CEPT University

Introduction
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CEPT 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).

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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).

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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 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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Master of Architecture

Campus Full time July 2017 India Ahmedabad

The two-year-long Master’s Program in Architecture leads to award of the M. Arch. degree. It enhances the skills of students holding a professional bachelor’s degree in architecture and provides them additional exposure to the aesthetic, technical, social, political and ethical dimensions of the built environment. [+]

Master of Architecture Faculty of Architecture – CEPT University Architects play significant roles in the design and production of built environments. Those who focus on design are commissioned by clients to lead the work of the many experts who are required to put buildings and places together. When playing this leadership role architects ensure that the end product is architecturally meaningful, while meeting prosaic functional requirements. Many architects refrain from playing this expansive leadership role and prefer instead to focus on some aspect of the built environment. Others refrain from design altogether and focus instead on the study and critique of built environments in a bid to enrich architectural discourse. Yet others choose to proactively work with disadvantaged communities to improve living conditions. The two-year-long Master’s Program in Architecture leads to award of the M. Arch. degree. It enhances the skills of students holding a professional bachelor’s degree in architecture and provides them additional exposure to the aesthetic, technical, social, political and ethical dimensions of the built environment. The program also offers the possibility of, but does not require specializing in and obtaining a Major and/or a Minor in any of the following: Architectural Design History, Theory and Criticism Urban Design Conservation This program at CEPT University is highly recognized and provides the opportunity for young professionals to upgrade their capacities and credentials. It also provides an opportunity for wider exposure to architecture, planning, construction, design and management of human habitats. Exchange Programs with international universities allow for exposure of... [-]

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Campus Full time Part time July 2017 India Ahmedabad

Landscape Architecture plays a pivotal role in a country like India that is fast changing in its physical form. [+]

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) Program Overview Landscape Architecture plays a pivotal role in a country like India that is fast changing in its physical form. The present day Landscape Professional is trained to be ecologically sensitive and protector of natural resources and works at varying scales, complexities and typologies. These include projects in regional landscapes, housing, institutional, recreational, urban, heritage, infrastructure, and industrial & household spaces. A Landscape Architecture/Design Professional needs to develop a critical understanding of the scope of the profession and evolve a value system and a keen sense of inquiry. This program at CEPT University is highly recognized and provides the opportunity for young professionals to upgrade their capacities and credentials. It also provides an opportunity for wider exposure to architecture, planning, construction, design and management of human habitats. Exchange Programs with international universities allow for exposure of students to diverse of academic and professional environments in the world. The Master of Landscape Architectureprovides professional education for development of landscape architecture in dense built environments and master plans through intense design education supported with strong engineering foundation. This is a two year program where students will acquire the skills to practice landscape professionally through design and technical development aiding to construction of design. Curriculum The Curriculum includes lecture courses of theory, technical subjects and studios according to the objectives of the program. Design studios focus on development of students’ critical abilities with an aim not only confined to deriving suitable designs in response to a brief... [-]

Master of Landscape Design (MLD)

Campus Full time Part time July 2017 India Ahmedabad

Master of Landscape Design program provides professional education for development of regional landscape planning, geographical information systems, natural resources analysis and interpretation towards land development for various natural and human infrastructures. [+]

Master of Landscape Design (MLD) Program Overview Master of Landscape Design program provides professional education for development of regional landscape planning, geographical information systems, natural resources analysis and interpretation towards land development for various natural and human infrastructures. Students will acquire skills that enable them to analyze regions for carrying capacity, land use suitability, land capability as well as design of landscapes towards development and conservation of natural sustainable ecosystems. Besides, design explorations of small scale landscapes are integrated well within the studio exercises. Landscape programs at CEPT University are designed to allow a comprehensive and in depth understanding of the profession. 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. Curriculum The Curriculum includes lecture courses of theory, technical subjects and studios according to the objectives of the program. Design studios focus on development of students’ critical abilities with an aim not only confined to deriving suitable designs in response to a brief but also with a greater emphasis on the design process and research. To enable students to pursue individual interests only three quarters of the total academic workload is mandated. Students choose courses from the many available electives to complete the rest. Teachers are drawn from practicing professionals who bring practical experience to the classroom and academics and complement teaching with more theoretical and critical approaches. A section of the graduating students also choose to join large... [-]

Master of Design

Campus Full time Part time July 2017 India Ahmedabad

The International Master of Interior Architectural Design is one of the first internationally oriented postgraduate degree programs in Interior Architecture in India. [+]

