Vastavam web: A Scottish university on Wednesday announced an agreement with the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) to collaborate on a new satellite city in West BengalThe agreement will see academics from the Institute for Future Cities (IFC) at University of Strathclyde work with officials at the NKDA on research and the sustainable development of the smart city dubbed New Town Kolkata.”New Town Kolkata is a major initiative which is a good match for the skills at the University of Strathclyde, which places an emphasis on ‘useful learning’. We want to make a difference; this is the kind of collaboration where our research and expertise can be put into practice in the real world,” he added.
New Town is a rapidly-expanding planned residential and information technology hub to the north-east of Kolkata, covering 11 square miles with a current population of 30,000.The agreement, signed by Bellingham, was exchanged with Debashi Sen, Additional Chief Secretary, IT, West Bengal, by Bruce Bucknell, the British Deputy High CommissionerSen noted: “New Town is already approved as one of the 100 smart cities of India. It is also an IT and Educational Hub. It aspires to be a future-ready, green and happy city.University of Strathclyde said its agreement with NKDA follows two separate collaboration agreements signed between Strathclyde and Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai and The Energy Research Institute (TERI), Delh