CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Year of Establishment : 2009
Coordinator : Prof. KVGD Balaji
Sustainable development is the “development that meets the needs to the present without compromising the abilities of future generations to meet their own needs” Sustainable development guarantees the local population a non-decreasing level of well being in the long term, without compromising the possibilities of development of surrounding areas and contributing by this towards reducing the harmful effects of development on the biosphere.
Urbanisation is highly associated with economic development, and it has to be implemented in ways that are socially, economically, politically and environmentally acceptable. Sustainable urban development should achieve a balance between the development of urban and semi-urban areas and protection of environment. The poor of the urban and sub-urban areas should also be the centre of its vision in providing employment, shelter and basic services and amenities.
In light of the importance, Government of India has introduced several schemes for the Sustainable Urban Development. Realizing the social responsibility, GITAM University has established a Centre for ‘Sustainable Urban Development’ (CSUD) in the month of November, 2009.
1. To disseminate the knowledge and provide the necessary technologies for overall development of urban areas.
2. To provide expertise to the government and non-governament agencies for infrastructure development.
3. To be a catalyst for integrated development of urban sector through transfer of technology.
4. To undertake research projects for allround development of urban areas in the country in genral and Andhra Pradesh in particular.