National Organisation of Student Planning is a student body which organizes National conventions with respect to Planning and Architecture. NOSPlan organizes this event each year in different colleges. This year Amity University Haryana is hosting the annual NOSPlan Event with the theme “Resilient Cities” from 26th to 28th December 2017.
Resilient cities are cities that have the ability to absorb, recover and prepare for future economic, environmental and social shocks. Resilient cities promote sustainable development, well-being and inclusive growth.
In the Indian context, the relevance of resilient cities is more complex and challenging. Post independence and particularly in the few decades, rapid urbanization brought about by mass migration of people from rural to urban India has adversely impacted the ecological balance of our cities. This irreversible phenomenon poses a challenge to our urban planners in both designing cities of the future and in making our existing cities sustainable and resilient. Amity campuses are designed for sustainability and green environment. Amity University Haryana in particular has the distinction of being conferred the Platinum category LEED Certification by the US Green Building council for its 110 Acres Lush Green Campus.
Shri. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, National Vice President, BJP was the Chief Guest at the inaugural function. The function was also graced by Dr H Ramachandran, ICSSR National Fellow, Former Director ,IAMR ; Dr S K Kulshrestha, Shri R S Bhatt, Deputy Town Planner, Haryana Urban Development Authority and Prof (Dr.) P B Sharma, President – AIU & Vice Chancellor, Amity University Haryana, Maj Gen B S Suhag, Deput Vice Chancellor, Dr Padmakali Banerjee, PVC, Maj Gen G S Bal(Retd), DSW.
Prof (Dr) P B Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Amity University Haryana said, “Urban Planning in India in the recent times has come under tremendous pressure of population explosion, demand for water, electricity and civic services such as transportation, waste disposal and sewage treatment, waste water treatment and above all for the sustenance of a healthy environment including air and water quality. The planning for resilience absorbs these pressures and maintains a green and happy habitat in harmony with nature and with ever enhanced satisfaction of people.”
Maj Gen G S Bal (Retd.) while addressing the gathering at the valedictory function said that, “Though you may plan cities for future to be sustainable and resilient, the mind set and character of the people residing in these cities does has an impact on the manner in which these cities are governed. Lack of character and discipline on the path of the dwellers could still lead to chaos and unlawful behaviour in a well planned city. It is therefore incumbent on the citizens to be disciplined, patriotic, courageous and righteous for cities to be well governed and have a good quality of life.”
Around 900 students and delegates of 14 states from 25 Universities and college; from all over India participated in the event and School of Planning – Bhopal grabbed the first position and took the NOSPlan trophy home. The winner was awarded with first prize at the valedictory function on 28th Dec, 2017 in the evening.