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NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab was established in July 2014 at the National Institute of Urban Affairs as the research and capacity building unit, providing support to CIDCO’s technical personnel through action research, documentation and capacity building. Since its formation, the lab has supported CIDCO in a variety of activities, including the launch of CIDCO Smart City (South) in 2015. Entering its 4th year, NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab is now aiding the implementation of CIDCO’s new Training Policy through Ujjwal, CIDCO’s first online Training Portal. The Training Policy was approved by the CIDCO Board as a step towards achieving the objectives set under the ‘Smart Organisation’ vertical of CIDCO’s Smart City Vision. Its key objective is to overcome barriers to training and knowledge enhancement for all Class I & Class II CIDCO officers.
Ujjwal is an integrated platform that provides access to a wide choice of managerial, technical and behavioural courses from world-class institutes, through a user-friendly interface. It was custom made for CIDCO by NIUA’s web development unit and launched on 5th July 2017. It can be accessed at https://cidco-smartcity.niua.org/ujjwal/login.php. The portal is built upon three primary datasets:
- Existing Employee as per SAP: This data includes phone number, email address, age, experience, designation, cadre and reporting officer.
- Institutes: A list of partner institutes who offer relevant trainings. This includes location of the institute and details for the contact person.
- Courses: A list of courses offered by partner institutes and organisations that CIDCO officers can apply to participate in. This includes details about the course such as course description, intended audience, start and end date, registration deadline and fees.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab is currently working to integrate Ujjwal with CIDCO’s SAP system in order to allow real-time updates to the employee database, accounting for all new hires, promotions, retirements, etc. Since its launch, the portal has already registered 137 visitors within the first three weeks of its launch. At the time of publication of this Newsletter, participation of 77 officers have registered their interest in training through the portal, out of which, 37 trainings have been already approved for 56 CIDCO officers. As of 31 July, 2017, 13 CIDCO officers would have completed participation in 9 trainings.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab is a research and capacity building unit established at the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi in July 2014 by the City and Industrial Development Corporation Maharashtra Ltd. (CIDCO). The Lab provides support to CIDCO’s technical personnel through action research, training, innovation, documentation and capacity building with a particular focus on the development of ‘smart cities’.
Since its formation, the lab has supported CIDCO in a variety of activities, including the launch of CIDCO Smart City (South) in 2015. Entering its 4th year, CIDCO Smart City Lab is now aiding the implementation of CIDCO’s new Training Policy through Ujjwal, CIDCO’s first online Training Portal.
NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab has been actively engaged in some of CIDCO’s key projects such as Development of Navi Mumbai Smart City Plan, Strategic Planning for JN Port Influence Area (JNPTIA) and Impact of Redevelopment of Goathans in and around Navi Mumbai.
The Lab continues to serve as an incubation centre for smart and innovative solutions in priority sectors, such as land use planning and management, traffic and transportation, utility networks, public services, conservation/preservation of greenery and energy efficiency.
Manjali Arora Suneja leads the NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab Training Cell at CIDCO in Navi Mumbai. She has 11 years of professional experience in the field of Human Resources. She has a background in Knowledge Management, Recruitment Lifecycle, Compensation Benchmarks, Skill Mapping and Competency Assessment. She has also worked in areas of Process Improvements, Capacity Building, Formulating HR Policies, Organizational Development activities, Resource Management, Learning and Development initiatives, Change management and Leadership Development Program.
Manjali has a Post Graduate degree from XLRI Jamshedpur and is a Certified Trainer from ISTD, Delhi Chapter, Ministry of Human Resource Development.
Deepika Deo is Training Research Fellow with the NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab. She works as part of its Training located at CIDCO in Navi Mumbai. She is a Planner and Geographer with a Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning from CEPT, Ahmedabad and Master’s Degree in Geography from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.
Before joining NIUA she worked with Airport Planning & Design Consulting Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, Datamation Consultants Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, Planning & Resources on Urban Development Affairs (PRUDA) R & D wing of All India Institute of Local Self Government, New Delhi and The Louis Berger Group Inc., Mumbai. She has experience in Project Management, Techno-Economic Feasibility Studies, Socio economic and Financial Research of various Infrastructure projects. She is also a UGC NET Scholar.