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Conference on Emerging Challenges, Opportunities & Innovations in Urban Planning & Design

Conference on Emerging Challenges, Opportunities & Innovations in Urban Planning & Design at VNIT Nagpur [Aug 8-9]



About the Conference


The Department of Architecture and Planning along with ITPI is organizing a two-day National conference as a part of VNIT’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration. The theme of the  conference is Emerging Challenges, Opportunities &  Innovations in Urban Planning and Design. The keynote talks, technical sessions and panel discussions are oriented towards holistic contributions of Urban Planning and Design towards the society. The conference aims to create a forum to present and exchange new ideas by students, researchers, academicans and professionals across the nation working in the frontier domains of Urban Planning and Design. All are invited to submit original manuscripts.
Awards will be given for best papers under various categories.



Call for papers


Rapid pace of urbanisation, apart from offering opportunities to improve quality of life, also poses many challenges for human development. Rapid urbanization is also linked to environmental concerns, socio-economic disparities and vulnerability to natural disasters.  However, no universal strategy can be adopted for addressing these concerns owing to the specific nature of urban areas. Attempts have been made by various professionals in the respective fields to address these concerns and issues. Piecemeal approach happens to be a barrier in addressing these concerns comprehensively, adversely affecting the quality of life. Therefore, there is a need for various professionals to come together on a common platform and address these  issues in a coordinated way. This conference provides a leading forum for discussing opportunities and innovations in Urban Planning and Design to address the emerging  challenges. The conference will bring together leading professionals, researchers and students.


The submissions are invited under the following sub-themes but not limited to


  • Interface with planning education and profession
  • Infrastructure planning
  • Transportation planning
  • Role of information and
  • communication technologies
  • Land management
  • Emerging networks
  • Socio-cultural aspects in planning
  • Legislation planning
  • Urban administration and
  • management
  • Resource (Finance) mobilization for
  • large projects
  • Environment planning
  • Tangible and intangible heritage
  • Formal education in Architecture and
  • Urban studies
  • Contribution of professional bodies
  • Systems approach in planning
  • Participatory approach in planning
  • Housing policies
  • Built environment



Above themes are indicative/suggestive. Papers outside these themes but pertaining to other concerns of emerging challenges and opportunities of urbanization may also be submitted.


Guidelines for Authors

Authors need to strictly follow the format for presentation of the manuscript. Authors can download MS Word template and sample paper for reference from the conference website. The abstracts and manuscripts shall be submitted  through email to ecoi2020vnit@gmail.com. The submitted manuscripts will be peerreviewed and scrutinized for plagiarism as a mandatory requirement for publication. The papers accepted after peer-review will be published in  conference proceedings. The organizing committee will take efforts for indexing the conference proceedings in Scopus.



August 8 & 9, 2020 An Event of Diamond Jubilee Celebration, VNIT, Nagpur

• Abstract Submission – April 10, 2020

• Decision on Abstract – April 30, 2020

• Full paper submission of selected abstracts- May 30, 2020

• Notification of selected papers – June 30, 2020

• Camera ready manuscript submission July 15, 2020

• Registration Commences June 15’ 2020

• Last Date of Registration July 31, 2020


Registration Fees:

Students & Researchers: Rs. 2,000/-

Academicians & Professionals: Rs. 3,000/-

The registration fees include conference kit, high tea, lunch and one conference dinner


Payment Method


Only online transfer (NEFT, BHIM, etc) is allowed.
Account Name: Director, VNIT, Nagpur
Account Number: 10259420288
Account Type: Current Account
Name of Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: VRCE Branch, South Ambazari
Road, Nagpur 440010
Bank IFSC Code: SBIN0006702




On a paid basis, single/double occupancy limited accommodation is available in the guest house and hostel of the institute. The participants can book it in advance, before due date by sending request email. Good hotels are available nearby VNIT campus and can be directly booked as per the requirement.


For more details refer the Official Website :  http://vnit.ac.in/


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