In light of the socio-economic and spatial inequalities, environmental pollution and climate changes triggered by rapid urbanisation, the New Delhi based Indian School of Public Policy or ISPP hosted a workshop on 'India's Urban Future: How to make our cities inclusive, productive and sustainable' on March 2 at the PHD Chambers of Commerce, New Delhi.
Commencing the workshop with a brief on the peripheral objective, Professor Dr. Yugank Goyal, member, governing council, IPSS, said, "An urban transformation is underway in India with deep social, economic and environmental implications. It is taking place in a time of environmental crisis, technological change and political flux. How should policy-makers, researchers, practitioners and citizens understand this transformation, and respond to its challenges and opportunities? This is particularly important because rural to urban migration has reached unprecedented levels in India and cities have to rework their governance apparatus if they are to remain socially and economically inclusive as well as environmentally sustainable."
The workshop was conducted by Dr. Shahana Chattaraj whose research focuses on urban governance and policy in Indian megacities, the informal economy and informal urbanisation, and urban infrastructure and development planning.
On the occasion, Dr. Chattaraj emphasised that urban policy problems are complex and interconnected, and cover issues such as jobs and industrialisation; migration, infrastructure and housing; social policy and planning; land and urban development; climate change adaptation and mitigation. "Urban policy works at the scale of cities, neighbourhoods and regions – it is an emerging and increasingly important policy arena that will play a central role in shaping India's future. A critical question for India's future, and one that we need to give serious thought to, is what sort of governance institutions, policy approaches, skills and information we need for effective urban policy and planning? Cities provide a fertile ground for multi-disciplinary research and engagement between researchers, policy-makers and practitioners," added Dr. Chattaraj.
After the workshop, Prof. Goyal addressed questions from the audience pertaining to ISPP and its one-year flagship programme – PGP in policy, design and management. The post graduate programme that provides special focus on design and management in public policy has been launched by policy makers, industry leaders, and academicians, and blends theory with experiential learning. Industry stalwarts like Nandan Nilekani, Arvind Panagariya, Vijay Kelkar are associated with ISPP as patrons and advisors.
Launched on October 23, 2018, the Indian School of Public Policy aims to equip tomorrow's professionals to imagine, design and implement locally relevant solutions to India's unique challenges.