Planning in India has gone beyond its traditional concerns for formal and functional spatial organization to addressing social/cultural issues and the processes of community change. Today, the field is being shaped in new ways by an increasingly pluralist society. The public realm is in the process of being redefined and reinvented. Many Indian cities are expanding at their edges at an unprecedented rate, impacting the peripheries in unsustainable ways. A renewed focus on creative and Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning is needed now more than ever.
Institute of Urban and Regional Planning came into being in 2006 as a result of deliberations held by Mumbai Study Group. It was realized that Mumbai a megapolis with gigantic urban problems and issues did not have a single institution offering training in the discipline of urban planning. For the first two years the Institute offered a one year Rachana Sansad Diploma in Urban Studies, but soon it was realized that there was a need to offer a two-year degree programme, so in 2008 we got affiliation from YCMOU Nashik, and started a two year part-time Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning. The masters programme is offered to Architects as M. Arch with specialization in Urban and Regional Planning, while it is also open for other disciplines like B.E. and M.A. in Sociology or Geography, and the degree offered here is Master of Science (M.Sc.) with specialization in Urban and Regional Planning. The Masters Programme and the Study center is recognised and approved after inspection by Council of Architecture (COA).
The objectives of the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning are:
To provide an in depth understanding of the complexities of built environment and its correlation to the socio-economic ethos
To provide practical guidance on navigating the legal and regulatory maze.
The course is specially designed to train students in sustainable urban and regional practices by stressing on environmental issues and resource management.
Lack of infrastructure and increase in densities in the developing countries like ours make it imperative to train planners in resource optimization.
Technological advances need to be utilized keeping in mind the ecology and thus stressing in balanced development.