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An academic initiative towards building human resource capacity to support the 100 smart cities initiative of the Government of India.

  • About Veritas

    About Veritas

    The Government’s bona fide in the smart city approach is unquestionable – an Rs98,000 crore budgetary allocation has already been made towards creating 100 smart cities in India. This is expected to increase many fold as the program begins to get implemented from September 2016 However, this level funding alone is not likely to ensure the creation of smart cities. Of equal importance is the capacity and capability of the existing machinery to generate and manage such cities.

    With the absolute conviction that the human resources capacity at State and Local levels is grossly inadequate to meet the special challenges posed by the smart cities approach, an appropriate academic institute – VERITAS ACADEMY FOR SMART SOLUTIONS (VASS), has been established to produce smart city specialists – smart city planners, smart city architects, smart city engineers and so on. It has been conceived and created with the express objective of of generating a pool of adequately and appropriately qualified professionals who would steer the government’s vision for an efficiently, effectively and future-oriented Urban India by the middle of the Centuary.

    Thus, the Veritas Academy would be focused on smart cities oriented activities that enhances the capacities of different levels government – Central, State and Local, through programs in training (both at long-term diploma/degree levels as well as short-term certificate in specific expertise levels), smart cities oriented research and consultancy services. Towards this, the Academy is committed to involving highly qualified and experienced professionals to be recruited locally as well as internationally.

  • Smart Cities in India

    Smart Cities in India

    The 100 Smart Cities project, a flagship project of the government, is considered an ideal approach to address most, if not all, chronic urban issues of India. In the global context too Smart Cities are being pursued aggressively as all other measures hitherto tried and tested have fallen far short of effectively neutralising the undesirable consequences of rapid urbanization, particularly in developing countries.

    There are clearly two elements that steers a smart city strategy to mould and shape future cities – a demand element and a supply element. Firstly, the calls for an alternative to the conventional approach of dealing with urban issues sectorally, which has been found to be ineffective as evidenced by sprawling cities with chronic problems - the demand element. On the supply side, there have been a plethora of innovations in technology that, when adopted appropriately in the planning and management of cities, would go a long way in mitigating the problems currently faced by cities and preventing catastrophes in the future while greatly improving urban quality of life for all. This being so, it is the dovetailing of the two elements that would ensure the emergence of smarter cities in the future.

  • The Program

    The Program

    Thus, in establishing the Veritas Academy, considerable thought has been given to the development and delivery of programs to maximize the effectiveness of the training offered. These include, but not restricted to,

    • Curriculum development, course structure: A one year full-time diploma program for young graduates in Architecture, Planning, Engineering, Environmental Sciences and Management has been envisaged. Further, several short-term specialized training programs would be gleaned out of the diploma course to be offered to those who are unable to enrol for the full diploma course.
    • Marketing Partners
    • International & domestic collaborations

    All the above would illustrate efforts already put in and bear testimony to the commitment towards realising the Veritas Academy.

Course

POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN SMART CITIES PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT (PGDipSCPM)

Objectives:

  • To get equipped with skills necessary for being effective Smart City professionals (Architects, Urban Planners, Transport Planners, Engineers, Environmentalists and others).
  • To get exposed to the technical, social, political, financial and ethical dimensions of making and implementing plans in the challenging context of smart city oriented contemporary India.
  • Global Standards of education is imparted through highly qualified faculties from India and abroad and supplemented by specialists from Industry as Visiting Faculty.
  • Extensive training and industry exposure.
  • High quality teaching and studio facilities, as well as, well equipped labs, library and other facilities conducive for advanced learning experience.

  • Course

    Course

    OBJECTIVES:
    • To get equipped with skills necessary for being effective Smart City professionals (Architects, Urban Planners, Transport Planners, Engineers, Environmentalists and others).
    • To get exposed to the technical, social, political, financial and ethical dimensions of making and implementing plans in the challenging context of smart city oriented contemporary India.
    • Global Standards of education is imparted through highly qualified faculties from India and abroad and supplemented by specialists from Industry as Visiting Faculty.
    • Extensive training and industry exposure.
    • High quality teaching and studio facilities, as well as, well equipped labs, library and other facilities conducive for advanced learning experience.

    The Repository of Knowledge – Library Every Institution is equipped with a well stocked library a reservoir of knowledge. It houses reference and reading material for students. Specialized journals and a Media Library of CDs and DVDs are available on the shelves. The library will houses an electronic-media cell on its premises where students and faculty members can browse varied databases.

