Infrastructure Planning and Management

By Prof. Ashwin Mahalingam   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 1396
This course attempts to introduce students to 'real world' risks and challenges in managing infrastructure. After a brief introduction to the infrastructure planning process as well as the state of infrastructure across sectors in India, we systematically look at various risks that plague infrastructure projects. We then look at a variety of novel solutions or fixes that can help us execute infrastructure projects better. The curse is replete with real-world case studies and guest lectures to ensure that what is being discussed is practically applicable. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Any interested learners
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Companies in the infrastructure space:Developers such as L&T IDPLConsultants such as PwC,
  DeloitteQuasi-Government Bodies such as TWIC, TNUIFSL etc
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 24 Oct 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Management Studies
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Page Visits

Course layout

Week 1  :  Class Introduction, Introduction to Infrastructure and to the Transportation, power and telecom sectors
Week 2  :  Rural and Urban Infrastructure Sectors, Players and Phases in an Infrastructure Project
Week 3  :  Project Finance and Public Private Partnerships
Week 4  :  Construction and Economic Risks
Week 5  :  Political and Social Risks
Week 6  :  Stakeholder Management, Design Thinking and Negotiations
Week 7  :  Socio-Economic Analysis and Good Governance for Infrastructure
Week 8  :  Modeling Flexible Project Arrangements
Week 9  :  Tales from the Field: Guest Lectures from Infrastructure Practitioners
Week 10  :  Case Studies
Week 11  :  Incomplete Design and Course Wrap-up
Week 12  :  Exam

Books and references

•    Textbooks: 1.'Infrastructure Planning Handbook' by Prof Makarand Hastak, ASCE Press2. 'Strategic Management of Large Engineering Projects' by Miller and Lessard3. Assorted readings from websites, journal papers and case studies

Instructor bio

Prof. Ashwin Mahalingam

IIT Madras
Dr. Ashwin Mahalingam joined the faculty in the Building Technology and Construction Management division of the Civil engineering department at IIT-Madras in 2006. Ashwin received his B.Tech in Civil engineering from IIT-Madras and then proceeded to Stanford University for a Masters in Construction Engineering and Management. He then helped start up an internet based company in the USA called All Star Fleet, aimed at providing asset management services for construction companies. Following this he returned to Stanford University to pursue a PhD in the area of Infrastructure Project Management. Ashwin's research interests are in the areas of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in Infrastructure, the management and governance of large engineering projects and the use of digital technologies in construction. Ashwin's current research focuses on institutional strengthening and post-award governance of PPP projects in India. Ashwin is also a co-founder of Okapi Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd and serves as a Director on the Board.

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: 24 October 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 8 assignments out of the total 12 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 Madras .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

MHRD logo Swayam logo


Goto google play store