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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 recommendation to establish CRP department at LCWU was endorsed by the representatives of Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners (PCATP) in NCRC-CRP.

CRP 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 at LCWU 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".

The department aims to provide qualified city and regional planners having expertise in remote sensing/ GIS, city planning, rural development, disaster management, estate management, hazard mapping, linking urban poverty with water and sanitation indices, policy formulation and designing of socially inclusive cities for physically challenged, visually impaired and elderly citizens for their barrier free mobility.

It is also under consideration that part of the program/internship will be conducted in some international partner institutions in Japan, European Union and UK etc. with the collaboration of International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISoCaRP), Netherlands, with full / partial scholarships. The graduates of our department will be highly skilled city and regional planners with expertise to design productive cities meeting the challenge of youth employment by linking economic policies including infrastructure investment and job creation for creative cities.