School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal

7th Convocation, 5th December 2020

Director’s Report

Distinguished Chief Guest: Sh. Satprem Maïni, Dr. Bimal Patel, Chairman, Board of Governors, Esteemed Members of the Board of Governors and Senate Members; Faculty and Staff members of School of Planning and Architecture Bhopal, Distinguished Invitees, Dear Graduands, Students, Ladies and Gentlemen: It is a great pleasure and honour to welcome you to the 7th Convocation of School of Planning and Architecture Bhopal. We, whole heartedly, thank you all for being a part of this Convocation Ceremony. Now, it is my great privilege to present the progress that SPA Bhopal has made since the last Convocation held in 2019.

Currently, SPA Bhopal is offering, two bachelors, seven master’s degree programmes and doctoral programmes. Today, 231 graduates (including three PhD scholars) from these nine programmes will be awarded degrees. We are happy to inform that the first batch would be graduating from the Department of Design and Department of Transport Planning. Also, two medals of excellence, nine proficiency gold medals, and one memorial medal will be given.

On this occasion, we wish to proudly place on record that SPA Bhopal, in line with its vision, has made several efforts in addressing physical and socio-environmental challenges through academics, research and innovation. In order to meet the academic needs, our faculty strength in various Departments at Assistant, Associate and Professor levels is increased. We were supported by various professionals in the field from India and abroad in our academic efforts.

Our academic excellence would not have been possible but for the committed and efficient faculty, who, delivered lectures, studios in addition to their contribution to peer reviewed journals, national and international conferences, even during pandemic times. We took up several research and professional projects, had conducted international conference, national seminars and professional development programmes. Like the Lion’s ‘Pride’, our students nurtured by our faculty, have brought laurels to the institute by participating and winning various international awards such as Student Charrette Winne, Berkley Essay Price on Architecture.

SPA Bhopal has organized series of webinars and special lectures related to pandemic, National Education Policy, design, landscape, environmental planning, and urban planning, etc., even during the pandemic lockdown period. Various eminent national and international experts were invited for this. As a part of EU sponsored BReUCom project, two professional development programmes were conducted. Our project with Mahindra Initiative with DST, we are providing battery cycles in villages. SPA Bhopal is helping the MP Govt in designing the Sanchi Dairy across MP state. We are committed and socially responsible too. When the State Government sought our help for Covid-19 Rehabilitation center, SPA Bhopal extended fully support and provided hostels for this purpose. Our Students and faculty organized blood donation camps in our Campus, and developed the villages under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan.

To expand joint horizons, we collaborated with a number of reputed international institutes and organisations like UN-Habitat, GIZ, University of Florence; National and state institutions such as NITTR, NID Bhopal, Smart City Bhopal, and MP Metro Rail Corporation. SPA Bhopal is working for the Agri-Produce logistics for the first time in India for Niti Aayog. Ministry of Panchayati Raj and Ministry of Rural Development, identified SPA Bhopal as a mentor Institution for Rural Development across India.

We are making constant efforts to improve the campus infrastructure, within the budget constraints due to Covid-19. We have improved accessibility by inclusive design of washrooms, ramps and also planning to install a lift in the existing academic block. A few recent green initiatives on our campus include water harvesting, integration and using of solar energy, bamboo plantation and ecofriendly concepts such as bicycle usage.

In line with our plans for the future, SPA Bhopal has started the construction of our Academic Block. On the software side, we have planned for new degree programmes, as suggested by the National Educational Policy, including Five Year Integrated Bachelor’s in Planning, Master’s degree in Spatial Technologies. We enthusiastically looking forward to integrate and use the latest technology such as drone technology, AI and ML in our academic and research endeavours. We have a dream for the future to make this institution and the country, a powerful, technologically and scientifically advanced in this World.

We know our students who graduate from here shaped by our expert faculty, can make this dream real. The Graduands who are now stepping to the world, through this convocation, will be executing the dreams, that we nurtured over the years. We wish you all the very best for a bright future, and we thank your proud parents for the trust that they had in us and we are sure that we could fulfill your dreams.

--Jai Hind--