Advancing knowledge and action on built environment and human habitats


Welcome to CEPT Research and Development Foundation (CRDF).

CRDF is a multidisciplinary think-do-tank promoted by CEPT University. Through CRDF, University engages actively in research projects, advisory assignments and capacity-building initiatives to solve critical problems in the built environment and improve people’s quality of life in towns and cities.

In the research and consulting pursuits, our faculty members make available their academic knowledge and professional expertise to external stakeholders, including government, public sector organisations, NGOs, communities and businesses.

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CRDF is organized around domain-focused centers typically overseen by a senior faculty member associated with CEPT University.

Archived Centers

Our Impact


Engaging with government agencies on policies, processes and capacity enhancement is central to CRDF’s mission of advancing knowledge and action on built environments in Indian cities. Our interdisciplinary research that spans diverse areas from built environment and energy, urban land planning and policy processes, and urban infrastructure, to leveraging geospatial technology for decision-making is aimed at delivering tangible results with far-reaching impact.


Community relationships build across CRDF's digital platforms


Personnel trained for Local Area Planning (LAP) & Town Planning Schemes (TPS)


Cities supported under the Performance Assessment System (PAS) of CWAS


Capacity building programs for sustainable policy and practice


All Projects


Empowering National Development: Leveraging Earth Observation Intelligence
Empowering National Development: Leveraging Earth Observation Intelligence

October 14, 2024
Balwantrai N. Brahmbhatt Hall, CEPT University

Symposium on Indigenous Heritage
Symposium on Indigenous Heritage

May 03, 2024
FP-103, Auditorium, CEPT University

Workshop on Digital Preservation of Built Heritage
Workshop on Digital Preservation of Built Heritage

April 26, 2024
U01-202: CEPT University

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  September 07, 2023
CEPT Conservation Site School
  September 07, 2023
CEPT Conservation Site School

CHC is pleased to announce a new milestone for the CEPT Conservation Site Schools program: Kalidas Jethabhai House, Dharmaj, as it beco...

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