A Career in Land Management

By: Saraswati Raju
Careers options related to land use, planning and development are enormous. Although a science background may be required in most, there are several courses that do not demand such a background. CEPT University, Ahmedabad; and School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi are among those that accept students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Careers dealing with land use can be broadly classified into a) Land Development, Planning and Management; b) Urban and Regional Planning; c) Transport Infrastructure and Planning; d) Real Estate Finance and Management; e) Urban and Regional Land Use including Natural Resources. By and large, a science degree is required in most, although there are several post graduate courses that do not demand such a background. For example, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the School of Planning, CEPT University, Ahmedabad not only accepts those with a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or Architecture or Civil or Architectural or Environmental Engineering but those with post graduate qualifications in Geography, Economics, Sociology, Environmental Science or Environmental Management as well. The School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi offers courses on Urban Land Management and Policy, Urban Development Management, Land Market, City and Metropolitan Planning in its Department of Physical Planning. Other courses include post-graduation in Transport Planning under the rubric of Integrated Land Use and Transportation Planning, and Real estate. For eligibility, one needs a degree in Architecture or Civil/Architectural/Environmental Engineering or a master’s in Geography, Economics, Sociology, Environmental Science or Environmental Management from a recognised university. TERI University, New Delhi,offers M Tech in Urban Development and Management—the criteria is BE/ B Tech in any discipline, B Arch., B Planning, or PG or an equivalent degree in science.

Amity University at Noida offers Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Construction Management and Real Estate and Urban Infrastructure. Guru Govind Singh Indrapastra University at Delhi conducts a two-year MBA for graduates or its equivalents in any discipline. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras at Chennai offers MTech. Civil Engineering courses in Construction Technology and Management and in Transportation Engineering. IIT Delhi is another institution offering MTech in Construction Engineering and Management and Transportation Engineering, while IIT Kharagpur offers M Tech in Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning for Civil Engineers, Architects and Geographers. Admission is through GATE/JEE and personal interviews.

National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR) at Pune offers Executive Development Programmes in Real Estate Business Management and post-graduation in Advance Construction Management. The Indian Institute of Human Settlement, Bangalore offers short term courses on land and real estate which are open to post graduate students and practitioners.

The Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun and National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC, formerly NRSA), a part of Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO at Hyderabad are to be explored by those interested in pursuing careers in GIS and Remote Sensing. Their M Sc/M Tech and Diploma and Certificate Courses cover GIS and Urban and Regional Land Use including Natural Resources and are open to various discipline including science and social science (geography). Besides the institutions listed above, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB), the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad also provide short professional and executive courses on land, real estate and infrastructure management.

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