of transport, drainage facility and water resources.
The UGC directive comes after the implementation of smart city project by the Centre. Members of the UGC made a presentation to Prime Minister Modi on how towns and cities are emerging as key drivers of economic growth, and emphasized on the need for capacity building in urban administration and urban planning.
According to Jaspal Sandhu, UGC chairman, it was proposed that colleges and universities should start subject/courses on urban planning. Accordingly, vice-chancellors of universities are requested to start a subject/course on urban planning in your university and also convey relevant instructions to the colleges/institutes affiliated to the universities to take urgent steps for starting of this new subject course at graduate and post graduate level.