CEPT University

Introduction
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CEPT University focuses on understanding, designing, planning, constructing and managing human habitats. Its teaching programs build thoughtful professionals and its research programs deepen understanding of human settlements. CEPT University also undertakes advisory projects to further the goal of making habitats more livable.

The University comprises five faculties. The Faculty of Architecture was established as the ‘School of Architecture’ in 1962. It focuses on design in the private realm. The Faculty of Planning, focused on planning in the public realm, was established in 1972 as the ‘School of Planning’. The Faculty of Technology, which concentrates on engineering and construction, was established in 1982 as the ‘School of Building Science and Technology’. The Faculty of Design was established in 1992 as the ‘School of Interior Design’. It deals with habitat related interiors, crafts, systems, and products. Faculty of Management established in 2013 and it focuses on Habitat and Project Management.

CEPT University takes its name from the ‘Center for Environmental Planning and Technology’ (CEPT). CEPT and the various schools that it comprised were established by the Ahmedabad Education Society with the support of the Government of Gujarat and the Government of India. The Government of Gujarat incorporated CEPT as a university in 2005. The University Grants Commission recognized CEPT University under section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956 in 2007. The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) of the Government of India recognizes the University as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO).

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Establishment

The Ahmedabad Education Society (AES) established the Centre for Environment Planning & Technology (CEPT) in the year 1962 with the inception of School of Architecture (SA) through grant-in-aid from Government of Gujarat. The School of Planning (SP) was established in 1972 with financial support from Government of India (MHRD), Government of Gujarat and Ford Foundation. The other schools; School of Building Science and Technology (SBST) and School of Interior Design (SID) were established in 1982 and 1991 respectively with grant-in-aid from Government of Gujarat.

Initially CEPT was established and run by Ahmedabad Education Society (AES). In the year 1994, a separate trust and a society CEPT Society was formed. CEPT is registered as a Society and Public Charitable Trust. CEPT has been registered under the Societies whether Registered Society/ Company/Others Registration Act 1860 with the Asst. Registrar of Societies, Ahmedabad Region, Ahmedabad, vide Registration No. Guj/4185/ Ahmedabad dated 24 Jan 1994.

Since inception CEPT operated as an autonomous academic institution free to develop its academic programs and award its own diplomas at the end of various programs of study recognized by the State of Gujarat and the statutory regulatory body for technical courses - the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). From 2002 - 2005, CEPT was affiliated to the Hemachandracharya North Gujarat University at Patan. Consequently, the students completing various programs at CEPT were awarded bachelor’s and master’s degrees. CEPT became a University by the Gujarat State Legislature Act of 2005 with effect from April 12, 2005. CEPT University has been recognized by the University Grants Commission under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956 in February 2007. The University is recognized as Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR).

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Pedagogy

The teaching programs at CEPT University focus on building professional capacities and therefore they are centered on ‘studios’ or ‘labs’. Here, students engage with well-designed life-like problems. Coursework, seminars and research assignments, aimed at developing conceptual and analytical abilities of students, and skill-enhancing workshops support learning in studios and labs. Students also have to enroll in travel and documentation programs and to intern in professional offices to widen their exposure.

CEPT University cherishes the individual interests and abilities of its students. To enable each student to chart a unique course of study and realize his or her own individual potential, programs mandate only three quarters of the total credits that students have to complete. Students can complete the remaining credits by choosing from the wide range of elective courses on offer at any of the five faculties of the university. The Faculties also make all attempts to ensure that even within the mandatory portion of the program, students can choose courses to suit their practice orientation.

The belief that educating professionals requires practicing professionals and academics to work closely together firmly underpins CEPT University’s pedagogic philosophy. Therefore, CEPT University works as a collaborative of academics and practitioners. Practitioners adept at decision-making bring their experience to classrooms and academics impart a more thoughtful and critical approach. Teachers at CEPT University, see themselves as coaches. Their role is to support individual students in their explorations and in their capacity-building quests. 

International Outreach Mission

India’s urbanization is an epochal transformation where a vast population will move from its villages to towns and cities. Managing this unprecedented scale of development will require large number of talented, qualified and experienced professionals from across the world to plan, design and build India’s future. Therefore, CEPT University has set up the International Outreach Mission to invite global talent to join with CEPT students, academics and researcher to work together on the issues of India’s urbanization and to prepare future habitat professionals.

