Department of Urban & Regional Planning

Our Mission & Vision

<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Undergraduate Program<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning is a Multidisciplinary program covers the following fields:<o:p></o:p></span></p><ul><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Urban development and Planning.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Regional development and Planning.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Rural Development and Planning.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Environmental Planning.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Economics and Disaster Management.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Transportation Planning and Management.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Hilly region planning and Development.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">GIS and Remote sensing.<o:p></o:p></span></li></ul><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Aim of this program<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Urban and regional planning is a dynamic field that requires innovative solutions from committed and thoughtful individuals. Historically, it emerged out of the convergence of two concerns:<o:p></o:p></span></p><ol><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The provision of urban infrastructure.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The initiation of social reform.<o:p></o:p></span></li></ol><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Today, the underlying focus on community well-being continues, urban and regional planning has broadened to include the development, implementation, and evaluation of a wide range of policies. Specifically urban and regional planners, in both developing and developed countries, are concerned with:</span></p><ul><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The use of land in the city, in the suburbs, and in rural areas, and particularly with the transition from one use to another.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Potential adverse impacts of human activities on a limited physical environment and the possible mitigation of those impacts.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The design of the city and the surrounding region so as to facilitate the activities in which people need and desire to engage.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Settlement systems and the location of human activities in urban and regional space.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Identification of social needs and the design and provision of services and facilities to meet those needs.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The distribution of resources, benefits and costs among people.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The anticipation of change and its impact on how people do and can live.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Participation of citizens in planning processes which affect their future.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The way that choices are made, decisions implemented and actions evaluated, and the means by which those processes can be improved in urban and regional areas.<o:p></o:p></span></li></ul><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Our Identity<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">We view planning as a professional and intellectual endeavor. We are strongly committed not only to the education of the next generation of planning professionals and leaders, but also to augmenting the profession through significant research accomplishments that are disseminated widely to academic and professional audiences. The Department’s faculty, students, and staff therefore engage in activities that simultaneously serve education, research, and public and professional engagement functions.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">We emphasize the ecological, economic, social, and institutional aspects of urban and regional development and the theory and practice of planning processes. We teach and conduct research to improve understanding of human settlements and of planning situations and we focus on planning as the achievement of outcomes based on interrelated actions over time and space, not merely on individual policies or administrative decisions. Collaboration and close communication with a wide range of disciplines and professions is thus inherent in our approach. This collaboration is enhanced through faculty appointed in the department whose degrees are in architecture, economics, geography, history, law, political science, regional science, and zoology. We encourage faculty to pursue interdisciplinary research and to make scholarly contributions to both planning and fields closely allied with planning and we encourage and facilitate dual degree programs for students who wish professional qualifications in related fields.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">We recognize planning for cities and regions as a process with a design component, in addition to ecological and human behavioral components. As a result, we seek to leverage our location in the College of Fine and Applied Arts to exploit innovative collaborative education, teaching and engagement opportunities with design-oriented disciplines, especially with the Department of Architecture.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">We seek to understand human settlement and propose planning solutions at multiple spatial scales and locations—site, neighborhood, city, region, nation, and world. We therefore conduct research all over the world, and we seek a student body that is not just diverse in terms of gender, race and ethnicity, but also in terms of regional and national origin.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Job hunting and Scholarships for higher studies<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">From the experiences of last two decades, it is evident that Planners are working in Development Authority (RAJUK, CDA, KDA, RDA, etc), City Corporations (DCC, KCC, CCC, RCC, etc), Municipalities, different United Nations organizations (prominently in UNDP, WHO, UNHABITAT, UNHCR, etc), Donor organizations (GTZ-GIZ, OXFAM, DFID, DANIDA, SIDA, AusAID, UKAID, USAID, etc), implementing organizations (CARE, Caritas, ActionAID, CDMP, etc) and in the main stream of government BCS, Planning Commission, Magistracy, Police Department, etc. Therefore, being a planner by profession and affiliation, it reduces chance to be unemployed. Besides, comparatively planning graduates achieve more scholarship opportunities in Asia, Europe and Australia than other professional fields. Higher studies are supported by ADB, DAAD, VLIR-OUS, MEXT, ERASMUS-MUNDUS, Commonwealth and many other organizations.<o:p></o:p></span></p>