NEW DELHI: In order to fast create better smart cities in India, joint research between universities assumes significance as it makes it more relevant to people owing to its immediate applicability, a senior government official said on Monday.
According to Dr. Arvind Varshney, Head of Smart Cities Mission Management Unit at Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, collaboration is the key to advance research, education and outreach projects that address pressing urbanization challenges to make it a smart city.
These days, most development plans are co-created as a collaborative exercise within the quadruple helix - where governments, academia, civil society, and industry work together to envision and implement the plans. “When these plans involve anything new and innovative, due diligence is required before it can be rolled out. This is where joint research between implementing agencies and universities are of immense value,” Varshney noted. (IANS)