ndian cities are currently growing at a rapid rate, and are therefore facing immense pressure for the improvement of their services and infrastructure. Without coordination and planning for the anticipated spatial growth and densification, the infrastructure services are neglected. Such growth areas can become underserviced places of the cities, one from which many problems of the city stem: water, sanitation and waste problems, uncontrolled pests, and crime due to poor access to water and sanitation services.
To address the emerging issues of urban centres, there is a pressing need to train urban infrastructure specialists who can comprehensively plan for city’s growing infrastructure needs and formulate projects for efficient infrastructure service delivery for existing areas. There are ample urban infrastructure challenges and opportunities in terms of planning; effective policy, program and project formulation for well-trained young urban infrastructure professionals with specific domain knowledge. Various Government programs like Smart Cities, SBM and AMRUT are essentially concerned with improvement of Urban Infrastructure and require urban infrastructure professionals to plan and implement these programs.
The two-years Master’s Degree Program in Urban Infrastructure (MUI) and MUI (major in WASH) prepares young professionals for career in one or many of these: (i) preparing infrastructure projects for the cities and their regions, (ii) undertaking research on policies and processes of urbanization and urban infrastructure development, (iii)advising on governance of infrastructure projects and facilities in cities and their regions, and (iv) preparing projects and overseeing their execution in the areas of urban infrastructure in India as well as other developing countries. It also exposes the students to environmental, social, political, economic and financial dimensions of urban infrastructure development and ethical dimensions of working as professional.
Infrastructure Planning offers studios on preparing infrastructure plans at city level and infrastructure project development. Studios also explore interdependence between urban development and regional infrastructure facilities like Airports, Ports, SEZ etc
The students are trained to engage with scales from local project to city, region and global through studio courses, theory courses, hands-on tutorials, individual capstone project and technical guided field visits in India and abroad during summer and winter schools.
The course structure for *MUI (Major in WASH) is shown respectively.
*MUI (major in WASH-Water Sanitation and Hygiene), Supported by IHE, Delft is part of Global Sanitation Graduate School.Refer https://sanitationeducation.org/ for more details. WASH specialization encourages and would give preference to female candidates to apply and pursue the course. In this major, all the enrolled students will earn a fellowship and funded thesis/Directed Research on successful completion.