Urban Policy and City Planning
Urban Policy and City Planning

Urban Policy and City Planning

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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
Teaser: https://youtu.be/2uVDNK9To9Q


#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 in July
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. IST
Platform: Zoom
Teaser: https://youtu.be/2uVDNK9To9Q | https://youtu.be/u7ZlAP38114

Course Fee: INR 8000 (inclusive of GST)
Discounted Fee:
For Professionals: INR 6400 | For Students: INR 4800
Additionally, Bulk Discounts can be availed for groups of more than 5 participants

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Payment of Course Fee:
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India is urbanizing and Indian cities, occupying just 3 percent of the land, contribute to 60 percent of the GDP. Potential 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, climate change induced risks including cyclones, flooding, heat waves, and so on have made Indian cities vulnerable due to their location and diversity of geography. Mainstreaming climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in urban planning and policy frameworks is critical to foster sustainable development. 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 during the pandemic time. All these warrant rethinking the management of Indian cities, more than ever before.

In essence, urbanization 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 toward better urban management. There have been government attempts to address these challenges through disparate measures that range from governance reforms towards decentralization and the 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 programs 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 programmatic approaches. Urban informality is pervasive and shapes 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 Indian urbanization and its 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 program 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 relate them to the challenges faced by 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 interested in the nuances and impact of urban planning and governance challenges. Urban practitioners, research scholars, civil society members, social entrepreneurs, working professionals, researchers, and 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.

Teaser: https://youtu.be/2uVDNK9To9Q | https://youtu.be/u7ZlAP38114


Program Experts

Chair: Dr Rumi Aijaz, Senior Fellow and Head, Urban Policy Research Initiative, Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi

Dr M Ramachandran, Former IAS officer and Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India

Prof Chetan Vaidya, Independent Urban Advisor; Former Director, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi

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

Dr Deepak Sanan, Former IAS Officer and Ex-Additional Chief Secretary, Himachal Pradesh; Senior Visiting Fellow, Centre for Policy Research (CPR); Senior Advisor, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS)

Prof R B Bhagat, Former Professor and Head, Department of Migration & Urban Studies, International Institute of Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai

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

Prof Shyamala Mani, Senior Advisor, WASH and Waste Management, CEH, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI); Former Professor, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi

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

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

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, UK

Mr Sameer Unhale, Joint Commissioner, Department of Municipal Administration, Government of Maharashtra; Urban Practitioner; Visiting Senior Fellow, IMPRI

Dr Akshaya K Sen, Joint General Manager (Economics), Housing & Urban Development Corporation Ltd. (HUDCO)

Mr Leo F. Saldanha, Founding Trustee and Coordinator, Environment Support Group (ESG), Bengaluru

Mr Srinivas Alavilli, Fellow, Integrated Transport and Road Safety, World Resources Institute (WRI) India

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

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

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

Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay
Mr Tikender Singh Panwar
Mr Sameer Unhale
Dr Simi Mehta, CEO and Editorial Director, IMPRI
Dr Arjun Kumar, Director, IMPRI

Teaser: https://youtu.be/2uVDNK9To9Q | https://youtu.be/u7ZlAP38114

Registration Form: https://forms.gle/rBDLYzkxaYhLXt54A

Participants List & Details: 

