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Urban Policy and City Planning | An Online International Monsoon School Program | A One-Month Immersive Online Introductory Certificate Training Course | July 2023 | IMPRI #WebPolicyLearning


#IMPRI Center for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi, invites you to #WebPolicyLearning

An Online International Monsoon School Program
A One-Month Immersive Online Introductory Certificate Training Course on

Urban Policy and City Planning

Details of the #WebPolicyLearning:
Dates: July (4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26), 2023
Four Consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. IST
Platform: Zoom
Course Fee: INR 8000 (inclusive of GST)

Early Bird Discounted Fee (till June 4):
For Professionals: INR 5600 | For Students : INR 4000
Additionally, Bulk Discount can be availed for groups of more than 5 participants

Registration Form:

Payment of Course Fee:
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NOTE: Please don’t proceed to pay without filling out the registration form given above. For queries, write to: learningatimpri@gmail.com


India is urbanizing and Indian cities, occupying just 3 percent of land, contribute to 60 percent of GDP. Potentials of Indian cities to act as the engines of economic growth is constrained by infrastructure, finance and governance deficits. Cities are expected to meet the increasing demand for basic services, affordable housing and integrated transport systems. Of late, the climate change induced risks including cyclones, flooding, heat waves and so on have made the Indian cities vulnerable due to their location and diversity of geography. To foster sustainable development, mainstreaming climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in urban planning and policy frameworks is critical. The COVID-19 induced disruptions have exposed the inadequacies of urban infrastructure and disaster management response systems. The pandemic has grounded the crucial link between adequate housing, human settlements, and people’s ability to lead healthy lives. People belonging to the socio-economically backward groups and the migrants bear the maximum burnt of such inadequacies and adversaries on a regular basis, let alone the pandemic time. All these warrant rethinking the management of Indian cities, more than ever before.

In essence, urbanisation and unplanned growth have led to complex social, economic, and ecological challenges that the cities need to address, along with catering to the current demand for essential infrastructure services and resource allocation towards better urban management. There has been government attempts to address these challenges through disparate measures that range from governance reforms towards decentralization and myriad of central flagship schemes (JnNURM, RAY, SCM, AMRUT, PMAY, SBM and so on). Still, there are many shortcomings – e.g., there is a shortage of housing in India regardless of the socio-economic conditions, despite numerous housing programmes established by the Government. It is  not only the quantity but also the quality of housing that is imperative for a sustainable India. Many of these issues are social in nature  and can not be solved technically or solely by a programmatic approaches. Urban informality is pervasive and shape the entire spectrum of urban service provision from planning to implementation.

The four weeks/eight-day online training program has a comprehensive course structure highlighting the Indian urbanization and it’s array of challenges – infrastructural inadequacies, , sustainable housing and transport, governance deficits, infirm financial health, weak local capacity, informality and inequality, climate resilience and adaptation. This programme aims to bring together professionals from academia, civic society, and the commercial and entrepreneurial sectors to provide a solid interdisciplinary introduction to the fundamental concepts of urban theory and planning and relates them to the challenges faced by the Indian cities. It will explore possible approaches and policy recommendations for developing a resilient and sustainable urban infrastructure so that Indian cities are not only efficient as well as resilient but also liveable for all.

Themes of Week
Week 1: Overview, Planning, Policies & Schemes
Week 2: Economy, Finance, Infrastructure, Practice & Built-Environment
Week 3: Human Settlements, Social Security, Environment & Welfare
Week 4: Current Issues, Challenges & Way Forward

For Whom

This course is for anyone with a keen interest in the nuances and impact of urban planning and governance challenges. Urban practitioners, research scholars, civil society members, social entrepreneurs, working professionals, researchers, post-graduate and undergraduate students  would benefit from this course.

Benefits of taking the Course

Participants would:
• Learn from globally renowned scholars, and practitioners in the field of urban development, city planning and practitioners
• Gain first-hand insights and networking opportunities
• Get course outline and reading list from the experts for learning
• Get access to session videos for 15 days
• Receive a certificate of completion
• Have the opportunity to publish their essays on the IMPRI Insights Blog, which features the articles of eminent people from around the globe.

Upon successful completion of the program, each participant will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Program Experts
Dr Rumi Aijaz
Senior Fellow, ORF Urban Policy Research Initiative

Prof Chetan Vaidya
Independent Urban Advisor; Former Senior National Urban Adviser, Sustainable Urban Development Smart City (SUD-SC) Project Kochi supported by GIZ; Former Director, SPA New Delhi and NIUA, New Delhi

Ar Romi Khosla
Distinguished Architect, Researcher and Writer; Director, Romi Khosla Design Studios

Dr Ravikant Joshi
Advisor, Urban Management Centre, Ahmedabad and Former Chief Accounts Officer, Vadodara Municipal Corporation

Dr Glyn Williams
Reader, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield

Prof Shyamala Mani
Sr. Advisor, WASH and Waste Management, CEH, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)

Mr Sandeep Chachra
Executive Director, ActionAid Association, India and Ex Co-Chair, World Urban Campaign, UN-HABITAT

Prof Debolina Kundu
Professor, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi

Ms Vanessa Peter
Founder, Information and Resource Centre for the Deprived Urban Communities (IRCDUC), Chennai

Prof Amita Bhide
Professor and Dean, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai

Prof Priya Deshingkar
Professor, Migration and Development, University of Sussex

Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay
Associate Professor, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan; Visiting Senior Fellow, IMPRI

Mr Tikendar Singh Panwar
Former Deputy Mayor, Shimla; Senior Fellow, IMPRI

Mr Sameer Unhale
Urban Practitioner; Visiting Senior Fellow, IMPRI

Dr Simi Mehta
CEO and Editorial Director, IMPRI

Dr Arjun Kumar
Director, IMPRI

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Additional Details

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04/07/2023 @ 06:30 PM


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