CEPT University

Introduction

cept01CEPT University focuses on understanding, designing, planning, constructing and managing human habitats. Its teaching programs build thoughtful professionals and its research programs deepen understanding of human settlements. CEPT University also undertakes advisory projects to further the goal of making habitats more livable. The University comprises five faculties. The Faculty of Architecture was established as the ‘School of Architecture’ in 1962. It focuses on design in the private realm. The Faculty of Planning focused on planning in the public realm was established in 1972 as the ‘School of Planning’. The Faculty of Technology, which concentrates on engineering and construction, was established in 1982 as the ‘School of Building Science and Technology’. The Faculty of Design was established in 1992 as the ‘School of Interior Design’. It deals with habitat related interiors, crafts, systems, and products. Faculty of Management established in 2013 and it focuses on Habitat and Project Management. CEPT University takes its name from the ‘Center for Environmental Planning and Technology’ (CEPT). CEPT and the various schools that it comprised were established by the Ahmedabad Education Society with the support of the Government of Gujarat and the Government of India. The Government of Gujarat incorporated CEPT as a university in 2005. The University Grants Commission recognized CEPT University under section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956 in 2007. The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) of the Government of India recognizes the University as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO). cept02

Establishment

The Ahmedabad Education Society (AES) established the Centre for Environment Planning & Technology (CEPT) in the year 1962 with the inception of School of Architecture (SA) through grant-in-aid from Government of Gujarat. The School of Planning (SP) was established in 1972 with financial support from Government of India (MHRD), Government of Gujarat and Ford Foundation. The other schools; School of Building Science and Technology (SBST) and School of Interior Design (SID) were established in 1982 and 1991 respectively with grant-in-aid from Government of Gujarat. Initially, CEPT was established and run by Ahmedabad Education Society (AES). In the year 1994, a separate trust and a society CEPT Society was formed. CEPT is registered as a Society and Public Charitable Trust. CEPT has been registered under the Societies whether Registered Society/ Company/Others Registration Act 1860 with the Asst. Registrar of Societies, Ahmedabad Region, Ahmedabad, vide Registration No. Guj/4185/ Ahmedabad dated 24 Jan 1994. Since inception CEPT operated as an autonomous academic institution free to develop its academic programs and award its own diplomas at the end of various programs of study recognized by the State of Gujarat and the statutory regulatory body for technical courses - the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). From 2002 - 2005, CEPT was affiliated to the Hemachandracharya North Gujarat University at Patan. Consequently, the students completing various programs at CEPT were awarded bachelor’s and master’s degrees. CEPT became a University by the Gujarat State Legislature Act of 2005 with effect from April 12, 2005. CEPT University has been recognized by the University Grants Commission under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956 in February 2007. The University is recognized as Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). cept03

Pedagogy

The teaching programs at CEPT University focus on building professional capacities and therefore they are centered on ‘studios’ or ‘labs’. Here, students engage with well-designed life-like problems. Coursework, seminars and research assignments, aimed at developing conceptual and analytical abilities of students, and skill-enhancing workshops support learning in studios and labs. Students also have to enroll in travel and documentation programs and to intern in professional offices to widen their exposure. CEPT University cherishes the individual interests and abilities of its students. To enable each student to chart a unique course of study and realize his or her own individual potential, programs mandate only three-quarters of the total credits that students have to complete. Students can complete the remaining credits by choosing from the wide range of elective courses on offer at any of the five faculties of the university. The Faculties also make all attempts to ensure that even within the mandatory portion of the program, students can choose courses to suit their practice orientation. The belief that educating professionals requires practicing professionals and academics to work closely together firmly underpins CEPT University’s pedagogic philosophy. Therefore, CEPT University works as a collaborative of academics and practitioners. Practitioners adept at decision-making bring their experience to classrooms and academics impart a more thoughtful and critical approach. Teachers at CEPT University, see themselves as coaches. Their role is to support individual students in their explorations and in their capacity-building quests.

