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Talk Series: Transit Oriented Development for Bangalore

(An IIT Alumni Centre Exclusive Event)


A topic close to the heart of everyone who commutes in Bangalore! Mr. N Sivasailam (Managing Director, BMRCL / Namma Metro), in a session chaired by Prof. SL Dhingra, Emeritus Fellow, IIT Bombay

Date: February 25, 2012 (Saturday)
Venue: Bangalore International Centre, Bengaluru
Schedule: Tea: 11am, Session: 1130-1300, Lunch: 1300

Thanks to your strong support, the IIT Alumni Club Bangalore programs are now on a roll. Kanwal Rekhi's excellent session on 3rd December was followed by another brilliant one on 29th Jan with Desh Deshpande & Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi (Director, IIT Madras). The overflowing auditorium and endless flow of questions was testimony to the high-quality of this program.

The IIT Alumni Club Bangalore, is now proud to present the 4th Program of our Talk Series again, with luminary speakers, and a topic that is close to the heart of everyone who commutes in Bangalore! We will have Mr. N. Sivasailam (Managing Director, BMRCL popularly known as Namma Metro), in a session chaired by Prof. Dhingra, Institute Chair Professor & Emeritus Fellow, Transportation Systems Engg, IIT Bombay.

The event will be held at the conveniently located at Bangalore International Centre, Domlur, on Saturday, February, 25th, 2012 at 11 am(agenda and more details below).

Topic: Transit Oriented Development for Bangalore

Let he who hath not faced commuting issues in Bangalore, cast the ...Is there anyone untouched by the daily hassle of commuting in Bangalore? Is there any hope to the problems that we face? Is the Namma Metro the solution to all our issues? What about High-Speed Rail Links? Bus Transit Corridors? Or is it cycles? Or chopping trees & demolishing homes to broaden roads?

Every concerned citizen of Bangalore (and which IITian is not a concerned citizen?) grapples with these questions and frustrations day in and day out. We thought it would be great to hear directly from those who are working hard to provide solutions. Given our supposed technology backgrounds (we've all passed out of the IITs), we thought it would be useful to hear of the technology frameworks that enable different solutions, and then listen to what specifically is happening in Bangalore.

IIT Bombay has done a lot of pioneering work in Transportation, and hence who better to Chair this session than Prof Dhingra of IIT Bombay. The Bangalore Metro, our city's biggest transportation related investment to date, has recently gone live, and holds a lot of promise to change our lives. Who better than the MD of Bangalore Metro to talk about what the future holds?

A defining feature of all our sessions is their highly interactive nature - this one promises to be no different, and will feature significant audience participation.

Brief Bio of Speakers:
Mr. N. Sivasailam assumed the position of Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd in June 2008. He did his B.Tech from Delhi School of Engg. in 1982 and MBA in 1984 before joining the IAS in 1985. He also has a Post Graduate degree in Social Policy and Administration from London School of Economics (1999) and Post Graduate Diploma in "INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS LAW (PGDIPRL) - 2010"

During his IAS career, some of his prominent contributions include designing the currently operating CET system (rated as one of the best public systems in the country after the Railway reservation system), drafting the Central Vigilance Ordinance & Bill that set the STATUTORY Institution of the Central Vigilance Commission in the Country (1998), and organizing the State Housing program to provide 1m houses to the poor during 2000-2006.

He has been the recipient of the Outstanding Performance Award of the Government of India for Housing successively for 2 years (2001 & 2002). His other awards are for promotion of Fly Ash, Promotion of Nirmithi Kendras, and Promotion of Housing through CBOs in 2005-06. During his tenure in the Panchayat Raj Ministry, the State was awarded the 2nd Best State in promotion of Panchayat Raj in 2006.

Prof. Dhingra is Institute Chair Professor & Emeritus Fellow, Transportation Systems Engg at IIT Bombay and an expert on urban transportation systems.

The event is 'free' to attend for IIT Alumni Club members (but prior confirmation is necessary).

Agenda
11-11.30 am: Tea & light refreshments
11.30-11.45 am: Prof. Ashok Misra (ex-Diro, IIT Bombay & President, IITACB) - Welcome & Introduction to the IIT Alumni Club, Bangalore, and an brief overview on the work being done at IITs to solve Transport related issues.
11.45-12.00 pm: Prof. S.L. Dhingra - Technology solutions for transit issues
12.00-12.30 pm: Mr. N. Sivasailam - on the Bangalore Metro, and what the future holds for us
12.30-1.00 pm: Audience Q&A
1 pm onwards: Lunch (at the BIC)

Free for IIT Alumni Club Members. For other IIT Alumni nominal charge of Rs 300 per person. Please register.


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