    Creating Smart Cities is the Government of India’s response to the threat of rapid urbanization overwhelming the existing cities of India in the very near future. Such growths of cities would be stretching the bearing capacity of their infrastructure to extents that could cause the complete breakdown of urban facilities and services. Globally too, Smart Cities are being pursued in earnest to address chronic urban problems. As cities are considered engines of economic growth and incubators of innovation and opportunities it is of utmost importance that we maintain our cities in the best of health. Thus, planning cities that function smartly and are managed smartly has become an absolute necessity.

    It has been determined that special skills and competencies are required for any professional, be it an urban planner, architect, an engineer (in any specialization), an environmentalist, or from any other relevant field, to effectively involve in Smart Cities planning and management. No conventional academic program in India at present is in a position to package relevant courses that would offer these smart cities related skills and competencies.

    It is the express intention of Veritas Academy to fill this void by packaging and offering exclusive courses in academic programmes dedicated to specialization in Smart Cities. The courses would be taught by a team of internationally and nationally reputed professionals. These courses would draw from a plethora of innovations in technology, particularly in the field of Information and Communications. As these innovations are known to be futuristic their adaptation in the smart cities planning and management courses is considered an absolute necessity.

    Courses packaged in the Veritas programme would introduce a systems approach to cities, use concepts such as, inter alia, Internet of Things (IOT), open data, big data, crowd sourcing, spatial information systems, examine smart urban designs that enhances functional efficiency of cities and explore effective and smart operational and management systems that is business friendly while ensuring social and environmental integrity.

    When you enrol in a Veritas programme, you elevate to become a specialist from being a mere professional. You would learn how smart cities would effectively address the ills of rapid urbanization and become more resilient. You would also learn how smart cities would be safe cities, inclusive cities, free flowing cities and above all cities that are ecologically pristine offering its residents a very high quality of life. You would acquire skills and competencies to smartly diagnose chronic urban problems and prescribe appropriate smart remedial measures. You will also learn how to introduce smart monitoring mechanisms to ensure a city’s growth is on a healthy track.

  • Eligibility
  • Eligibility

    Minimum Qualifications & Eligibility Criteria :

    Applicants for the PG Diploma in Smart City Planning & Management in the general category should have a minimum of 55% aggregate marks and those in the SC/ST/OBC categories should have a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in below mentioned degree programs from a recognized University/Institution:

    • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Architecture/ Environmental Engineering/ Civil Engineering/ Town (or Urban) Planning
    • ( Or )
    • Master's degree (or equivalent) in Geography/ Economics/ Sociology/ Law/ Environmental Science/ Social Work /Development Studies/ Policy Studies/ Political Science

    Those with other qualifications with relevant work experience may be considered for admission at the discretion of the Director of VERITAS.

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

     THEME (Possible course title)
    FOCUSSKILLS & COMPETENCIES AQUIREDHOURS PER WEEK/ CREDIT UNITS (CUs)
    LEAD FACULTYSUPPORT FACULTYCREDIT UNITS / (No of WEEKS)
    AContextualising Smart Cities
    1. Creation and Evolution of Cities
    2. Urbanization Trends
    3. Consequences of Spontaneous Growth of Cities
    4. Conventional Urban Planning & Management
    5. Smart City Response
    6. Drivers of the Smart City
    7. Enablers of the Smart City
    • Application, deployment, test bed and experiences in smart cities
    • Big Data for urban informatics
    • Cloud computing and network infrastructure that supports smart cities
    • GIS driven spatial analysis for smart city systems
    • Mobile crowdsourcing for urban analytics Sensing and IoT (Internet of Things) for Smart Cities
    • Smart computing and networks
    • Smart urban design and street furniture
    • Smart Buildings
    • Smart environment and urban monitoring
    • Smart transportation systems
    • Smart integration of Public spaces
    • Social indexing and smart city rating
    • Smart blue-green networks
    • Smart alternative energy generation and distribution
    Lecture = 2hrs
    Consult = 1hr
    Tutorial = 1hr
    Lab = 0hrs
    CUs = 3
    BSmart Urban Economic Systems to identify growing market completions and consumer demands
    1. Traditional Urban Economy
    2. Urban Informal Economy
    3. Smart production and distribution systems
    4. Smart Integration of Employment generation and Industrial Production
    5. Smart labour Mobilization and Deployment
    6. Smart Consumerism
    Lecture = 3hrs
    Consult = 1hr
    Tutorial = 1hr
    Lab = 2hrs
    CUs = 4
    CSmart Urban Social Systems to deal with growing expectations
    1. Smart Human Settlements
    2. Smart Education Systems
    3. Smart Health Systems
    4. Smart Recreational Facilities
    5. Smart Urban Safety and Security Systems
    Lecture = 3hrs
    Consult = 1hr
    Tutorial = 1hr
    Lab = 2hrs
    CUs = 4
    DSmart Urban Infrastructure for ensuring greater reliability and connectivity
    1. Smart Mobility for People and Goods
    2. Smart Information and Communication Networks
    Lecture = 3hrs
    Consult = 1hr
    Tutorial = 2hr
    Lab = 4hrs
    CUs = 5
    ESmart Urban Utilities Provision and Management to incorporate rapidly improving technology capabilities
    1. Smart Water Supply systems
    2. Smart Sewage Disposal systems

