School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal

Established in 2008, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large city of Bhopal (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Madhya Pradesh. Officially accredited/recognized by the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, India, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal is a coeducational higher education institution. School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study. School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including as well as administrative services.

School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal is established by Government of India as an Institute of National importance in the year 2008.This school is committed to produce best Architects and Planners of the Nation to take up the challenges of physical and socio- environmental development of global standards. This will be developed as ‘University of imagination’, where a sense of enquiry will prevail amongst all stake holders- students, researchers, professors and society at large. School of Planning and Architecture will strive for social sustenance through universal design, cultural sustenance through conservation and environmental sustenance through the discipline of Architecture, Planning and Design.

The Institute strives:

  • To create School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal as a centre of excellence for imparting quality education at undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and post-doctoral levels in Planning and Architecture.
  • To create national level research and development centre with special emphasis on research and consultancy work in the field of Planning and Architecture.
  • To create national level research and database centre and decision support centre for the preparation and implementation of settlement and habitat development programme for the Government.
  • To create the nodal centre for mentoring other architecture and spatial planning institutions in the central region.
  • To create a cadre of high calibre faculty members who will be devoted to teaching, research and consultancy in all disciplines that deal with Planning and Architecture.
  • To become socially responsible institution providing research feedback to the Government for physical development of human settlements.

Programmes offered

Doctoral (Ph.D.) Programme

The Doctoral Programme at the school is conceived to encourage independent and interdisciplinary research that has relevance to the present needs of social, cultural and environmental sustenance. To keep pace with the expanding horizons of knowledge, the progamme provides a research environment that has strong theoretical grounding and looks for application of knowledge to develop solutions that focus on issues relating to settlements and habitat.

Master of Architecture (Urban Design)
Indian cities with uncontrolled and chaotic development, loss of coherence, character and decreasing quality of urban life, sadly lack the clarity and cohesion of urban form and structure. The masters programme at the school aims to address the urgent need for enhancing the lived experience of cities. The primary focus is on investigating the role of urban form in shaping our cities using innovative design approaches and theoretical research. It is a two year postgraduate programme leading to the degree of Master of Urban Design.

Master of Architecture (Landscape)
The Master of Landscape Architecture programme at SPA Bhopal aims to educate the students for ultimate leadership in the landscape architecture profession. This mission requires the development and exercise of both intellect and sensibility. The Programme has the dual objectives of providing students with a core of design and technical skills in combination with experiences in pure and applied research. This duality prepares students for problem solving in the profession through design and research, and it is a programme focus. The Programme prepares the students to enter in private, public, academic, and research organizations. An interdisciplinary setting is provided to learn and think critically and creatively in addressing environmental issues so that the future landscape architects graduating from SPA Bhopal, shall certainly be versatile in the various aspects of practice typifying the profession, including environmental ethics, design development, project management at multiple scales, communication, emerging technologies, ethical conduct, as well as relevant areas of research.

The programme is of four semesters (two years) duration, leading to a degree of Master of Landscape Architecture.

Master of Architecture(Conservation)
India is a country with rich natural and cultural heritage. The variation in heritage is due to geographical locations, Time Periods, Builders, Architectural Styles, different sizes and scales of cultural heritage, existing traditional knowledge systems, continuity in traditional practices, and different categories of built heritage ranging from Prehistoric, Historic and Archaeological Sites and different typologies from a building to large cultural regions. Apart from the 3600 Centrally Protected Monuments, and 5000 State Protected Monuments, large numbers of monuments are protected by various religious bodies, organizations and owners. The requirement for a qualified conservation professional is more demanding as with technological advancements the society is drastically changing and it is important to understand the meaning of heritage in the present society.

The location of SPA Bhopal is in central India near two World Heritage Sites including a Cultural Landscape that provides a unique opportunity to use heritage as pedagogical resource. The Conservation programme is devised in training the students towards theory and philosophies in conservation, process and techniques necessary for maintenance and management of heritage, appropriate use of standards of practice. This training shall facilitate informed decision making and application of acquired skills and techniques.

