Name : VIJAY KUMAR DHAR
Nationality : Indian
Date of Birth : July 15, 1952
Marital Status : Married
Profession : Housing Urban and Environment Planner
Specialisation : Urban Planning & Development
Urban Housing, Urban Environment
Current Position : HUDCO Chair Professor, at the National
Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi
Languages : English, Hindi, Kashmiri
Contact Address (Residence) : AO-86, Kala Kunj, TCPO Officers
Cooperative Group Housing Society Ltd.,
Shalimar Bagh, Delhi - 110 052 (INDIA)
Phone - 91-11-27473641
(Office) : National Institute of Urban Affairs,
1st Floor, Core IV-B, India Habitat
Centre(IHC), Lodhi Road,
New delhi-110003 (INDIA)
Phone : 91-11- 24617543
Degree/ course Institution/ place Year Main subject/
Post Graduate School of Planning & Architecture, 1976 Urban and Regional
Diploma in Town Delhi Planning
M.A. (Master of Centre for the Study of Regional 1974 Geography
Arts) Development, School of Social
Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru
University, New Delhi, India
B.Sc. Delhi University, Delhi 1971 Statistics
Training Technical Support Services, Inc. 1995 Structuring, Financing
Workshop (TSS) 1012, N. Street, NW, and Implementing
(NIUA-USAID Washington D.C. 20001 - 4297 Public-Private
Collaboration) Partnership for Urban
Municipal Services and
Staff Centre for International 1992 Alternative
Development Development, Research Triangle Institutional
Programme Institute, North Carolina, U.S.A. in Arrangements for
(NIUA-USAID addition, visited different Institutions Delivery of Urban
Collaboration) in U.S.A. including the University of Services
California, Univ. of North Carolina,
Florida Atlantic UNDP, The Urban Urban Resource
Institute, Heritage Foundation, Management
ICMR and UNICEF
Training Work East-West Centre, Hawaii, U.S.A. 1993 Geographic analysis
Shop and Nihon Institute of Population Demographic change
Research, Nihon University, Tokyo,
Training Institute of Local Govt. Studies, 1991 Urban Management
Workshop Birmingham, U.K.
From the Government of India under Colombo Plan for four months course at Institute of
Local Government Studies, Birmingham, U.K. (1991).
From the USA Government for 36 days at Centre for International Development
Research Triangle Institute, North Carolina (USA), 1992.
From the U.S.A. Government for thirty five days at East West Centre, Hawaii, U.S.A.
From the U.S.A. Government for fifteen days at TSS, Washington D.C., U.S.A. (1995).
From the U.S.A. Government for ten days to attend the 90 th ICMA Conference at San Diego,
Membership/ Registration with International Network
Registered with Govt. of India, Deptt. of Personnel & Training for Foreign Assignment
Registered with 'Consulting Engineer Services (India), for consultancy assignments in the
field of urban planning and management.
Registered with `Lambda Alpha International', an Honarary Land Economic Society,
Coordinating and conducting research, training and consultancy activities in the field of
urban housing, urban management, urban planning and urban environment.
Designation Organisation From/To
HUDCO Chair Professor National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi April 04 till date
Associate Professor (Housing
Environment and Urban Planning) National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi Feb'83 –Mar’04
Research Officer/ Town and Country National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi Apr'80 - Jan'83
Assistant Town Planner (Gazetted) Town and Country Planning Department, Jan'79 - Mar'80
Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, (Regional Planning
Division), Meerut, U.P.
