IIHS has been empanelled to be a capacity building partner by the erstwhile Ministry of Urban Development across all Urban Missions. This includes the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), Smart Cities Mission, and Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY).


AMRUT Individual Capacity Building Programme

The aim of the AMRUT mission is to provide basic services (e.g. water supply, sewerage, urban transport) to households and build amenities in cities which will improve the quality of life for all, especially the poor and the disadvantaged is a national priority. The thrust areas of the mission are water supply, sewerage and septage, storm water drainage, non-motorised transport and public transport and green spaces and parks.

The AMRUT individual capacity building programme happens in three stages – Orientation, Custom Capsule 1 and Custom Capsule 2.

The capacity building programme starts with an Orientation course on the Mission. In this course, participants are introduced to the mission, its aims and objectives, the focus sectors under the mission and key concepts such as service level benchmarks for each sector. The three-day course focusses on discussing the challenges faced by urban India in the context of the Mission, and understanding the mission guidelines and toolkit comprising components, funding, processes, reform management, monitoring and review process. The modules introduce participants to the urban challenges, potential projects and possibilities under the mission, and contextualise similar transformations through established practices from India and across the world.

The current status of each sector in the respective states under the mission is discussed in this context. State-specific policies if any are analysed for the respective states. The purpose of the capacity building exercise is also explained. Participants engage in understanding existing challenges of urban India especially with respect to the provision of basic services, infrastructure and civic amenities. The orientation course was developed based on the outline shared by the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). A training needs assessment is done at the end of the Orientation course.

The training needs assessment forms the basis for the design of the custom capsule courses. The first custom capsule is typically a sector-specific deep-dive for the focus sectors under the mission and includes site visits to some projects that could serve as examples to attain the service level benchmarks proposed under the mission. The second custom capsule of the capacity building programme typically includes an overview of processes such as the preparation of a Detailed Project Report, Procurement, Contracting, and Project Monitoring.

Pedagogical methods adopted include thematic lectures, a mix of international and domestic case studies, guest presentations/lectures, audio-visual material, site visits, participant discussion sessions, group exercises, role-playing and peer-evaluation.

Please refer to the following table for information on the capacity building programmes undertaken so far:

2017-18 2016-17 2015-16

State Stream Courses Participants
Jammu and Kashmir Engineering and Public Health 3 75
Jharkhand Engineering and Public Health 2 56
Town Planning 3 65
Rajasthan Engineering and Public Health 3 117
Tamil Nadu Town Planning 3 73

State Stream Courses Participants
Jharkhand Engineering and Public Health 3 101
Town Planning 4 117
Elected Representatives 1 12
Kerala Engineering and Public Health 6 219
Town Planning 11 376
Odisha Engineering and Public Health 2 36
Rajasthan Engineering and Public Health 20 498
Tamil Nadu Town Planning 6 141

State Stream Courses Participants
Odisha Engineering and Public Health 1 38

Smart Cities Mission

The MoUD has empanelled IIHS as a capacity building partner for this programme. Capacity building under this programme is yet to begin.

Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) - SBM (U)

The MoUD has empanelled IIHS as a capacity building partner for this programme. Capacity building under this programme is yet to begin.

Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY)

The MoUD has empanelled IIHS as a capacity building partner for this programme. Capacity building under this programme is yet to begin.

IIHS has been empanelled as a National Resource Centre (NRC) by the erstwhile Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.

Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY)

Housing is a basic need that furthers human welfare and is a productive economic asset for households as well as cities. It is unique in enabling citizens to enjoy benefits of social and human development while actively engaging in the production of goods and services and contribute to the economy of their household, city and country. Yet provision of housing – particularly one that is secure and adequate – in urban areas is a major challenge facing policy-makers and urban practitioners today.  The lack of housing is even more severe for the urban poor and slum dwellers living in cities.

In this context, the Central Government had launched the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY), with a focus on an integrated approach aimed at bringing within the formal system those who are forced to live in extra-formal spaces and in denial of right to services and amenities available to those with legal title to city spaces, and at correcting the deficiencies of the formal system of urban development and town planning that have failed to create conditions of inclusiveness and equity; so that, henceforth, new urban families, whether by way of migration or natural growth of population, have recourse to housing with municipal services, and are not forced to create encroachments and slums and live extralegal lives in conditions of deprivation of rights and amenities.

The Rajiv Awas Yojana was conceived over 2 phases – planning and implementation. The planning phase was over in 2013 and the RAY was converted to a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for 2013 – 2022. In the year 2015, the RAY was discontinued and a new scheme – the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana was started with the mission of Housing for All.

As an NRC, IIHS was one of a select set of institutions tasked to deliver capacity development workshops in the areas of Slum Free City Planning and GIS under the flagship programme of the Ministry – the Rajiv Awas Yojana.

The workshops on Rajiv Awas Yojana aimed to develop and enhance the planning and implementation capabilities of urban local bodies with respect to the planning, provision and management of RAY housing projects. It familiarised the participants with the salient features of the Rajiv Awas Yojana and exposed them to the broad range of actors and interventions from public agencies to developers and communities themselves that can be engaged within the framework of RAY. It equipped the participants with the tools and knowledge needed to create the framework for the conception, implementation and management of RAY projects. The practitioners were enabled to identify particular challenges in their towns and cities in implementing RAY schemes in order to directly address them. Processes of how to understand and engage with communities and other non-state actors at various stages of implementation was also touched upon.

The workshops were conducted for officers of the Karnataka Slum Development Board, Departments of Finance, Housing and Urban Development, GoK, Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation, Karnataka State Remote Sensing and Applications Center, the Directorate of Municipal Administration, and Urban Local Bodies across Karnataka.

Please refer to the following table for information on the capacity building programmes undertaken so far:

State Courses Participants
Karnataka 2 189
Tamil Nadu 1 57