ITCN Programme

The National Institute of Urban Affairs recently launched the Infant Toddler and Caregiver friendly Neighbourhoods Training and Capacity Building Programme. The Institute is partnered by Bernard van Leer Foundation in implementing the programme.

About the Programme

  • The ITCN programme is designed to build capacities of young professionals and city officials to develop young children and family friendly neighbourhoods in the country.
  • The programme is to provide certified training and capacity building modules.
  • The training is to be delivered through National Urban Learning Platform. The platform operates under Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

National Institute of Urban Affairs

The National Institute of Urban Affairs was established in 1976. The institute was established for capacity building for the urban sector in India.

National Urban Learning Platform

The main aim of the platform is to empower the functionaries, elected representatives, administrators, industry actors, civil society and other ecosystem players to build smart, resilient, sustainable cities. Making cities resilient has been included in United Nations sustainable Development Goal (SDG) as well.


United Nations SDG 11 says “Make cities inclusive, resilient, safe and sustainable”.


  • According to United Nations, more than half of the world population has been living in the cities since 2007. This is projected to increase by 60% by 2030.
  • The cities contribute about 60% of global GDP. They also account to 70% of global carbon emissions.
  • It is estimated that the urban population in India is to increase to 600 million by 2030.

As more people move towards cities from their home town, the joint family culture is getting dissolved. Thus, the need for day care is increasing in India.




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