The 13th International Congress of the Asian Planning Schools Association (APSA 2015) was held on August 12-14, 2015 at Universiti Teknologi, (UTM) Johor Bahru, Malaysia

The 13th International Congress of the Asian Planning Schools Association (APSA 2015) was held on August 12-14, 2015 at Universiti Teknologi, (UTM) Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Built Environment of UTM hosted it. The theme of the conference was ‘ Towards an Asian Urban Agenda- Planning Asian Diverse-city, Intense-city, Complex-city and Authentic-city. The Congress saw a gathering of over 250 planners from across Asia and beyond and close to 80 papers was presented under 6 themes. These were Urban Planning and Design Challenge, Urban Institutions and Governance, Bridging Urban Research and Urban Policy, Soul Searching Planning Education, Green Growth-the New Prosperity and Urban Equity and Authenticity. Dr. Debjani Ghosh, Senior Research Officer presented a paper titled ‘ Exploring Multi-disciplinary Approach in Urban Planning: Need for a Paradigm Shift in Planning Education in India’ which was jointly authored by herself, Ajith Kaliyath, Environmental Specialist working at NIUA in the South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub and Anil Roy, Associate Professor at CEPT University, Ahmedabad. The paper was selected as one of the three best papers of the Congress and awarded a citation and publication in a relevant international journal. This paper tries to assess to what extent the global and national urban agenda are incorporated into the course curriculum of planning education in India. Secondly, while global planning education focuses on the multi-disciplinary skill development to deal with the global urban agenda, is the focus of Indian planning education confirming to the contemporary urban issues and agenda? And thirdly, it also examines whether or not the existing curriculum and pedagogies are relevant to the present days needs of the planning profession. The paper is a direct input into a common task of the South Asia Knowledge Hub for all the centres where recommendations for an improved Master’s level urban planning curricula is one of the deliverables in the work plan. Abstract