International Master of Interior Architectural Design (IMIAD) Program Overview The International Master of Interior Architectural Design is one of the first internationally oriented postgraduate degree programs in Interior Architecture in India. The program has philanthropic support from the Sir Ratan Tata Trust and the International Federation of Interior Architects, IFI. This program shares many features with the Interior Architecture and Design Masters at CEPT including the focus on research and opportunity for selecting from three specializations: Energy Efficiency Craft and Technology History,Theory & Criticism The program, along with its three focus areas, was envisioned to respond to the growing need for original and extensive research in the field of interior architecture and design. It aims at cultivating and strengthening a designer’s acute sensitivity towards global concerns and endowing them with a spirit of tolerance towards pluralism while encouraging accordance with traditional and cultural convictions. Research based stimulus that forms the unique core of these programs helps in redefining modern-day design thinking and practice. In order to complete the requirements for IMIAD, a student must complete one semester-long international exchange with one of the partner institutes of their choice, and one two-week-long international workshop at a pre-decided partner institute. IMIAD partner institutes include: Istanbul Technical University ITU University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart UASS Scuola Universitaria Professionale Della Svizzera Italiana SUPSI Curriculum The curriculum and pedagogy has been structured to promote research-based knowledge to form a new and unique set of programs, designed to be on par with the new world knowledge... [-]

Master of Furniture Design

Campus Full time July 2017 India Ahmedabad

Furniture is an integral part of human habitat. Depending on the type of living environment, furniture could be the result of a bespoke design or it may be an object that is mass produced. The M. Design – Furniture Design program is a pragmatic response to the growing needs of the furniture industry and of the retail market to-day. The exponential rate of growth across all metro cities is leading to a huge demand for high quality affordable furniture in all 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 Furniture Design Faculty of Design –CEPT University Furniture is an integral part of human habitat. Depending on the type of living environment, furniture could be the result of a bespoke design or it may be an object that is mass produced. The M. Design – Furniture Design program is a pragmatic response to the growing needs of the furniture industry and of the retail market to-day. The exponential rate of growth across all metro cities is leading to a huge demand for high quality affordable furniture in all sectors. Currently, a large percentage of furniture supplied to the market comes from abroad and could as easily be designed and made in India. In the spirit of the new ‘Make in India’ initiative promoted by the national government, this program will prepare students to be a part of the emerging reality of India as a global, high-tech, high-skill industrial hub. The program aligns with the ‘Make in India’ initiative in its vision to: Foster Innovation Enhance skill development Protect intellectual property Build best-in-class manufacturing infrastructure Addressing this reality, the program will equip students with the tools to be able to add value to all aspects of the furniture industry. "Adding value" is the key objective for the designer whereby the detailed understanding of materials and manufacturing processes enable better products to be made. In addition, the needs of the consumer, either private individuals, corporate or institutional customers, will be understood so that the most appropriate design solutions may be... [-]

Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Campus Full time July 2017 India Ahmedabad

India’s urbanisation is an epochal transformation that will have a significant impact on the living conditions and quality of life of its people. The manner, in which this urbanization is planned and managed, holds the key to ensuring liveability, equity and sustainability for the people. Typically, urban planners play a vital role in such urban transformations. The Faculty of Planning CEPT University prepares thoughtful planning professionals to meet this challenge. [+]

Master of Urban and Regional Planning Faculty of Planning – CEPT University India’s urbanisation is an epochal transformation that will have a significant impact on the living conditions and quality of life of its people. The manner, in which this urbanization is planned and managed, holds the key to ensuring liveability, equity and sustainability for the people. Typically, urban planners play a vital role in such urban transformations. The Faculty of Planning CEPT University prepares thoughtful planning professionals to meet this challenge. This choice-based Master’s program in Urban and Regional Planning prepares young professionals for a career in planning and equips them to: (i) prepare plans and projects for the cities and their regions, (ii) undertake research on policies and processes of urbanization and urban development, (iii) advise on governance of cities and their regions, and (iv) advocate for specific issues like sustainability, climate change resilience, uplifting marginalized communities etc. We train professionals through hands-on studio exercises, theory courses, individual capstone project and field visits within India and abroad. Faculty members belong to diverse disciplines like architecture, engineering, planning, natural and social sciences. They are proficient academicians and competent professionals with national and global exposure and linkages. MURP alumni are considered thought leaders in their field, and are well placed in leading global & national organizations and in city & regional governments. This highly recognized programme is more than 40 years old. Its alumni are very well placed in government, international agencies, consulting firms, and, reputed academic and research institutions.... [-]

