A University Grant Commission (UGC)-sponsored national seminar on ‘Changing Spectrum of Human Settlements and Planning Education’ has been organised by Guru Ramdas School of Planning of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU).
The theme of the seminar covered a wide ranging and relevant sub-topics such as urbanisation, regionalism, infrastructure planning, participatory approaches and contemporary challenges in planning education.
The seminar was marked by a convergence of delegates from across the country, notably from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Kar nataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Punjab.
GNDU vice-chancellor Prof AS Brar presided over the session, while Prof DS Meshram, former president of Institute of Town Planners, India (ITPI), delivered the keynote address.
The inaugural function started with Ashwani Luthra delivering the background note, wherein he shed light on the emerging challenges in urban centres globally and the imperatives for planners to seek new options for the development of human settlements.
Delivering the keynote address, Prof Meshram touched upon the issue of shortage of trained manpower for planning urban and rural settlements, who could assess the requirement of planners to plan these settlements.
He also identified issues and imperatives for increasing the number of students in the planning stream, development of student community, developing planning education, faculty development and also encouraging inter- and intranetworking among industries and educational institutions.
In his presidential remarks, Prof Brar hailed GNDU as the “lighthouse of knowledge”.
He underlined the need of imparting sound theoretical knowledge and tying it up with practical interventions in the field in order to meet the current and future challenges of planning urban and rural settlements in the country.
Earlier, GK Johari, associate professor and head of the department, welcomed the dignitaries and delegates.