NOSPlan – National Organization of Students of Planning is a platform for planning students professionals and academicians of the country to share their thoughts and ideas about the planning profession and its practices.This year Institute of Architecture and Planning, Nirma University, Ahmedabad Hosted Twentieth Annual NOSPlan Convention from 24th to 26th December.
The theme this year was Reflection of the City and the name of the convention as “Pratibimb” which signifies Reflection. Our motive of selecting this theme is to elicit ourselves and our fellow planners to understand a city fabric in its entirety. Further, not to miss as part of the planning process all aspects such as spaces, socio-cultural norms, existing and past situation thoroughly and incorporate a participatory process.
The annual convention witnessed 500 students from various Planning colleges across India, engaging in series of formal and informal events, intelligent debates and discussions as well as lectures by professionals took place in this four-day convention. Formal events like Urban Journalism, Current Practices, Objectual Imitation etc. engaged students in discussions and helped to develop understanding about the world behind actual on ground situations and how the lives of people can be enriched. Apart from lectures, debates and other academic events that heightened the knowledge of how planners play an important role in shaping the world for tomorrow, many informal events were organized such as football, dance, drama, DJ night; which made convention very entertaining and light-hearted.
Also held at the convention were a series of panel discussions by various renowned planners and professionals on future of planning Education and Smart Cities, Real Estate and Urban Development. The platform provided opportunity to young planners and professionals to discuss and work upon various planning issues and out of the box ideas.
The three-day convention was Inaugurated by Padma Shri BV Doshi and Dr. Jagat Munashinghe- Chairman, UDA Sri Lanka.
NOSPlan held at IAP, Nirma University was a competition that offered a chance for participants to gain substantial experiences, showcase skills, analyze and evaluate outcomes and uncover personal aptitude. It also offered the participants a chance to meet new people and make friends from other geographic locations. The winner of the 20th Annual NOSPlan Convention was SPA, Delhi, first runner up was MANIT Bhopal and COE, Pune bagged the second runner up prize.
This successful event was a collaborative effort of our respected faculties and students of Institute of Architecture and Planning, Nirma University under the guidance and support of our honorable director Prof. Utpal Sharma.