Teaching / Training Material

As a part of its Capacity Building work, WRI India Sustainable Cities has been collaborating extensively with the Ministry of Urban Development, India, on their various efforts for building capacity and expertise for sustainable urban transport amongst individuals in India. Until now, WRI India Sustainable Cities has conducted over 60 training courses, workshops and seminars on sustainable urban transport for various cities in India, for government officials, industry and academia, training close to 2000 individuals through classroom sessions and study tours. WRI India Sustainable Cities also contributed to the development of ten training modules on sustainable urban transport planning for the UNDP and Ministry of Urban Development which is currently being used by national level trainers and city officials across the country as reference and training material. In addition to this, we partner regularly with academic institutes to deliver short courses around sustainable urban transport and urban planning for students pursuing their Master or doctoral degrees and other specialized courses around urban planning and design.

In 2016, WRI India was empaneled as a National Training Entity in the field of Town Planning by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. This empanelment places WRI India within a roster of premier national technical and non-profit organisations that have been officially recognised for their excellence in the fields of urban development and capacity building. As a National Training Entity, WRI India works with multiple states towards furthering the goals of various urban missions such as Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Smart Cities.

The Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) at a Corridor Scale Course introduces the concept of TOD and the potential benefits it can bring to a city.

India's urban population is expected to reach 600 million by 2031. A huge task lies ahead for the government in terms of developing infrastructure to accommodate this growth. To this end, the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has recognized Transit Oriented Development (TOD) as the urban growth strategy of choice.

On September 24, 2016, WRI India organized a workshop on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Policy Interpretation with Vatika Limited, a private developer group. The workshop was a means to familiarize the developer entity with Delhi's Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policy, and focused on imparting learnings that will enable them to implement their learning in the context of their work. Following an explanation of the provisions of the policy, a Design Charrette was organizaed where the participants were required to apply the provisions to a sample project site. 

On September 23, 2016, WRI India organized a workshop on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Policy Interpretation with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The intention of the workshop was to impart learnings obtained by WRI India through a study of documents relevant to Delhi's TOD Policy. It set out to enable participants to develop a clear understanding of the policy and regulations for implementation on ground, and identify policy gaps, if any.

On February 18, 2016 WRI India organized a day long workshop on “Financing TOD in Indian Cities – Challenges and Opportunities”, co-hosted by Citi Foundation and C40. The workshop was targeted at Field experts, City officials, Financers, Banks, Developers, Transport providers and operators, and capital providers who are in process of adopting the strategy of Transit Oriented Development. The intention of the workshop was to build knowledge & share amongst stakeholders possible ways forward for TOD Financing in the Indian context.

EMBARQ India has developed an Interactive lecture series on Sustainable Urban Development for Town Planning Institutes. The series shall include lectures by EMBARQ staff on topics like Transit Oriented Development, Traditional Area Revitalization through Sustainable Mobility, Road Safety in cities, Public Transport System Planning, Comprehensive Mobility Plan, Integrated Public Transport and Non-Motorized Transport. The intent of this lecture series is to share field experiences with students and help students understand field challenges.The lecture material is available for download.

The Government of India (GoI) initiated the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP) with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNDP, and the World Bank.

Between November 2012 and February 2013, EMBARQ India developed a Foundation Course on Sustainable Urban Mobility and Development. The course included lectures by EMBARQ staff on topics like integrated transport systems, Institutions for urban transport, Land-use and transport integration, Safe access and Transportation Demand Management. The lecture material is available for download.

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