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NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes combined issue volume 5, Issue 1 & 2 of CIDCO@Smart

CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes Volume 5 ‚Äď Issue 1 & 2 of its newsletter CIDCO@Smart, detailing the team‚Äôs activities between Jan and June 2019. This issue talks about Urban Eco-system and explains its various elements through different case studies from around the world.

The different articles talk about Urban Heat Island effect, Urban Food Systems, Indicators for a Slum Redevelopment Program, Urban Sanitation and Wastewater in India, Impact of Urban Morphology on Social Life, Cases of Self-organisation in Amsterdam, London’s Low Emission Zones, etc.

This newsletter is available for viewing and downloading here.

CIDCO Smart City Lab presents Ujjwal platform to AIGGPA

Siddharth Pandit, Chair, CIDCO Smart City Lab presented CIDCO’s knowledge management system to members of AIGGPA (Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Good Governance and Policy Analysis) in NIUA office, New Delhi. He spoke about the training management system and about UJJWAL (The One Stop Shop Solution for CIDCO‚Äôs training management system).

Customised training on Self-defence was held in Navi Mumbai

CIDCO Smart City Lab’s training cell organised a self-defence training for all the female staff members of CIDCO.¬†The aim of the workshop was to sensitise women on crime-awareness, safety and self-defence. It was organised on 10th April 2019 at Agri Koli Bhavan, Nerul.¬†Mrs. Vidya Tambve, Manager Personnel, inaugurated the training programme and emphasised on the importance of self-defence and safety of each female employee in CIDCO. She also appreciated the initiation of female members who nominated themselves and attended the workshop. Self-defence expert, Mr. Sharif Bapu, gave lessons and important tips to the participants to act smartly and safely to protect themselves in times of danger. He also shared a few real time cases.

Customised training on Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) held in ASCI, Hyderabad

2-day customised training on Prevention of Sexual Harrassment (POSH) was held in ASCI, Hyderabad for the female employees of CIDCO. Topics like ethics and values at the workplace, biases in social perception, safety audit of workplace, Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal, etc. were covered during the workshop.

CIDCO employees visit Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of National University of Singapore

7 participants from CIDCO visited¬†Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of National University of Singapore (NUS) from 11th to 15th February 2019 for a 5-day executive programme co-ordinated by NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab. The topic/agenda of the workshop was ‘Insights on Urban Management’. The topics covered during the workshop were principles of urban governance in Singapore, PPP for infrastructure development, key success factors for sustainable industrial development, fundamentals of public transport, management and policies of public housing, water as an urban management agenda, opportunities and challenges of innovation and technology, risk management, etc.

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes combined issue Volume 4, Issue 3 & 4 of CIDCO@Smart

CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes combined issue Volume 4 ‚Äď Issue 3 & 4 of its newsletter CIDCO@Smart, detailing the team‚Äôs activities between July and December 2018. This issue takes different case studies from all around the world discussing the importance of public spaces. It identifies the coherence of SDGs with public open spaces and the subsequent articles focuses on various best practice models in different cities around the world.

This issue talks about different cases such as revitalising the streets, designing gender sensitive public spaces and public spaces as promoters of equity and social inclusion. It also looks into the case of Pike Place Market in Seattle to understand the economy of public markets, innovative ideas such as transforming a landfill site into a public park and emerging ideas like development of urban agriculture under transmission lines.

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CIDCO Smart City Lab speaks at World Bank Office, New Delhi

The World Bank and All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG) organized a one-day Consultative workshop ‚ÄúCapacity Building for Digital Strategies and Solutions for Smart Cities in India‚ÄĚ on 30th November 2018 at World Bank Office, New Delhi. The objective of the workshop was to develop a capacity building framework for smart city leaders for capacitating the Urban bodies of India and South Asia. A host of agencies including experts from World Bank, AIILSG, UN-Habitat, UN University and universities from around the world participated in the workshop.