Research Analyst National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi Dec'77 - Dec'79
Geographer-cum-Cartographer Centre for Urban Studies, Indian Institute of Nov'76 - Nov'77
Public Administration, Indraprastha Estate,
Major Research Studies (Completed/ on going):
Title Sponsoring Agency Year of
National International Completion
Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Ministry of Urban On going
Renewable Mission – Reform Agenda, Development
National Strategy for Urban Poor Ministry of Urban On going
Evaluation Studies of Environmental Delhi Govt. 2003
Improvement of Urban Slums (EIUS) & JJ
Plan Schemes (Relocation Sites)
Impact Assessment of Urban Land (Ceiling Ministry of Urban 2001
& Regulation Act, 1976 Development
Reducing Poverty in Urban India – Asian Asian
Development Bank Technical Assistance Bank
No. 3480 – IND to Govt. of India
Impact Assessment of Mega City Scheme Ministry of Urban
Demand Scenario for Dheerpur Project of Delhi Development 1998
Delhi Development Authority Authority
Urban Perspectives and Policy Planning 1998
Financing, Pricing and Cost Recovery for HUDCO (Housing 1997
Land Development & Urban
Evaluation of NCR scheme National Capital 1996
Carrying Capacity of Doon Valley USAID 1995
Public Private Partnership in the delivery of Delhi Development 1994
serviced land in Delhi Authority, New
Saleability of Air-conditioned Circular Delhi Development 1993
Shopping complex at Laxmi Nagar District Authority, New
Centre Delhi (DDA)
a) Slum Upgradation Strategy - Case National Institute of USAID/ RTI 1992
Study Ekta Vihar, Delhi Urban Affairs, New Technical
b) Alternative International arrangement Delhi Collaboration
for delivery of urban services
District Planning: Case Study, Raichur Ministry of Urban 1992
Settlement Status of Sites and Services Project World Bank 1992
Scheme at Mad Management
ras Group, MMDA,
Title Sponsoring Agency Year of
National International Completion
Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Ministry of Urban On going
Renewable Mission – Reform Agenda, Development
A Study of Slum and Squatter Settlements DDA, Delhi 1991
in old City of Delhi
An Integrated Development of Small & Ministry of Urban 1991
Medium Towns- An Evaluation Study & Development, New
Project Approach Delhi
Provision of Urban Water Supply: Karnataka Urban World Bank 1990
Institutional Options Water Supply and
of Karnataka, India
Fast Growing and Slow Growing Towns in National 1988
India Commission on
Role of Rural Growth Centres for the Ministry of Urban 1987
Planning of Human Settlements Development, Govt.
Review Revision and Updating of Srinagar Govt. of Jammu & 1985
Master Plan Kashmir, INDIA
Organisation for Urban Planning & Ministry of Urban 1986
Development in India - An Indo-British Development, Govt.
Project of India
Role of Local Authorities in the Planning 1983
Management of Town & Cities in India Commission, New
Study of Master Plans of Town & Cities in ICSSR, India 1982
Resource Mobilisation in Urban Areas and Eight the Finance 1983
the Level of Services Provides Commission, Govt.
Financial Management Pattern of Urban Planning 1981
Local Bodies Commission, Govt.
Design and Edited Quarterly Newsletter quot;Urban Financequot;, under FIRE(D)
Study of Green Areas and Open in Delhi, National Institute of Urban Affairs, New
An approach paper on quot;Development Plan of Delhi - 2021, National Institute of
Urban Affairs, New Delhi.
An approach to Slum Development on the Pattern of Bombay model of Slum
Development, National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi.
Public-Private Partnership in the Delivery of Serviced land in Delhi, National Institute
of Urban Affairs, New Delhi:
Saleability of Air-Conditioned Circular Shopping Complex at Laxmi Nagar District
Centre, National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi.
Slum Upgradation Strategy - Case Study Ekta Vihar, Delhi, Centre for International
Development Studies, Research Triangle Institute (RTI), North Carolina, USA, and
NIUA, New Delhi.
Settlement Status of Sites and Services Scheme at Madras, NIUA, New Delhi 1992.
Role of Small Towns in Sub-Regional Development, NIUA, New Delhi, 1991.
Provision of Urban Water Supply: Institutional Options, NIUA, New Delhi, 1990.
Reshaping Urban Future: Some Options, NIUA, New Delhi, 1988.
Role of Rural Growth Centres for the Planning of Human Settlements, NIUA, New
Organisation for Urban Planning & Development in India - A Indo-British Project,
NIUA, New Delhi, 1986.
Study of Master Plans of Towns & Cities in India, NIUA, New Delhi, 1982.
Research Papers/Articles/Technical Notes:
Integrated Development of Urban Informal Sector, Manpower Journal, XXXIV(1),
Water Delivery Policy, Prashasarnika, Vol. XXIV(1), 1997.
Public-Private Partnership in the Delivery of serviced land in Delhi; in NCHF
monthly Bulletin, March, 1996.
Investing in Health; A book review in Urban India, a Journal of National Institute of
Urban Affairs, 1994.
Access to Basic Services, in Urban Kerala, Vth Issue, Trivandrum, 1993.
Sustainability and Replicability of Sites and Services projects: The Indian
Experience, in Prashasnika, a monthly Journal of HCM Institute of Public
Administration, Jaipur, Volume XX, Number 1-2, January-Dec'1993.
Cooperative Housing Development in Asia, in Souvenir, 10th National Cooperative
Housing Federation in India, 1992.
Water Supply Policy, in Financial Express, on 17th January, 1989.
