Centre for Sustainable Urban Development

Year of Establishment : 2009
Name of the Director : Dr.D.Mukund

Sustainable development is the “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the abilities of future generations to meet their own needs”. Sustainable development guarantees the local population a non-decreasing level of well being in the long term, without compromising the possibilities of development of surrounding areas and thus contributing towards reducing the harmful effects of development on the biosphere.

Urbanisation is highly associated with economic development, and it has to be implemented in ways that are socially, economically, politically and environmentally acceptable. Sustainable urban development should achieve a balance between the development of urban and semi-urban areas and protection of environment. The poor of the urban and sub-urban areas should also be the centre of its vision in providing employment, shelter and basic services and amenities.

In light of the importance of sustainable urban development, Government of India has introduced several schemes for sustainable urban development. Realizing its social responsibility, GITAM University has established a ‘Centre for Sustainable Urban Development’ (CSUD) in the month of November-2009.

Objectives:
  • To disseminate knowledge and provide necessary technologies for overall development of urban areas.
  • To provide expertise to government and non-governament agencies for infrastructure development.
  • To be a catalyst for integrated development of urban sector through transfer of technology.
  • To undertake research projects for all round development of urban areas in the country in general and Andhra Pradesh in particular.

Research thrust areas:
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Urban planning
  • Civic Engagement