Advancing knowledge and action on built environment and human habitats


Welcome to CEPT Research and Development Foundation (CRDF).

CRDF is the research and advisory arm of CEPT University. CEPT University has created a vibrant environment of interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation focused on issues concerning human habitats. Through CRDF, University engages actively in research projects, advisory assignments and capacity building initiatives aimed at solving critical problems in the built environment and improving people’s quality of life in towns and cities.

Through these research and consulting pursuits, our faculty members make available their academic knowledge and professional expertise to external stakeholders including the 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.

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, urban infrastructure, to leveraging geospatial technology for decision making is aimed at delivering tangible results with far-reaching impact.


Class A Cities supported under Performance Improvement Plans of CWAS


Personnel trained for Local Area Planning & Town Planning Schemes


Vernacular furniture pieces mapped in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana


City Master Plan Prepared


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  August 04, 2020
ASHRAE honour for Prof. Rajan Rawal
  August 04, 2020
ASHRAE honour for Prof. Rajan Rawal

Prof. Rajan Rawal, has been honoured with Fellow status by American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (AS...

  July 22, 2020
Impact of COVID-19 on Mobility
  July 22, 2020
Impact of COVID-19 on Mobility

The Center of Excellence in Urban Transport was part of an expert-led global research on the ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Cities and Mo...

  July 15, 2020
CWAS trains Smart City Officers on WASH SLBs
  July 15, 2020
Training Program
CWAS trains Smart City Officers on WASH SLBs

CWAS has entered into an agreement with MoHUA (Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs) for implementing the SLB-PAS online module across...

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