International Outreach Mission

India’s urbanization is an epochal transformation where a vast population will move from its villages to towns and cities. Managing this unprecedented scale of development will require a large number of talented, qualified and experienced professionals from across the world to plan, design and build India’s future. Therefore, CEPT University has set up the International Outreach Mission to invite global talent to join with CEPT students, academics and researcher to work together on the issues of India’s urbanization and to prepare future habitat professionals. The mission is charged with attracting outstanding international graduates, professionals, and academics to study, work and teach in India. The mission will coordinate a number of existing and new opportunities for international graduates, professionals, academics & researchers to join with CEPT and work towards solving challenges of India’s urbanization. They include:

  1. Travel in India
    Annual Summer and Winter Schools at CEPT offers structured learning programs (for between two to five weeks) that provide diverse experience within and outside India.
  2. Learn in India
    Professional postgraduate and undergraduate programs offer great opportunity to undertake degree education that is rooted in the local context. They allow students to undertake international quality professional education.
  3. Teach in India
    The prestigious Teaching Fellows program at CEPT invites outstanding international graduates and young professionals to spend one-year teaching at CEPT.
  4. Research in India
    Research scholars have an opportunity to undertake collaborative research with faculty members & students at CEPT. There are many existing collaborations with partner universities across the world and there is further opportunity to explore new collaborations.
  5. Design in India
    Innovative new postgraduate program/s for young & experienced professionals from developed countries to undertake a post-professional master’s degree, which will also allow them to work in India.
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Programs

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Master of Landscape Architecture/Design

Campus Full time Part time September 2019 India Ahmedabad + 1 more

Landscape programs at CEPT University are designed to allow a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the profession. It provides professional education to develop landscapes in densely built environments and master plans through intense design education supported with strong engineering foundation. Students have demonstrated new thinking, coupled with measured and relevant responses to varying landscape situations. The spirit of exploration and finding creative solutions is a part of the education. The underpinning principle is an emphasis on the design of landscapes towards development and conservation of natural sustainable ecosystems [+]

Master of Landscape Architecture/Design

Faculty of Architecture – CEPT University

Landscape Architects/Designers play a pivotal role in a country like India that is fast changing in its physical form. The present-day Landscape Professional has been trained not just to be the garden beautifier but ecologically sensitive protector of the natural resources and works at varying scales, complexities, and typologies, which includes projects in regional landscapes, housing, institutional, recreational, urban, heritage, infrastructure, industrial and household spaces. In addition to developing technical capabilities, today a Landscape Professional needs to develop a critical understanding of the scope of the profession and evolve a value system and a keen sense of inquiry in order to allow appropriate responses in the constantly changing world.... [-]


Master of Design in Furniture Design

Campus Full time September 2019 India Ahmedabad

The Faculty of Design at CEPT University is offering a post-graduate program in Furniture Design. The M. Des. (Furniture Design) program is a 2-year full-time, skill-based professional program to prepare students as designers and innovators for a rapidly emerging furniture industry. [+]

Master of Design in Furniture Design

Faculty of Design –CEPT University

The Faculty of Design at CEPT University is offering a post-graduate program in Furniture Design. The M. Des. (Furniture Design) program is a 2-year full-time, skill-based professional program to prepare students as designers and innovators for a rapidly emerging furniture industry.

The M. Des. (Furniture Design) program is a pragmatic response to the growing needs of the furniture industry and of the market. Today, the rate of development in all Indian Metros is exponential in nearly all sectors. The demand for furniture follows on from there in the residential, commercial and institutional sectors. Currently, a large percentage of furniture supplied to the market comes from abroad and could as easily be designed and made in India.... [-]


Master of Urban Planning

Campus Full time September 2019 India Ahmedabad

Master of Urban Planning (MUP) allows students’ exposure to national and international best-practices in urban planning and equips them with knowledge and skills necessary for their professional careers in planning and managing growth and development of cities and urban areas. [+]

Master of Urban Planning

Faculty of Planning – CEPT University

Master of Urban Planning (MUP) allows students’ exposure to national and international best-practices in urban planning and equips them with knowledge and skills necessary for their professional careers in planning and managing growth and development of cities and urban areas.

