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Careers in the New Normal : Urban Management, Governance & Planning

Saturday, 17th July, 2021, 5pm – 6:30pm (IST)

The School of Human Settlements develops and transfers knowledge about building sustainable, liveable and inclusive cities and communities. It also offers programs to develop planning and management expertise for public systems. Its innovative and unique programs are designed to create the professionals needed for sustainable urban and regional development in rapidly transforming geographies. At the core of its graduate degree and other programs are modules for hands-on learning, including in live projects with faculty and organisations engaged in policy development and impact evaluation, technical support and advisory with government, corporate and civil society organisations.

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Speaker 1 : Dr. Kajri Misra

Professor, Dean, School of Human Settlements (SHS), XIM University Bhubaneswar (till 2019 – also Founder Dean, Xavier School of Rural Management)

Dr. Kajri Misra is an architect and environmental planner, and has a Ph.D in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University USA. She has spent more than 35 years in teaching, research and consulting, and  is the founding Dean of two Schools of XIM University – the School of Rural Management and the School of Human Settlements. 

Dr. Misra’s wide-ranging and multidisciplinary expertise in settlement planning, governance and management has led to work on urban and rural water management, governance reform for public service delivery, local self-governance and participatory planning. In the last two decades she also studied  the professional capacity gaps for sustainable human settlement development in India, analysing the education and training needs and developing innovative Programs and curricula. 

She has numerous publications in her areas of interest, has been part of policy groups of the Government of India and the state, and continues to serve in the Governing Boards of state and civil society organizations. Her last book “Odisha: An Architectural Odyssey”, builds on her research on the built heritage of her state.

Speaker 2 : Dr. Tathagata Chatterji

Professor, School of Human Settlements (SHS), XIM University Bhubaneswar

Dr Tathagata Chatterji, is Professor of Urban Management and Governance, Xavier University Bhubaneswar, India. He has over 30 years of academic cum industry experience and held senior managerial positions in the corporate sector before shifting to academia. His research interests are urban sustainability, urban economic development and political economy of urbanisation. He had published four books and has over twenty high quality internal research publications in the areas of urban development; He received the Gerd Albers Award in 2016 from the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), for his research on comparative modes of urban governance in India. He graduated in architecture from BE College (now IIEST) Shibpur, did master’s in urban design from Kent State University USA, and PhD in Urban Planning and Governance, from the University of Queensland Australia. He is a Member of the Planning Institute of Australia and Fellow of the Institute of Urban Designers India.

Moderator : Sauraveswar Sen

Founder and Chief Mentor, Catalyst Learning Services, Kolkata, India

With a decade of experience in training students for competitive entrances, Sauraveswar established Catalyst in 2011 by switching gears from working as a Design Engineer with Mettler Toledo Inc. to what he was most passionate about – teaching. At 23, he was the youngest trainer delivering sessions at nationally reputed training institutes for GRE, GMAT, IELTS, CLAT & CAT. Sauraveswar was quick to identify the non-participation of Humanities/PureArts students as well as a lacuna with the application of the tenets of social science in professional core opportunities and he envisaged Catalyst as a bridge to minimise the gap between the prospects in Science-Commerce to that of Humanities. 

Till now, 1000+ students trained at Catalyst have been able to successfully craft a career as human service professionals and are working with multi-laterals like the UN, UNICEF, WHO, with Corporate Social Responsibility verticals, policy think tanks, national and international grass-root level organisations and social enterprises after successfully qualifying for the entrance tests and interviews of Bachelors-Masters-MPhil-PhD-Fellowship opportunities  at the leading institutions of social sciences in India and Abroad. In 2018, Sauraveswar was empanelled with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad Campus for Capacity Building Training for Campus Placements and then in 2021 with the TISS Guwahati Campus.   Sauraveswar and also contributes career related articles to ‘Prastuti’ of Anandabazar Patrika, ‘The Telegraph’, ‘Times of India’ ‘Femina’, ‘The Hindu’, ABP Education, NewsX, CNN-IBN. Sauraveswar was featured as a speaker by the International Women’s Day 2021 global platform for Catalyst’s contribution to   “Women creating impact by pursuing careers in social development”

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Catalyst Learning Services was established in 2011 in Kolkata, India with an aim to create prospective human service professionals who will enable people to overcome poverty, deprivation and unemployment. Today, the institute keeps the vision alive through extensive online teaching, research, policy support and field action programs. Every year by enabling students all across India to successfully qualify the Bachelors – Masters Entrance Tests, Interviews, MPhil-PhD support for social science programmes and fellowships, Catalyst continues to produce committed high quality prospective professionals in a range of social and human development sectors; law&justice, health, mental health, social epidemiology, clinical psychology, education and vocational skill development, human resource management, media and cultural studies, rural and urban development, livelihoods and social entrepreneurship, climate change, disaster management, public policy, regulatory governance, focused work on women, children, adolescents, youth, aged, disability studies, inclusivity and sustainability.