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Updated on 09 Sep, 2019

Post Graduate Diploma in Urban Planning and Development (PGDUPDL)

Minimum Duration: 1 Year
Maximum Duration: 3 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 6,000
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


Graduates from any discipline are eligible

Medium: English

Post Graduate Diploma in Urban Planning and Development (PGDUPDL) is an innovative programme offered through ODL mode aims at promoting professional development and capacity building in the area of Urban Planning and Development.

India is 2nd largest urban system in the world with more than 30 percent of urban population. It is expected that by 2025, half of the India’s population will be urbane. The urbanization has created manifold problems such as transportation, poverty, unemployment, unauthorized housing colonies, slums and squatter settlements. The criticality of the urban problems has not been properly understood due to less emphasis on urban development issues in the academic curriculum at the graduation and post-graduation levels. Therefore, PGDUPDL will be useful for the people involved in the urban development programmes and also to the graduates who wish to pursue urban development as a career. The Postgraduate Diploma holders will be fully equipped to serve various Government and Non-Government Organizations dealing with urban planning and development. The programme also strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of in-service personnel working in Government and Non-Government Organizations, Private or Corporate sectors and handling various urban development projects and programmes viz; Functionaries and elected representatives of Municipal Councils, Corporations, Municipal and Nagar Panchayats; Architects, City and Town Planners (Bachelors and Masters in Architecture, Planning and Related Disciplines); Civil Engineers, Corporate Real Estate Professionals; Employees of the Autonomous Institutions /NGOs, Private or Corporate sectors working in various urban development sectors; Programme Officers, Project Officers, Research Investigators, and Research Assistants dealing with urban development in various International and National Organizations. Also this programme will be useful to the fresh graduates who wish to pursue a career in urban development.


• To provide opportunity to the learners to deepen their knowledge and understanding of urban development.
• To expand capacities of the working urban development professionals on various theoretical and practical aspects of urban planning and development.
• To develop professional knowledge and skills in formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of urban development programmes.

Programme Offer and Coverage

PGDUPDL will be offered in both January and July sessions of every year. It is offered throughout the country through the established network of IGNOU Regional Centres.

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