Master of Planning (Environmental Planning & Management), abbreviated as M.Plan (EPM), is a two year full time Master’s degree programme in Environmental Planning aimed to rationally sensitise the students towards the intricate ecological relationship between nature and human settlements.
The programme envisioned to equip students with adequate skills required to comprehend, analyse and plan for urban and regional issues with the pretext of maintaining ecological balance. This broad objective shallfundamentally involve comprehension of physical, socio-economic, cultural, political and ecological dimensions of the human settlements. It shall focus particularly in recording and interpreting environmental resource baseline and their local and regional capacities to deal with human needs.
The course structure and syllabus of the M.Plan (EPM) programme is designed in coherence with the Model Curriculum for M.Plan / M.Tech (Planning), All India Council for Technical Education, 2011. M.Plan (EPM) programme is divided into four semesters where each semester has a combination of planning studio, lab-based subjects and theory courses.
The first semester is an integrated semester common to all master courses of planning offered by the School. It introduces the fundamentals aspects of planning, such as planning techniques, housing, environment, infrastructure, transportation, socio-economic elements and information systems for planning. The studio focuses on the area appreciation and mapping techniques. The second semester is aimed to inculcate the core specialised competencies of environmental planning in terms of theories and tools theory of environmental planning, ecological footprint analysis, environmental economics, waste water treatment, planning for healthy cities, etc. Hands on training are provided to students on environmental monitoring through lab course. The studio aims to take up a small or medium town with development challenges and local/urban environmental issues. It offers two electives, out of which students are expected to select one. The students are given professional exposure through practical training of a month during summer vacation after second semester.
The third semester focuses on regional environmental planning issues and imparts advanced level theory courses like EIA techniques, energy studies, and environmental law and professional practise. The students are expected to develop their thesis ideas in the semester through the advanced research methodology course. The fourth semester requires the student to undertake thesis/terminal project with an emphasis on academic or applied research. In addition, two theory subjects are offered on environmental justice, and environmental policy and governance. The course endeavours to give real time experience to students through their involvement in the ongoing or live projects.
The programme is designed to produce specialists in the domain of environmental planning.Students evolve into planners, who are not only environmentally sensitive in their planning approaches but are versed with the know-how of the state-of-the-art techniques in the industry. The students find themselves employed with environmental research institutes, environmental government departments, core government planning teams, development and conservation agencies, public policy organisations, NGOs, academics and private firms who deal with projects related to environment and development.