The Case of State Level Agencies: Water Delivery, in Business Standard, on January
Planning Legislation in India, in Civic Affairs, a monthly Journal of City Government
of India, Vol. 36 Nol.4, Nov. 1988.
Rural Support Centres: Forgotten Identity, in Yojana, a Journal of the Planning
Commission, Vol.32, No. 18, October 1-15, 1988.
Housing Boards: Operational Constraints, in Financial Express on 30th August 1988.
This Colossal Waste and Pollution of Water, in Yojana, a Journal of the Planning
Commission, Vol.32, No.10, June 1-15, 1988.
District Planning and Spatial Perspectives: search for new Horizons, in Niyojan Vihar
The Economic Times, August 26, 1989.
Regional Dimension of Urbanisation in India, in Social Change, Journal of Council of
Social Development, Vol.17 No.4, Dec. 1987.
Housing the poor, in Mainstream in 18 August, 1987.
Planning for Human Settlements, in Design, October-December, 1987.
Human Settlements and Regional Reorientation, in IASSI Quarterly Bulletin, a
Journal of Indian Association of Social Science Institutions (IASSI) in Dec., 1987.
Strategies for Housing the Homeless, in Statesman, on 4th Feb, 1988.
Planning for the Poor-Issues & Options, in Mainstream, 7 July, 1987.
Urbanisation: The Regional Dimension, in Yojana, a journal of Planning
Commission in 15-30 June, 1987.
Managing Urban Services, in Financial Express on 9th May, 1988.
Resource Mobilisation in Urban Areas, in Financial Express on 12th April, 1988.
Neglected Rural Growth Centres, in Financial Express, on 5th February, 1988.
Equity & Access to Basic Services, in Financial Express, on 22 Dec., 1987.
Housing for the poor- Accessibility and Affordability, in Financial Express, on 23rd
Urban Growth & City Planning, Vol. 1 No.2, Urban India, a quarterly Journal of
National Institute of Urban Affairs.
Study of City Master Plans in Uttar Pradesh, in Urban Research, July-August, 1978.
Study of City Master Plans in (i) Tamil Nadu (ii) Karnataka and Orissa, in Urban
Research, September, 1978, Nov'78 and Jan'79.
Study of City Master Plans in Kerala, in urban Research, April-May 1978.
City Master Plan - Maharashtra, in Urban Research, March 1978.
A Comparative study of performance of four State Housing Boards, in Urban
Research, A monthly journal of National Institute of Urban Affairs, Oct'78.
Potentionality of Tourism in Jammu & Kashmir State, in the Statesman of 21st
International and National Seminars
Transformation of Government Built Dwellings as Housing Supply, 22-23 March,
1999 at IHC, New Delhi in collaboration with Centre for Research and Development
Overseas (CARDO), University of New Castle upon Tyne and DFID (Co-ordinator).
Shelter Strategies for Low Income Housing in Pune, 13-14 November, 1995
organised by Regional Centre for Urban & Environmental Studies, Bombay (key
Integrated Development of Informal Sector in Delhi, 14-15 December, 1995 at
Institute of Applied Manpower Research, New Delhi (key speaker).
Financing and Pricing of Urban Infrastructure, organised by HUDCO in collaboration
with HSMI, DTUDP & IHS, New Delhi, 8-10 February, 1999 (key speaker).
Project Sustainability and Sustainable Government, ISEC, Bangalore, 18 April, 1998
Privatisation of Municipal Services, at CRRID, Chandigarh, 14 May, 1998 (key
Privatisation of Municipal Services' at Amritsar, November 1998 (key speaker).
Shelter Issues, National Housing Policy and Role of Various Agencies; Organised by
Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES), Bombay at Panaji,
Goa on 29th and 30th Jan, 1996 (Key Speaker)
Housing the Urban Poor, Organised by RCEUS, Bombay at Pune, on 13th and 14th
Jov. 1995 (Key speaker).
quot;Public-Private Partnership for delivery of Urban Servicesquot;, organised by RCEUS,
Bombay, at Jaipur, 11-12 Oct, 1995 (Key Speaker)
Financial Institution's Reform Expansion (FIRE) Workshop organised by NIUA-
USAID-CCI at Bangalore on 3rd and 4th Dec., 1995. (Participant).
Fourth National Workshop on State Financial Commission, organised by NIUA on
3-4 Nov. 1995 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi (Participant).
Sustainable Development in Human Settlement Sector, Organised by AIHDA at
CIDCO Bhawan, Bombay on 17-18 Feb'94 (Key speaker).
