A session on “Smart City and IOT”

A session on “Smart City and IOT” was organized on 25 February, 2017. Dr. P. K. Chande, Ex. Prof. IIM Indore, Director MANIT, Bhopal was the resource person for the workshop.
Prof. Chande elucidated the universal law of life that everything on this planet is composed of five basic elements or the “PANCHTATVA". These are: Akash (Sky or Space), Vayu (Air), Jal (Water), Agni (Fire) and Prithvi (Earth). He beautifully presented how these PANCHTATVA are related to the concept of Smart City. He told about the importance of education in individual’s life and further the role of same in making the city smart.

He highlighted the criteria for a city to be called as a smart city. He made the participants aware about the basic difference among Data, Information, Knowledge and Wisdom through a practical illustration.
He emphasized that policy making by the government as part of its growth model and then giving grants in support of policies is not enough; indeed it’s the responsibility of every individual to make the city smart by making own contribution. He said that growth doesn’t mean enhancements in infrastructure and policy development of the city but every individual’s own growth plays an important role to make the city smarter. He further added that first the citizen should be smart to make the city smart.
Prof. Chande also said that building a smart city is not making shining buildings, roadways, malls, etc., but to make society affairs smarter so that a self sustainable, long lasting , knowledgeable society where human beings performing their tasks with efficiency, with vision, responsibility and collectively could be built , and in turn it would lead to the building of smart cities.

Prof. Chande kept his view that there are other fronts like governance, public services, public involvement, interactions, digitization etc., which need to be strengthened aggressively with open mind and by adopting ICT in all walks of life. He further added that new ICT and knowledge based integrated smart infrastructure need to be built pervading all sections of the society to enable them to function smartly. He recommended that the Government, Industry and Academia should work together in synergy for leveraging Government policies and academic strengths.
Prof. Chande, while addressing the faculty and students said that, the holistic view of a smart city could be envisioned as a community living with appropriate amenities and infrastructural facilities, with a planned and self sustainable growth.
The Professor provided valuable inputs to the students regarding their projects, particularly the projects related to Smart City and IOT including Smart Toll Plaza, e-Waste management, e-learning etc.
He concluded that only a smartly articulated society can build a smart city, enriched with knowledgeable society.