Master of Urban Management

Campus Full time July 2017 India Ahmedabad

Habitat Managers play an important role in understanding and managing the complexities of our towns and cities. Indian cities are growing at a very rapid pace and as cities grow in terms of population and expand in size, they need constant attention to maintain the existing structures and manage the future expansion. Habitat Management is an upcoming field requiring specialized knowledge of urban management practices and core management principles. Habitat Managers focus on understanding how towns and cities function and they strive to improve the technological, operational and financial sustainability of cities with the aim of improving liveability. [+]

Master of Urban Management Faculty of Management – CEPT University Habitat Managers play an important role in understanding and managing the complexities of our towns and cities. Indian cities are growing at a very rapid pace and as cities grow in terms of population and expand in size, they need constant attention to maintain the existing structures and manage the future expansion. Habitat Management is an upcoming field requiring specialized knowledge of urban management practices and core management principles. Habitat Managers focus on understanding how towns and cities function and they strive to improve the technological, operational and financial sustainability of cities with the aim of improving liveability. The two-year Master’s Program in Habitat Management leads to the award of the Master of Habitat Management (MHM) degree. The program launched in 2013 aspires to bring about notable changes in urban India by creating a pool of high quality professionals dedicated to 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. Teachers are drawn from practicing professionals who bring practical experience to the classroom and academics that complement the teaching with theoretical and critical approaches. This program opens up new avenues for young professionals to upgrade their capacities and credentials, and seek employment with local governments, international development agencies, management companies, infrastructure... [-]

Master of Technology in Construction Engineering & Management

Campus Full time Part time 2017 - 2018  July 2017 India Ahmedabad + 1 more

Construction managers play a crucial role in the development of built environment and infrastructure. They facilitate the process of construction planning, and ensure efficient and timely implementation of infrastructure projects. [+]

Master of Technology in Construction Engineering & Management Program Overview Construction managers play a crucial role in the development of built environment and infrastructure. They facilitate the process of construction planning, and ensure efficient and timely implementation of infrastructure projects. CEPT University offers a two-year full-time post-graduate program leading to Master of Technology (M. Tech) in Construction Engineering and Management. This program aims to train engineers and architects to become competent professionals in the field of construction engineering and project management. The teaching programs at CEPT University focus on building professional capacities. Therefore, they are centered on studio based pedagogy, which is inclusive of simulation of real life projects (buildings, infrastructure etc.). Coursework, seminars and research assignments, aimed at developing conceptual and analytical abilities of students, and skill-enhancing workshops support learning in studios and labs. The training of professionals as part of M. Tech (Construction Engineering and Management) program focuses on following areas: project management, construction management, contracts management, construction quality, safety and equipment management, supply chain management of construction projects, modern construction materials and technologies, computer applications in construction (ERP, MS Project, Primavera), and building information modelling (BIM) for construction industry. Students also have to enrol in travel and documentation programs, and intern in construction projects to widen their exposure. Graduates of this program can build successful careers in construction management, with leading government and private agencies. Many choose to work with leading construction organizations, infrastructure developers and advisory firms in the country and abroad. Some graduates undertake doctoral... [-]

Master of Technology in Structural Engineering Design

Campus Full time July 2017 India Ahmedabad

The program aims to train a Student in practical art and philosophy of structural design. It also gives the insight into investigation, assessment and strengthening of the damaged structures. The program also engages the students into the design of ongoing important industrial structures such as chimneys, silos, water tanks, bridges and ports. [+]

Master of Technology in Structural Engineering Design Faculty of Technology – CEPT University Structural designers play an important role in process of design and decision-making of building and infrastructure projects—from the commencement of the project till the completion of the same. With the complexities in architectural plans, advancement in the theory of dynamics and conservation of heritage structures, the need of competent structural designer has increased remarkably since few years. The program aims to train a Student in practical art and philosophy of structural design. It also gives the insight into investigation, assessment and strengthening of the damaged structures. The program also engages the students into the design of ongoing important industrial structures such as chimneys, silos, water tanks, bridges and ports. Graduates from this program are well versed with norms and requirements of the design methodology adopted in various countries and hence are very well placed in leading national and international organizations. They have also been successful in starting their own practice and establishing a consultancy firm. A few of our graduates choose to pursue doctoral studies and take up a career in teaching and research. Curriculum The two-year program leading to award of Master of Technology in Structural Engineering Design is designed to enhance skills and knowledge of structural design for the students and working professionals in the construction and civil engineering sector. The pedagogy includes a wide variety of courses with significant emphasis on practical applications through hands-on studio exercises (working on life-like situations) and independent dissertation.... [-]

