Pune may get its own SPA

A proposal to start the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) in Pune, in keeping with the provisions made in the 11th Five-Year Plan, has been submitted to the State government by local Congress MLC Mohan Joshi.

Speaking to Newsline on Tuesday, Joshi said the Centre would provide funds for the project, while the state government would have to make the desired land available.

"Around 11 acres of government land is available at Balewadi, which can be used for the project. After submitting the proposal to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan last month, I recently informed him about the availability of land for the project. He is very much in favour of opening SPA in Pune, and is likely to forward the proposal to the Centre soon," he said.

Bhopal, Vijaywada and Delhi are the only cities in the country at present where SPAs have been set up. These were established by the Centre to provide quality architecture and physical planning education. The SPAs primarily offer undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and executive education programmes.

"The SPA in Pune can even serve nearby states like Gujarat, Karnataka, Goa and Kerala. It will aim to produce professionals with combined skills of planners, architects, engineers, economists and environmentalist, and who will be committed to create economically viable and sustainable urban and rural settlements," Joshi said.

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