During the course, students learn to understand and analyze a variety of factors influencing our cities and apply critical thinking in providing integrated, interdisciplinary solutions. Through hands-on studio exercises, theory courses, individual research projects and field visits within India and abroad, the course equips students with thorough knowledge of preparing statutory plans, and plans ranging from regional to city and local area levels. The members of the faculty include leading practitioners, academicians, and researchers, competent and proficient in their own fields, with national and global experience.... [-]


Master of Urban Management

Campus Full time September 2019 India Ahmedabad

It aspires to bring about notable changes in urban India by creating a pool of high-quality professionals dedicated to the management of human habitats. The program helps students develop skills to address complex problems like enhancing long-term efficiency of urban services, improving day-to-day functioning of cities and finding ways to improve financing of urban systems. The program focuses on inter-disciplinary training while developing skills of effective management. During the first ‘foundation’ semester, students undertake courses, which help them, learn about the urban context and develop proficiency in accounting, management principles and basic problem solving for urban utilities-identification of issues and finding solutions. [+]

Master of Urban Management

Faculty of Management – CEPT University

Indian cities are growing at a very rapid pace in terms of its population and geography. They need constant attention to maintain the existing structures and manage the future expansion. Urban Management is an upcoming field requiring specialized knowledge of urban settlements and core management principles. Urban Managers focus on understanding how townships and cities function and they strive to improve the technological, operational and financial functioning of cities with the aim of improving livability.

It aspires to bring about notable changes in urban India by creating a pool of high-quality professionals dedicated to the management of human habitats. The program helps students develop skills to address complex problems like enhancing long-term efficiency of urban services, improving day-to-day functioning of cities and finding ways to improve financing of urban systems.... [-]


Master of Technology in Geomatics

Campus Full time Part time September 2019 India Ahmedabad + 1 more

M.Tech in Geomatics is a multi-disciplinary professional course wherein advanced subjects like Remote Sensing, GIS, Database Management Systems, Spatial Data analysis, Programming languages, Photogrammetry, GPS and Location Based Systems, LiDAR, Big-data, Web and Mobile GIS, Open Source technologies, Project Planning and Geo-visualization are taught. It gives a unique opportunity to explore the wide applications in multidisciplinary fields of Engineering, Construction, Infrastructure, Utilities, Planning, Management, Information Technology, and Governance. [+]

Master of Technology in Geomatics

Faculty of Technology – CEPT University

GEOMATICS, popularly known as Geo-Informatics refers to the mathematics, science, and technology used to study spatial information. It is a field with ancient roots, modern relevance, and an eye to the future. This multidisciplinary course integrates the acquisition, management, analysis, modeling and presentation of geospatial information.

M.Tech in Geomatics is a multi-disciplinary professional course wherein advanced subjects like Remote Sensing, GIS, Database Management Systems, Spatial Data analysis, Programming languages, Photogrammetry, GPS and Location Based Systems, LiDAR, Big-data, Web and Mobile GIS, Open Source technologies, Project Planning and Geo-visualization are taught. It gives a unique opportunity to explore the wide applications in multidisciplinary fields of Engineering, Construction, Infrastructure, Utilities, Planning, Management, Information Technology, and Governance.... [-]


Master of Technology in Building Energy Performance

Campus Full time Part time September 2019 India Ahmedabad + 1 more

Within the M.Tech. program in Building Energy Performance students learn to: Use state of the art tools to conduct simulations and assess building energy performance; Tackle complex technical problems and participate in a multidisciplinary environment; Influence the design of energy-efficient buildings while considering all building systems, architecture, and occupant health and comfort. [+]

Master of Technology in Building Energy Performance

Faculty of Technology – CEPT University

Buildings with low energy use are a social and economic imperative for India and other tropical regions that will see the largest growth in the next two decades. Energy use largely determines the environmental footprint of a building over its lifespan. Research, policy, and practice are making building energy performance an area of intellectual and professional growth. Increasingly, a new kind of professional is needed in the building design or operations team to help save energy.

