Prof. Dr. Virendra Kumar Paul

PH.D., D.LITT. (h.c.), B.Arch., M.B.E.M., FIIA, FIE, C. Eng. FRICS, FIHE, Hon. FIFE(I)


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The School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, declared as an Institute of National Importance in 2014 provides a unique education experience. Located in the capital of India, the School provides students a rich exposure to current trends as well as an opportunity to meet leaders in different disciplines. Its rich legacy in nation-building efforts since independence is well recognised. Graduates from this institute have shaped the built environment in India and are recognised as leaders in the field of planning and architecture. The institute works closely with industry and policymakers through research and consultancy projects, thus keeping a strong connection between theory and practice. Lateral thinking tempered with field-based learning fosters an attitude of creative problem-solving. In addition to the above, the diverse student community creates an environment of tolerance, a celebration of difference, and critical reasoning. Student life at the SPA provides holistic learning and develops an ability to perform under pressure and achieve your goals.


Graduate from Chandigarh College of Architecture where Prof. Paul completed B. Arch., he completed Master’s Degree as well as Ph. D. on ‘Value Analysis in Quality Management of Building Design Management Processes’ from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. Prof. Paul has been serving as a faculty at SPA since 1990. His areas of interest include Building Science, Fire Safety and Construction Project Management.

Prof. Paul is Fellow of Indian Institute of Architects, Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India), Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.) of Institution of Engineers (India), Fellow of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Honorary Fellow, Institution of Fire Engineers (India), Fellow, Institute of Hospital Engineering and Registered Member, Council of Architecture, Life Member of Indian Plumbing Association and Life Member of Vigyan Bharti. Prof. Paul was conferred the degree of D. Litt. Honoris Causa by the University of Mewar in 2023 for his contributions to Building Engineering and Management. The Research Interest Score of Researchgate ranks Prof. Paul in the top 3% researchers in the category of Architectural Engineering.

The facilitations received by Prof. Paul include: Indian Buildings Congress Medal; Architectural Engineering Gold Medal by Institution of Engineers (India); Commendation Certificate for the technical paper by Indian Buildings Congress; Felicitation Plaque by Indian Plumbing Association; Honorary Membership by Fire and Security Association of India.

Prof. Paul has 10 Ph.D.s to his credit, besides 10 are at various stages of completion. Prof. Paul has over 180 publications to his credit, besides 8 books, namely: Handbook for Construction Project Planning and Scheduling (Two editions); Essentials of Building Life and Fire Safety; Understanding Vulnerability and Resilience Of Critical Infrastructure In Extreme Weather Events; Techno-Managerial Approach For Building Rehabilitation; Healthcare Infrastructure Resilience And Climate Change; Establishing a Performance Index for Construction Project Managers; Thinking about Climate Change.

As an innovator, Prof. Paul has been granted TWO patents; one on Squatting Water Closet; and, second on ‘System and Method for Protecting Building Compartment and Façade form Fire and Radiation’ and one in the pending stage, namely: A System and Method For Evaluating Performance Of Construction Project. He also developed a mobile app named, ‘Fire Safety Audit Tool’.

Prof. Paul has serves as member of BoG for SPA, Vijayawada, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Engineering College, Perambalur (TN), and Trustee, Prem Jain Memorial Trust – a non-profit trust for education and promotion of Sustainable Built Environment. He represents on various Committees of UGC for inspections as well. Prof. Paul has served as member of IS 15883-2009 Guidelines for Construction Management, National Building Code 2016 – Approach to Sustainability; Fire and Life Safety (Part IV) and Light and Ventilation.

Prof. Paul has served as Visiting Professor to Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK (period 2018-2021) and is currently a Visiting Professor to University of West of England (UWE), Bristol (UK) (Period 2021-2023). Prof. Paul served as Visitor’s Nominee, for faculty selection in NITs, for architecture, planning, humanities and management.

Prof. Paul has been rendering technical advisory on many educational campus projects under the Ministry of Education and AIIMS projects under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He pursues playing flute and Saxaphone besides pursues writing Urdu compositions as a hobby by Pen Name “Aziz”. As a Live Kidney Donor to a friend, Prof. Paul promotes the cause of Organ Donation and healthy living.


Shri Virendra Kumar


Dean (Academics)
Prof. Dr. Meenakshi Dhote
Professor of Environmental Planning
Dean (Planning and Development)
Prof. Dr. Rabidyuti Biswas
Professor of Physical Planning
Dean (Students Affairs)
Prof. Dr. Mayank Mathur
Professor of Physical Planning
Dean (Faculty Welfare)
Prof. Dr. P.S.N. Rao
Professor of Housing
Dean (Research)
Prof. Dr. Anil Dewan
Professor of Architecture

Heads of Departments

Prof. Dr. Jyoti Pandey Sharma
Department of Architecture
Prof. Dr. Ashok Kumar
Department of Physical Planning
Anuradha Chaturvedi
Department of Architectural Conservation
Prof. Dr. Virendra Kumar Paul
Department of Building Engineering and Management
Prof. Dr. Virendra Kumar Paul
Department of Environment Planning
Dr. Ruchita Gupta
Department of Housing
Parag Anand Meshram
Department of Industrial Design
Dr. Aarti Grover
Department of Landscape Architecture
Prof. Dr. Vinita Yadav
Department of Regional Planning
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Dr. Chidambara
Department of Transport Planning
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Manu Mahajan
Department of Urban Design
Prof. Dr. Sanjukkta Bhaduri
Department of Urban Planning

SPA Offices

Director’s Office


Registrar's Office


Deputy Registrar


Shri Dhirender K Agnihotri
Section Officer (Estb.)