The mission is charged with attracting outstanding international graduates, professionals and academics to study, work and teach in India. The mission will coordinate a number of existing and new opportunities for international graduates, professionals, academics & researchers to join with CEPT and work towards solving challenges of India’s urbanization.

They include:

  1. Travel in India
    Annual Summer and Winter Schools at CEPT offers structured learning programs (for between two to five weeks) that provide diverse experience within and outside India.
  2. Learn in India
    Professional postgraduate and undergraduate programs offer great opportunity to undertake degree education that is rooted in the local context. They allow students to undertake international quality professional education.
  3. Teach in India
    The prestigious Teaching Fellows program at CEPT invites outstanding international graduates and young professionals to spend one year teaching at CEPT.
  4. Research in India
    Research scholars have an opportunity to undertake collaborative research with faculty members & students at CEPT. There are many existing collaborations with partner universities across the world and there is further opportunity to explore new collaborations.
  5. Design in India
    Innovative new postgraduate program/s for young & experienced professionals from developed countries to undertake a post-professional master’s degree, which will also allow them to work in India.
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Master of Architecture

Campus Full time July 2017 India Ahmedabad

The two-year-long Master’s Program in Architecture leads to award of the M. Arch. degree. It enhances the skills of students holding a professional bachelor’s degree in architecture and provides them additional exposure to the aesthetic, technical, social, political and ethical dimensions of the built environment. [+]

Master of Architecture Faculty of Architecture – CEPT University Architects play significant roles in the design and production of built environments. Those who focus on design are commissioned by clients to lead the work of the many experts who are required to put buildings and places together. When playing this leadership role architects ensure that the end product is architecturally meaningful, while meeting prosaic functional requirements. Many architects refrain from playing this expansive leadership role and prefer instead to focus on some aspect of the built environment. Others refrain from design altogether and focus instead on the study and critique of built environments in a bid to enrich architectural discourse. Yet others choose to proactively work with disadvantaged communities to improve living conditions. The two-year-long Master’s Program in Architecture leads to award of the M. Arch. degree. It enhances the skills of students holding a professional bachelor’s degree in architecture and provides them additional exposure to the aesthetic, technical, social, political and ethical dimensions of the built environment. The program also offers the possibility of, but does not require specializing in and obtaining a Major and/or a Minor in any of the following: Architectural Design History, Theory and Criticism Urban Design Conservation This program at CEPT University is highly recognized and provides the opportunity for young professionals to upgrade their capacities and credentials. It also provides an opportunity for wider exposure to architecture, planning, construction, design and management of human habitats. Exchange Programs with international universities allow for exposure of students to diverse of academic and professional environments in the world. Curriculum During the first ‘foundation’ semester, all students are required to complete a joint design studio. During the next two semesters they can choose from studios focusing on any of the above areas of specialization. In addition to studios, students are also required to take mandatory courses, seminars and workshops and choose from others which are focused on areas of specialization. Obtaining a Major in any area of specialization requires completing at least two studios and three courses focusing on that area. Obtaining a Minor in any area requires completion of at least three courses focusing on that area. During the fourth semester students are required to complete a capstone project – an individual but guided design or research project. Twice, in breaks between semesters, students are required to sign up for study tours or courses organized as part of the Summer School and Winter School programs. To enable students to pursue individual interests only three quarters of the total academic workload is mandated. Students choose courses from the many available electives to complete the rest. Teachers are drawn from practicing professionals who bring practical experience to the classroom and academics and complement teaching with more theoretical and critical approaches. Admission and Prerequisites Admission to the program is based on academic history during undergraduate studies, portfolio, work experience and in-person / teleconference interview. The applications will be scrutinized in a two stage evaluation process. Minimum Qualification to apply for this program includes a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture (B. Arch) or equivalent recognized by the Council of Architecture (COA) with a minimum of 55% aggregate marks for General category candidates and 50% aggregate marks for reserved category candidates. Two years’ professional work experience is desirable. International Entry CEPT’s guiding principal for International Admissions is to seek equivalence between International standards achieved and those of Indian home students. There are differences between Europe, America and India in degree length, academic standards and award structure. CEPT will therefore consider each International application on its merits seeking international equivalence and bearing in mind any professional requirements that these Programs have. [-]

Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Campus Full time 2 years July 2017 India Ahmedabad

India’s urbanisation is an epochal transformation that will have a significant impact on the living conditions and quality of life of its people. The manner, in which this urbanization is planned and managed, holds the key to ensuring liveability, equity and sustainability for the people. Typically, urban planners play a vital role in such urban transformations. The Faculty of Planning CEPT University prepares thoughtful planning professionals to meet this challenge. [+]

