Dialogue Series

Monday, November 24, 2014

Open data, social media, GIS, wireless communications, and mobile devices are transforming the relationship between government institutions and the constituents they represent. This movement offers opportunities to increase accountability and citizen participation through greater transparency, and by generating more effective, crowd-sourced solutions to public problems.In 2012, the government of India notified the National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP), to allow access to government owned shareable data. Under this initiative, government ministries and departments in association with the NIC have set up various data portals to make their working data universally accessible. Data Portal India now provides single point access todatasets published by different government departments in open format.

Dr Neeta Verma has played a crucial role in setting up the Indian government's online services. Through her 20 year association with GOI, she has supported and overseen the creation of over 5000 Government websites, portals and a number of E-governance applications. She has also been associated with design of many national level data centres and disaster recovery centres across the country, including india.gov.in – the National Portal of India. She currently holds the position of Deputy Director General at the NIC, overseeing portfolios like Web Services at National Level, National Portal of India and Data Centre Operations & Management.

Address : Lecture Room II, Basement (Annexe) India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi
Organizer : NIUA
Speaker(s) : Dr Neeta Verma - Deputy Director General, NIC

Older historic cities witness layers of history embedded within their built form, constantly managing the fine balance of sustaining and renewing urban eco systems (infrastructure and built form), and retaining ties with history through conservation of tangible and intangible heritage. Numerous historic cities across the world have acknowledged the importance of preserving heritage and have seamlessly integrated this movement into the economic mainstream by re-adapting the built heritage structures for various urban purposes such as tourism, housing, innovation based industries, retail and education.

Ratish Nanda, a noted conservation Architect, has been recognized as “the custodian of ruins”. Best known for spearheading the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) conservation project of Humayun’s Tomb New Delhi, Nanda has devoted his professional tenure to the extensive mapping and restoration of valuable and endangered heritage structures in India and abroad, including the  Bagh-e-Babur in Kabul.  Since 2007, Nanda has been pioneering the Urban Renewal Initiative project in central Delhi’s historic Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti. Besides restoring dozens of medieval-era monuments in the area, AKTC’s venture aims to lift the living standards of neighbourhoods around the monuments. Ratish Nanda has been associated with INTACH, Delhi Chapter and has been a member of the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) (2008–11). He was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship in 2007.

Address : Lecture Room II, Basement (Annexe), India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi
Organizer : NIUA
Speaker(s) : Ratish Nanda - Conservation Architect, Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Monday, October 13, 2014

Urban Age Institute works to foster leadership and innovation between and among cities in areas of strategic urban planning, urban policy, public sector management, sustainable environmental planning and poverty reduction.

Tim Campbell, a pre-eminent internationalist interested in issues of the growth and development of cities. Focusing on city leadership, learning and innovation, he has worked for more than 35 years in urban development. His experience spans scores of countries and hundreds of cities. His areas of expertise include strategic urban planning, city development strategies, decentralization, urban policy, and social & poverty impact of urban development.

Tim Campbell's recent book Beyond Smart Cities: How Cities Network, Learn and Innovate (2012) focuses on understanding how the world's cities actually learn, internally, and just as important, from each other through a city-to-city exchange in policy and practice. His claim that this may hold promise for some global issues and many local issues of global significance is of substantial importance in the present Indian context.

Address : Seminar Hall 1 & 2, First Floor India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi
Organizer : NIUA
Speaker(s) : Tim Campbell - Chairman, Urban Age Institute
Monday, September 29, 2014

Dr. Ashwin Mahesh is an Indian politician, social technologist, former astronomer, former NASA scientist and a leader of Lok Satta Party.  He brings together this diverse pool of knowledge coupled with his long-standing interest in urban development issues, to offer unique perspectives on public problems in the areas of governance, administration, policy and implementation.

Dr. Mahesh co-founded Mapunity, an ICT based development engine in Bangalore, which formulates technology to tackle social problems and urban challenges in India. Through his work, Dr. Mahesh has sought to promote the primacy of what he calls - 'publicly managed cities'. Mapunity interactively ‘crowd-sources’ citizen opinion and involvement in urban development issues. It successfully allows citizens to engage with city governments so as to find strategic solutions for chronic urban issues.

Address : Seminar Hall 1 & 2, India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi
Organizer : NIUA
Speaker(s) : Dr. Ashwin Mahesh - Founder, Mapunity
Monday, August 25, 2014

Car free movements have sprung all over the world in the last decade as communities and citizen networks look to reclaim streets from clogging cars back to human activities. New York, Bagota, Toronto, Curitiba, Seoul, Moscow, Hong Kong, Tokyo are some of the cities that have understood the vital importance of streets as public spaces that can be adapted for activities for people by promoting car free days for pedestrians and bicyclists.  In India too,  local activism has combined with city support and public engagement to provide momentum to green street networks for non motorized mobility. 

In this inaugural session of NIUA's dialogue series, join us in a panel discussion about the success of these programs and challenges for replication and sustainability. Two case studies,  Raahgiri Day  and Diu's Cycle Track  will be discussed with Amit Bhatt and Anuj Malhotra. The topics addressed will be:

  • Implications of Non Motorized transport for local city mobility strategy
  • Economic, Cultural and Environmental outcomes and impact
  • Forming stakeholders across local authorities, communities, civil society organization, media and political parties and building momentum to reclaim streets
  • Initiatives and lessons from international and national cases
  • Way forward for the Indian cities
Address : Lecture Room II, Basement (Annexe) India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi
Organizer : NIUA
Speaker(s) : Amit Bhatt - Strategy Head (Urban Transport), EMBARQ India & Anuj Malhotra - Executive Director, Centre for Green Mobility