Professor Yu-Ling Cheng along with three other professors from our Faculty travelled to India with U of T President Meric Gertler earlier this year to discuss Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to build 100 smart cities in his country. Professor Cheng and the group participated in a roundtable on sustainable urbanization at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, visited think tanks and foundations and met with government officials in Mumbai and Delhi.
The smart city wasn’t the only agenda item for the trip. At meetings at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Indian officials wanted to learn more about a new U of T initiative called the Centre for Social Services Engineering. India has more than one million non-governmental organizations, and the Tata Trusts and the ORF are concerned that with so many NGOs, social services are being delivered inefficiently with much duplication and missed opportunities. For the full story, click here.