IIM-Ahmedabad, AIILSG Organize Training on Corporate Governance
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG) jointly organised a three-day residential training program on Corporate Governance to train Municipal Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Chief Executive Officers (CEO)s and Managing Directors from many cities selected under Smart Cities Mission. A total of 35 city representatives attended the training held between July 4-6, 2017.
The training program had nine interactive sessions where eminent urban planning and development experts from around the country gave lectures on smart city concept and requisite efforts for effective implementation. The program offered an excellent insight into the ideas and processes that can transform an SPV of a Smart City, a corporate body, into a highly effective organization to meet all challenges.
The panel of speakers comprised professors from IIM Ahmedabad and domain experts— Ajay Pandey, Bimal Patel, Pashim Tiwari and Sebastian Morris. The key managerial officers of Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) had lively discussion with the panel of experts.
On the first day of the event, Ravi Ranjan Guru, Sr Executive Director, AIILSG, interacted with the panelists and the participants. He said that AIILSG has been working in the domain of local governance since 1926 and it was a moment of pride that the institute is playing a pro-active role in urban transformation by engaging in various missions of Government of India. He said that the efforts would bear good results and the urban scene would change soon.
“The vision behind the programme lies in helping the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in increasing the capacity of CEOs of smart cities in delivering urban renewal of cities through integrated development whilst utilizing a combination of grants and innovations which would be a paradigm shift from the existing sectoral implementation and grant based financing framework”, said Pashim Tiwari, Technical Director, AIILSG.
Addressing the participants during the training, Tiwari further said, “‘Smart cities’ is a relatively new concept. There is no universally accepted definition of a smart city on which the whole idea can function. Smart cities are planned and executed by Special Purpose Vehicles, also known as, SPVs. The traditional way of operations of a municipal corporation is entirely different from how a Special Purpose Vehicle functions. This serves as the reason why there is an immense need to train the existing managerial personnel of the SPVs of smart cities in India.”
The second day of the programme witnessed sessions by Prof Ajay Pandey on creation of a smart city and the participation of the private sector in building and maintaining smart cities which was followed by ProfMorris elaborating on PPP’s and their treatment of sewage and water.
Dr Bimal Patel, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, leader of HCP Design Planning and Management Pvt. Ltd., a leading architecture, planning and project management firm, was the guest speaker for the third day of the event. The final day of the event concluded with Dr. Patel sharing meaningful insights about the perspective behind a smart city.