Nandan Nilekani

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Aromar Revi introducing Nandan Nilekani to Urban India Fellows in the classroom before the Masterclass with him.

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Nandan Nilekani in conversation with Urban India Fellows during his Masterclass. 

Nandan Nilekani is former Chairperson of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) which aims to provide a unique identification number for all residents of India. In this capacity, he held the rank and status of a Cabinet Minister of the Government of India. Nandan received his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1978. He was till 2009, the co-chairperson of the board of directors of Infosys which he co-founded in 1981. He was awarded one of India’s highest civilian honours, the “Padma Bhushan” in 2006, named by Time magazine among the 100 most influential people in the world and in 2006, named ‘Businessman of the Year’ by Forbes Asia. In 2005 he received the prestigious Joseph Schumpeter prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics. He was a member of India’s National Knowledge Commission and Chairperson of NCAER.

 

Text source: IIHS website

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Vineet Kashyap

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Vineet is from Dhanbad, Jharkhand. Despite his family’s hostility to the social sciences and humanities, he went on to complete his BA from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Tuljapur. While studying at TISS he had the opportunity to engage with varied disciplines like economics, political science, and research methods, through which he developed a keen interest on urbanization. His research and internship experiences were crucial in shaping his understanding of subject areas. His dissertation on “Urbanization of Jharia” under the supervision of Prof. Abdul Shaban helped him to understand the relationship between urbanization and the presence of natural resources like coal. This research also gave him an understanding of how a parallel economy functions in a region, and how illegal activities fuel local employment, giving him the much-needed skill to connect theoretical ideas to practical, real-life issues.

Text source: http://urbanfellows.iihs.co.in/profile-fellows-2016-17/

 

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Ana

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With keen interest in a multidisciplinary discipline, Ana has led detailed research and field work across sectors that cover implementation status of various government initiatives on issues like the right to food, forest rights, policies for renewable energy and energy efficiency and intervention of information and communication technologies. As a practitioner with a personal interest of converting government initiatives for the benefit of the locals she has volunteered at her native level for bringing about an order for education for skill development and waste management. In her last project her focus was on the rights of street vendors as elucidated by an Act passed in parliament in 2014 and in assessing the interaction between inhabitants of different types of urban localities with their councilors thus the local political influences on urban planning, both in Delhi and Patna.

Text source: http://iihs.co.in/about/people/ana-abbas/

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Somnath Sen

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Somnath has more than 23 years of international consulting experience in strategic management, institutional reform and governance, decentralization and urban management.
Somnath has managed and led a number of institutional development and strategic advice tasks for governments in South Asia, Africa and China as well as for private sector, bilateral and multi-lateral institutions, and INGOs. His recent assignments include assistance to the formulation of India’s National Urban Sanitation Policy (NUSP), Sanitation Rating of Class I Indian Cities (2010); air and water pollution study for India Vision 2030 (World Bank/MoEF); impact assessment of World Bank’s rural water investments in India; strategy for primary waste collection in Monrovia; multi-sector monitoring and evaluation for a national public sector capacity building programme in Ethiopia; Economics of Sanitation in South Asia; Service Delivery Assessments for Water Sector; design of Bangladesh’s Urban Governance programme investments; Public Toilets for cities in developing countries, etc. His clients include multilateral (WB, ADB, UNICEF); bilateral (DFID, GIZ, AusAID, SIDA), INGOs apart from national and local governments. He has extensive field experience in more than 300 districts of 25 Indian states, various cities in India, and provinces/cities in Ethiopia, Liberia, China, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

Text source: http://iihs.co.in/about/people/somnath-sen/

Secret Santa

img_0289Secret Santa! Yes, you read it right! Yes, the same famous game everyone plays at this time of the year!

Today, we played Secret Santa at IIHS. What a lovely day it was! The game was internally played and engaged almost everyone! They say, its one of the events at IIHS where there were so many emotions on display at the same time.

There was a lovely book tree on the terrace garden area with gifts hidden all over the garden and it was so much fun to run around and find yours 🙂 Few were surprised, few were touched, few were trying to guess who their Santa was!

The game had an objective of bringing people from different departments together, where they get to know people differently and get thoughtful gifts for them. Though there was no compulsion regarding gifts, people thought and made efforts to get lovely gifts 🙂 Some of them really went out of their way and surprised their Santa child.

This festive mood was at its peak today when people were delighted to find their gifts. Amidst the chaos and cheerfulness, there were few things that floated in the air; love, care, affection, kindness, friendship and more. It brought everyone together and closer!
If you haven’t played it yet, what are you waiting for?

Text by – Simran Gupta

Bangalore Heritage Walk I

IIHS organised a Heritage Walk for #IndiaUrbanFellows in collaboration with INTACH Bangalore Chapter.

Anushree, anchored the walk from IIHS. Meera and Pankaj took us along the Bangalore Fort and old city which has changed over the course of time.

Practica

Its been two weeks and I couldn’t share much other than posting few photos on facebook or twitter.

We were introduced to practica. All we knew about practica was this, “Practica are term-length, site-based, applied learning courses. They draw on real-life cases and working problems that are situated in the city. Fellows will be provided with a problem situation (together with extensive written and audio-visual information) regarding a city or a particular site in Bangalore. Working in teams as well as individually, the Practica will help Fellows apply principles of integrating theory, practice and link skills and concepts learnt in the classroom to develop solutions. In doing so, they will develop problem-solving skills as well as capacity to create innovative & sustainable solutions that will help them translate knowledge into application and then impact, in the Indian context. The Practica will also allow participants to interact with and be evaluated by critical stakeholders in the city – like government officials, entrepreneurs and civil society organizations”.
Source: UFP website

This is what we’ve read on the urban fellowship programme website. We were told about our sites in Bangalore. 10 teams were formed of 3 fellows each. We proceeded to our sites – Sultanpalya & Malleswaram. 5 teams were to work in Sultanpalya and 5 teams in Malleswaram. What we did and what we were suppose to do, I’ll write about that next time, probably.

Sharing some of the photos from Malleswaram. The team I was part of was suppose to work in Malleswaram.