CEPT Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) has served as a knowledge partner to Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for developing and delivering training on Local Area Plans (LAP) and Town Planning Schemes (TPS) under the Accelerated Capacity Building Program for officers from selected 25 cities in India. In the next phase of the program, MoHUA has empanelled three anchor institutes to support city and state governments with urban planning and land related legal and regulatory frameworks. CRDF has been empanelled as an anchor institute for cities of Amritsar, Bhubaneshwar, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal, Indore, Jaipur, Patna, Rajkot, Ranchi and Varanasi. The Center for Urban Planning and Policy (earlier CULREP) took this engagement further by providing advisory and technical consulting services as requested by the cities.
Some of the key trainers participated in the programme delivery include, Dr. Bimal Patel, Mr. Ck Koshy, Prof. Vidyadhar Phatak, Mr. P.L. Sharma, CTP, Ms. Shirley Ballaney, Ms. Bindu Nair, Mr. Jignesh Mehta, Dr. Rutul Joshi, Mr. Utkarsh Patel, Ms. Deepa Dave, Dr. Vatsal Patel and Mr. R. Srinivas of TCPO. Dr. Saswat Bandyopadhyay, Professor, CEPT was the nodal co-ordinator for this Accelerated Capacity Building programme.
More than 225 urban planners from 24 cities and states participated in 5 batches of this Accelerated Capacity Building programme with each batch of 4 days. Both the participants and the national ministry have highly rated this programme delivery.