Within the M.Tech. program in Building Energy Performance students learn to:

Use state of the art tools to conduct simulations and assess building energy performance. Tackle complex technical problems and participate in a multidisciplinary environment. Influence the design of energy-efficient buildings, while considering all building systems, architecture, and occupant health and comfort. ... [-]

Master of Architecture in Architectural Design

Campus Full time September 2019 India Ahmedabad

The Architectural Design specialization within the M.Arch. program at the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University is an advanced design stream intended for architects to explore, experiment and critically reimagine design as a discipline, empowered by the experience of practice. The specialization has a broader mandate compared to other M.Arch streams and allows students to explore the following themes - new tools and technologies of design, design for social change, reimagining the agency of architectural practitioners, among other things. Students also have opportunities to explore design theory, particularly in the realm of form and aesthetics, ways of making, computational design, history of design and contemporary practice. [+]

Master of Architecture in Architectural Design

Faculty of Architecture – CEPT University

The Architectural Design specialization within the M.Arch. program at the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University is an advanced design stream intended for architects to explore, experiment and critically reimagine design as a discipline, empowered by the experience of practice. The specialization has a broader mandate compared to other M.Arch streams and allows students to explore the following themes - new tools and technologies of design, design for social change, reimagining the agency of architectural practitioners, among other things. Students also have opportunities to explore design theory, particularly in the realm of form and aesthetics, ways of making, computational design, history of design and contemporary practice.... [-]


Master of Architecture in Architectural History and Theory/ Master of Arts in Architectural History and Theory

Campus Full time Part time September 2019 India Ahmedabad + 1 more

The new Postgraduate Program in Architectural History and Theory is intended for architects and graduates from other disciplines interested in advanced training in built environment research. Built upon the strong tradition of research at CEPT University, the program provides a thorough methodological grounding and critical communication skills essential for contemporary researchers. Much of the learning will take place using studio-based pedagogy, where students empirically engage with contemporary sites, processes, and representations, and will be supported by a range of theory seminars and methods courses. The only one of its kind in the South Asian region, the program will be of interest to those aspiring to work as educators (in architecture and allied fields), professional researchers, and entrepreneurs in the culture and heritage fields. At the end of this program one would be able to: [+]

Master of Architecture in Architectural History and Theory/Master of Arts in Architectural History and Theory

Faculty of Architecture – CEPT University

The new Postgraduate Program in Architectural History and Theory is intended for architects and graduates from other disciplines interested in advanced training in built environment research. Built upon the strong tradition of research at CEPT University, the program provides a thorough methodological grounding and critical communication skills essential for contemporary researchers. Much of the learning will take place using studio-based pedagogy, where students empirically engage with contemporary sites, processes, and representations, and will be supported by a range of theory seminars and methods courses. The only one of its kind in the South Asian region, the program will be of interest to those aspiring to work as educators (in architecture and allied fields), professional researchers, and entrepreneurs in the culture and heritage fields. At the end of this program one would be able to:... [-]


Master of Architecture in Conservation and Regeneration/ Master of Arts in Conservation and Regeneration

Campus Full time Part time September 2019 India Ahmedabad + 1 more

Conservation and Regeneration program is a two-year specialist education in theory and practice of building conservation and conservation led urban regeneration. The program situates itself in the context of the World Heritage City of Ahmedabad and engages with the historic built environments, urban histories and theories, contextual design approaches and community engagement to explore the relationship between conservation practice and urban regeneration. [+]

