Introduction to Urban Planning

By Prof. Harshit Sosan Lakra   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 1979
The course is meant primarily for Under graduate students to familiarize with the urban planning issues, objectives, framework, process, techniques and components. The subject also exposes the students about various planning legislation and norms. This subject is comprehensive subject which makes students learn about urban agendas and tools in very succinct manner and this subject is particularly useful for the students to prepare for the GATE Exam.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Any interested Learner


SUPPORTED INDUSTRIES : Institute of Town Planning , All Planning Organizations and consultants, Government Planning Department Like Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Town and Country Planning Departments
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Architecture and Planning
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 17 Sep 2021
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Exam Date : 26 Sep 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

1.Introduction : Need and Objective of Planning ; Evolution ofPlanning; Characteristics of settlements; Types of Plan and planning process

2. Problems and Issues of Urban areas : Land Use,Communication System, Slums, Sporadic growth and Conurbation

3. Planning Framework and process for various development plan: Planning process, components and techniques; Concept of Master Plan; its elements, preparation and implementation; Perspective Plan, Perspective plan , Zonal plan ;Participatory and inclusive planning

4.Planning Legislation : legislation as tools of plan implementation and development ; Review of Planning legislation in India , complaint and redress mechanism

Books and references

1) Urban and Regional Development Plan Formulations and implementation (URDPFI) guidelines , 2015 
2) Edited by Richard T. Legates and Frederic Stout “The city reader “ 
3) Rangwala S.C” Town Planning”

Instructor bio

Prof. Harshit Sosan Lakra

IIT Roorkee
Dr Harshit Sosan Lakra is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture and Planning. She is trained as an Architect and has done Environmental Planning from Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She has done her Second Master in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, New York,USA and Her PhD from IIT Roorkee. She has been engaged in teaching the course Environmental Impact Assessment since 2015 at IIT Roorkee and Before at BIT Mesra. She has conducted environmental focused studios for the planning students in Industrial area Roorkee, Piran Kaliyar Sharif (Heritage Site) Haridraw, Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand and North Lakhimpur in Assam.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 26 September 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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