Master of Urban and Regional Planning Faculty of Planning – CEPT University India’s urbanisation is an epochal transformation that will have a significant impact on the living conditions and quality of life of its people. The manner, in which this urbanization is planned and managed, holds the key to ensuring liveability, equity and sustainability for the people. Typically, urban planners play a vital role in such urban transformations. The Faculty of Planning CEPT University prepares thoughtful planning professionals to meet this challenge. This choice-based Master’s program in Urban and Regional Planning prepares young professionals for a career in planning and equips them to: (i) prepare plans and projects for the cities and their regions, (ii) undertake research on policies and processes of urbanization and urban development, (iii) advise on governance of cities and their regions, and (iv) advocate for specific issues like sustainability, climate change resilience, uplifting marginalized communities etc. We train professionals through hands-on studio exercises, theory courses, individual capstone project and field visits within India and abroad. Faculty members belong to diverse disciplines like architecture, engineering, planning, natural and social sciences. They are proficient academicians and competent professionals with national and global exposure and linkages. MURP alumni are considered thought leaders in their field, and are well placed in leading global & national organizations and in city & regional governments. This highly recognized programme is more than 40 years old. Its alumni are very well placed in government, international agencies, consulting firms, and, reputed academic and research institutions. Being a part of CEPT University, the program also provides an opportunity for wider exposure to architecture, construction, design, and management of human habitats. Curriculum The two-year Master’s Degree Program in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) exposes students to social, political, economic and financial dimensions of urban development and ethical dimensions of working as professionals. Students are trained to engage with scales from local project to city and region to global, through hands-on studio exercises, intense theory, individual capstone project, and field visits in India and abroad through summer winter school (SWS). The program offers the possibility of, but does not require, specializing in and obtaining a Major in any of the following: Land use Planning – This area will offer studios in land use planning at city, city-region and local level along with theory courses on land use planning, built-form and land markets. Housing – This area offers studios in housing strategy at city level and housing project planning along with courses in housing and land markets, housing & community development, housing project design & development, and housing finance. Environmental Planning – This area offers studios on preparing environmental impact assessment and environment management plan at city level along with courses on environmental resources, pollution, environmental economics and climate change. Infrastructure Planning – This area offers studios on preparing infrastructure plans at city level and infrastructure project development along with courses on infrastructure planning and infrastructure project development. Transportation Planning – This area offers studios on preparing comprehensive traffic and transportation plans at city level and transport project development along with courses on transportation and land use planning, transportation modelling and design of transportation systems. The first semester is the ‘foundation’ that prepares students to grapple with the idea of ‘urban’ and prepare a plan for development of a municipal ward. They are exposed to the theories of economic and social development and history of urban transformation. They learn the skills of quantitative, qualitative and spatial methods. The foundation semester gives them the breadth of the discipline. The second and third semesters are for delivering in-depth knowledge in one of the available specializations. In the second semester the students prepare plan of a city or a town, with emphasis on any one of the available specializations. Simultaneously, they learn skills and gain knowledge relevant to preparing the city level plans. In the third semester they prepare a plan for a region. An alternative option in the third semester is to prepare a detailed project report or area plan, which includes financial and governance proposals. During the fourth semester students are required to complete a capstone project – an individual but guided planning, research, grant writing or policy analysis project. Twice, in breaks between semesters, students are required to sign up for University’s Summer School and Winter School programs, which could include study tours to cities in India and abroad. To enable students to pursue individual interests only three quarters of the total academic workload is mandated to obtain the degree they have registered for. To complete the remaining one quarter, students choose courses from the many available electives. Admission and Prerequisites Applicants for the Masters of Planning program in the general category should have a minimum of 55% aggregate marks and those in the SC/ST/OBC categories should have a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in below mentioned degree programs from a recognised University / Institution: Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Architecture/ Environmental Engineering/ Civil Engineering/ Planning/ Law Or Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Geography/ Economics/ Sociology/ Environmental Science/ Social Work /Development Studies/ Policy Studies/ Political Science International Entry Requirements CEPT’s guiding principal for International Admissions is to seek equivalence between International standards achieved and those of Indian home students. There are differences between Europe, America and India in degree length, academic standards and award structure. CEPT will therefore consider each International application on its merits seeking international equivalence and bearing in mind any professional requirements that these Programs have. [-]