Event Details

Event Title:
National Workshop on Mainstreaming Disability Inclusion to transform Urban Futures

Date and Time:
02 Dec 2021 09:00 am

Event Type :
Training and Workshop

Description :

BASIIC programme had triggered an aspirational dream in the institution to streamline the concepts of disability inclusion into the urban ecosystem. The workshop, designed to disseminate the learning so far, will also help seek prospective collaborations to further strengthen the work on inclusion both for knowledge creation and implementation support to cities. Through the discussions in the technical sessions, we aim to take forward the agenda of mainstreaming inclusion into India’s urban future. The panel discussions are curated to initiate thought provoking discussions and understand the different perspectives of various stakeholders. The workshop aims to advocate “Inclusion” in thought and practice to empower the marginalised groups to be active contributors to the country’s socio-economic growth. It will also showcase the established ecosystem within the quadruple helix with national and international partners. The workshop aims at triggering further discussions on institutional and implementation challenges for the integration of tenets of Inclusion, Accessibility and Safety into the city development practices. The workshop will unveil the updated “Harmonised Guidelines for Universal Accessibility in India.” While commemorating the UN’s “International Day for Persons with disabilities,” the workshop will further deep dive into deliberated discussion on streamlining India’s commitment towards UN-CRPD. This will in turn support the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to mainstream inclusion in making a more accessible, safe, and sustainable New India for all. The “Inclusive city framework” prepared in partnership with IIT-Kharagpur, will be launched and advocated as a part of the workshop. The workshop will act as a prelude to NIUA’s most recent partnership with the United Nations in India (UNRCO, UN-Habitat and UN-OICT) which will be pivotal in strategizing on ground implementation of the learnings from the BASIIC and the NULP programmes. The workshop will also present phase-II of NIUA’s partnership with IIT-Kharagpur and IIT-Roorkee, which will further introspect the challenges in on-ground implementation of policies and guidelines. The panel discussions are curated to initiate thought provoking discussions and understand the different perspectives of various stakeholders. The workshop aims to advocate “Inclusion” in thought and practice to empower the marginalised groups to be active contributors to the country’s socio-economic growth.

The objectives of the workshop are as follow:

  • Disseminate guidelines and standards for inclusive development to policy makers and other stakeholders.
  • Build capacities of various stakeholders in the realm of inclusive city planning and design.
  • Identify and deliberate on mechanisms to resolve barriers to the implementation and integration of inclusion in urban development.
  • Explore strategic partnerships and priority areas to translate action research into on-ground implementation.

Dignitaries


Special Address

Sh. Durga S. Mishra, Secretary, MoHUA


Remarks

Ms Evelyn Ashton-Griffiths, Acting Development Director and Head of Strategy at the British High Commission in New Delhi


Remarks

Ms. Radhika Kaul Batra, Representative from UN Resident Coordinators Office


Concluding Remarks and Way Forward

Mr. Hitesh Vaidya, Director, NIUA


Welcome & Agenda Setting and Vote of thanks

Sh Ajay Suri, Senior Advisor & Head Inclusive City Centre, NIUA


Session Chairs



Mr. Shantanu Mitra, Head, Infrastructure & Development, FCDO


Mr. Harpreet Singh Arora, Urban Advisor, FCDO


Dr. Debolina Kundu, Professor, NIUA


Panellists and Speakers


Technical Session 1: Mainstreaming Inclusion for Sustainable City Development



Ms. Aparna Das, Senior Advisor, GIZ


Mr. Nipun Malhotra, NIPMAN Foundation


Dr. Vasudevan, Chief General Manager, VSCL


Ms. Kakul Mishra Centre Head, CDG, NIUA


Utsav Choudhury, Team Lead, BASIIC, NIUA


Mr. Abhinav Kaushal, VSCL


Mr Iain McKinnon, GDI Hub


Mr Pashim Tiwari, Technical Director, AIILSG


Technical Session 2: Actionizing India’s Commitment to achieve Universal Accessibility and Inclusion



Prof. Gaurav Raheja, IIT Roorkee


Ms. Kanika Bansal Project Associate, BASIIC, NIUA


Technical Session 3:Need for Periodic Assessment of Inclusion, Access, and Safety in Cities



Mr. Rajan Mukherjee, State Commissioner of PwDs, NCT Delhi


Mr. R Srinivas, TCP, TCPO


Mr. P.P Singh, Chief Town Planner, State Town Planning Department, Haryana


Technical Session 3:Need for Periodic Assessment of Inclusion, Access, and Safety in Cities



Mr Subhash C Vashist, CABE Foundation


Prof Subrata Chattopadhyay, IIT Kharagpur


Prof Haimanti Banerji, IIT Kharagpur