Dr. S. M. Akhtar
Faculty of Architecture,
Department of Architecture,
Jamia Millia Islamia,
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Dr. S. M. Akhtar is a man of multi-disciplinary background, his scope of studies spans over Architecture, Town Planning, Social Sciences and Environment. He is a graduate of The Indian Institute of Architect, a Post Graduate of the Institute of Town Planners India, with a Master Degree in Public Administration ( which covers Urban & Rural Environment Management, Sociology, Economics ) and Bachelor’s degree in Law, and Ph.D. on Urban Housing. He is the first recipient of D.Litt. in Public Administration as well first Architect and Planner honoured with a D.Litt. degree
D. Litt. awarded on a thesis entitled “ Translating Democratic Virtues into Sustainable Physical Development” is composite work on Policy Science and Ekistics. The scope of this study spans over Architecture, Town Planning that is Transportation / Network, Social Sciences and Environmental Sciences spanning over Rural and Urban settlements.
He is Professor & Founder Dean Faculty of Architecture & Ekistics at Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi. He has served four consecutive terms spanning over 12 years as Dean Faculty of Architecture & Ekistics. He developed Six Master degree program namely, M. Ekistics, M. Arch Architecture Pedagogy, M. Arch–Building Services, M. Arch–Medical Architecture, M. Arch-Recreation Architecture, M. Arch Urban Regeneration, which all have been development to serve the contemporary needs of the country as well of the global society.
Under his initiative the first Faculty of Architecture & Ekistics got established at a Central University. Ekistics is the disciplines which advocates for integrated Rural and Urban development, Ph. D, program in Architecture & Planning at JMI has been introduced by him, eight Ph.D. have been awarded under his supervision. ‘Parallel in Ekistics and Vedic philosophy towards ideal human settlement,’ is a very significant study under his supervision.
His books entitled “Urban Housing - issues & strategies”, “Islamic Architecture -at crossroad’, -Habib Rahman –The Architect of Independent India, and --Environmental Remediation & Rejuvenation have been published.
He had been convenor of the ‘International Conference on Islamic Arts & Architecture 2007 and International Conference on Islamic Arts & Architecture 2011’. He has been convenor for six issues of the National conference series ‘Architecture for Masses’.
He has been consultant for the UNDP sponsored programme ‘Capacity Development of Urban Local Bodies’. He was Programme Collaborator in (UIA-CIMES) Union International de Architect’s International work Programme 1999 on ‘Intermediate Cities (CIMES)
He had been Chairman of the Indian Institute of Architects U.P. Chapter and Secretary of the Institute of Town Planners India, U.P. Chapter. He is also a Life Member of the Indian Institute of Public Administration.