Around 40 students and faculty members from the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in US, on January 27 came together at a brainstorming session at the American Center in Kolkata on how to convert Bolpur-Shantiniketan into a model sustainable heritage city.

The students are participating in a year-long India Practicum Program (2016-2017).  The conference, presided over by US Consul General Craig Hall, saw 15 students from MIT from participating.

Those from IIT-Kgp were mainly research scholars and students pursuing masters in architecture and city planning.

The students have come up with reports on the basis of the data they had collected from photo documentation, meeting municipal officials, artists, painters and NGOs in Shantiniketan, reconnaissance survey and cultural interaction.

The department of Architecture and Regional Planning at IIT-Kgp has joined hands with MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning to study urbanisation in a developing world.

Source: The Indian Express