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ITPI Activities 2017-2018
ITPI Activities 2017-18, as per Articles of Association
Article 3 of Memorandum of Articles of Association and Bylaws of Institute of Town Planners, India highlights the basic objectives of the ITPI. To achieve these objectives, major steps taken during 2017 - 2018, are:
  1. To advance the study of Town Planning on Civic Design and kindred subjects.
    • In the Associateship Examination of the ITPI held during the period of report the students appeared in various stages are: 80 in Semester-I, 40 in Semester-II, and 50 in Semester-III and 70 Semester-IV.
    • Prof. V. N. Prasad, National Best Thesis Award - 2017, for Postgraduate students comprises a certificate of Merit and Cash Prize of Rs. 30,000/-; Rs. 20,000/- and Rs. 10,000/- for first, second and third best students respectively. On the recommendations of the Jury, first prize was given to Ms. Mahak Agarwal from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi for her Thesis on "Climates Resilient Urban Development Strategies for A Mega City: A Case of NCT of Delhi"; second prize to Shri Goutham Konikar S.M., from University of Mysore, for his Thesis on "Planning for Sustainable Urban Transport for Mysuru City"; and third prize to Ms. Naina Gupta, from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi for her Thesis on "Environmental Capacity of Urban Roads: A Case Study of Delhi".
    • On the recommendations of Jury; Prof. Dr. D.S. Meshram, National Best Thesis Award - 2017, for B. Planning students, was given to Shri Sarthak Verma, from School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal for his thesis "Assessing the Impact of Accessibility on Spatial Variation of Land Value for Different Land Use Distributions", comprising of cash amounting Rs.30,000/- and a certificate.
  2. To promote general interest of those engaged in the practice of Town and Country Planning.
    • The Professional Standing Committee took up matters related to furthering the interest of the professional town planners working in public and semi-public departments, practicing planners, educationists and researcher, besides the matter related to the appointment of qualified town planners in government and semi-government departments in the country. It is encouraging to note that the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India addressed the letter to State Governments to offer the jobs of planners to the qualified persons. ITPI has also written to the State Governments to employ only qualified planners on the job of town planners.
  3. To hold Conferences or Meetings for discussions, and exchange of views on matters affecting or relating to town and country planning:
    • 66th National Town and Country Planners Congress held in Hyderabad, Telangana, during 2nd - 4th February, 2018 on the theme "Urban Environmental Planning: Consequences and Challenges" with sub-themes "Environmental Challenges of Urbanization"; and "Environment and Development Plans" with a local sub-theme of "Urban Flooding" was inaugurated by Shri K.T. Rama Rao, Hon’ble Minister for IT, Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Industries and Commerce, Public Enterprises, Sugar, Mines and Geology, NRI Affairs, Government of Telangana. While inaugurating the Congress the Honorable Minister mentioned that 30% of the population of the country only lives in urban areas while 70% still continues to live in the rural areas, and underlined that it is not possible to stop urbanization because people from rural areas will continue to migrate to the urban areas. He also highlighted that the capital city of Telangana, Hyderabad generates 45% GDP and also became a global city based on information technology activities. On the issue of urban flooding he pointed out that he himself suffered lot when he was travelling from Mumbai to Hyderabad as the Mumbai Airport was inundated. Therefore, he called on the planners to suggest the ways and means to drain out the excess rain water quickly. Chief Guest Shri Jupally Krishna Rao, Honorable Minister for Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, Government of Telangana in the Valedictory Session pointed out that measure threats for achieving an urban environment friendly planning is inadequate governance. During the Congress Prof. V.N. Prasad National Best Thesis Award for Postgraduate students and Dr. D.S. Meshram National Best Thesis Award for undergraduate students were distributed by Hon’ble Minister.
  4. To purchase lease, rent, hold and dispose of any land to be used as a place for meeting for the members of the Institute:
    • Efforts have been made to procure the land at Amritsar for construction of Amritsar Centre of Punjab Regional Chapter of ITPI and also at Guntur for the Andhra Pradesh Regional Chapter Building and accordingly, the negotiations for transferring the land in the name of ITPI is in the advance stage.
  5. To compile, collect, print and publish statistics professional record periodicals, etc; relating to any of the objectives of the Institute:
    • During the year 2017-18, four volumes of the ITPI, quarterly Journal (Refreed) and four issues of quarterly Planners Newsletters were also published. The Key Papers of 66th NTCP Congress were also published in Journals.
    • During 66th National Town and Country Planners Congress held in Hyderabad, Telangana CD of Technical Papers was released along with a colorful Souvenir.
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