Urban governance and Development Management (UGDM)

By Prof. Uttam Kumar Roy   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 789   |  Exam registration: 177
Our cities are shaped by the professionals working at the city and regional level organizations like municipal corporations, development authorities etc. In the current day paradigm, the role of professionals like city planners and city managers at the urban sector is multifarious and ever challenging in visioning, planning, designing and executing urban development projects. With the increasing role of city managers as expected in all centrally sponsored programmes like Smart City, PMAY, AMRUT, Swachh Bharat Mission etc the job profile of future city mangers is very much challenging. Thus curriculum in Urban Planning, urban management needs to be equipped with relevant and adequate knowledge and skills of urban governance and development management in addition to the classical knowledge of city and infrastructure planning. The course will impart a handful knowledge on urban governance, develop skills required for development management and self management for city managers. The course is designed with the combination of theoretical basics and examples/cases/reflective learning from current day practices to enable the students and professionals to get a comprehensive experience. The students studying at PG UG level of city planning and Management as well as the working professionals, public representatives working at the urban sectors will be benefitted from this course.

Students, academicians and professionals working in the field of urban planning and management.

PREREQUISITES : B. Arch/B.E (Civil)/B Plan M.A/MSc (Economics, Geography, Sociology).

INDUSTRY SUPPORT Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Urban Development Missions and Project Management Units, Development Authorities and Municipal Corporations.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Architecture and Planning
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jul 2023
End Date : 13 Oct 2023
Enrollment Ends : 07 Aug 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 18 Aug 2023
Exam Date : 28 Oct 2023 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

Week 1: Introduction: Basic Concept & legal provisions
Week 2: An overview of People, Land and Environment
Week 3: Organisation development 
Week 4: Managing change 
Week 5: Urban and Metropolitan planning 
Week 6: Municipal Finance, Accounts and Revenues
Week 7: Urban Land, housing and risk management 
Week 8: Dealing Challenging Urban Issues 
Week 9: Managing Centrally sponsored Urban Missions
Week 10: Project Planning and Execution 
Week 11: Leadership Role of City Managers 
Week 12: Self Development for City Managers

Books and references

• All housing policy of Government of India and states related to urban development.
• Cities and Public Policy by P K Mohanty (Sage).
• A Hand book of Urbanisation in India, KC Shivaramkrishnan, Amitava Kundu & B N Singh.
• Assorted City by Suptendu Biswas (Sage).
• URDPFI vol I and II, Ministry of Housing and urban Affairs.
• India’s Urban Confusion Challenges and Strategies by M Ramachandran.
• Urban Governance, Voice and Poverty in the Developing World by Ursula Grant, Nick Devas, Philip Amis.

Instructor bio

Prof. Uttam Kumar Roy

IIT Roorkee
Dr. Uttam K. Roy is an Architect and City Planner with more than sixteen years of academic, research and professional experience in the field of housing and urban planning and currently serving as Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Planning, IIT Roorkee. He has served as HUDCO chair faculty in Kolkata and has been instrumental in planning of New Town, Kolkata and many municipal towns prior to the present responsibility. His broad interest area is housing and city planning. He is a Recognized Trainer (RT) of Design of Training (D.O.T) by DOPT, Government of India and delivered more than fifty short term courses including Training of Trainers (TOT) courses. He is having a keen interest in teaching pedagogy/ andragogy and uses innovative methods of teaching. He is having numbers of reputed publications and delivered many expert lectures in renowned institutions. He has more than seventeen years of works in Urban Planning, Development and management. Earlier he conducted NPTEL course in Housing Policy and Planning which got huge success of more than four thousand enrollments in two phases.

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: 
28 October 2023 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 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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