Post-Event Press Release
Urban Management & Governance Business Conclave – Samavesh’18
August 10, 2018
HabituX – The Students Association of Xavier Centre for Urban Management and Governance, Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB) conducted its first Business Conclave of the year, Samavesh 2018, at the Xavier City campus, on August 10, 2018. The theme of the event was “ComplexCities – Managing Urban Challenges”.
Attended by the enthusiastic and eager-to-learn batch of future urban managers, the gathering was graced by the presence of experts from both core industry and the industries ancillary to the urban sector, along with the reputed faculty members of XUB, including Prof. Kajri Misra (Dean, Xavier School of Rural Management), Fr. E. A. Augustine, S.J. (Registrar, XUB), Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes, S.J. (Vice Chancellor & Director, XUB), Mr. Susanta Sharma (Head – Global Alliance, Smart Cities, TATA Projects), Mr. Kiran Kumar (Deputy General Manager, Smart Cities and Safe Cities, L&T), Mr. Vikas Chandra (Advisor, Deloitte), Mr. Kamlesh Yagnik (Chief Resilience Officer, 100 Resilient Cities, Surat), Mr. Ashish Khare (General Manager and Global Head, Smart Cities and IoT, Wipro), Ms. Annie Phillip (Lead – compliance and regulatory policy, Saahas Zero Waste), Mr. Sai Vidya Sagar Manthina (Vice President, Fluent Grid Ltd.), Mr. Rajesh Jain (HR Head, SREI), Mr. Saurabh Jain (Business Advisory Head, Feedback Infra), Col. Prakash Tewari (Executive Director, CSR DLF), CA Shomdip Ghosh (Finance, Accounting and Institutional Reforms Specialist, Darashaw) and Mr. Ripu Bhamjan Singh (Monitoring and Evaluation – Knowledge Management Specialist, Deloitte).
The first session began on a high note with Prof. Tathagata Chatterjee moderating with panel consisting of five industry experts. Mr. Susanta Sharma discussed about the importance of governance quoting “Governance is said to be successful, when the benefit reaches the poorest of the poor”. Stating the importance of smart governance, he highlighted the need for citizen participation, and employment being the key of development. Topics regarding Smart transportation systems like ATCS (Adaptive Traffic Control System) and ITMS (Interim Traffic Management System) were briefly conferred. Mr. Kiran Kumar from L&T was the next panellist, questioning the audience on the readiness of infrastructure, followed by a briefing on Smart Cities, E-Governance and command-control base. He also focussed on artificial intelligence, video analytics and face recognition; further questioning how secure we are digitally, protection of data and data collection. Next up from the panel was Mr. Vikas Chandra, who started his presentation with a video showcasing varied projects taken up and executed by the government, like the Kanha Riverfront Development, Bhopal Public Bike Sharing, Social Equity Centre, Pune Smart Roads, etc. in varied cities. He also explained how we have come a long way from “reluctant urbanisers” to making “urban-centric plans”. Mr. Kamlesh Yagnik, engaged the audience with resilient city features and how resilience and ‘smart’ go hand in hand. He focused on the city of Surat, where he is the Chief Resilience Officer, explaining how different factors are used to measure a city Liveability Index and compared different cities to highlight how each city is different, and how the challenges faced by each of them varies. Mr. Ashish Khare took the dais quoting “We created cities, scarcity of clean water, violence and crime, Yet, who do people blame?”.
The session was concluded with an insightful question and answer round with the experts; followed by Ms. Manisha Choraria, the Coordinator of HabituX, giving the vote of thanks to all the experts and the faculty.
Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB) was established in accordance with the Xavier University Act 2013 and was inaugurated on the 7th of July 2014. XUB is India’s first digital University and an institution of higher learning for imparting professional and technical education. It is a self-financing institution imparting professional and technical education. XUB has 8 Schools that offer world-class education in different fields. XIMB offers an MBA in Business Management, Global Management and Executive programs. Xavier School of Human Resource Management (XAHR), erstwhile XIMB-HRM, offers the MBA-HRM program. MBA-RM is offered by the Xavier School of Rural Management (XSRM), erstwhile XIMB-RM. MBF- Master of Business Finance is offered by Xavier School of Commerce, MBA-SM by Xavier School of Sustainability (XSoS) and MBA-UMG by Xavier Center of Urban Management and Governance. The Xavier School of Sustainability, Xavier School of Commerce, Xavier Center of Urban Management and Governance, Xavier School of Economics, Xavier School of Computer Science and Engineering, and the Xavier School of Communications offer different postgraduate and undergraduate programs.
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