The planning and development of human settlements is becoming a most engaging task with the passage of time. Emerging socio-economic and cultural realities, coupled with technological advancement and a rapidly growing population are making it imperative for physical planners to seek new options for the development of human settlements at all levels. In addition to metropolitan areas and cities, the smaller towns and villages also need due attention of qualified physical planners.
This profession is primarily involved in helping people and communities manage growth and change in their physical, social and economic environments. The focus is on understanding how cities and towns function and how to make them better places for people to live and to prosper. Planning has its roots in engineering, architecture, landscape, law, social welfare and government reform. The practice of city and regional planning is both science and art. It involves technical competence, creativity, hard headed pragmatism and the ability to develop a vision of the future and to build on that vision. Planners today combine design, quantitative and qualitative skills to assist communities and society.