The role of universities in developing skills for Smart Cities” International Roundtables in Kyrgyzstan and India, Dec 3rd and Dec 6th, 2018

The role of universities in developing skills for Smart Cities” International Roundtables in Kyrgyzstan and India, Dec 3rd and Dec 6th, 2018

Issued: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 11:52:00 GMT

As part of a project entitled, The role of universities in developing skills for Smart Cities, funded by the Scottish Funding Council from its contribution to the University of Glasgow’s efforts to develop activities concerned with the Global Challenges Research Fund, a group of academics from the University of Glasgow (Dr Srabani Maitra, Professor Mike Osborne, Dr Seth Agbo, Professor Muhammad Imran) visited Bishkek (http://cradall.org/content/crdall-co-hosts-roundtable-role-universities-developing-skills-smart-cities-kyrgyzstan) and New Delhi (http://pascalobservatory.org/pascalnow/pascal-activities/news/role-universities-developing-skills-smart-cities-new-delhi-december) to participate in two Roundtables hosted and organised by the International University of Kyrgyzstan (IUK) as well as the Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) respectively. Both Roundtables, co-organised by Glasgow’s Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning (CR&DALL), were well attended by academics from leading universities as well as practitioners and policy makers.

The Glasgow team introduced work at the university linking smart and learning cities, particularly focussing on the need to facilitate opportunities for participatory and lifelong learning. Professor Imran, in particular, focussed on our work in developing the Smart Campus. We were delighted to hear a presentation on Innovative/Digital Cities in Kyrgyzstan made by colleagues from the IUK led by its Chairman of Board of Trustees, and Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic, Professor Asylbek Aidaraliev. In India, a number of presentations were made by colleagues such as Professor Rajesh Tandon, Founder-President, PRIA and UNESCO Co-Chair in Community Based Research, Dr. Kaustuv Kanti Bandyopadhyay, Director of PRIA and Professor Ashok Kumar from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi focussing on the need for public engagement, political willingness and collaboration within smart cities. Ms. Soma Sharma from the National Skill Development Corporation expanded on the skill policies that are being undertaken to train marginalised young people for smart cities in India. The presentations were followed by open discussions that addressed several challenges faced by universities in providing learning opportunities within smart cities. We are very grateful to all participants for sharing such thoughtful insights at the Roundtables.    

Visit to Smart city of Jhansi, India

As part of the project The role of universities in developing skills for Smart Cities, Dr Srabani Maitra visited the smart city of Jhansi along with colleagues from PRIA and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. The team met academics from the Bundelkhand University, a public state university in Jhansi to explore how universities can contribute to an equitable learning ecosystem for the sustainable development and productive assimilation of marginalised youth populations living and working in the smart cities of India. The team was also invited to the Mayor’s office as well as to a community of sanitation workers who have been working closely with PRIA to plan and monitor basic sanitation services in their smart city. The interaction with the poor women and young people in Jhansi provided an opportunity to learn about effective engagement of citizens, particularly from the marginalised backgrounds in making smart cities truly participatory.‌

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