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The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements.

IIHS aims to establish an independently funded and managed National University for Research and Innovation focused on the challenges and opportunities of India’s  urban transition. The proposed IIHS University will host an integrated programme of quality campus-based education and research, training and lifelong learning for working professionals, distance and blended learning, as well as a whole array of practice and advisory services. The university will have a strong interdisciplinary orientation bringing together theory and praxis that is grounded in the South Asian context and also engages with and draws from knowledge across the globe.

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Urban Practitioners' Programme


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Workshop on Writing for Digital Media
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Data Visualisation: Approaches and Techniques
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Working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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The Govt. of Tamil Nadu (GoTN) has initiated a number of pioneering actions for improving the full-cycle of sanitation in urban areas of the State.  A Technical Support Unit (TSU) has been set up within the Municipal Affairs and Water Supply Department, Govt. of Tamil Nadu.  The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) leads the consortium, in association with Gramalaya, Keystone Foundation and CDD Society, will implement the program via the TSU.  This programme is supported by the the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

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The IIHS Internship Programme provides young scholars an interdisciplinary environment of learning by participating in our on-going research and practice projects. IIHS Internships will enable you to learn more about your chosen field, as well as enable you to immersing yourself in other domains in a new vibrant environment of learning and doing.

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The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), India, has empanelled IIHS as a training entity that the states can draw upon to roll out the Individual Capacity Building component under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme. IIHS is one among the nine premier institutes that has been short listed to roll out this programme. Activities include conducting a Training Needs Assessment (TNA), exposure visits, workshops, seminars, research studies, coaching, mentoring and preparation of Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials.
IIHS Library is open and public now, offers membership services to access Library resources and services.

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"When I took a break from work, I started my blog, which was the easy part; the harder part was the actual writing!" #IIHSin World Lab's Rekha Raghunathan on changing gears from finance to writing.

She will be teaching a workshop on writing for #digitalmedia along with Anushya Badrinath on 8 December at the #IIHSin Bangalore City Campus. Sign up by 27 November for an early-bird discount:

Read more about her Journey of a Lifetime!

"Does the title make it sound like I'm Sindbad the Sailor, who has had adventures in many a magical place with many a weird monster? Well, given what I've worked on in the past, I can relate to the monsters – finance and analytics! No, no one forced me to study and work in those fields but because I was in another country and needed a visa, it became the most natural thing to get into but my heart was never in it. Writing is what I had always enjoyed.

So when I took a break from work, I started my blog, which was the easy part; the harder part was the actual writing! While I had loads of things I wanted to write about, I would perpetually have writer's block and not know where to begin. But I persisted. I would write about everyday situations that a displaced Indian faced, about my daughter's antics, and about life in general. Soon enough, I got my mojo back! (And it always helps to have the support and 'likes' of friends and family!). A few years as Editor with an organisation in India where I edited different genres – legal, medical, business writing, technical writing, development-related writing and more – gave me the start to finally do what I loved.

If I had to choose a category of writing that I love, it would be fiction based on personal experiences and Op-eds. After all, who doesn't like to express their opinion on this, that and the other! 'Randomness' is what I've titled my blog as it captures best what I write about. It's been nine years since I started this journey and I've never felt happier opening my laptop every morning. The monsters have disappeared and so has the writer's block – mostly. Work doesn't feel like work, and I can't ask for more.

If my story resonates with you and you feel like you're stuck in a rut, it's not too late to make a switch. Take a chance, try something new and discover what you love. I can't guarantee monsters or magical lands but the stories from the journey will be well worth a read."

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