The Honble Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu received the book “Making of a Smart City” written by Dr. S. L. Goel and Dr. Shalini Rajneesh.

The Honble Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu received the book “Making of a Smart City” written by Dr. S. L. Goel and Dr. Shalini Rajneesh.

About the Authors

Dr. S. L. Goel, Emeritus Fellow UGC at Punjab University and eminent educationist had been teaching Public Administration and Political Science for over three decades. He had been a member of University Grants Commission, Government of India, New Delhi, Distance Education Council and a member of All India Board of Management under All India Council for Technical Education, Ministry of HRD, New Delhi. He has been advisor to Himachal Pradesh and Haryana Health Departments under their USAID Programme. He has written books on Health Administration, Management of Public Administration, numbering about seventy, conducted research and guided more than twenty-five Indian and foreign students for Doctoral research as well as conducted a large number of training programmes for senior administrators. He was elected Vice President of Indian Institute of Public Administration for two years 2004-06. His paper submitted to World Health Organisation Decent Care for HIV/AIDS Patients won him a prize of Rs. 60,000 and an invitation for 5 days conference in Geneva and 5 days in Toronto.

Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, woman topper of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) 1989 batch, is a gold medalist in Psychology, MBA from Australia and PhD in Rural Development. She has penned 11 books, 6 in English and 5 in Kannada covering subjects like Management, Personality Development, Women Empowerment, IAS Coaching etc. Besides, She regularly writes articles and gives lectures/interviews in T.V., Radio, seminars, etc., to connect to people at large on issues of public interest. Her most momentous experience has been during her stint as Deputy Commissioner, Belgaum District, when she deftly handled the worst floods of the century. She won the 2nd Best Panchayat Raj National Award in 2012. She steered a revolutionary legislation ie Karnatakas Guarantee of Services to Citizens Act, 2011 popularly known as Sakala Project which bagged the PRIME MINISTERS Award for Excellence in Civil Services. She is currently chairman of Tumakuru Smart City Corporation.

The Honble Vice President congratulated Authors

I extend my greetings and congratulation to Dr. S. L. Goel and Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, for their book Making of a Smart City. The writers have portrayed the concept of modern cities based on happiness index of its citizens. This is a new and welcome perspective. A truly smart city is the one which gives equal opportunity to all its residents to participate in governance as well as become engines of growth and development. Smart cities involve multidisciplinary approach and action, i.e., technology, psychology, sociology, public administration, ethics.

The book encourages a common man to actively participate in the issues associated with preservation of natural resources and our environment. I congratulate Dr. S. L. Goel and Dr. Shalini Rajneesh on this valuable publication

About the Book

The book is like a one stop shop for all Stakeholders who are involved in Urban governance in general and making of a smart city , in particular. The increasing pace of urbanization and its role in spurring economic growth necessitates efficient and effective urban planning, monitoring and evaluation. In this process peoples participation is of utmost importance, which can eventually lead to higher index of happiness and prosperity of the people. The smart cities are the need of the hour. Smart cities have vast potential to improve quality of life of citizens, provided the capacity of functionaries is built along with autonomy and responsibility. The authors inputs based on vast experience in public administration can help enhance the success and sustainability of upcoming Smart cities.

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