Overview of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline
Urban and Rural Planning (URP) Discipline is the pioneering planning school that commenced Bachelor of URP program in Bangladesh with a vision to producing skilled planners. A skilled planner is taught and trained with interdisciplinary fields of study to deal with integral solution to challenges created by urbanization and globalization. URP Discipline is the host to education, research and practice in the planning field with great professors and most up-to-date labs and facilities. The alumni of the URP Discipline are in the profession, since 90s, contributing to a wide range of areas including physical planning, social development and technological innovation all over the world.
URP Discipline has celebrated its 25 years of glory in producing world class planners and professional services. Most of the alumni of the discipline have obtained excellent career in the international humanitarian agencies, but many have also found employment in the government planning authorities or in private organizations that deal with technology, planning and design. The professors of the discipline are reputed for providing research support, technical service and consultancy to different government and non-government organizations. URP Discipline has the pride of its professors and alumni who were engaged in the preparation of Master Plan for Dhaka, Khulna and Rajshahi cities as well as many municipalities across the country. URP Discipline envisions the future and aims to keep contributing to interdisciplinary planning fields that include urban planning & design, municipal services design, transport planning & engineering, rural livelihood & development, environmental management, GIS & remote sensing, climate change & disaster, and the like.
Producing knowledge and achieving professional aptitude in an interdisciplinary framework that leads the integrated endeavors toward planning a harmonized built environment for the future.
- developing an interdisciplinary academic environment of planning education for undergraduate and graduate programs imbued with the most up-to-date practical techniques and pedagogically constructed curricula
- contributing to innovations to overcome global challenges in creating a harmonized built environment with continuous participation in planning, research and projects at national and international levels
It offers a four years Bachelor degree in Urban and Rural Planning (BURP), Master of Urban and Rural Planning (MURP), MPhil and PhD in Planning.
Every year Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) School of Khulna University administers a highly competitive admission test to select BURP undergraduate students. For the admission of MURP and PhD students, graduates from civil engineering, architecture, agricultural engineering, economics, geography and environmental studies, sociology, social work/social welfare and other relevant subjects can apply directly to the URP Discipline. Applications for admission for those programs are invited through official website (www.kuurp.ac.bd), national daily newspapers and electronic media.
URP Discipline has been publishing the journal PLAN PLUS since 2002. It publishes research works of scholars on various fields of planning.
Since very inception, URP Discipline is engaged in conducting research in urban and rural problems covering areas of urban planning, regional planning, computational social science, transport planning, spatial analysis, climate change, food security, slums and squatters, municipal services planning, salinity intrusion, rural landscape, etc. The discipline has established a research center named Planning and Development Research Center (PDRC) to devote exclusively for research and training.
GIS Lab: Well equipped with 30 high configuration computers, ArcGIS, plotter, roll scanner, and A3 printer.
Remote Sensing Lab: Well equipped with 30 high configuration computers, ERDAS IMAGINE, ER Mapper, 3-D imaging, and plotter.
Engineering Survey Lab: Availability of modern engineering equipment including RTK GPS, TotalStation, Theodolite, and also traditional survey equipment like plane table, dumphy level, etc.
Planning Information System Lab: A lab with high configuration computers for simulation and advanced data analysis, interpretation and web-hosting.