Master of Planning (Urban and Regional Planning)
In India, growing needs of increasing population coupled with a very fast pace of urbanization is resulting in depletion of natural resources, stressful work conditions, polluted environment and changing social-structure. The two year postgraduate programme leading to the degree of Master of Planning (Urban and Regional Planning) at the school aims to produce professional planners who are equipped to assist communities, organizations and policymakers in addressing the present day problems of settlements and developing new ways of improving cities and regions.

Master of Planning (Environmental Planning)
SPA, Bhopal announces introduction of a new Master of Planning Programme in Environmental Planning (MPEP) from the academic session 2013-14. Given the growing importance of environmental planning and the consequent demand for environmental planners, the course on MPEP is designed so as to equip the students with necessary knowledge and skills essential for comprehending an environmental problem, examining the correlated issues in order to generate agreeable and pragmatic solutions. The course shall endeavour to develop an understanding of various aspects of environmental planning and management by introducing an array of subjects, namely, environmental economics, environmental monitoring, environmental policies and legislation, environmental impact assessment, natural management, bio- diversity, climate changes, etc.

The curriculum, MPEP, is spread across four semesters with each semester having a studio exercise based on the theoretical inputs provided during the semester. The first semester shall aim at building foundation of planning where students would be introduced to the basics of planning for a human settlement. The program will be supported by well equipped GIS and Computer labs for carrying out spatial and non spatial analyses incorporated in the curriculum. In addition to the normal lecture sessions, students will be encouraged to join research projects, workshops, competitions and other knowledge exchange programmes to enlarge their domain of experience and learning.

Bachelor of Architecture (Five Year Degree Programme)
As part of the school charter and mission, the architecture department of the school is providing a vibrant design culture, ensuring that its graduates are not only valued by the architectural practice, but are also able to make a critical contribution to the future of the profession. The school has put efforts in the development of an open studio culture, in which students at all levels can learn from each other, how the innovative ideas are generated and developed as well as develop an in-depth practical knowledge through independent and original research.

Bachelor of Planning (Four Year Degree Programme)
After the implementation of the 74th Constitution Amendment Act, 1992,which has empowered urban local bodies significantly to undertake developmental works, the need for qualified planners at all levels has increased significantly. The B. Plan. course is an endeavor to bridge this gap of planning professionals in the country. In a country where urbanization has been on a steady rise since independence, and escalated significantly in recent years; planning professionals need to be trained in handling the myriad problems which come along with urbanization.

As part of the school’s charter and mission, Architecture Department of the School is providing a vibrant design culture, ensuring its graduates are not only valued by the architectural practice, but are also able to make critical contribution to the future of the profession. The school has put efforts in the development of open studio culture, in which students at all levels can learn from each other, how innovative ideas are generated and developed as well as developing an in-depth practical knowledge through independent and original research.

The study of architecture and planning is all-encompassing that involves broader and deeper understanding about the people and the physical and cultural contexts of places within which we all live. It requires innovative thinking and rethinking, technical and practical knowhow and encourages in-depth study of the arts, history and the culture, but they also need to understand, in the society, how their role interacts with role of others in order to create good building designs for better and safe environments.

The Course at bachelor’s level is integrated within studio-based design projects along with theoretical knowledge, abilities and skills generated by lectures in technical studies, cultural context along with an extensive practical knowledge imparted through site visits and case studies. Design projects, which require development of both manual and computer generated presentation skills, are taught in small groups, enhancing personal attention throughout the course. This work forms the basis of the design portfolio which, eventually, signifies the achievement when applying for postgraduate courses or employment.

Course Structure for B.Arch Programme
In the first year, the students work on basic projects which develop their two and three-dimensional visual perception and improve their graphical understanding, such as drawing, computing and model-making. The students are introduced to the fundamentals of mathematical application, mechanism of structures, building materials and construction and climatology.

