The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all the universities and colleges under its jurisdiction to include Urban Planning as a subject in its curriculum from the current academic year.
UGC's chairman Jaspal Sandhu has written to the Vice Chancellors of universities saying that, it has been suggested to the colleges and universities to start a subject or course on urban planning. He has also asked the universities to convey relevant instructions to the college/institutes affiliated to the university to take immediate steps for starting a new subject course on Urban planning at graduate and post graduate level.
This directive from the UGC has been issued after the implementation of the smart city project by the Central Government.
Members of the UGC recently made a presentation to the Prime Minister on how towns and cities are emerging as key drivers of economic growth and emphasised the need for capacity building in urban administration and urban planning.
What is Urban Planning?
Urban planning can be defined as a technical and political process concerned with the welfare of people, control of the use of land, design of the urban environment including transportation and communication networks, and protection and enhancement of the natural environment. Read more about Urban planning, its scope and career opportunities.
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