Nuffic NESO Alumni Webinar "Re-Imagining Sustainable Urban Planning for India"

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Dear Alumni,

Greetings from Nuffic Neso India.

It is with great pleasure that we would like to invite you for an alumni webinar on the topic of “Re-Imagining Sustainable Urban Planning for India” on Wednesday, 1st of July, 4:30-6:30 pm Indian Standard Time (IST) and 1pm-3pm Central European Standard Time (CEST).

While looking at the future via the lens of COVID-19, one must not forget that sustainability lies at the core of every successful country or region. A sustainably planned city is also better prepared against a pandemic. COVID-19 may come and go, but sustainable planning will continue to grow more and more rapidly in the years to come. COVID-19 is a stark reminder of the consequences that can take place when humans do not think of the environment.

Thus, we see a gradual increase in negative climactic events directly influenced by the way we live, consume resources, and plan our cities and forests. Hence, when looked at objectively, sustainability must be integral in whatever we do. It cannot be an afterthought but must be ingrained in the core process from the start. This necessitates the need for Sustainable Urban Planning and Development.

Keeping this in mind, we have the following Webinar planned for you:

Webinar Program Flow:

Welcome by Moderator (2 mins)

Foreword by Marten Van Den Berg, Ambassador of the Netherlands to India (5 mins) 4:32pm – 4:37pm IST

Section 1 – An Introduction to Urban planning and comparison for India – Present (Mr. Kedarnath Rao Ghorpade,  IHS Alumnus) 4:37pm - 4:57pm IST

  • What is Urban planning? Origins of Urban planning. (5 mins)
  • Current state of planning in India. (5 mins)
  • An analysis of some major cities in India in terms of Urban planning. Is there a correlation between Covid-19 cases and the state of planning in these cities? (5 mins)
  • Q&A (5 mins)

Section 2 – The Future. Planning of cities after Corona. (Dr. Mansee Bal Bhargava, IHS and EUR alumna) 5pm – 5:20pm IST

  • Decentralization of planning. Can Panchayat Raj model be used in today’s city governance? (5 mins)
  • Sustainable size of cities – is it better to have smaller cities than to try to make bigger cities more sustainable? Is there a balance? How to control overgrowth of Indian cities? (5 mins)
  • Inclusive Cities (5 mins)
  • Q&A (5 mins)

Section 3 – Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) (Mr. Arun Bhandari, IHS Alumnus) 5:22pm – 5:42pm IST

  • What is the PMAY scheme and its importance? (5 mins)
  • India and Housing for All – Past and present paradigm (2 mins)
  • Implementation scenario in urban and rural housing (3 mins)
  • How successful are the housing policies so far in achieving goals, objectives, and inclusiveness? SWOT analysis of the scheme. (5 mins)
  • Q&A (5 mins)

Section 4 – Bicycle Mayor of Bengaluru (Mr. Sathya Sankaran) 5:45pm – 6pm IST

  • How can Bengaluru benefit from more cycling paths? (5 mins)
  • Biggest issues in terms of increasing cycle adoption in Bangalore. (5 mins)
  • Q&A (5 mins) 

Section 5 – Learnings from the Netherlands (Ms. Saskia Ruijsink, IHS Professor) 6:02pm – 6:22pm IST

  • How are cities planned in Holland? Silo approach v/s Integrated Urban Development Approach. Environment and Planning Act 2021 (5 mins)
  • Climate Resilient Urban Development (5 mins)
  • Lessons Learned (5 mins)
  • Q&A (5 mins)

To register for the webinar please click on the following link,

Deadline for registration for the webinar via above link is Monday, 30th June Midnight!

Thank you and looking forward to your participation.

For any questions, please email to 

Kind regards,

Aaron Noel D'Souza

Alumni Officer 

Nuffic | Neso India

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Brigade Gateway Campus, Dr Rajkumar Road, Malleshwaram West, 

Bengaluru, Karnataka 560055

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