Department of Planning“City planning finds its validation in the intuitive recognition that a burgeoning market society cannot be trusted to produce spontaneously a habitable, sanitary, or even efficient city, much less a beautiful one”
- Murray Bookchin, The Limits of the City (1986)
Planning is an intricate art of shaping the built environment, which meets the various spatial, social, cultural, economic and recreational needs of people with an intention to develop living conditions. It is a profession that endeavours to achieve balance between resource conservation and design on one hand and a living environment conducive to the life style and affordability of the people, on the other.
Programmes of Study Offered
The Department started with the 4 year undergraduate degree programme of Bachelors of Planning in 2008, and has expanded its horizon by starting the 2 year degree programme of Masters of Environmental Planning and Management in 2013 and the 2 year degree programme of Masters of Urban and Regional Planning in 2014. The Department also has a Doctoral Research programme since 2012.
The Department of Planning has a judicious and wide range of expertise that includes regular faculty (Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors) and Visiting Faculty (practicing professionals and faculty from other educational institutes of repute) who contribute to different planning courses and subjects each semester. Core faculty members with expertise and background in Urban and Regional Planning, Architecture, Environmental Planning, Infrastructure Planning, Transportation Planning, Industrial Area Planning, Sociology, Civil Engineering, give critical inputs at various stages of the programme. In additions, industry experts, researchers, government officials, administrators visit the campus, interact and help students analyse complex urban planning and development problems taken up each semester.
Outreach and Projects
The Department of Planning undertakes academic, consultancy and advocacy projects and assignments from all over India. As part of every semester planning and design studio / lab, the Department aligns with various municipalities and/or regional development authorities across India and undertakes real-life projects that culminate in preparation of City or Zonal Development Plans, Mobility Plans, Environmental Management Plans, Regional Plans, etc., which is shared with the local administrations.
The Department of Planning also undertakes institutional consultancy projects, leading to client specific planning projects and has over 6 projects completed/ongoing. The Department under SPAV also serves as advocacy and advisor to Government of Andhra Pradesh and Government of India for proposals, evaluation and monitoring of development projects. Some of the successfully completed / ongoing projects where the Department of Planning is involved are –