Course Code: GSSCDE501

Urbanization is not only associated with economic development but over the time it started aspiring people to better quality of life. Cities are seen as solutions for boosting economy, generating employment, creating skills, providing better health services and many more things. Expression of change from being habitat to providing such breadth of services was not brought in a day; cities have eventually developed into these dimensions. However, the state of urban service delivery in India’s cities and towns is far poorer than is desirable for India’s current income levels. Considering that the Indian economy has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world for some time, and aspirations and standards are raising, the current state of service delivery is simply unacceptable. Moreover, a successful city cannot operate efficiently in isolation from its environment. It must balance social, economic and environmental needs. Smart Cities focus on their most pressing needs and on the greatest opportunities to improve lives. They tap a range of approaches – digital and information technologies, urban planning best practices, public private partnerships, and policy change – to make a difference. They always put people first. During this course on Smart Cities Planning and Development, let’s understand the dynamics of an Indian city and learn smart ways to plan, management and maintain our cities.

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Course Code: GSSCDE502

Project Management would be an integral facet for smart infrastructure and cities. Smart City projects involve great technical complexity, and require a wide diversity of skills to control and monitor them.  Like other complex mega infrastructure projects Smart City projects are subjected to risk and uncertainties throughout all the phases leading to huge time and cost overrun. Managers are faced with the problem of putting together and directing large temporary organizations while being subjected to constrained resources, limited time, and environmental uncertainty. To cope with complexity and uncertainty, new forms of project organization and management have evolved. Project management plays an important role in developing the Smart Cities. Project management has grown in response to the need for a managerial approach that deals with the problems and opportunities of modern society. It provides the diversified technical and managerial competency and decentralized communication and decision making necessary to meet the challenges of complex, unfamiliar, high-stakes activities. Application of modern project management tools would ensure more collaboration, more communication flow and much flawless implementation of Smart City projects. Modern project management concepts of application of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) would reduce the co-ordination problems and would ensure much higher probability of successful completion of the projects within stipulated time and cost frame.

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Course Code: GSSCDE503

It is estimated that by the year 2050, the number of people living in Indian cities will touch 843 million. To accommodate this massive urbanization, India needs to find smarter ways to manage complexities, reduce expenses, increase efficiency and improve the quality of life.  Hence the Govt. of India planned to introduce 100 smart cities in the country.  A smart city, by definition, will have smart communication network for efficient utilization as well as ultrafast response to the demand and supply management. Out of many important aspects, the smart city is projected to have green energy for smarter solution of environmental issues.  India needs to add at least 250-400 GW of new power generation capacity by 2030.  In order to keep a balance of the environment, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has plans to add capacity of 30,000 MW in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17).  Two major contributors to the renewable energy are solar energy and Wind energy.  The majority of solar energy generation is meeting today by the solar photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies.  In the projected course, the incumbent will be trained on the solar photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies applicable for smart city development.  The e-course will focus on the technology, policies and their impact on the ambitious 100 smart city programs.

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Course Code: GSSCDE504

Smart Mardsan city has gone “Always clean, always green” The city has been remodelled, improved and made sustainable. Let’s learn how we can make India Clean and Green!

Smart cities should have green and energy efficient buildings which have potentials of bringing economic changes and raising the efficiency both ecological and economic efficiency while ensuring that the cost of natural resources exploitation is within the acceptable range.

The basic philosophy for the proposed Course on “Green Buildings” is to meet the challenge of ensuring excellence in the most critical part of Smart Cities – green buildings and energy conservation system in buildings. The major emphasis is designing the course on the principle of outcome based education. The students will at the end of the programme be able to:

  • Understand basic principles and concept of green as well as energy efficient buildings as a part of Smart, sustainable development
  • Learning energy conservation building code (ECBC) 2007
  • Optimizing/designing the green building system and use of sustainable materials & M and Energy audit of green building.
  • Rating the green building systems

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Course Code: GSSCDE506

The course is designed to provide awareness for implementation of transport with the concept of smart city. The smart transport infuse intelligence into our entire transportation system – streets, bridges, intersections, ports, rail, signs, signals and Information Technology – which can all be interconnected and made smarter. The word smart is using cameras, fibre optics and analytics to gather, analyse and share information across our transportation systems. Making real time adjustments to traffic lights to ease congestion, Electronic tolls with flexible tolling options, predicting what will happen to traffic congestion during new construction and better planning roads and public transport in that area.

