If you have a gift for working with people and places and are interested in a career in urban planning in India, there is exciting news for you.
This is an unusual choice in our country because good university courses are hard to find (that’s why we spend half our lives stuck in traffic). The National University of Anant, a leading private university specializing in various fields of design, has set up a master’s degree in urban design. And if you’re a student in engineering, social sciences, civil engineering, environmental engineering, or architecture with a penchant for improving the quality of life of citizens, then this course might be what you’re looking for.
We are pleased that there is now the possibility of a future without potholes, but here are just a few of the many reasons why this course is an epic choice for all aspiring urban planners:
Picture Courtesy: Anant National University
To be a good planner, it is not enough to be creative or have a logical mind. The three skills that ultimately determine your qualifications as a planner are your analytical, design, and communication skills. This course emphasizes these skills and allows you to develop a deeper understanding of social, political, and economic systems and the built environment.
During the two-year course, you will not only learn to develop your skills, but you will also have many opportunities to put them into practice. Intensive fieldwork forces you to deal with real-life situations and puts your ability to find solutions in different situations to the test. Practical experience is extremely important in this area because it helps you to develop your mind in a certain way, so that it can develop in different ways, depending on the place, the people, the culture, and so on.
The composition of the faculty of the master’s program at Anant University is declining. The university has established partnerships with leaders and academics in architecture, urban planning, environmental engineering, and other fields to ensure that students receive the highest quality education. (No wonder traffic in Gujarat has decreased and roads have improved*).
Here are some of the names associated with the faculty of Anant National University:
Michel Danino – Visiting Professor (Padma Sri Avardee)
Rahul Mehrotra is a professor (Harvard Graduate School of Design).
Amareswar Galla is professor emeritus (Institute for Global Change).
Sonal Shah – Urban Planner (ITDP India)
Compared to your Master’s degree, your faculty shares responsibility for your performance in the real world. The advice you receive at this stage will ultimately help you to become a highly qualified planner.
What is more important than a good education and good teachers? Well, from a student’s point of view, much more than that, and an entire campus would certainly be on that list.
The good news for you is that this 100-acre university campus is known for its ultra-modern buildings. It’s also a green campus, so it’s certainly a good place to start your journey as an urban planner and develop a sense of responsibility for a sustainable future.
The campus provides accommodation so you can say goodbye to your placement problems. (Accommodation and canteen fees are very affordable for students, they think you as little as Rs. 1 15,000 for a whole year). You can also see this as a great opportunity to surround yourself and socialize with like-minded people moving in the same direction.
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Now we all know that in order to save Handan’s nose it is necessary to find a well-paid job after the course. The placement of the university unit has been quite impressive with companies such as Lodha, INTACH, Piramal Foundation, Centre For Urban & Regional Excellence, and Shelter Associates emerging in 2018.
The average CTC for internships was 5.5 lakhs per year.
And the highest CTC was 9 lakhs a year.
The Master in Urban Design at Ananta National University is not only one of the best courses in this field in India but is also very affordable compared to other design schools (tuition fees: Rs. 2,50,000 per year) and for students who cannot afford to take the course, the university offers scholarships on a need-to-know basis. Moreover, the training of a top faculty allows you to build a very solid network, and access to quality advice will undoubtedly help you find your way to the top.
There are many other reasons why this course is an excellent choice if you are considering qualifying as a planner. If you would like to know more, please leave your details and someone will contact you to give you more information and help you with your application.