    3. Smart Energy Supply
    4. Smart Waste Disposal Management systems

    Lecture = 3hrs
    Consult = 1hr
    Tutorial = 2hr
    Lab = 4hrs
    CUs = 5
    FSmart Urban Design for spatial organization and structure of the 21st century cities
    1. Smart Streets cape
    2. Smart Street Furniture
    3. Smart Blue & Green Networks
    4. Smart Urban Retrofits
    5. Enhanced overall quality of life.
    Lecture = 2hrs
    Consult = 1hr
    Tutorial = 1hr
    Lab = 4hrs
    CUs = 3
    GSmart Urban Governance to manage and administer techno-economic growth of cities,
    1. Smart Revenue Mobilization
    2. Smart Resource Disbursement
    3. Smart Development Approval Systems – one-stop shop
    4. Smart Urban Services Delivery
    5. Smart Land Use Management – reduction of motorised transport
    6. Smart Civil Engagements in - Making decisions - crowdsourcing
    Lecture = 2hrs
    Consult = 1hr
    Tutorial = 1hr
    Lab = 2hrs
    CUs = 3
    HEvaluation and Monitoring Systems : Smart metrics for the 21st century cities
    1. Smart Urban Indicators
    2. Smart Feedback Database Management
    Lecture = 2hrs
    Consult = 1hr
    Tutorial = 1hr
    Lab = 2hrs
    CUs = 3
    ISmart City
    Laboratory I – Spatial analytical tools and applications
    1. GIS appreciation and applications
    Lecture = 4hrs
    Consult = 4hr
    Tutorial = 4hr
    Lab = 8hrs
    CUs = 4
    JSmart City
    Laboratory I – Innovations in technology for smart city functioning
    1. Mobile phone applications for City Governance
    2. Mobile phone applications for personal safety and security
    Lecture = 4hrs
    Consult = 4hr
    Tutorial = 4hr
    Lab = 8hrs
    CUs = 4
    IBM/CISCO/Siemens

Faculty

Unlike most conventional academic institutions, which offer academic programs that aim to provide only a qualification to the graduating student who would then be expected to prospect for suitable job opportunities, the VERITAS Academy has been expressly established in response to a severe dearth of appropriately skilled and competent professionals to deal with the chronic urban conditions of Indian cities, which have been predicted to get much worse.

  • Careers
  • Careers

    Unlike most conventional academic institutions, which offer academic programs that aim to provide only a qualification to the graduating student who would then be expected to prospect for suitable job opportunities, the VERITAS Academy has been expressly established in response to a severe dearth of appropriately skilled and competent professionals to deal with the chronic urban conditions of Indian cities, which have been predicted to get much worse. Mantras of the past to address the problems of rapid urbanization are no longer effective and sustainable. Thus the call for smart cities with smarter systems has been reverberating, not only in India, but all around the World. Students enrolled in the course will be engaged in quasi-real life domestic and international urban planning projects.

    • This program provides the skill-set and knowledge base to embark on a professional or academic path through the highly interdisciplinary field of smart city planning and management.
    • Diplomates of this program will find attractive opportunities both in the public and private sectors. In the public sector, National, State and City governments would need professionals to steer the policy making mechanisms to inspire and facilitate the growth of smart cities. The private sector, meanwhile, would conceive and develop smart cities all over India and overseas.
    • Specifically, job openings with attractive remuneration packages could be expected from the following:

    100 Smart Cities envisioned by the Government of India (Thousands more would be required to meet the challenges of predicted urban growth;

    Cities being developed along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC)

    National, State and City government human resource needs

    Private developers embarking on mega development projects in India and overseas – Sri Lanka & Mauritius

Opportunity

For those qualifying with these specializations abundant career opportunities are expected to open up. Apart from the 100 Smart Cities project,

  • India would need thousands more such cities by the middle of the century. Hence, the demand for relevant professionals would be unprecedented.
  • It is estimated that the global demand for smart city related technology and services would be around US$408 billion (Rs 26lakh crores) by 2020. A disproportionately large volume of this demand would arise from India and China
  • Large private sector players in the smart cities programs would rush to be competitive in the market by appropriately enhancing their human resources capabilities and capacities.
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