The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, is all set to join hands with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to launch a course in urbanisation. The course will commence from October this year and would see a collaboration between the IIT’s department of Architecture and Regional Planning and the MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning.
According to reports, Partha Pratim Chakrabarti, IIT Kharagpur Director said that in the current developing world, the concept is no longer limited to the precincts of what are administratively defined as cities.
He said, ”Santiniketan represents the epitome of an older, nationalist imagery of cultural pastoralism, a pastoralism that defined the arts as much as it undergirded emphasis on the rural and the agrarian from which a modern economy would emerge.”
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He further added, “A joint report will be produced by MIT and IIT; final presentation will be made at MIT at a two-day colloquium in April 2017.”
Recommendations will be made regarding an integrated site management strategy for Visva-Bharati University and guidelines suggested to control piece-meal development in the university campus so as to historically preserve its founder Rabindranath Tagore’s ideology behind its inception.
The practicum will be organised at Santiniketan, Bolpur, West Bengal.