The Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP) is an education and capacity building programme for urban practitioners spanning across disciplines and levels in public, private, academic and civil society sectors. IIHS believes that a city’s transformation rests largely on the collective endeavours of practitioners who confront challenges through an informed, reflexive and creative manner.
The teaching programmes at IIHS offer institutions and practitioners new frameworks of knowledge, backed by a cohesive package of skills. These programmes bear a unique focus on practice in Indian cities and are taught by a dynamic group of internal faculty, and academic and professional advisors.
The UPP portfolio spans across sectors, disciplines and scales of practice and seeks to intervene at three levels:
- Strategic perspectives and orientation of the practitioner to urban challenges
- Knowledge frameworks employed to appraise such challenges
- Execution skills to tackle them effectively and sustainably
UPP collaborates with key institutions in the urban sphere for various training and capacity-building programmes. It conducts workshops and courses in thematic areas such as Affordable Housing, Urban Water Supply and Sanitation, Geospatial Technology, Building Resilience to Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction. Under these partnerships, UPP has trained public sector functionaries across hierarchies and geographies in India.