Course Description

The 'Bachelor of Planning' is a professional technical course that judiciously trains wards in various aspects of designing, engineering, managing and resolving challenges related to urban human settlements. The Department of Planning offers a 4 year (8 semester) under-graduate programme in planning that is unique in the sub-continent and contextual to modern challenges of urbanisation. The course was envisaged and developed in late 1990s by the Govt. of India to meet the shortage of urban planners in the country.

The 4 year course curiculla was revised in 2011 based on AICTE models and follows a credit patterned CGPA system. It goes into the techniques and theories related to settlement design starting at the site planning level of a neighbourhood and moving up to the regional city planning context. Understanding relations between built forms and the citizens in cities and rural areas, and their implications on local environment, supporting utilities, transport networks, and physical infrastructure forms the core of the planning course. With an engineering orientation, the graduates emerging as urban planners are equipped with not only tools for rational comprehensive planning but also participatory and societal development.

The initial years of the course focus on the basics of planning learnt through undertaking live planning projects. Students are taken to various parts of the country where they work closely with the local development agency or administration, to prepare or update development plans at various levels, i.e., neighbourhood, sub-city, zonal, city and regional context. The students also are required to undertake theory subjects that touch upon various aspects of human and physical development and which ranges widely , for eg. applied mathematics, computer programming, developmental economics, photogrammtery and Remote Sensing, rural development, utilities and services planning, project planning, operations research, real estate valuation, disaster management, etc. The final year is spent on specialising on a particular planning aspect through the terminal project in fields like transport planning, housing, infrastructure planning, land use zoning, environmental monitoring, etc.

The Bachelor of Planning course adapts to the emerging global trends in the field every year, and students are groomed to work in multi-disciplinary planning teams. For further details about course structure, please see attached file.

Visiting Faculties in B.Planning 2008 - 2011.

The Department of Planning strives constantly to foster close relations with eminent professional planners in the country, both from practice and academics. It arranges frequent interactions with researchers and professionals of repute from across the country and beyond. Some of the persons, who have spent time in the campus in recent past are as below:

Prof. Dr. Ann Forsyth           Professor of Planning, Cornell University, NY, USA
Prof. C.R. Pathak        Former HOD - Architecture & Planning, IIT, Kharagpur
Prof. B.K. Sengupta     Professor, Dept. of Architecture & Regional Planning, IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Dr. Vinayak S. Adane   Professor, Dept. of Architecture & Planning, NIT, Nagpur
Dr. Somnath Sen         Professor of Planning, IIT Kharagpur
Dr. V. Devdas              Professor, Dept. of Architecture & Planning, IIT Roorkee
Prof. Dr. P.K. Sarkar            Professor, Dept. of Transport Planning, SPA Delhi.
Dr. Mayank Mathur      Associate Professor, Dept. of Planning, SPA, Delhi
Prof. Dr. Mahavir                 Professor, Department of Physical Planning, SPA Delhi.
Dr. Poonam Prakash    Associate Professor, Dept. of Planning, SPA, Delhi
Ms. B. Muthu Lakshmi    Dept. of Architecture & Planning, SAP, Chennai
Prof. Ch. Srinivas         Associate Professor - Architecture, JNFAU, Hyderabad
Mr. P. Pavan Kumar   Dept. of Arch. Bangalore University
Dr. I. V. Muralikrishna  Retd. Professor - JNTU, Hyderabad
Prof. N. Gopal Krishna  Former Professor, JNTU, Hyderabad
Prof. Ravi Anand Kamal    Professor in Architecture, JNA&FA University, Hyderabad
Prof. A.K. Maitra          Former Director, SPA, Delhi
Prof. Mona Iyer           Professor, CEPT University, Ahmedabad
Prof. Dr. S. K. Shrestha       Editor, Spatio Economic Records.

Mr. Debashish Pal       Senior Planner, KMDA, Kolkata
Mr. N. Git Kumar         Chief Town Planner, Govt. of Manipur, Imphal
Mr. Vijay Anadkat        Project Planner, GUDF, Ahmedabad
Mr. K. Mukundan         World Bank Representative, Chennai
Mr. P. Thimma Reddy  Chief Town Planner, Vijayawada Municipal Corporation, Vijayawada
Dr. Renu Khosla          Chairman, CURE India, New Delhi
Mr. Rama Krishna Rao Chief Town Planner, Tirupati Urban Development Authority, Tirupati, AP.
Mr. S. Viswanatha Rao  Director, Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority, AP.
Ms. Uma Adusumilli     Chief, Planning Dept. Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, Mumbai
Mr. P. Narasaiah          Addl. Director, A.P. State Housing Corporation, Hyderabad
Mr. P.A.S.M. Lakshman Rao    Joint Director, Town Planning, A.P. Hyderabad
Mr. B.R. Balachandran      Managing Director, Alchemy Consultants, Bangalore
Mr. B. Srinivasa Murthy     Vijayawada Municipal Corporation, Vijayawada
Mr. A. Sri Rami Reddy      Retired Director, TCPO, Govt. of A.P. Hyderabad
Mr. S. Srinivasulu Naidu    Former Director, Directorate of Planning, Govt. of A.P. Hyderabad
Mr. Sudhir K. Mahon         Retd. Professor, JNTU, Hyderabad
Mr. Rama Chandraiah      Planning Officer, VGTM UDA, Vijayawada
Ms. Vandana Shourie       New Delhi
Ar. Leonard Harper          Practising Architect, Vijayawada
Ar. Y. Vijaya Kumar          Practising Architect, Vijayawada
Mr. B. Srinivasa Murthy     Vijayawada Municipal Corporation, Vijayawada
Mr. Ramineni Venu          Sr. Lecturer, Govt. Polytechnic, Vijayawada
Ar. Kakku Lal Sohni         Practising Architect, Hyderabad
Ar. Sanjay Torvi               Practising Architect, Hyderabad

Dr. M.V.S. Raju               Professor - Dept. of Civil Engg. Siddhartha Engg. College, Vijayawada
Dr. K. Madhu Babu          Dept. of Economics, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur
Prof. Y. Siva Ramaiah      Head, Department of Civil Engg. Govt. Polytechnic, Vijayawada
Prof. P. Shankara Pitchaiah    Dept. of Geology, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur
Prof. G. Babu Rao            Principal, School of Architecture & Planning, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur
Mr. P. Srinivasa Rao         School of Architecture & Planning, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur
Mr. B. Sekhar Babu          School of Architecture & Planning, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur
Mr. P. Sarath Babu           Dept. of Geology, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur
Dr. V. Venkateswarlu        Dept. of Sociology, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur
Prof. G.V.S.R. Anjaneyulu  Dept. of Statistics, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur


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