The main objective of the BURP (Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning) programme is to equip students with the wide diversity of skills required for urban and regional planning. The basic concentration of the undergraduate programme covers the following fields: (a) Housing and Urban Development (b) Rural and Regional Development, (c) Environmental Planning, economics and Disaster Management, (d) Transportation Planning and Management.
In designing the courses for the undergraduate programme, current emphases in development have been kept in mind. Sustainability of development is perhaps the most important concern today for planners and policy makers. It has, however, four important dimensions - economic, environmental, social and administrative. The courses have been designed in such a way that the planners acquire knowledge about these dimensions and are capable of applying methods and techniques so as to determine if development projects are economically and administratively viable, environmentally sustainable and socially acceptable.
It is expected that the planners graduating from this department would be able to meet the emerging needs of the people in the context of rapid urbanization and unprecedented levels of development activities in the country. The admission requirements for the BURP programme are as per the specified standard of the University admission. The students are admitted into the BURP programme following the undergraduate admission procedure of the university.
The department offers Master's and Ph.D. degrees at the graduate level. The graduate students of the Department come from various backgrounds such as engineering, architecture, economics, agricultural economics, geography, sociology, social welfare, statistics, mathematics and public administration.
The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) programme has principally been designed to impart basic planning concepts among the students, with some advanced planning modules. The students are trained to specialize in such fields as urban planning, rural development planning, regional planning, transportation planning, municipal and local level planning and development, disaster management planning and housing policy. The graduates are also trained in planning tools and techniques such as research methodology, evaluation, policy formulation, project and programme formulation and analysis, and computer applications.
Two types of MURP are offered in the department.
MURP by course and thesis: At least 36 credit hours to be earned including an 18 credit research work. The applicants without a BURP background are usually required to earn 12 extra credit hours as prerequisites.
MURP by course and project: At least 36 credit hours to be earned including an 8 credit project work. The applicants without a BURP background are usually required to earn 12 extra credit hours as prerequisites.
The department offers a wide range of courses to be undertaken. Courses offered at different terms may vary depending on the availability of faculty members and other support facilities. The minimum duration of the MURP programme is 4 academic semesters. DURP has also started offering PhD degree in URP from 1996. The PhD degree requires a maximum 45 credit hours of research works, and also some prerequisite course works, if recommended by the Doctoral Committee of the department.