Master of Architecture in Conservation and Regeneration/Master of Arts in Conservation and Regeneration

Faculty of Architecture – CEPT University

Conservation and Regeneration program is a two-year specialist education in theory and practice of building conservation and conservation led urban regeneration. The program situates itself in the context of the World Heritage City of Ahmedabad and engages with the historic built environments, urban histories and theories, contextual design approaches and community engagement to explore the relationship between conservation practice and urban regeneration. This is done with a focus on developing skills required for practice and with active engagement with national and global, private and public projects that conserve historic environments. At the end of this program one would be able to:... [-]


Master of Design in Building Products & Systems

Campus Full time Part time September 2019 India Ahmedabad + 1 more

The Master of Design Building Products and Systems program synthesizes a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural approach with strong emphasis on the hands-on experimentation working in collaboration with emergent technologies and industrial partnerships. The goal of this program is to provide future product designers with thorough knowledge and skills in the field of industrial design: specifically, the design of products which are part of built spaces. The program builds on the human-centered design approach to problem-solving, starting with the people one is designed for and ends with new creative solutions balancing aesthetics, product performance, sustainability and ease of manufacturing. [+]

Master of Design in Building Products & Systems

Faculty of Design – CEPT University

The Master of Design Building Products and Systems program synthesizes a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural approach with strong emphasis on the hands-on experimentation working in collaboration with emergent technologies and industrial partnerships. The goal of this program is to provide future product designers with thorough knowledge and skills in the field of industrial design: specifically, the design of products which are part of built spaces. The program builds on the human-centered design approach to problem-solving, starting with the people one is designed for and ends with new creative solutions balancing aesthetics, product performance, sustainability and ease of manufacturing.... [-]


Master of Design in Interior Design

Campus Full time September 2019 India Ahmedabad

Our new course will focus particularly on large-scale complex design problems relating to government buildings, corporate offices, retail malls, and hotels. The specialist requirements of healthcare and hospitality will also be studied in detail. These will be developed through studio-based design exercises in addition to workshop based skill development. The final semester will be an independent design thesis carried out by the student focused on a live industry based problem. [+]

Master of Design in Interior Design

Faculty of Design – CEPT University

Interior Design is concerned with the immediate physical environment of a human being, encompassing spiritual, philosophical, mental and emotional relationships that connect Man and space. It is an essential part of our everyday lives. As the demands of society are becoming more complex so also are design responses. As a profession, it deals with a broad range of skills and technical knowledge necessary to deliver effective solutions to design briefs.

Our new course will focus particularly on large-scale complex design problems relating to government buildings, corporate offices, retail malls, and hotels. The specialist requirements of healthcare and hospitality will also be studied in detail. These will be developed through studio-based design exercises in addition to workshop based skill development. The final semester will be an independent design thesis carried out by the student focused on a live industry based problem.... [-]


Master of Urban Design

Campus Full time September 2019 India Ahmedabad

Master of Urban Design (MUD) is intended for individuals who have a strong interest in the practice of shaping the physical form of urban areas and in the design of public places. [+]

Master of Urban Design

Faculty of Planning – CEPT University

India’s rapid urbanization and the resultant transformation of urban areas poses great challenges to the existing approaches to design of public domain in cities. This also creates an opportunity to imagine the future scenarios of cities with a strong focus on design with functionality, livability, and sustainability.

Master of Urban Design (MUD) is intended for individuals who have a strong interest in the practice of shaping the physical form of urban areas and in the design of public places.

