- Aims to provide technical cooperation in the area of capacity building of personnel of the Urban Development and Housing Department and various Urban Local Bodies
- Focuses on providing extension of services in education, training and research to public-private institutions
With an objective to enhance capacity building of the personnel of the Urban Development and Housing Department (UD&HD), Government of Madhya Pradesh and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs); IIM Indore signed a MoU with UD&HD on February 10, 2021. The MoU was signed in the presence of Madhya Pradesh’s UD&HD Minister Honourable Shri Bhupendra Singh; by Professor Himanshu Rai, Director, IIM Indore and Mr. Nikunj Kumar Srivastava, IAS, Commissioner, Urban Administration and Development, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh. Mr. Manish Singh, Principal Secretary, UD&HD was also present on this occasion. Mr. Srivastava welcomed the delegates present during the virtual signing of the MoU.
Mentioning that Madhya Pradesh has been a leading state in management and administration, Shri Singh said, ‘In order to ensure overall development of the city, it is necessary, useful and relevant to provide basic training to empower the public servants and representatives of various cadres posted under the Department of Urban Development and Housing. Collaboration with IIM Indore is a commendable step to achieve this goal. IIM Indore is one of the renowned institutes in the country with Triple Crown accreditation. The people trained under the guidance of experts from IIM Indore have been able to perform successfully by implementing time bound and quality management practises in their respective areas. This MoU makes it possible to provide basic and orientation training to all the three departmental offices established under Urban Development and Housing Department, divisional level public servants and elected public representatives; and public servants from the 407 ULBs.’ With this MoU, the development of infrastructure of cities and over all coordination with the citizens will be made easier, he added.
Professor Rai said that the MoU will focus on Purpose, Responsibility and Excellence—i.e. the purpose of achieving the betterment of Madhya Pradesh in the terms of administration to set an example for the nation; to generate awareness among the public servants about the mission and helping them understand their responsibilities in achieving the goals; and making sure that every task is accomplished with excellence. Noting that the MoU also involves organizing capacity building programmes for the personnel of UD&HD and ULBs, Professor Rai said, ‘We also plan to conduct joint courses, workshops, forums and seminars in the areas of urban development and housing. We would analyse the impact of various initiatives of UD&HD, review the existing schemes and provide recommendations for further strengthening the system’. The MoU also focuses on providing extension of services in education, training and research to public private institution, he added.
Valid for three years, the MoU will also provide a platform to conduct research activities of common interest. This also aims at reviewing the IT modernisation and technology adoption of the UD&HD.