Xavier Center for Urban Management and Governance (XUMG) in collaboration with HabituX, the association of XUMG students, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XUB) will be organizing its annual Urban Management and Governance Summit 2019 on 24th-25th January. This year, the summit will witness the participation from various stakeholders of the Xavier fraternity, including students from the diverse schools operating under XUB, as well as connoisseurs from the Urban Management industry.

Globalization has escalated the level of competition in the international market. Not only does the domestic macroeconomic structure and environment need to be strengthened but elements of the micro-economy including the respective economic sectors and local corporations also need to be made more resilient. In order to enhance national long-term competitiveness, the Government will continue to promote the transition to higher value-added activities in many economic sectors, mainly being, manufacturing and services. New sources of growth in these sectors will be identified and promoted to generate additional income and to develop new sources of economic wealth. The manifestation and aspiration of Vision 2020 set the framework for which development is to be steered. Many of the economic, social and environmental challenges that we are facing have a strong urban dimension. Rapid population growth, an aging population, shrinking and growing cities, climate change, biodiversity loss, disaster risks, migration, unemployment, and social exclusion are some of the major problems affecting citizens living in the urban environment.

Hence, the UMG Summit will provide a platform for stimulating interaction between the veterans of the Urban Management world and the students on the theme “Transformative Urban Governance in the Developing World and the New Urban Agenda”

The speakers for the event include:


  • Keynote Speaker - Yaduvendra Mathur, IAS, Additional Secretary, Niti Ayog
  • O.P. Agarwal, IAS, (Retd.) Former Transport Secretary
  •  Prof. Meera Mehta, Professor Emeritus, CEPT University, Ahmedabad
  • Hitesh Vaidya, India country Manager, UN-Habitat
  • Dr. Ashok Kumar, Professor, SPA Delhi
  • Prof. Dr. Dinesh Mehta, Professor Emeritus, CEPT University
  • Prof. Chetan Vaidya, Director, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi., Director (Additional Charge) SPA Bhopal


XUMG aspires to offer this summit as a platform to all the students for quality discussions and an enriching learning experience.

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