Major functions of Establishment Section are as follows:

  • Recruitment of Faculty and Non-Teaching staff
  • Maintenance of Personal Files, Service Books, Leave records (Samarth Portal), Pay fixation of Faculty and Non-Teaching staff
  • Maintaining LTC/HTC, Travel & Leave encashment related of all Facuhy and Non-Teaching staff
  • Confirmation, Promotion, Financial Upgradation, MACP, DPC
  • Annual Increments
  • Work related retirement benefits for Faculty and Non-Teaching staff
  • Recruitment of contractual Non Faculty positions & engagement of Manpower through outsourcing mode
  • Preparation of General Agenda for the BoG & FC meetings
  • Engagement of Consultants/ Jr. Engg. (Civil)/ Jr. Engg. (Electrical)/ Engagement of Doctors
  • Work related to foreign visits of faculty (Personal, Conference, Seminars etc.)
  • Non-Teaching Workshop/Seminar etc.
  • CAS/APBS/HAG Promotion schemes
  • Appointment of HoDs/ Deans
  • Maintaining Seniority List
  • CPDA, Duty Detailment of Faculty
  • National/IntemationalConference/Seminars
  • RTI related work
  • NOC for issuance of Passport & Passport renewal
  • Deputation related work
  • Issuance of Experience Certificate & Forwarding of applications through propsr channel
  • Grant of various fypes of leaves
  • Children Education Allowance
  • Work related to GPFA/PS/CPF
  • Resignation/ Technical Resignation/ Superannuation/VRs
  • Permission to pursue Higher Studies
  • Medical Examination, Medical Reimbursement of Employees & Pensioners
  • Renewal of CGHS card of Pensions, Employees & Non-Pensioners
  • Payment to CGHS for employees' subscription for CGHS cards
  • Work reiated to DisciplinelLegal matters
Admission and Examination
Shri Girish Kumar
Assistant Registrar (A&E)

Major functions of Admission and Examination Section are as follows:

  • Admissions for Undergraduate Courses, Post-Graduate Courses and Ph.D. Courses.
  • Examinations for Undergraduate Courses, Post-Graduate Courses and Viva-Voce for Ph.D. Courses.
  • Conducting Interviews/GDs/Viva-Voce (Oral Test) for all 10 Post-Graduate Courses.
  • Conducting the Document Verification for UG, PG and Ph.D. Courses after completion of Interviews/GDs/Viva-Voce (Oral Test) as per the case may be.
  • Distribution of Jury Letters to all the concerned Faiulty Members as per the approval from the Competent Authority.
  • Placing the relevant Agenda Items for Meetings of the Senate, Board of Govemors, and Finance Committee etc. as per the said case.
  • Attending Controller of Examination for conduct of the Examinations which includes tasks like printing & sealing of question papers, printing and forwarding of exam wise answer sheets. attendance sheet, award sheets.
  • Preparation of date-sheet, duty list, sitting alrangement for students, date wise aruanging of ansrver scripts to be given to the invigilators.
  • Conduct of Moderation Meeting and compilation of results to be placed before Moderation Committee.
  • Printing of mark-sheets and Degree Certificate for Convocation.
  • Handling of all the Scholarships {br UG, PG and Ph.D. This includes Scholarship like GATE, CEED, NSP, Scholarships for Minority students, State Scholarships, Ph.D. Scholarships etc.
  • Preparation of reply to Ministry, Parliament Question, and working on portals like AISHE. NIRF. NAD. AIU etc.
  • Preparation of Enrollment List for UG, PG and Preparation of Advertisement for .Admissions for Report and School Prospectus.
Accounts and Budget
Shri Anuj Bhardwaj
Assistant Registrar (A & B)

Major functions of Accounts and Budget Section are as follows:

The Accounts and Budget Section of the School is a crucial administrative unit responsible for managing the institution's financial resources and ensuring fiscal responsibility. The detailed functions of this section include:

1. Financial Reporting and Analysis

  • Financial Statements Preparation: Prepare'and present financial statements, including Annual Accounts comprising of Balance Sheet, Income & Expenditure Statement along with the relevant schedules in the prescribed format of C&AG, Govt' of India
  • Reporting to Finance Committee & Board of Governors : To put up Annual Accounts before the Finance Committee & Board of Governors for approval.
  • Laying of Audited Annual Accounts before both the Houses of Parliament


2. Accounts Payable and Receivable

  • lnvoicing and Payments: Manage & scrutinizing process of the bills/invoices forwarded by various sections like PMW section, Library, DPU, A&E Section duly approved by the Competent Authority and ensure timely payment to vendors, contractors, and service oroviders.
  • Processing Payments of Faculty/Staff and Students : Releasing approved payment of Faculty & Staffw.r.t. TA, LTC, Children Education Allowance, Medical Reimbursement, CPDA etc. Also for Students events like Utopia, Athlos, Sports Events, Scholarships etc.
  • Receivables Management: Monitoring of income from Government & other Agencies :

     - Grant-in-Aid received from Ministry of Education under Budget Head 31, 35 & 35 for Recurring and Non Recurring Head

     - Grant received from other Ministries w.r.t. Scholarships, Research Projects. - Fund transfers by CSAB, DASA after completion of UG & PG admissions. 

