Conference Programme

November 21
India International Centre
6 – 8 pm

Panel on “Urban India: Evidence and Experience from Urban Leaders” (Conference organisers, speakers, and others by invitation)

Swati Ramanathan, Co-Founder, Janaagraha
Prof. K. ‘Shivi’ Sivaramakrishnan, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Sunita Nadhamuni, CEO, Arghyam
Aromar Revi, Director, IIHS
Shailendra Sharma, Coordinator, Pratham Delhi
Dr. Priya Kakkar, PHFI
Prof. A K Sharma, Director, SPA
Unna V. Govindarajan, Research Coordinator, Janaagraha
Anand Sahasaranaman, IFMR Trust
Dr. Shikha Jain, Director, DRONAH
Nina Nair, CPO, IIHS
Prof. Peggy Deamer, Yale School of Architecture
Prof. Karen Seto, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

8 pm onwards Dinner
November 22
Vigyan Bhavan
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome Address (IIHS, Janaagraha, Yale)
9:30 – 11:00

Urbanisation and Inclusive National Development

Chairperson: Dr. Rakesh Mohan (Chairperson, IIHS)

R. Gopalakrishnan Member-Secretary, National Innovation Council
Nasser Munjee Chairman, Development Credit Bank, Ltd
Pronab Sen* Primary Advisor, Planning Commission
NC Saxena Member, NAC
M.K. Venu Managing Editor, Financial Express

This session would explore connections between urbanisation and national development, emphasising the interconnectedness of urban and rural India as well as the geography of job creation, population growth, land use change, and sectoral shifts in the economy.

11:00 – 11:20 Keynote: Reframing Urbanisation in National Development (Honorable Minister of Rural Development)
11:20 – 11:40 Tea
11:40 – 1:10

Inclusive Urbanisation

Chairperson: Renana Jhabvala, National Coordinator SEWA

Harsh Mander Member, NAC
Rajiv Lall Managing Director & CEO, IDFC
Yatish Rajawat Group Managing Editor, Dhainik Bhaskar
Nagmaben Islamuddin Ansari/Pritiben Prasadbhai Kamle Vikasini

This panel would extend the first session’s macro picture of economic geography and linkages. It would integrate national programmatic views of urban policymaking with city management perspectives to highlight some of the systemic dynamics underlying urban poverty, inequality, and infrastructure and service quality. In particular, the session would highlight the interaction between infrastructure, services, and the social, economic, and political relationships that drive urban evolution and inclusion.

1:10 – 1:30 Keynote: Inclusive Urbanisation (Honorable Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation)
1:30 – 2:30 Lunch
2:30 - 4:00

Institutional Design and Urban Transformation

Chairperson: Dr. Isher Ahluwalia

N.K. Singh MP, Rajya Sabha
Baijayant (‘Jay’) Panda MP, Lok Sabha
S. Aparna, Secretary, Economic Affairs, Gov’t. of Gujarat
Sheila Dikshit* Chief Minister, Delhi
Anil Padmanabathan Deputy Managing Editor, Mint

This session would explore the varying perspectives on the roles of central, state, and local governments in urban transformation, focusing in particular on the sorts of reforms needed to ensure that India’s policies and institutions are ready to respond to the changing economic and social geography of urbanisation in India.

4:00 – 4:20 Keynote: Urban Development and Governance (Minister of Urban Development)
4:20 – 4:40 Tea
4:40 – 6:00

Conclusions: Research, Policy, and the Road Ahead

Chairperson: Montek Ahluwalia (Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission)

Prof. K.C. Sivaramakrishnan Chairperson, CPR
Prof. Robert Stern Dean, Yale School of Architecture
Prof. Peter Crane Dean, Yale School of Forestry
Prof. Indira Rajaraman Member, XIII Finance Commission

This session would reflect on the discussions during the day and provide perspective on research methods and approaches and, more importantly on how we might go about building institutions and partnerships to address the challenges and opportunities that urbanisation poses for India.

* To Be Confirmed