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).
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).
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 a 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Teach in India
The prestigious Teaching Fellows program at CEPT invites outstanding international graduates and young professionals to spend one-year teaching at CEPT.
- 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.
- 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.