Design studios are at the center of the MUD program which engages multiple design topics that cut across a variety of scales and urban scenarios. The studio exercises are structured around real-life projects emerging from the public discourse within a given city. These projects will be predominantly concerned with the design of new neighborhoods, urban regeneration, and design of public places.... [-]


Master of Urban Housing

Campus Full time Part time September 2019 India Ahmedabad + 1 more

Master of Urban Housing aims to provide applied knowledge about the local housing market, policy making, planning, design, and technology aspects of urban housing and project formulation and monitoring, design and technology aspects of urban housing. The program will impart generic knowledge related to urban habitat, knowledge related to housing domain and tools and techniques required to analyze and apply solutions to urban housing-related problems. [+]

Master of Urban Housing

Faculty of Planning – CEPT University

Urban housing, apart from being a shelter, is seen as means of access to employment and livelihood, urban and community services, proximity to desirable neighbors. Majority of urban housing is supplied by the market where land and finance play a major role. Access to decent housing that is affordable for all is key to a habitable city. However, cities across the developed and developing countries are grappling with varying degrees of housing unaffordability as per the specifics of local land and labor markets. Policymaking and planning to ensure access to decent affordable housing for all income groups is a complex process and requires a multi-pronged approach. It requires framing of policies and regulations that will enable local markets to generate adequate, affordable and decent housing stock. At the same time, it requires framing of policies, programs, and regulations that will provide assistance to households, living in substandard housing not catered to by the formal markets, to access decent affordable housing. It is only when such a multipronged approach is adopted, that cities will be able to efficiently address the issue of housing unaffordability in their specific land and labor market.... [-]


Master of Urban Infrastructure

Campus Full time Part time September 2019 India Ahmedabad + 1 more

Master of Urban Infrastructure (MUI) prepares young professionals for career in one or many of these: (i) preparing infrastructure projects for the cities and their regions, (ii) undertaking or advising on governance of infrastructure projects and facilities in cities and their regions, (iii) preparing projects and overseeing their execution in the areas of urban infrastructure in India as well as other developing countries and (iv) undertaking research on policies and processes of urban infrastructure development. It also exposes the students to environmental, social, political, economic and financial dimensions of urban infrastructure development and ethical dimensions of working as professional. [+]

Master of Urban Infrastructure

Faculty of Planning – CEPT University

Master of Urban Infrastructure (MUI) prepares young professionals for career in one or many of these: (i) preparing infrastructure projects for the cities and their regions, (ii) undertaking or advising on governance of infrastructure projects and facilities in cities and their regions, (iii) preparing projects and overseeing their execution in the areas of urban infrastructure in India as well as other developing countries and (iv) undertaking research on policies and processes of urban infrastructure development. It also exposes the students to environmental, social, political, economic and financial dimensions of urban infrastructure development and ethical dimensions of working as professional.... [-]


Master of Urban Transport Systems

Campus Full time Part time September 2019 India Ahmedabad + 1 more

Master of Urban Transport Systems aims to provide holistic knowledge on planning, technology, design, operations and management of urban transport, besides developing skill sets related to transport system analysis and application of various policy instruments. The program will combine theoretical analysis with practical applications to help students understand how to deal with transport problems in the real world. The focus is to enable students to comprehend the complexities of urban transport and develop their capacities to shape the future of transport in cities. [+]

Master of Urban Transport Systems

Faculty of Planning – CEPT University

An effective and efficient transport system is key to economic growth of urban areas and regions. Planning and management of urban transport are complex and requires a comprehensive understanding of various sub-systems like roads and railways, modes like public, private and non-motorised transport, passenger and freight mobility, and the other related dimensions of land use, travel behavior, energy, affordability, financing, and governance. It is only when an integrated approach to achieving transport solutions is adopted, that cities will be able to move towards efficient and sustainable mobility.

With this perspective, Master of Urban Transport Systems aims to provide holistic knowledge on planning, technology, design, operations and management of urban transport, besides developing skill sets related to transport system analysis and application of various policy instruments. The program will combine theoretical analysis with practical applications to help students understand how to deal with transport problems in the real world. The focus is to enable students to comprehend the complexities of urban transport and develop their capacities to shape the future of transport in cities.... [-]