Sushant School of Planning and Development (SSPD) came into existence in 2018. Urban Planning programmes at Ansal University started in 2013 and were offered through the Sushant School of Art and Architecture. The ongoing transformation in the country from a primarily rural to an urban society will require strategic investments of funds and technology enabled by efficient deployment of skills. The Government of India’s approach to urban development has evolved during the last two decades. Today, India has one of the unique urban sector missions covering a wide range of issues such as cleanliness (Swachh Bharat), housing (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna), livelihood (National Urban Livelihood Mission), health (National Urban Health Mission), heritage (HRIDAY), basic infrastructure (AMRUT), energy (solar cities), technology-driven (Smart Cities) and rural-urban (RuRBAN Mission). Deployment of technology and generation of spatial big data has presented a new opportunity for urban India. This offers immense potential for participation of various stakeholders and citizens themselves in the process of planning and place-making.
The future of urban planning is getting more technology-driven and behaviorally informed. Since India is preparing to harness the benefits of Fourth Industrial Revolution, Automation and Robotics, Internet of Things, Hyperloop, Personal Rapid Transits and Drone Technology, planning is becoming more spatial. The recent UNESCO report has observed that by 2031 India would require approximately 300,000 planners whereas the current strength is approximately 5,000. The academic programmes at SSPD have been designed to develop the cognitive capabilities and skill sets of prospective planners to provide leadership required for future place-making.
SSPD will offer courses which are approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Institute of Town Planners India (ITPI). The School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast, UK has offered to engage with SSPD as Knowledge Partner to develop the curricula and teaching system to match with international standards.
To provide quality teaching and research ecosystem capable of constantly producing internationally competitive knowledge and skills.
To educate students to become future leaders, policy makers and practitioners in the realm of urban and regional planning.