The Indian FAN Symposium 2018 on Smart and Sustainable Cities

20th  January 2018
Taj Exotica, Benaulim, Goa

Detailed Agenda

20th January 2018
07:30-08:00Registration and Networking

Welcome Address by Prof. Devang Khakhar, Director, IIT Bombay


Opening Remarks/Introduction by Prof. Ravi Sinha, Dean Alumni and Corporate Relations, IIT Bombay -- A summary report of steps undertaken as a result of the Goa FAN meeting (2017)

08:30-09:30Morning Plenary Session
Keynote Speaker:
Mr. Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
09:30-10:15Opening keynote speaker Mr. Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)
10:15-10:30Tea Break

Panel Discussion I – Sustainable Mobility for Smart Cities

Theme: The concept of "Smart City", in Indian context, focuses on sustainable and inclusive development. It envisages compact urban form having core infrastructure with a decent quality of life to its citizens. The built environment and the transport system in a smart city should result in sustainable mobility. Creating walkable localities with mixed land use, provision of smart transport infrastructure and public transport system with last mile para-transit connectivity, promoting transit oriented development (TOD) and achieving integrated multimodal transport are some of the ways for achieving sustainable mobility in smart cities. The panellist will deliberate and debate on these as well as other smart solutions for achieving sustainable and equitable mobility to all. The research to be carried out to address the gaps and barriers in the implementation of these policies will be highlighted.

Moderator: Prof. K. V. Krishna Rao, Professor, Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay

  • Mr. Deepak Darda, Director at IBI Group (B.Tech 2000, IITB)
  • Dr. Moduga R Tagore, Associate Director, Systra MVA Consulting (India) (Ph.D 1995, IITB)
  • Prof. Bhargab Maitra, Professor of Civil Engineering and Head, Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management, IIT Kharagpur (Ph.D 1997, IITB)
  • Prof. Gopal R. Patil, Associate Professor, Civil
    Engineering, IIT Bombay

Panel Discussion II – ICT solutions for Smart Cities

Theme: This theme is today an overarching one in urban transformation, as it is the backbone for the provision of many services to citizens and the measurement of the quality of service provided. In green cities the ICT backbone can be planned and provided for as any other infrastructure, and in existing cities it become one of the various parameters in effective urban transformation design. Internet of things (IoT) is a technology that has the ability to drive social change in urban areas. However, it is very important to discuss how the power of this technology should provide efficient information to all stakeholders to drive effective decisions at the city level (e-governance) and enable citizen participation in delivery of efficient services that address their needs.

Moderator: Prof. Krithi Ramamritham, Professor, Centre for Urban Science and Engineering (CUSE), IIT Bombay

Co-Moderator:Prof. Purushottam Kaushik, Senior Advisor – Smart cities and Infrastructure, McKinsey and adjunct faculty with Desai Sethi Centre for Entrepreneurship, IIT Bombay

  • Mr. Rajendra Jagtap -- CEO, Pune Smart City
    Development Corporation Limited.
  • Hemant Dabke- Vice President, SAP India
  • Rupinder Singh- Director -Systems Engineering, Cisco Systems
  • Sumit Joshi- Application Development Specialist, 3M India
  • Prof. Pradip P. Kalbar, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Centre for Urban Science and Engineering, (CUSE), IIT Bombay
  • Prof. Ganesh Ramakrishnan, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, (CSE), IIT Bombay
13:30-14:30Lunch Break

Panel Discussion III – Urban water and environment management: Working towards a zero-discharge society

Theme: India with its increasing population and associated urban and industrial growth is facing a challenge of urban environmental management. The cities and urban areas with mixed land use and unplanned growth pose a technical complex problem for environmental scientists to ensure minimum desired environmental quality in the urban areas. Despite setting the priorities and also allocation of funds, the urban waste water management is at the serious non-compliance resulting in severe pollution of surface and ground waters. It is now therefore necessary to find innovative techniques with multi-sectoral approach involving technological interventions, financial models and progressive regulations. Systemic changes are needed for working towards a zero discharge society.

Moderator: Prof. Kapil Gupta, Professor, Water Resources engineering (Civil), IIT Bombay

Co-Moderator: Prof. Virendra Sethi, Professor, Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay


  • Prof. Rakesh Kumar, Director - CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI, Nagpur)
  • Dr. Ajay Deshpande, Ex - Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and Ex – National Green Tribunal (NGT- Pune Bench), Memberof Compliance Review Panel of Asian Development Bank
  • Prof. Satish Agnihotri, Head of Department, Centre for Policy Studies and Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CPS & CTARA)
  • Prof. Shyam Asolekar, Professor, Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE)
16:00-16:30High Tea

Panel Discussion IV – Urban Design: Working towards improving the quality of life

Theme:  This theme deals with the effective design of new cities or neighbourhoods, or design of urban transformation in existing cities. Most of the problems in cities can be ascribed to a silo approach to city development, where land-use development plans, infrastructure plans and services provision plans are developed separately, if such plans exist at all. Thus, development of the city as a design exercise just does not happen. It is imperative that strategic plans for redevelopment of existing cities are designed that consider the essential driver of economic development and the genome of the city as basic tenets. The deconstruction can then be done for development of land-use, infrastructure, and service provisions plans. Thus, discussions will focus on the application of this essential deconstruction and reconstruction process of design in urban transformation.

Moderator: Prof. Arnab Jana, Professor, Centre for Urban Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay

Co-Moderator: Prof. Ronita Bardhan, Professor, Centre for Urban Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay


  • Mr. Sougata Nandi (M. Tech, ESE, 1994) Founder and CEO, Sustainable Development Evangelist
  • Dr. Sameer Maithel (M. Tech & PhD, IIT Bombay), Founder and Director- Greentech Knowledge Solutions
  • Prof. Santanu Bandhopadhyay, Institute Chair Professor, Department of Energy Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay
  • Prof. Pradip Kalbar, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Centre for Urban Science and Engineering, (CUSE), IIT Bombay

Joint Plenary session with DA – Dr. Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa

  • Welcome Address by Prof. Devang Khakhar
  • Opening remarks by Mr. Arun Firodia
  • Introduction of Mr. Manohar Parrikar by Prof. Khakhar
  • Plenary Keynote Address Rising India: Role of Higher Education
Director’s reception (Dinner)

 The following format will be followed for the 4 sessions:

  1. Each session would be of 90 minutes each. Each speaker presents for 5-7 mins, then we run 2 rounds of Q & A facilitated by session coordinator.
  2. The session would start with the moderator opening the session with an overview of the topic and the institute level activities by an IITB faculty member (expert in the area)
  3. Panel discussion will follow the introduction with a minimum of 3 identified panellists. The panel discussion may have a mix of faculty and external invitees
  4. The panel discussion would be closed with a brief conclusion by the session moderator or speaker (expert in the area)