This course will provide active safety capabilities that sense and respond to driver behaviour and road conditions. This also serves ability sending information captured from breaking patterns – for example, from vehicles approaching a recent accident – to other vehicles. This course will introduce common standards, so all vehicles can communicate with each other and integrate with road sensors. The Hybrids and battery technology leading to sustainable vehicles will give a better approach to reach the objective of this course.

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Course Code: GSSCDE508

Smart Villages is a recent initiative by different public as well as private agencies primarily aimed to harness the benefits of information technology for the rural population. The initiative can be an individual effort or community attempt to mobilize the collective strengths of people from various streams and integrate it with information technology to provide benefits to the rural community. It is based on the principle of access to everybody for all basic citizen services in the village itself. Village Level services like clean metalled roads; proper inter and intra village connectivity; dust free lanes & streets; hygienic and clean water supply and access to all.

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Course Code: GSSCDE507

With growing population, unabated development works, increase in number of large cities and stresses on natural resources, the adverse impact of natural and human induced hazards on communities is increasing manifold. In last two decades, the impact of natural and human induced hazards has severely impacted urban population (Bhuj Earthquake 2001, Surat floods 2006, Mumbai Floods 2008, Mumbai 26/11, Ahmedabad deluge 2008, Jaipur Fire 2014, Srinagar floods 2014, Chennai floods 2015 etc. India’s top 10 cities have $179.8 billion (Rs. 11.9 lakh crore) at risk, according to Lloyd’s City Risk Index 2015-2025. Catastrophe’s caused by natural events, such as extreme weather, pandemics and plant epidemics account for just over half ($ 98.1 billion) of GDP at risk followed by terrorism, market crash etc. Moreover, Climate change have impacted both the frequency and intensity of natural hazards which have resulted in more disastrous events over last few decades.

In this context is it very important to address the issue of natural and human induced disasters for sustainable and safe urban development. New initiative of developing Smart Cities cannot be excluded from these risks and vulnerabilities and thus Disaster Management in Smart Cities is critically important aspect directly affecting well-being, safety and security of citizens.

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Course Code: GSSCDE509

The Government of India launched the Smart City Mission in June 2015 with an objective to streamline urbanization in the country and create 100 Smart Cities over the next five years. This mission aims to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a good quality of life to its citizens with a clean and sustainable environment.

For a good quality of life in a Smart City, it is imperative to have good Governance and a good Governance would essentially mean e-Governance with Smart Solutions. Governance refers to the exercise of political, economic and administrative authority in the management of a country's affairs, including citizens' articulation of interests and exercise of their legal rights and obligations.

E-Governance may be understood as the performance of this governance via the electronic medium in order to facilitate an efficient, speedy and transparent process of disseminating information to the public, and other agencies, and for performing government administration activities.

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Course Code: GSSCDE510

The course covers the complete process of Planning, Engineering and Management of Urban Water and Sanitation.

In the initial three modules the course will be more focused on Planning and Integrated Management aspects of Urban Water & Sanitation.

In the later modules, the course will also give a brief introduction of water supply system and drainage system design.

Although a brief introduction to Water & Sanitation technologies will be covered in the course, the emphasis of this course is on planning and management processes in the sector.

We will also examine environmental and public health considerations in water supply and waste water planning, as well as strategies for serving low-income households.

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Course Code: GSSCDE511

This course proposes to give insights into the genesis, process and whole cycle of financing of Infrastructure Project like Smart City.

Therefore, the course views the whole strata of Financing of sustainable smart city Projects from different perspectives and sourcing including Seed Capital from GOI, Debt finance, Public Issue IPO finance and joint ventures under PPP mode.

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