24th International Seminar on Population, organised by East West Centre, Hawaii,
USA, at Hawaii (USA) and Tokyo (Japan), 29 June - 6 August, 1993. (Participant)
Training for Trainers Workshop on Sustainable Social Sector Programmes in India,
organised by EDI, World Bank and HCM Rajasthan Institute of Public
Administration in Collaboration with Deptt. of Personnel & Training, Govt. of India,
at Jaipur from April 28-May 8, 1992 (Key speaker).
Presented a paper on Land Assembly and Development, at the International Seminar
on Innovative Strategies on Land & Human Settlement, held at Bangkok, Thailand in
January, 1986. (An edited book has been published with proceedings of the seminar ).
Seminar on New Economic Policy and Housing, Organised by Ebert Stiftung
(Foundation), Germany, and National Institute of Urban Affairs, at New Delhi, 15th
Oct, 1993 (Coordinator).
An Indo-Chinese Seminar on Urban Issues, Land Policies and Housing Development
in India, organised by NIUA and NIPFP at National institute of Urban Affairs, new
Delhi, on 10th to 11th March 1993, (Co-ordinator).
Regional Seminar on Partnership in Municipal Infrastructure Services, organised by the
National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, and Urban Management Programmes,
Regional office for Asia and the Pacific, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) at New Delhi, India
from 7-11, February, 1994 (Participant).
International Visits for academic purposes: Newcastle upon Tyne, Manchester,
Edinburgh (U.K.), Birmingham, London
(U.K.), Amsterdam (Netherlands),
Tokyo (Japan), Bangkok (Thailand),
Florida, Berkeley, San Francisco, North
Carolina, Washington, D.C., New York
and San Diego (USA).
Analysis of Experience
In my twenty-five years of service, I have been exposed to varied experiences each of
which helped me professionally as well as personally.
The experience prepared me for undertaking policy oriented research dealing into the
issues and problems of Urban Development, Urban Finance, Urban Planning and
Management. I have had the opportunity to work in the professional field. I have worked
as Assistant Town Planner in the State Government of Uttar Pradesh. An important aspect
of this work was to prepare integrated urban development projects and interaction with urban
local bodies in terms of planning & management of urban area.
Forth last twenty years, I was involved in various development oriented urban
research projects including Reducing Poverty in Urban India, Financial Institutional Reforms
and Expression (FIRE), Urban Policy & Urban Development Strategy, Institutional Options
for Provision of Water Supply, Public – Private Partnership in the delving of urban services,
Role of Local Authorities in the Management of Towns & Cities in India, Financing, Pricing
and Cost Recovery for Land Development & Evaluation Studies of Integrated Development
of Small & Medium Towns as well as Impact of Mega-City Schemes implemented by Urban
Local Bodies in India. During this time, I also got an opportunity to visit Institute of Local
Government Studies, Birmingham, U.K. and Development Planning Unit (DPU),
London, (4 months Urban Management Course) and visit to Research Triangle Institute
(RTI), North Carolina and such other Institutions in USA such as School of Urban
Planning and Architecture, California University, East-West Population Centre,
Hawaii, Urban Development Institute, Washington. There experiences further sharpened
my skills and insights on the issues related to policy and strategies of management and urban
I am basically a student of urban management & development statistical background
and is well conversant with the applied statistical techniques and various packages (SPSS PC,
Quartro-pro, Mapinfo, and Lotus etc.). I have been writing regularly in media and in other
academic journals related to urban management and development and have been giving
presentation in the national and international seminars to senior and medium level executives.
The noteworthy institutions I have been associated with as a visiting faculty are HSMI
(HUDCO), Regional Centre of Urban and Environmental Studies, (RCEUS), Bombay,
National Institute of Health & Family Welfare, New Delhi, School of Planning &
Architecture, New Delhi, IGNOU, New Delhi IAMR, New Delhi, HCM Institute of Public
Administration, Jaipur. I.I.T., Kharagpur, I.I.T., Roorkee. I have also acted as an external
guide for 4 Ph.D students for the thesis on “Residents’ Satisfaction in Public Housing-A
Study”, at IIT,Kharagpur and “Shelter Strategy for Homeless in a Mega City”, at IIT,
Roorkee. I have also been an examiner for 5 M.TECH.students at Sardar Vallabhai Patel
Institute of Technology (SVNIT), Surat (Gujarat) and IIT,Roorkee. I have been giving radio-
talks on various problems in the field of urban management, planning and development.