Master of Technology in Infrastructure Engineering Design

Campus Full time July 2017 India Ahmedabad

The two-year program leading to award of Master of Technology in Infrastructure Engineering Design is designed to enhance skills & knowledge of structural design for the students and working professionals in the construction and civil engineering sector. [+]

Master of Technology in Infrastructure Engineering Design Faculty of Technology – CEPT University Infrastructure is an integral part of society and plays a vital role in its economic and social development. In a developing country like India, infrastructure development has become an integral part of our growth story creating a strong need for professionals in the infrastructure sector. The primary objective of M. Tech in Engineering Design (Infrastructure) (MIED) is to cater to this demand of infrastructure industry and produce professionals with specific skill sets aligned with industry needs. The two-year program leading to award of Master of Technology in Infrastructure Engineering Design is designed to enhance skills & knowledge of structural design for the students and working professionals in the construction and civil engineering sector. Curriculum MIED program aims to combine infrastructure engineering and design enabling students to add complementary aspects such as infrastructure planning, financing, and management. A student potentially can develop focus through verticals and horizontals. Vertically, the sector is of primary interest and the choice of focus area follows. Alternatively, a student could develop skills horizontally, in which the focus area is of primary interest covering more than one sector. The course curriculum is designed to encourage students’ learning by a mix of lecture courses and hand-on application, via studio courses. The lecture courses focus on building theoretical understanding with the scope to explore its empirical application in studio courses. Major portion of the mandatory courses credits are studios courses where students work on real-life like... [-]

Master of Technology in Geomatics

Campus Full time Part time July 2017 India Ahmedabad

The Masters of Technology in Geomatics is a field with ancient roots, modern relevance, and an eye to the future. [+]

Master of Technology in Geomatics Program Overview The Masters of Technology in Geomatics is a field with ancient roots, modern relevance, and an eye to the future. Geomatics is both an applied science and a professional discipline. Geomatics,also known as Geo-Informatics, refers to the mathematics, science and technology used to study spatial information. M.Tech in Geomatics is a professional course which is unique and different than mainstream specialization which offers latest space-based technology. Geomatics is for those who are tech-savvy, want to get trained and skill developed in remote sensing and geographical information systems, those with knowledge of computers can use their skills in developing tools to make the world interesting and simple to understand for people and knowledge-based decision making. Those who belong to the field of Engineering, Architecture, Planning, Information Technology, Computer Science, Basic Science, Earth Science, Geography, but would like to study for an applied career then Geomatics can be very rewarding. Curriculum Masters in Geomatics is designed ‘discipline neutral’ for interdisciplinary graduate students and professionals. It includes earth observation from space through various remote sensing sensors. The course covers data acquisition system, GIS, information technology, resources application and analysis to the interdisciplinary graduates and professionals. Geomatics extends into more contemporary methods including Global Positioning Systems, Digital Photogrammetry, LiDAR Technology, qualitative and quantitative analysis of satellite and aerial imagery specific to earth sciences and environmental applications. Various aspects of project planning and management, database design and archiving, Big-data, Web and Mobile GIS, integration and handling of multiple... [-]

Master of Technology in Building Energy Performance

Campus Full time Part time July 2017 India Ahmedabad

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. [+]

Master of Technology in Building Energy Performance Program Overview 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 life span. 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. 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. Contribute to and influence the design of energy-efficient buildings, while considering the architecture and environment, occupants’ behavior, their health and comfort. India and other tropical regions are experiencing unprecedented economic growth and environmental concerns. Regulations, green building rating systems, and owners’ preferences have created a demand for building energy professionals. With a focus on warm climate, the graduates of this program are attractive candidates for job markets in India, South-east Asia and the Middle-east, and for research careers in Europe and North America. They will work in energy consulting firms, building design teams, with building owners and government agencies, taking a leading role for pursuing energy efficiency with a whole-building perspective. Curriculum CEPT University is recognized internationally for high quality research and practical experience in energy efficiency and net-zero energy buildings.... [-]

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