Gujarat Technological University (GTU) is a technological university established by Government of Gujarat vides Act No. 20/2007. GTU is the largest State Government University with more than 4, 50,000 students including international students and 17,500 faculty members spread over in more than 486 colleges in Gujarat in disciplines of Engineering, Architecture &Planning, Pharmacy, Management, Computer Application and Hotel Management & Catering Technology.
The Innovation Council of GTU is well known in the country for its initiatives in grass root innovation work by its engineering students for solving problems of SME industrial units located throughout Gujarat. Intensive innovation efforts have resulted in many patentable outcomes. Its programs for student start-up development and its programs for dissemination of knowledge about IPR are well-known all over the country. It’s Policy Documents for Student Start-up Development and Skill Development Mission are being used by universities all over India.
GTU has fourteen Post-graduate Research Centers, including Center for Infrastructure, Transport and Water Management, Center for Environmental and Green Technologies and Center for Environment and Energy Efficiency. It has sixteen Research Groups and three Boards for studies and Research.
SMART CITIES INITIATIVES IN INDIA
Government of India has decided to develop 100 Smart cities. Developed nations and MNCs are partnering with Indian Governments for developing smart cities in India. USA has signed MoU with India for developing three cities, namely, Allahabad, Ajmer and Vishakhapatnam, as smart cities. As per the pacts, the U.S. will assist the cities in project planning, infrastructure development, feasibility studies and capacity building. The State Governments for their part will provide resources like technical information and data related to smart cities planning; staff, logistical and travel support and budgetary resources. Similarly Kyoto, Japan is assisting Varanasi in UP to develop it as a smart city. The city of Surat has tied up with Microsoft India for developing smart applications for Surat. Other similar partnership are under progress in India.
Such potential smart cities development, calls for leading academic Universities/institutes like GTU to get involved for Studies, Capacity Building, Training Courses, Research, Consultancy etc. to act as effective resource centers for Smart Cities Development.
GTU’S JOURNEY SO FAR IN CONTRIBUTING TO SMART CITIES DEVELOPMENT
GTU has been working on smart cities since 13th July 2010, when GTU had an invited talk of the Executive Director of GIFT City at Arya Bhatt Hall, LDCE, and Ahmedabad.
GTU established Post-graduate Research Center for Infrastructure, Transportation and Water Management, (which works on solid waste management, and other infrastructure needs of our cities),
Center for Financial Services and Center for Governance Systems in Businesses, Industries, Universities, Hospitals, NGOs and Governments and 11 other centers.
On 1st August 2014, a call was given to the colleges to take up a study of Smart City technologies in Plexus (GTU’s e-newsletter for Colleges). Colleges from Rajkot, Surat and Ahmedabad took the opportunity and started working on smart cities development.
A Seminar on “Smart Cities-Quo Vadis?” was organized on 30th August 2014 at GTU which turn out to be a great success. GTU has established a Research group on ‘Smart Cities for the Next Generation’ on 9th January 2015. It consist of 41 Professors from Colleges all around the state.
GTU’s Vice-Chancellor outlined a plan for developing smart city technologies through GTU students by collaborative work at the 61st Foundation Day of the Institution of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineers at Ahmedabad on 2nd November 2014.
CONSULTING& ADVISORY OBJECTIVES
- Organizing Seminars / workshops /symposium in India.
- Capacity building and training by training municipal engineers and managers, government officers and industrial workers, required for smart cities.
- Advisory functions to government and industry.
- Techno management consultancy