UGC asks HEIs to follow NITI Aayog’s recommendations for urban planning reforms

NITI Aayog’s Urban Planning Reforms recommends teaching History of Human Settlements, offering MTech programs under a Department of Planning, Public Policy.

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NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has ordered all colleges, universities and tertiary institutions to comply with the recommendations of “Urban Planning Capacity Reforms in India”, a report by the advisory committee of NITI Aayog.

The report lists a series of 14 reform recommendations. Some of them are in higher education. The advisory board recommends “developing India-centric solutions”. It was recommended that the history of human settlements in the Indian subcontinent should be taught to all young planners in a way that can help them become familiar with the planning and management of ancient and medieval human settlements in India.

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The Advisory Committee also recommends “More exposure in economics curricula” and a deeper focus on the subject of economics to be provided by educational institutions while training future planners.

NITI Aayog had constituted an advisory committee on “Reforms of Urban Planning Education in India” in October 2020. The consultation process resulted in a comprehensive document titled “Reforms of Urban Planning Capacity in India” in September 2021. He presented a condensed outcome of deliberations with committee members, leading experts, academics and professionals.

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According to the NITI Aayog report, the steps to strengthen the planning education system are as follows:

  • The history of human settlements in the Indian subcontinent should be taught to all young planners in a more comprehensive and analytical way.
  • Central universities and technical institutions in all states, union territories (UTs) of the Himalayan region of India can be encouraged to establish a “Department of Planning and Public Policy” and offer postgraduate programs cycle (MTech) with specializations in ‘hill area planning’, ‘environmental planning’, ‘regional planning’ and ‘rural area planning’
  • The Advisory Committee also recommends that all these institutions coordinate with the Ministry of Rural Development, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj and the respective state rural development departments or directorates and develop demand-driven short-term programs on area planning. rural.
  • “Planning” as a generic term, including all its specializations such as environment, housing, transport, infrastructure, logistics, rural area, regional, etc., or any other nomenclature approved by the Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE), should be included as a discipline in the Ministry of Education’s National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) to encourage healthy competition among institutions.
  • The Advisory Committee recommends that AICTE may retain the names of specializations according to the needs of the industry, while limiting them to an appropriate number, since 25 nomenclatures seems too high to be recognized and absorbed by the market.
  • The Advisory Committee recommends that institutions in the field of planning education identify leading international and national institutes, connect with them and sign mentorship agreements.

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