In the second and the third years, advanced projects are undertaken in the context of individual design units while working towards common student-centered teaching objectives. The course models in key subjects such as History of Architecture, Theory of Settlements, Structures, Building Technology and Services, that include Water Supply and Sanitation, Electrical and Acoustics to provide a wider understanding of the built environments. Apart from these subjects, Estimation and Costing, Computer Aided Design, Working Drawing and Visual and Written Skills are also introduced.

Even more advanced and critical design projects are undertaken in the first semester of the 4th year. Similarly, more advanced issues are taught in the Building Materials and Construction and Theory of Structures. Similarly training also enhances the student’s ability to develop the communication skills. At this level, student are introduced to variety of subjects including Urban and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, Project Management and Behavioral Psychology, through which they can get awareness on how they would like to develop their career in a particular area of interest in the coming future.

In the second semester of 4th year, student have to take professional training under a practicing architect registered with the Council of Architecture. During their professional training, students learn about the practical issues; how they should deal with all kinds of possibilities and constraints involved in the architectural practice. They also become familiar with the market resources and client management.

During the 5th year of the course, advancements in the design module is undertaken along with the Advanced Building Technology, Advanced Structures, Ecology and Environment and advanced exercises in Seminar. In this semester, the students have an option to choose some elective subjects of their preference, on which he or she can choose to build their career further.

The last semester of the course is mainly directed towards the development of Design Thesis. Based on the previous knowledge gained through all the inputs from theory and practice, students work on specific issues of their interest and develop a design thesis. Along with the design thesis, subjects such as Professional Practice, Valuation and Arbitration and Seminar are undertaken simultaneously.

Number of seats : 75

Admission Requirements and Procedure
The admission to B.Arch. / B.Plan Program 2013 will be made on the basis of Joint Entrance Examination JEE (Main) – 2013 and rules and regulation laid down by the Central Board of Secondary Education for the admissions.

The Bachelor of Planning course at SPA, Bhopal is one of the few courses in our country, imparting planning education at the undergraduate level. After the implementation of the 74th Constitution Amendment Act 1992, which has empowered urban local bodies significantly to undertake developmental works, the need for qualified planners has increased significantly. The B. Plan. course is an endeavor to bridge this gap of demand and supply of planning professional in the country. In a country where urbanization has been on a steady rise since independence, and escalated significantly in recent years, planning professionals need to be trained in handling the myriad problems which come along with urbanization-issues of migration, infrastructure deficit, environmental concerns are but a few.

Academic Focus
The B. Plan course equips students with the essential skills, knowledge base and attitude required to enter into a profession which combines analytical skills along with a strong understanding of socio-cultural and economic context. This blend of the social sciences, economics and technical knowledge of various planning specializations (transportation, environment, legislation and policies, infrastructure, etc.) is imparted over a period of four years building up the foundation of planning professionals.

Course Structure
The B. Plan. course comprises of minimum duration of 4 academic years consisting of 8 semesters. The course inculcates essential skills of data analysis, graphic presentation, report writing and technical drawing along with knowledge of basic subjects in the initial years. As the course progresses, in higher semester, the students are exposed to specialized areas of planning along with development of advanced skills. Use of state of the art technology and application (for instance GIS) are taught at the higher levels and applied in planning studio projects. The curriculum is structured around a core planning studio in every semester which has a specific thrust starting from the basics of layout plans and gradually handling more complex planning aspects (transportation, special area planning, master planning, etc.) in order to prepare the students to address a wide range of contemporary issues in planning. The higher semesters consist of a range of electives from which the student can choose areas of interest and specialization. The course is thus structured into three main thrust areas: the planning studio, core subjects and electives. In addition to the academic inputs, the students get industry inputs through summer training which is undertaken twice in the course of four years, once after completion of fourth semester and once after the sixth semester.

