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The training cell conducts third session of ‘Vimarsh’

Third session of Vimarsh was concluded on 28th June 2018. The discussion was specific on the courses attended by CIDCO Officers and their individual feedbacks on course contents and institute. All training participants from the month of May ’18 were invited. Participants who had gone to ASCI, CSE, ESCI, INGAF, IIMA and NPC attended the discussion.

Most of the feedbacks received were positive. Participants who had gone for training to Administrative Staff College of India were very happy. Their training consisted of site visits as well, which was very useful to their day-to-day work life. Institutes Like ASCI and ESCI also arranges city tour for their participants.

One of the senior leader suggested that junior employees should take the trainings seriously and select training according to their profile and projects they are working on. The senior leader expected some more solemnity to the learnings during the course. One of the participant requested for specific courses for her department, where Training Cell informed her about few relevant courses and conveyed her on any further inputs or suggestions for adding more courses that are specific.

Overall employees had a very good experience regarding training. They appreciated efforts done by the Training Cell and were thankful to the management to provide such an opportunity to CIDCO employees.

The training cell conducts second ‘Vimarsh’ session

Second session of ‘Vimarsh’ took place on 11th May, 2018. All training attendees from the month of March and April 2018 were invited. 13 participants who went to ASCI, ESCI, IIMB, NPC and NCTSR attended the discussion.

The feedback received was positive and almost all of them intend to bring a change, either at their personal or professional desk. Participants who had gone for training to IIMB were specifically very happy and recommended that each employee of CIDCO should go there at least once. One of the participants said, “IIMB focuses on complete development and apart from the training also teaches ways to overcome stress.”

Upon a query, the training cell informed the participants that the selection of courses is done on the basis of TNA done for the employees of CIDCO and prior to upload, the courses are approved from the respective HODs and JMD. Some participants suggested on conducting specialized trainings and were subsequently explained about customized trainings and the request procedure.

Many of the participants had attended a training for the first time and would like to have such trainings in future as well.

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes Volume 4, Issue 1 of its newsletter

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes CIDCO@Smart Volume 4, Issue 1 detailing the team’s activities from January 2018 to March 2018. The newsletter gives an insight into the work done by the Smart City Lab team in the areas of Research, Capacity Building, Innovation and Project support for CIDCO.

It is available for viewing and downloading here.

The training cell initiated ‘Vimarsh’ workshops

The objective of the workshop was to initiate a dialogue with the participants to know more about the institute they went to, their accommodation and their learning.  All participants in the month of February’18 were invited. Participants who had gone to ASCI, IRMA, CSIR-CRRI and ESCI attended the discussion.

During the discussion, almost all participants spoke individually about the institute, the accommodation, the faculty/instructors, learnings from the training, and how they would like to make a difference through this training.

The idea behind Vimarsh is to have a healthy and interactive discussion with the participants and discuss about their experiences during the training. This will allow them to know about other institutes apart from the institute they have already attended.

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab attends workshops and discussions

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab participated in the WSDS 2018, organised by TERI, by attending the thematic workshop on ‘Strengthening an evidence-based policy framework for sustainable transport’ on 15th Feb, 2018. NIUA-CIDCO Smart City lab also attended the stakeholder discussion on ‘India Urban Mobility Study’ organized jointly by TERI, World Bank and the ITF on 16th Mar, 2018.

Customized training program for DOs and ADOs in YASHADA, Pune.

Training cell conducted a Customized training program for general cadre DOs and ADOs in two different batches at YASHADA, Pune from 1st to 3rd Feb, 2018. The trainings were designed for three days each with an objective to familiarize the participants with land related matters and compliance in legislative and judicial work. Several internal and external faculties were invited for the session and each faculty shared an in depth knowledge of topics assigned to them.

Training cell conducted another Samvad session for the planning department at CIDCO.

The training cell conducted another Samvad session for the planning department of CIDCO wherein various cadre officers from planning were told about the newly introduced features of Ujjwal. Officers came up with several queries on the use of Ujjwal and the training cell team managed to resolve all of them. Several senior planning officers suggested to add the option of keyword search in selecting a course.

NIUA CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes Volume 3 Number 3 and 4 of its Newsletter

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab publishes CIDCO@Smart Volume 3 Issues 3 and 4, detailing the team’s activities from July 2017 and December 2017. The newsletter gives an insight into the work done by the Smart City Lab team in the areas of Research, Capacity Building, Innovation and Project support for CIDCO. It is available for download here.

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab Shares Comments on the Draft TOD Policy for Delhi

NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab shared comments on the Draft TOD Policy for Delhi. These comments were presented in context of the five constructs of Transit Oriented Development – Urban Density, Design, Diversity, Mobility and Housing. In summary, they were as follows:

  1. Need for phasing the development of areas under the policy along the MRTS corridors
  2. Need to ensure strong multi-modal integration
  3. Need for stronger parking restrictions within the TOD
  4. Need for eliminating FAR limits within the TOD and:
    • Using number people/households/jobs as markers of density
    • Reducing the practice of using FAR based incentives
  5. Need for diversification of housing unit size, types and occupancy

MoUD announces 30 cities under Round III of the National Smart Cities Mission

The Ministry of Urban Development announced the selection of 30 cities under Round III of the National Smart Cities Mission, bringing the total number of cities chosen in the mission to 90. The remaining 10 cities have an opportunity to revise their smart city proposals and resubmit in order to ensure feasible plans. This announcement was followed by the launch of City Liveability Index, whose purpose is to measure the quality of life in 116 major cities including smart cities, capital cities and cities with a population of above one million each. During the launch of the City Liveability Index, a companion document named “Methodology for Collection and Computation of Liveability Standards in Cities” was also released. It is meant to be the guiding document for data collection, analysis and calculation of various scores for the different parameters.