Participants List and Details
Urban Policy and City Planning
A One-Month Immersive Online Introductory Certificate Training Course
July 2023 | IMPRI #WebPolicyLearning
Full NameDesignationOrganisationLocation
A S SaaralStudent of Masters of urban designSPA DelhiDelhi
Aishwarya Jhastudentcivil services aspirantnew delhi
Anil NimeshArchitect plannerAnil NimeshDehradun
Ankita KaushikDoctoral Research ScholarDepartment of English, University of DelhiDelhi
Ankur VermaStudentSouth Asian UniversityLucknow
Anoushka Osazuwa AkhigbeStudentNaChennai
Anushka GokhaleSenior Product DesignerCivicDataLabPune
Arunima RajanIndependent JournalistNAMumbai
Asim Kumar MandalAssistant Manger-ProjectSave the ChildrenPatna
Asmi SharmaResearcherAICC Research Department, Land Conflict WatchNew Delhi
Azizur RahimArchitect/Designer Vastu consultantLOYARCHIMurshidabad, West Bengal
Dhruv TapadiaResearch StudentSarvajanik College of Engg & Technology, SuratSurat
Diksha JoshiStudentAmbedkar universityDelhi
Diya GuptaBachelor in Science in Economics – 2020-23Sarla Anil Modi School of EconomicsAhmedabad
Dr G PadmajaAssistant Professor,CED, MVSRECMVSR Engineering CollegeHyderabad
Dr. Paramjeet ChawlaConsultant/ TBDWRIDelhi
Dr. Sanjay PatilResearch AssistantUniversity of MumbaiMumbai
Dr. Siddharth SinghResident, Dept of Community MedicineInstitute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu UniveristyVaranasi
Dr. Vijay YadavAssistant ProfessorJ S Hindu P G College AmrohaAmroha
Harshaa KawatraStudent/InternDUDelhi
Heena DahiyaPhD ScholarIIT RoparRupnagar, Punjab
Hyacinth PintoArchitectPublic Works Department, Govt of GoaPanaji
Jahanavi SharmaStudentBartlett Development Planning Unit, University College LondonLondon
Jyoti KalashCM’s Urban Leader FellowDelhi GovernmentDelhi
Mahek AgarwalInternIMPRIVizag
Malishka GuptaArchitect , Aspiring plannerfaculty of architecture and planningLucknow
Manjima AStudentUniversity of HyderabadKannur
Mansi GargArchitectIMPRI indiaDelhi
Meha SinhaGraduateLady Shri Ram College for WomenNoida
N P KUSUMA KUMARIARCHITECTdeepika architects and engineersHYDERABAD
Navendu MishraSenior Consultant – Research, Policy and Business StrategyIndependent ProfessionalNew Delhi
Nayan Jyoti HazarikaCEOGoing Tech Solutions Pvt LtdMangaldai, Assam
Neha KatareStudentMadhav institute of technology and scienceGwalior
Neha RameshResearch AssociateProf. Rajeev Gowda Office (Ex- INC MP, Ex-IIMB)Bangalore
Nimisha SharmaDeputy General ManagerUPSIDALucknow
Nisha NairStudentIIT BOMBAYMumbai
Potnuru Rajasekhar
Prabhakar Kumar PrajapatiActivistShahari Garib Vikas SangathanPatna
Prachi ChiraniaAnalystIPE Global Pvt. Ltd.Bangalore
PrasanthSelf EmployeeEdenz IndiaNamakkal
Prerna DixitIAS, Deputy Development Commissioner, HazaribagGovernment of JharkhandHazaribagh
Priyanka NegiResearch internImpact & Policy Research InstituteDelhi
Rahul SharmaNoNoDelhi
Rajashree KotharkarProfessorVNIT NagpurNagpur
Rishav SankrityayanPG Student (Master’s in Public Policy)IIT DelhiNew Delhi
Rita Mody JoshiArchitectRita Mody JoshiCalangute
Sanchi MadnaStudentTata Institute of Social SciencesHyderabad
Saptadipa MallickFreelance illustrator presently.Not associated with any organisation at the moment.Kolkata
Sarath Balaji RamananFounderCollaborative Design WorksChennai
Satya OzaPhD StudentAhmedabad UniversityAhmedabad
Satyajit DwivediRegional DirectorSAS / TERI-SASNew Delhi
Satyam RajMGNFDepartment of IndustriesDaporijo
Saylee JogAssistant ProfessorGokhale Institute of Politics and EconomicsPune
Shivam ThakurStudentNMIMS, Navi Mumbai CampusMumbai
Shiven MisraArchitectNANew Delhi
Shourya MehtaStudentDelhi UniversityNew Delhi
Sonal DsouzaNANAMumbai
Srestha ChatterjeeStudentSelf-employedKolkata
Tanay ThakurStudentUniversity of HyderabadKolkata
Vaishali SinghResearch InternIMPRIChandigarh
Vaishnavi NandedkarStudentCardiff UniversityPune, Maharashtra
Vansh ShahStudentOP Jindal Global UniversityMumbai
Vikas DohareEnvironment SpecialistAeron Systems Pvt LtdPune
Yugeshwari VArchitectIIT Madras Research ParkChennai

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Date And Time

04/07/2023 @ 06:30 PM to
26/07/2023 @ 08:30 PM

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