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Introduction

City and Regional Planning (CRP) Department is first department of its kind in a Women University in Pakistan with broader objective of mainstreaming gender in development. The establishment of the CRP Department at LCWU was recommended by the National Curriculum Review Committee (NCRC) on City and Regional Planning in its meetings held at Higher Education Commission (HEC), Regional Office, Karachi. The preliminary meeting of NCRC-CRP was held on September 29th to October 01, 2011 and the final meeting was held on 09th to 11th February 2012. The recommendation to establish CRP department at LCWU was endorsed by the representatives of Pakistan Council of Architecture and Town Planning (PCATP) in NCRC-CRP.

The department of City & Regional Planning LCWU is a collaborative initiative of International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISoCaRP), the Netherlands, which is a strong advocate of strengthening the technical capacities of women city planners in developing countries to meet the challenges faced by urban agglomerations and designing of socially inclusive low carbon cities in hyper dynamic perspective.

CRP Department considers women’s role in development as envisioned in Global Agenda 21 which was core work product from the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992 which was reaffirmed in Rio +20 (2012) by the United National Conference on Sustainable Development in the outcome document, "The Future We Want". In this perspective, the logo of the CRP department is “Our Common Future…. The Future We Want”.

The department is working hard to produce qualified City and Regional Planners having expertise in Remote Sensing/ Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Urban and Regional Development, Disaster Management, Real Estate Management, Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation, Disability & Development, policy formulation for environmental governance and designing of socially inclusive low carbon cities in hyper dynamic context.

The Department has established international links for knowledge sharing and exchange of faculty and students. The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISoCaRP), Netherlands is a strong supporter of our Department to provide opportunities of international exchange in the field of City and Regional Planning. These international links have been established with different institutions of countries like Japan, Philippines etc. with partial and full scholarships for higher studies abroad.

The department has been successfully accredited by the Pakistan Council of Architects & Town Planners (PCATP) for two sessions in 2016 within four years of its initiation. The letter of award of accreditation issued by PCATP is bearing number NO.PCATP/LCWU-CRP-LHR/10/16 dated October 24, 2016. Our first badge (Session 2012-16, 48 graduates) has got membership of PCATP and most of the graduates are doing jobs in public and private sector (mostly in Urban Unit, Govt. of Punjab) or pursuing higher studies in the field of City and Regional Planning in institutions such as NUST, UET, and LCWU etc.