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2nd Annual Research on Cities Summit (ARCS 2.0) on Knowledge Systems for Livable Settlements organized at Xavier University Bhubaneswar

The 2nd Annual Research on Cities Summit (ARCS 2.0) on “Knowledge Systems for Livable Settlements” was organizedon February 16-17, 2018 at Xavier University Bhubaneswar. This Annual Conference by the Xavier Center for Urban Management and Governance, witnessed sharing of research and experience on planning and management of human settlements and urbanization in India.
The 2nd ARC Summit brought people together from diverse background on one common platform empowering the change through Knowledge Systems for Livable Settlements.
The conference will consisted of Dr. Sameer Sharma (Additional Secretary, MoUHA, GoI), Shri Partha Mukhopadhyay(CPR, New Delhi), Prof. Ashok Kumar(School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi), Dr. T.R.Raghunandan(Arghyam, Bangalore), Prof. Chetan Vaidya(former Director, SPA Delhi), Prof. Dr. Annapurna Shaw(Public Policy Management Dept., IIM C), Prof Mahalaya Chatterjee (CUES Kolkata), Prof Meera Mehta(CEPT,Ahmedabad), Prof R.K.Panda(Dean School of Infrastructure, IIT Bbs), and Mr. Hitesh Vaidya(UN-Habitat India), who shared their research and experience, the aim is to stimulate creation and facilitate exchange of knowledge on the development of safe, sustainable and just settlements.
Before this two-day Conference, a series of urban events in form of “Unnovation” was conducted on 15th February 2018. The events included,Debate Competition, Case Study Competition, and City Trivia.


Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XUB) was established in accordance with the Xavier University Act 2013 and was inaugurated on 7 July 2014. The University is India’s first digital University and an institution of higher learning for imparting professional and technical education. It is a self-financing institution of higher learning for imparting professional and technical education. XUB offers a doctoral program in different disciplines. It also offers a Master’s in Business Management through XIMB, Masters in Human Resource Management through the Xavier School of Human Resource Management, Masters in Rural Management through the Xavier School of Rural Management, Masters in Sustainability Management through the Xavier School of Sustainability, Masters in Urban Management and Governance through Xavier Center for Urban Management & Governance, Masters in Business Finance, and a Masters in Mass Communication. Apart from these, XUB offers undergraduate courses in Mass Communication, Commerce, Computer Science and Engineering and Economics.


The Xavier Center for Urban Management and Governance builds knowledge and professional capabilities for development of sustainable, just and liveable cities. Graduate Programs are offered on planning, management, governance and development of human settlements in rapidly urbanizing geographies. Specializations include Economic Development & Livelihoods, Housing, Mobility and Water and Waste Management. Students develop a full understanding of urbanization plus the full range of functional management and organizational skills. Graduates are therefore capable of understanding places, systems, and smart urban technologies to arrange strategic and operational tasks for building and managing cities.