In the first year, the student is trained in the fundamentals of Urban and Regional Planning, Surveying, Economics, Statistical and Quantitative Methods in Planning, Computer Applications and Technical Report Writing. In Addition, Building Structures, Materials and Principles of Construction, Estimation and Introduction to Art and Culture and Basic Architectural Design are also taught. The planning studio in the first year is focused on training in graphical and presentation techniques and developing methods of data organization and presentation.

In the second year, the emphasis of the two semesters planning studio is on neighborhood and site planning techniques and transportation planning. Along with the basic subjects of planning theory and techniques of planning the student is introduced to fields of settlement geography and sociology. In additions the students gradually learn more advanced subjects of Planning Practice, Transportation Planning, Housing and Ecology and Environment. Simultaneously skill imparting continues with hands-on training on CAD Application in Planning. The student undergoes the first summer training after completion of the second year and essentially works with various government planning departments to get an exposure of the system of planning in the country.

In third year, after completion of two year of formal education and one exposure to summer training, the student is ready for more advanced inputs. The planning studios at this level deal with area planning and urban planning respectively in the two semesters. The core subjects taught at this level reinforce the thrust area of the studios of urban planning and include Real Estate Planning, Utilities and Services Planning, Landscape Planning and Urban Design, Sustainable Urban Development, Urban Management, Pl anning Management of Informal Sector and Urban Conservation. The skill development continues at advanced levels with students being provided adequate training on the application of GIS and geo-informatics in planning. The student undergoes the second period of summer training after completion of the third year and is encouraged to work with planning consultants of various specializations.

The final year consists of mix of core subjects and electives supporting the planning studios. The thrust of the seventh semester studio is regional planning while the eighth semester provides the student with the opportunity of working on a thesis of his/her own choice. The core subjects include Urban Governance, Finance and Management along with Professional Practice. The electives cover a wide range of contemporary issues including Infrastructure Development Planning, Rural Development and Management, PPP in Urban Environmental Sciences, International Finance, Infrastructure Finance, Environmental Impact Assessment. They also include subjects on Planning for Small and Medium Towns, Planning for Global Cities and Planning for Special Areas.

Number of seats : 30

Admission Requirements and procedure
The admission to B.Arch. / B.Plan Program 2013 will be made onthe basis of Joint Entrance Examination JEE (Main) – 2013 and rules and regulation laid down by the Central Board of Secondary Education for the admissions.


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Admissions to the under graduate programme is through the JEE (B.Arch) conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), India. Foreign nationals, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and persons of Indian origin (PIOs) candidates are eligible to apply and should have qualifications from the foreign boards/universities recognised as equivalent by the Association of Indian Universities(AIU) to be shortlisted for further evaluations.

For the postgraduate and doctoral admissions SPA Bhopal has its own entrance system, including a spot test and interview

The Institute conducts educational programmes leading to the degree of Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.), Bachelor of Planning (B. Plan.) Master of Architecture (M. Arch.), Master of Planning (M. Plan) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.) in the following areas:

Degree Content
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) Architectural Design, Building Construction, History, Services, Graphics etc.
Bachelor of Planning (B.Plan) Settlement Design at different levels, Transportation Design, Social Sciences, Legislation and policies, etc.
Master of Architecture (M. Arch) Conservation Architecture
Master of Architecture (M.U.D) Urban Design.
Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) Landscape Architecture
Master of Planning (M. Plan) Environmental Planning
Master of Planning (M. Plan) Urban and Regional Planning
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.) Interdisciplinary areas of Architecture, Planning and Design.


The institute’s new campus is located at Bhauri, though it is still under construction. institute has completely shifted from MANIT campus to Bhauri in the first week of January 2015.

The proposed Amenity Centre Building currently functions as the Academic Unit of the Campus. It houses both the departments and programmes. With this there are two hostels for boys and one for the girls within the campus. Some of the members from the academic and administrative staff resides in the campus. The hostels have lift facility and also the hostels are neatly maintained. The college have bus facility also.


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