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The Center for infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning (CiSTUP) of Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is established in the year 2009 during the centenary celebrations of Indian Institute of Science, with inputs from many visionaries, organizations and has plans and road map to be one of the finest centers of advanced research and training in the field of transportation engineering in India and abroad. The mandate and vision of CiSTUP is to produce knowledge that addresses the unique urban issues specifically on sustainable urban transportation along with other related topics of infrastructure and urban planning. Further, centre will conduct training programmes, capacity building and also develop expertise and provide complete technological and planning solutions for urban renewal and development programmes related to urban transportation and infrastructure engineering. The main areas of Specialization and Interest are Infrastructure, Sustainable URBAN Transportation and Urban Planning. Among these areas, Sustainable urban transport is the prime focus for the activities of the center.

The center has been true to its motto of being a Vehicle for Analytical thinking to improve the unique urban issues. The uniqueness of the center has been the practical, implementable solutions suggested for day to day issues on infrastructure, sustainable transportation and urban planning instead of only giving theoretical/research oriented measures. In view of this the Chairman of the Center has been roped in to be the member of various state committees which are formed to recommend measures to contain the myriad urban development issues. The inspiration for this is the excellent multidisciplinary environment, brilliant researchers and the successful programs the Indian Institute of Science has fostered in the last 100 illustrious years of leadership in science, technology and innovation.