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Become an Urban Planner with a Course in Habitat Policy and Practice

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At a time where engineering and medicine are the most popular sought after courses, there are some niche courses that might surprise you when you look at the rewards they repay for your passion. For those who like Physics and Biology but do not want to become the regular engineer or doctor, here's a course that lets you take part in the planning of your city and pays you off for your toil.

Become an Urban Planner with a Course in Habitat

What is a habitat?

Habitat comprises the elements available in a space that makes the place liveable. It includes the infrastructure as well as the living beings around.

Why create a habitat policy?

Urban development is a prime factor for a country's growth. It involves designing the infrastructure of a city with keeping in mind a lot of factors such as lake, water bodies, trees, plants, people - poor and rich, slum, etc. A proper policy for the welfare of the urban areas will help receive funds and grants for the future progress of the place.

Who can take the course?

Those who have a keen interest in creating and maintaining a neat environment can take up a course in habitat policy and practice either in their under graduation or post graduation.

Eligibility for PG in Habitat Policy

Graduates from streams such as Engineering, Architecture, Management, Physics, Geography, Planning, Law or Social Science can apply to this course.

Topics Covered in Habitat Policy and Practices Courses

  • Livelihood activities
  • social composition and rights of the inhabitants
  • resources, infrastructure and services needed by inhabitants
  • Understanding Society 
  • Introduction to Basic Economics 
  • Development Experience, Social Conflict and Change 
  • Sociological Perspectives on Urban and Regional Development 
  • Public Policy and Governance: Theory, Analysis and Advocacy 
  • Ecology and Urban Environment 
  • Basic Technical Capabilities of Habitat Professionals 
  • Urban Livelihood and Housing 
  • Habitat Planning: Theory and Practice 
  • Communication Non-Credit
  • Quantitative Research Methods 
  • Practical Field Work - Exposure Visit Non-Credit
  • Perspectives on Space 
  • Qualitative Research Methods 
  • Urban Economics and Urban Finance 
  • Urban Transport and Infrastructure: Policies and Practices 
  • Public Finance 
  • Urban Livelihood and Housing
  • Urban Water and Sanitation and Solid Waste 
  • Urban Governance in India: Policies and Practices 
  • Planning Studio 
  • Comprehensive Assessments of Projects 
  • Group Field Work 
  • Sustainable Development and Climate Change 
  • Political Economy of Urbanisation in the South 
  • Social Sector Issues in Cities 
  • Urban Water and Sanitation and Solid Waste 
  • Community Group Work 
  • Introduction to GIS 
  • Advanced Econo-Financial Analysis 
  • Analysis of Legal Instruments 
  • Analysis of Macro Data

Where to apply?

M.A. and M.Sc. programmes in Habitat Policy and Practice - Tata Institute of Social Sciences  
Post Graduation in environment and sustainability studies - TERI University, New Delhi
MSc in Sustainable Urban Development - University of Oxford, UK

Pay Scale for Urban Planners 

Rs 3,49,049 - Rs 12,32,425 per annum

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