Bhubaneswar: Xavier School of Human Settlements (XAHS), Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XUB), in partnership with UN Habitat’s World Urban Campaign organized Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC).
The two-day event aimed at creating a participatory environment for all stakeholders to manifest knowledge of urban living and the issues related to it. The event identified and recommended systemic interventions to enhance the livability of small cities, using insights from the actors engaged in the “Smart City” Program in India.
During the first day of Unnovations 2.0, dean of XAHS Dr. Kajri Misra stressed on the problems plaguing city management and the importance of managerial expertise in supplementing city planners and Public Systems Management in creating livable, sustainable and just settlements. She also urged the audience to come up with creative solutions to address sustainability issues in the cities and show what India’s future generations are capable of doing.
A brainstorming session, Quiz City organized by HabituX in association with XQuizzite, the Quizzing Committee of XUB was the most engaging event. Participants from various colleges participated in the quiz competition where the team of Siddharth Rout, Tirthatilak Pani, and Ronisha Das emerged as the winner of the competition.
Snap City (Seeing the Unseen) – a photography competition on ‘City at Play’ was organized where the participants shared the story behind the picture they captured, portraying the vivid and vibrant cityscape. Ms Bhanvi Sharma from XUB emerged as the winner of the competition while Sudeep Kumar Mishra from KIIT School of Law was the runner-up.
Scribbl-In, an article writing competition on ‘Healthy Cities’ provided a platform for ideas to flow as the participants got an opportunity to explore their ideas about a healthy city. Mr Raj Shankar Tewari emerged as the winner of this event.
The dance competition titled Soul Motion, showcasing different dance forms ranging from Classical to Freestyle and Bollywood, witnessed a huge turnout from various institutes across the state. Sipra and Anoushka emerged as the winner of the dancing event.
A roundtable on ‘Sustainable Communities for Liveable Bhubaneswar’ was organized on the second day of the event where organizations working with local communities on livelihood promotion, land and housing, poverty, education, health, and other aspects shared their opinion.
In the second session, themed “Planning Practices and Education”, the participants discussed various aspects to the theme, tracing the journey of urban management from the 1960s to present.