Government of India Think Tank NITI Aayog constituted a 14-member panel to reform the urban planning education system (UPES). The panel is to be headed by Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog Rajiv Kumar. The other members of the panel are Amitabh Kant IAS officer, CEO of NITI Aayog, secretaries of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Panchayati Raj Ministry and Education Ministry.

The Plan

Rajiv Kumar panel will review urban planning education system and examine the availability, supply and demand of qualified urban planners in India. Panel will review the current system in terms of curriculum, multi-disciplinary and other issues at post graduate and graduate levels.

Amitabh Kant committee

In June 2020, NITI Aayog formed a Amitabh Kant committee. NITI Aayog committee is formed of top executives of technology companies such as Google, Tech Mahindra and Microsoft. Amitabh Kant committee was formed to develop a platform that will help migrant workers who have lost their jobs during Covid-19 lock down to find better employment opportunities.

Urban Planning Education

Urban Planning Education is a practice of learning and teaching urban theory, professional practices and studies. It involves interaction between professional planners, public officials on planning process. Formal urban education planning is provided as a degree in city, urban or regional planning.

In 1941, urban planning education began in india. However, very few institutes in india are providing the course.

Urban Planning in India

The major turning point in urban planning in India was done through the 1992 constitutional amendment. 74th amendment empowered the Urban Local Bodies to function as institutions of self-governance. Nowadays, the urban planning in India is done through these local bodies.

India Urban Development Missions

  • Smart City Mission
  • Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation in 2015
  • Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban in 2015
  • HRIDAY – Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana in 2015
  • Swachh Bharat Mission in 2014
  • Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana DAY – National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM).

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