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IndiaToday |  New Delhi, June 15, 2016 |

The UGC (University Grants Commission) has issued a statement to all the universities and colleges affiliated to it to introduce a subject on urban planning.

In order to lay emphasis on economic growth through proper planning of towns and cities, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a statement to all the universities and colleges affiliated to it. It is written in the statement, that from the present academic year, a subject on urban planning must be introduced.

Why is there a need to introduce studies on urban planning?

It is after the implementation of the smart city project by the Centre, that the UGC directive arrived. According to TOI, the members of the UGC recently made a presentation to the Prime Minister on how towns and cities are emerging as key drivers of economic growth and emphasised the need for capacity building in urban administration and urban planning.  UGC chairman Jaspal Sandhu wrote in his letter to the vice chancellors of universities, ”It has been proposed that colleges and universities should start subject/courses on urban planning. Accordingly, you are requested to start a subject/course on urban planning in your university and also convey relevant instructions to the colleges/institutes affiliated to your university to take urgent steps for starting of this new subject course at graduate and post graduate level.”

“In the presentation made to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, it was emphasised that towns and cities are emerging as key drivers of economic growth, hence the economic growth model of a city should form an essential part of its vision,”added the letter. He also asked them to convey relevant instructions to the colleges and regarding  taking urgent steps for starting of this new subject course at graduate and post graduate level. Earlier this month, the UGC issued new regulations allowing male students to file sexual harassment cases against other men, women and transgenders. – Courtesy      /         Published on 14/06/2016


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