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IIHS empanelled as MoUD capacity building partner

The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India has empanelled IIHS to be a capacity building partner across all its Urban Missions. This includes the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), Smart Cities Mission, and Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY). This was announced at the National Workshop on Capacity Building for Urban Missions organised by MoUD and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) on 22 March 2016.

Programmes

AMRUT Individual Capacity Building Programme | 1–3 March 2016

Course Description
The Individual Capacity Building Programme under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) starts with an Orientation course on the Mission. AMRUT is one of the flagship urban missions under the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD). The orientation course was developed based on the outline shared by the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).

The three-day course focused on discussing the challenges faced by urban India in the context of the Mission, and understanding the Mission guidelines and toolkit comprising thrust areas, components, funding, processes, reform management, monitoring and review process. The modules introduced participants to the urban challenges, potential projects and possibilities under the Mission, and contextualized similar transformations through established practices from India and across the world.

The pedagogy included thematic lectures, case study presentations, guest presentations/lectures, participant discussion sessions, group exercises, audio-visual material and field visit to a septage management facility. Participants, in groups, worked on specific exercises developed for this course. In addition to these sessions, participants were given knowledge checks (written quiz) both at the beginning and the end of the course to test their understanding of AMRUT before and after the orientation course.

The participants visited a septage management site in Bangalore. The orientation programme creates an understanding of the existing challenges of urban India, especially with respect to basic services, infrastructure and civic amenities, in order to comprehend the need for the AMRUT Mission and then understand its guidelines and processes.

Objective
The objective of the training programme was to:

  1. Understand the challenges and opportunities that urbanisation provides
  2. Understand AMRUT mission guidelines and reforms
  3. Understand the process of creating Service Level Improvement Plans (SLIPs)
  4. Discuss implementation challenges with sector experts
  5. Learn from domestic and international case studies

Participant Profile
A total of 38 participants attended the orientation course over a period of 3 days. Most of the participants were at the Assistant, Executive Engineer level. There were also Sanitary Inspectors, City Engineers, Chief Medical Officers and Project Directors from ULBs from five cities of Odisha.

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