M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning is a two (four semesters) full-time postgraduate programme that seeks to expand limits of urban and regional planning theories to cater the urban agglomeration. To seek admission to the course a candidate should have passed B.Arch/B.E (Civil)/B.Planning/M.A or M.Sc in Geography/ Sociology/ Economics by securing minimum 50% in aggregate or equivalent CGPA from a recognized University.
M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning course is offered by some of the top institutes of India, these are:
The selection of eligible candidates is done on the basis of entrance exam conducted by the concerned universities/institutes. Candidates may even appear for a personal interview and/or group discussion as per concerned institute’s norms.
Being a specialized course, M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning course focuses on various processes of planning and new techniques such as GIS. The course includes studio exercises, live case studies related to urban development issues, summer internship and dissertation submission.
The fee varies across institutes and shall range between INR 50,000 and 3.6 Lacs. A successful M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning postgraduate shall have job opportunities in both the public and the private sector in the capacity of Town Planner/GIS Expert/Urban Managers/Urban Planner etc. A fresh post graduate with no experience is likely to get an entry-level salary between INR 2.5 Lacs and 5 Lacs. An individual holding prior work experience is likely to get a higher salary package.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Duration of Course||2 years|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||B.Arch/B.E (Civil)/B.Planning/M.A or M.Sc in Geography/ Sociology/ Economics with at least 50% in aggregate or equivalent.|
|Admission Process||Entrance, Personal Interview and/or Group Discussion|
|Annual Course Fee||INR 50,000 – INR 3,60,000|
|Average Salary||INR 2,50,000 – INR 5,00,000|
|Top Recruiting Areas||Public Bodies, Municipal Corporations, Multinational Corporation, Construction Companies, Architecture Companies, Urban Development Authorities|
|Top Recruiters||ICF, All India Institute of Local Self-Government, CIDCO, GSK and Company, IBI Group, L&T Infrastructure Engineering Ltd, Ernst & Young, Egis India|
|Job Profiles||Town Planner, GIS Expert, Urban Managers, Urban Planner|
M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning gives exposure to best practices in urban planning and equips with theoretical knowledge and skills required in a professional career of planning and development of urban areas.
The specialization is built around core subjects like the city and metropolitan planning, environment, urban planning, development and disaster management, land conservation, infrastructure planning, urban development management, legal issues and project planning.
At the end of M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning course, students will learn to understand, analyze and apply critical thinking to provide integrated and interdisciplinary solutions on urban development issues. Through practical exercises, theory, internship, field visits and individual research projects, the course equips students with thorough knowledge to plan from regional to urban area levels. Post Graduates are likely to get excellent campus placements and job opportunities on their own.
|Name of Institute||Location||Fee in INR|
|Arvindbhai Patel Institute of Environmental Design||Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat||INR 1,00,000 (per year)|
|BIT, Ranchi||Mesra, Ranchi||INR 4,80,000 (total fees)|
|CEPT University||Ahmedabad, Gujarat||INR 1,80,000 (per semester)|
|School of Planning & Architecture||New Delhi||INR 50,000 (per year)|
|UPES University||Dehradun, Uttarakhand||-|
A candidate must have obtained:
Candidates belonging to SC/ST and reserved categories will be given 5% relaxation in almost all the institutes. Also, candidates should preferably be GATE qualified. Non-GATE candidates are also eligible to seek admissions through other entrance exams.
Admissions are primarily based on Entrance test conducted by the concerned university/college. Final selection process may vary from college to college for some conduct group discussion and personal and other admit students solely on the merit of entrance test. Previous academic record and work experience are important elements for determining of selection of candidates.
GATE qualifiers will be exempted from appearing in entrances conducted by concerned university/institute. However, some institutes allow only their entrance exams for selection of candidates. The syllabus for most of the entrance exams is based on GATE for Architecture and Planning (AR) and includes:
|Semester I||Semester II|
|URP – I Physical Planning||URP – II Physical Planning|
|Development Plan||Land Economics & Location Theory|
|Town/Area Planning Schemes||Research Methods|
|Economics/Sociology||Project Formulation & EIA|
|Evolution of Human Settlements||Planning Legislation|
|Planning Techniques (GIS/RS)||Summer Internship|
|Interaction with Planning Officials/City and Town Managers||Urban Finance|
|Semester III||Semester IV|
|URP – III Physical Planning||Dissertation, Seminar & Elective|
|Housing Policies & Finance||-|
|Legal Issues & Professional Practice||-|
|Field Trip to Metro City & Documentation||-|
As per the RICS Research 2013 report, the urban population in India is expected to cross 500 million, which will lead to the demand of nearly 95 billion sq ft of real estate by 2020. At present Indian institutes produce only 700 urban planners every year, thus creating a shortage of 1.1 million planners by 2020. These statistics emphasize the huge need for more urban planners in the near future.
Career paths after M.Plan. in Urban and Regional Planning are diverse. The work areas after the degree can be:
On completion of the course, students can apply for jobs as Urban Planners/Managers at companies like ICF, All India Institute of Local Self-Government, CIDCO, GSK and Company, IBI Group, L&T Infrastructure Engineering Ltd, Ernst & Young, Egis India.
Postgraduates may even plan to pursue research work and study programmes like Ph.D. in Urban Planning or Ph.D. in Urban Designing.
|Job Title||Job Discussion||Salary|
|GIS Expert||Deals with large sets of GIS databases to process and analyze for creating maps, graphics, and charts.||INR 1.5 Lacs – 2.5 Lacs|
|Urban Planner||Helps planning best use of land in urban locations for public or private organizations.||INR 3.5 Lacs – 5.5 Lacs|
|Urban Manager||Finalizes, implements and manages various urban and regional development projects for clients (both government and private) of a company.||INR 3.5 Lacs – 5.5 Lacs|