    - Oversee internal income thru the collection of tuition fees, hostel fees, RTI Fess, Sale of Tender form, Sale of Journals, Fine, Sale of Recruitment Application Forms etc.

  • Reconciliation: Perform regular reconciliations of accounts income and expenditure to ensure accuracy and completeness.


3. Payroll Management

  • Salary Processing: Administer payroll for staff and faculty, ensuring accurate calculation of salaries, deductions, benefits and also statutory deductions of TDS, Recovery of advances etc.
  • Payroll Records: Maintain detailed records of payroll transactions and employee earnings for auditing and reporting purposes.


4. Budget Preparation and Management

  • Annual Budget Planning: Collaborate with various departments to prepare the annual . budget, ensuring alignment with the SPA Delhi strategic goals and priorities.
  • Budget Allocation: Distribute budgetary funds under different head of accounts of the School and projects based on approved budget plans.
  • Budget Monitoring: Regularly review and monitor budgets of the School and Research Projects to ensure expenditures are within the allocated limits.


5.Internal Controls and Audits

  • Internal Controls lmplementation: Establish and maintain robust internal control systems to prevent fraud and ensure the integrity of financial operations.
  • Internal Audits: Conduct regular internal audits to review financial processes, identify discrepancies, and implement corrective actions by the appointed Consultants and the Charted Accountant firms .
  • External Audits Coordination: Coordinate with external auditors assigned by the Director General of Audit (Central Expenditure), Government. For the Transaction Audit and Certification of Annual Accounts. and ensure compliance with audit requirements and recommendations.


6. Cash and Investment Management

  • Investment Oversight: To putup the School's investment portfolio before the lnvestment Committee, ensuring compliance with investment policies and optimizing returns.
  • Bank Relations: Maintain relationships with banking institutions to manage accounts, secure favorable terms, and facilitate financial transactions for proper bank reconciliation.


7. Compliance and Regulatory Reporting

  • Regulatory Filings: Ensure compliance with all relevant financial regulations, including Statutory Tax laws, and reporting standards by filing of mandatory Income Tax, GST and FCRA returns etc..
  • Grant Management: Oversee the financial aspects of Schools main Grant-in-Aid and sponsored projects, ensuring. compliance with grantor requirements by submitting Utilization Certificate in prescribed format..
  • Regulatory Reporting: Prepare and submit required financial reports to governmental and regulatory bodies.

In summary, the Accounts and Budget Section of a School plays, a vital role in ensuring the institution's financial health and supporting its mission through meticulous planing management and oversight of financial resources.

Hindi Office


Sports Office


Purchase, Maintenance and Works
Shri Jagdish Kumar
Section In-charge

Major functions of Purchase Store and Maintenance are as follows:

  • procurement of Equipment & Furniture ltems as per the requirement of the various Departments/ Sections/ Offices etc. of the School based on the recommendations of the Purchase Committee.
  • Arrangement of minor repair and maintenance of the furniture items etc. of the various Departments/ Sections/ Offices etc. of the School as and when required.
  • Arrangement of auctions/ condemnation of items in the various Departments/ Sections/ Offices etc. of the School as and when required followed by Condemnation and Auction Rules of Central Government.
  • Providing assistance to the School Administration in the arrangement of the School ceremonial events like Convocations, Yoga Day, Republic Day and lndependence Day etc.
  • Maintain the Central Permanent Stock Register and keep update by entered all the permanent nature items procured for the various Departments/ Sections/ Offices etc. of the School round the Year.
  • Physical verification of stock and goods, Stock Valuation, write off and disposal of goods.
  • Arrangement of AMC/ CAMC of the various items.
  • Centrally maintain the GeM and e-Tenders process.
  • Central purchase of liveries, stationery & Furniture basic purchases for administration.
  • Rate Contract (lnstitute Level), E-Procurement, E-Publishing and E-Auction.
  • Any other work assigned by the Competent Authority.
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Chairman - Hostel Management Committee

Prof. Dr. Mayank Mathur

Honorary Hostel Warden

Dr. Shuvojit Sarkar

Deputy Wardens

Dr. Aarti Grover
Ms. Aditi Singh
Mr. Bhaskar G. Sudagani
Ms. Harshita Deo
Ms. Neha Korde
Mr. K. Mehar Kumar
Mr. Sai Ram Dasari
Mr. Md. Athar Mansury