Center of Excellence in Urban Transport
Center of Excellence in Urban Transport

The Center of Excellence in Urban Transport (CoE-UT) is a resource center for urban transportation planning and management focusing on technical assistance and advisory activities, human resource development and knowledge management. The Center has been recognized as a Centre of Excellence by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India and is supported by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. The Center’s mission is to create, disseminate and apply interdisciplinary knowledge in urban transportation and thus contribute towards development of sustainable urban transportation systems.

CoE-UT has been instrumental in putting in place a framework for design, operations and management of Janmarg, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Ahmedabad; Sitilink BRT in Surat and HDBRTS at Hubbali-Dharwad. In addition, it has provided advisory services to several cities including Vadodara, Indore, Bhopal, Pune and Bhubaneswar to explore feasibility of BRT and other public transport. The Center is also involved in demand assessment and fare strategy for the Ahmedabad and Surat Metro projects.

CoE-UT conducts the “Leaders Program in Urban Transport Planning and Management” - a certificate course for in-service urban transport professionals in collaboration with the World Bank and the MoUD.


Shivanand  Swamy

Shivanand Swamy

Executive Director

Shivanand is an economist and urban and regional planner with deep experience in transport systems, integrated landuse-transport planning and development management. He has been teaching at CEPT University since 1986 and has served as a policy and systems advisor to National, State and Local Governments on public transport and planning initiatives across the country. He has been instrumental in spearheading the planning and operationalization of Janmarg, Ahmedabad, the first dedicated Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) in India. He has also supported the planning and development of BRT systems in Surat, Bhubaneswar, Hubbali–Dharwad and Vadodara. Shivanand is an advisor to the MoUD, Government of India on evolving planning and design guidelines for BRTS and scaling up of bus-based services in Indian cities. He is currently involved in facilitating technology adoption, operations, financing and capacity building for transitioning to electric public mobility in India.

Shivanand is an active member of the Developing Countries Committee of the Transport Research Board and an Advisor to Land Transport Academy, Singapore.

Shalini  Sinha

Shalini Sinha

Deputy Executive Director

Shalini is an Associate Professor with Faculty of Planning at CEPT University and teaches postgraduate courses in transport planning and transport modelling. She is a transport and urban planner with nearly 20 years of work experience in India and the United Kingdom in the areas of public transport planning, demand forecasting, economic appraisals and transport scheme appraisals. As part of the CoE-UT team, she has been involved in BRT projects for Hubbali Dharwad, Surat, Vadodara and Ahmedabad as well as in research projects related to strategic transport planning, integrated land use transport strategies, demand modelling and public transport network planning. 

Shalini has a PhD from CEPT University and a Masters degree in Transport Planning and Engineering from the University of Leeds, U.K. 

Nitika  Bhakuni

Nitika Bhakuni

Associate Director

Nitika brings with her 18 years of practice experience working in India and the UK in sectors of strategic planning, landuse transport integration, social and environment impacts of transportation, accessibility in transportation, and Geographic Information Systems. She is an Associate Professor at CEPT University and teaches studio courses in urban planning and transport systems.

She has a PhD in Transport from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, a Masters Degree in Geography from Punjab University, Chandigarh and a second Masters in Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. 

CoE-UT Team


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April 18, 2018
Auditorium , CEPT University

CoE(UT) Lecture series: Urban Transportation
CoE(UT) Lecture series: Urban Transportation

September 07, 2017
GIDC Bhavan, CEPT University

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Training Program
Urban Transport Planning and Management

July 23, 2017
CEPT University

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March 23, 2017
GIDC Bhavan

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