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IURC LAUNCH EVENT - INDIA | Event Date: Thursday, 24th, February 2022

Official Launch of IURC in India:

The new International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC),Asia and Australasia (AA) programme was officially launched in India in the IURC Forum with over24 cities across the globe participatingon 24 February 2022. The launch was organised jointly by the Delegation of the European Union to India and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, India. Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, India; Dr. Ronald Hall, Senior Expert, Directorate General of Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission; Ms Kamilla Kristensen-Rai, Counsellor, Delegation of the European Union; Mr Pablo Gandara, Team Leader of IURC Asia & Australasia; Dr Panagiotis Karamanos, Country Coordinator for IURC India presided over the event.

HITS & TUAS Representatives
Name Title Organization
Represented Region: Chennai, India
Mr. Ashok Verghese Director HITS, Chennai.
Dr. M. Jaikumar HOD, Automobile Engg.
Dr. Ilavazhagan Director - International Affairs
Dr. K. Nandakumar Director - Research
Dr. J. Pradeep Bhasker Asst. Prof., Automobile Engg.
Dr. K. Kirthiga Asst. Prof. SPADE
Represented Region: Trier, Germany
Dr. Peter Koenig Professor TUAS, Germany.
Ms. Elisa Limbacher Office of The Mayor Trier, Germany.

Dr. Panagiotis Karamanosintroduced the key programme elements and briefed on the benefits for Indian cities. The objective of the talk was to:

  • Introduce the programme context, goals, cooperation framework and Stakeholders.
  • Present the 10 EU and 14 Indian cities.
  • Share the key thematic networks of collaboration.
Presentation from Germany:

Prof. Dr. Peter Koenig, TUAS, Germany highlightedthe best practices followedin the city of Trierto support the cooperation.

  • The problem was well recognized for its relation to the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The proposed cooperation for a circular economy and waste-to-energy technologies were highly appreciated.
  • An affirmatory concurrence was reached by the panel experts to sanction the project.