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:

  1. Strategic perspectives and orientation of the practitioner to urban challenges
  2. Knowledge frameworks employed to appraise such challenges
  3. Execution skills to tackle them effectively and sustainably


In view of the diversity of the learners and the breadth of their capacities, UPP courses are framed through an interdisciplinary lens that enables an integrated approach to addressing challenges. They are delivered through interactive formats that focus on peer-learning and experience-sharing, through which the programme hopes to build networks between practitioners across cities.


UPP Participant Video
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Ways of Seeing
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Field Visit
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