Siddharth Pandit, Chair, CIDCO Smart City Lab, participated as a speaker in the panel discussion. He spoke about the training management system of CIDCO and UJJWAL ‚Äď The One Stop Shop Solution for CIDCO‚Äôs training management system. He presented the capacity building approach that integrates policy, technology and knowledge partners for improving capacities of ULB officials and institutions in India.

The training cell conducts 6th Session of ‘Vimarsh’

On November 28, 2018, all participants from the month of October ’18 were invited for the sixth session of vimarsh, out of which 6 participants came to attend. Participants who had gone to ASCI, CRRI, IIML and VNIT attended the discussion. They were satisfied with the overall experience of the training they attended.

Participants who had attended a behavioral training in ASCI were very impressed by the logistics and accommodation allotted for them. One of the female participant acknowledged that the stay was very safe, secure and comfortable. Personal assistance was also available. All the participants, in general, were satisfied with the course and faculties. They suggested that the course could be supplemented with site visits; however, it was informed that for a behavioral course site visit do not set in line with the course objectives.

Participants who had been to IIML were also pleased with the faculty assistance and the facilities provided at the institute. One of the participants mentioned that, ‚ÄúEverything was excellent and we have never attended such kind of training before‚ÄĚ. Participants did feel that they had a very hectic schedule as even after the session they were engaged in Group discussions and Case studies. Despite the tiring schedule, the participants wanted to suggest this institute to all CIDCO officers because they felt that the kind of knowledge shared and way of teaching was marvelous. Real life examples quoted during the program were also appreciated. Other participants who attended the program with our participants were from ONGC, LIC and various other reputed organizations. Participants were thankful to Ujjwal for helping and convincing them for the training.

Training Cell also encouraged the participants to submit the study material to Ujjwal team or to the library for other employees to be able to access it. On requesting for an option to search for institutes while selecting the courses, the Training Cell informed that it is an intent of the management for the applicant to go through the course objectives while selecting the course rather than just looking at the institute or the brand name.

All the participants thanked Ujjwal team and JMD I, CIDCO to provide such an opportunity to CIDCO Officials.

The training cell conducts fifth session of ‘Vimarsh’

Fifth Session of Vimarsh took place on 24th October 2018 with the objective of understanding and sharing the participant feedback in regard to their learnings, stay, faculty and the institute they went to. Participants also spoke about the ease of using Ujjwal and the expected future trainings.  14 employees participated in the discussion forum bringing forward varied experiences from institutes like IIM-A, IIM-C, ISB, ASCI, ESCI and IRMA-Anand.

Employees who went to IIMA were extremely happy with the standard of the training and the course delivery. The course on Theory of Relativity helped them understand the dynamic nature of an organizational setup, ways to establish a relationship matrix and understand the authority in the organizational set up. The other course conducted at Ahmedabad campus engaged the participants extensively in assignments and role plays for enhancing communication strategies. They were also happy with Ujjwal Team’s assistance on course selection. Participants who went to IIMC, ESCI and IRMA appreciated the overall course content and delivery by faculty, campus premises, boarding and food arrangements. They were impressed by the punctuality and professionalism maintained throughout the training programme. Participant who attended training in IIMC praised the faculty for modifying the course content as per participants’ expectations.

Emphasizing on the benefits of the attended training in personal and professional growth, the participants requested the training cell to insist every employee of CIDCO to attend a training. Some participants suggested cross-functional learning within different departments in CIDCO, in response the training cell explained them the procedure to raise customized training programme request for the same.

Most of the employees were happy with their learning experience through Ujjwal. They appreciated efforts done by the training cell and were thankful to the management for providing such an opportunity to CIDCO employees.

CIDCO Smart City Lab participates and help organize CITIIS Preparatory Workshop

The CITIIS program, launched by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), financed by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the European Union (EU) organised a national-level Preparatory workshop for 100 smart cities on 25-26th September 2018 in New Delhi. Under the program, 15 projects from the city’s Smart City Proposals will be selected through a challenge process. CIDCO Smart City Lab participated and actively helped in organizing the 2-day workshop.