11th December 2019, Roorkee: IIT Roorkee organized the ‘International Conference on Future Cities’ from 11th December to 13th December to explore the strategies for sustainable management of future settlements of urban areas. The Department of Architecture and Planning of IIT Roorkee along with the Institute of Spatial Planning and Environment research, Panchkula held this three-day conference to recognize the key research and knowledge gaps with regard to development of cities. The objective of this conference was to encourage research on future planning theories and findings in urban and rural development. The motto of this conference was to inspire global and regional research to shape the way for effective and inclusive urban practices. It also provided a platform for academicians, practitioners to integrate and learn from each other.
This conference was inaugurated by Mr. Kunal Kumar, IAS presently holds the position of Joint Secretary & Mission Director (Smart Cities Mission), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India since May 2018. This international and interdisciplinary conference hosted city and regional governments, urban and rural planning professionals, policy-makers, representatives from academia, scientific bodies, research organizations, institutions, local bodies and agencies across the world.
This three-day conference majorly captured inauguration, interactive sessions and it is being followed by a valedictory session on 13th December. The conference provided a platform to hold poster and paper presentations simultaneously accommodating young professional students to be part of the larger conference format at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. The conference recognized the key research and knowledge gaps with regard to cities’ development. The discussion was focused on encouraging and instigating research on future planning theories and findings in urban and rural development.
Speaking on this occasion, Prof. Ajit K. Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, added,” We are happy to host an International Conference on Future Cities which will address the complexity of planning for urban areas, specially in developing countries. It is heartening to see the enthusiastic response of professionals, academics and policy makers to this three day conference.”
This conference was sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research, Saharanpur Smart City Limited, Dehradun Smart city Limited, Indian Space Research Organization, Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies, Coimbatore, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, Dehradun Institute of Technology, Spaze Towers Pvt. Ltd, Association of Municipalities and Development Authorities, New Delhi.
“It is a privilege to be invited to such an occasion as a Chief Guest and preside over a conference that shall help shape our future. In today\'s day and age of depleting resources and spatial complexity, I would like to applaud IIT Roorkee for always taking such initiatives and for bringing together academicians, scientists, and policymakers under one roof. I am sure the brilliant minds in the room today shall develop solutions that shall solve the problems of urban dwellers like us. Such initiatives and conferences are vital for the development of the urban society” said Chief Guest Mr. Kunal Kumar, IAS presently holds the position of Joint Secretary & Mission Director (Smart Cities Mission), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India.
About IIT Roorkee
IIT Roorkee is an institute of national importance imparting higher education in engineering, sciences, management, architecture and planning, and humanities and social sciences. Since its establishment in 1847, the Institute has played a vital role in providing technical manpower and know-how to the country. In the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2019, the institute has been ranked 3rd among the IITs, while on the citations criterion it has been ranked 1st among all the Institutes in India.
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