What is a ‘smart city’ ?

There is no universally accepted definition of a Smart City. It means different things to different people. The conceptualization of Smart City, therefore, varies from city to city and country to country, depending on the level of development, willingness to change and reform, resources and - most importantly - aspirations of the city residents.

Invaluable experience can be gained through working on the challenges facing India’s urbanization journey. This needs the best minds with constructive ideas and dedication to undergo the rigor of both on-the-field and desk work to create and implement innovative solutions for our pressing urban challenges. To learn more about Smart Cities Mission, please click here.

Engaging best minds to help solve key urban challenges

The Fellowship as a platform for young planners to jumpstart on innovative and sustainable ideas for the urban milieu.

We are a diverse set of young professionals with unique backgrounds and a multitude of perspectives ranging from engineering, urban planning, architecture, information technology, education, finance and social sector with a platform to drive change. Our projects emerge from the focus areas of the National Urban Policy Framework, 2018, and take on different challenges of India’s urban story in order to devise effective and sustainable solutions.

As a vibrant young cohort, we feel ready to deep dive into India’s challenges and opportunities. In the first quarter of our fellowship, we have understood that cities have unique problems and it is necessary to have critical and systematic thinking to resolve them.

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Three distinct advantages:

Smart Cities Fellows would work as part of teams which would foster a deeper understanding among all participants in the learning ecosystem.

The fellowship provides an excellent opportunity to engage with the Government on India’s challenges, needs and opportunities.

The work done by fellows would be documented and disseminated into the urban sector to encourage and enable scaling and replication.