Saturday, November 04, 2006


A knowledge hub: Brand Lucknow vision

A knowledge hub: Brand Lucknow vision

LUCKNOW: As a 'brand' Lucknow would be — "a knowledge hub". It is the vision statement of the state government, which has gone into an overdrive to prepare detailed project reports (DPRs). These DPRs have to be submitted to the Central government within a fortnight to avail funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewable Mission (JNURM).

The development comes at a time when Centre has cleared Lucknow's City Development Plan (CDP). Secretary, urban development, SP Singh said that the mission of the state government would be to make the city "most sought after liveable city in the country".

The vision, officials reasoned, seeks to lay a base for better civic amenities which would then act as a launching pad for positioning the city as a 'knowledge hub'.

Currently, the city boasts of some of the top schools, 11 engineering colleges, six medical colleges, including the Sanjay Gandhi Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) and King George's Medical University. Besides, there are 20 business schools, including Indian Institute of Management (IIM). The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur too being an hour's drive away.

In terms of research and development (R&D) laboratories there are 10 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) labs, various research institutes and a Bio-Technology Park. The city is also host to an international airport, 24 daily domestic and international flights, besides nine ultra-modern shopping malls of which two have already come up.

However, Singh said, all projects pertaining to better civic amenities would have to be completed in a time-bound manner, otherwise the city would miss the bus to development.

The Lucknow Management Association (LMA), one of the essential part of the state government think tank, is also jubilant over the development. The association has recently made a presentation before top government officials. It was this presentation which apparently became the vision statement.

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