Bhubaneswar: Xavier School of Human Settlements (XAHS),  will be organizing the 4th Annual Research on Cities Summit (ARCS 4) with knowledge partner as UN-Habitat and JANAAGRAHA at the Xavier City campus, on 7th and 8th February 2020. The theme for the session will be ‘Cities for people – Policies, Plans, and Programs’.

The conference would discuss what changes are required to make our cities more people friendly through better urban management and governance processes. Over 150 urban management professionals, government officials, policy makers, academics and researchers from 1ndia and abroad are scheduled to attend the meet. Over 80 technical papers on issues related to urban sustainability, city resilience strategy, disaster management, land and livelihood, mobility patterns, water supply, and employment generation would be presented. The conference would be inaugurated by Shri G. Mathi Mathanan, IAS (Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, Odisha). Keynote addresses would be delivered by Prof. Dr. Ali Alrouf, Vice President, International Society of City and Regional Planners and Professor, Hamad Bin Khalifa University Qatar), Shri Shard Chandra Behar, IAS Retd., former Chief Secretary, Madhya Pradesh, and Dr. O.P. Shri O.P. Agarwal (CEO, World Resources Institute, IAS Retd, and Former Secretary Transport, GoI). 

The conference would have panel discussions on Citizen Participation in Urban Governance by eminent social activists Dr. T R.Raghunandan, IAS retd. (Former Jt. Secy, Panchayeti Raj GoI) and activist on governance and transparency, Ms. Sapna Karim (Janagraha Foundation), Tara Krishnaswamy (Shakti), and Jagadananda (CYSD). There would be another panel discussion on education and knowledge systems in urban governance by Dr. Darshini Mahadevia (Professor, School of Arts and Sciences, Ahmedabad University), Dr. Ashoke Kumar (Professor, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi), Dr. Kajri Mishra (Dean, Xavier School of Human Settlements) and Dr. Tathagata Chatterji (Professor, Xavier University Bhubaneswar).

XUB believes that, as our cities are confronting various challenges like multiplicity of authority, poor financial conditions and hugely inadequate technical staff, the ARCS 4.0 conference, through its various interactive platforms would show way forward in urban management and governance.