Union Government launches India Smart Cities Fellowship and Internship Program

Jul 10, 2018 10:18 IST
Union Government launches India Smart Cities Fellowship and Internship Program

Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, on July 9, 2018 launched several new initiatives under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and the Smart Cities Mission.

These included the India Smart Cities Fellowship (ISCF) Program; India Smart Cities Internship (ISCI) Program; Smart Cities Digital Payments Awards 2018; and ‘CITIIS’ Challenge under the Smart Cities Mission.

The Ministry also announced the implementation of the Local Area Plan (LAP) or Town Planning Scheme (TPS) in 25 cities on pilot basis under the AMRUT.

India Smart Cities Fellowship (ISCF) Program

• The India Smart Cities Fellowship Program aims to provide valuable experience to the youth interested in smart cities specifically and in urban renewal sector in general.

• This program will nurture young leaders, strengthen their understanding of Indian urban sector and prepare them for greater leadership roles in future.

• The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) will engage 30 young graduates, post graduates and PhDs in the fields of urban planning, urban design, engineering, information and technology, urban mobility, finance, social sector and environmental issues as smart cities fellows.

• The period of engagement is 1 year and is extendable up to 3 years.

• The youth will provide necessary support to Office of Mission Director, Smart Cities in MoHUA and CEOs of selected Smart Cities in terms of analytics, research, documentation, independent assessment, etc.

• Interested applicants can apply for this program online through at smartnet.niua.org till August 31, 2018.

• Applications received will be scrutinised and shortlisted by the Selection Committee.

India Smart Cities Internship (ISCI) Program

• The MoHUA will engage students pursuing Under Graduate, Graduate, and Post Graduate degree as Interns to help implementation of Smart City Projects in various States/Cities.

• The internship will be on unpaid basis for a period of 6 to 12 weeks.

• Students will be given an Experience Certificate at the end successful completion of the program.

• ISCIs will be given exposure in the various areas of development under Smart Cities Mission including urban planning, urban design, engineering, information and technology, urban mobility, finance, social sector, and environmental issues.

• The ‘Interns’ shall be a part of the Smart Cities Mission, and their role primarily would be in implementation, reporting, evaluation and monitoring, knowledge management, stakeholder engagement, media outreach and other similar activities.

The Smart Cities Digital Payments Awards 2018

• The Smart Cities Digital Payments Awards (SCDPA) 2018 - ‘100 days Challenge in 100 Smart Cities’ is part of the initiatives of MoHUA to promote ease of living for India’s urban residents.

• The objective of these awards is to guide, motivate, recognise and reward the Smart Cities for promoting digital payments and carrying out innovative payment initiatives in their respective cities.

• This program will not only reward cities at the forefront of digital payments but also act as encouragement for other cities to follow suite and strengthen their digital payments infrastructure and create awareness through promotion of digital payments.

• The challenge period would be 100 days starting from the launch of the awards. The awards will be conferred based on a 2-stage process.

• Evaluation Committee(s) chaired by Secretary, MoHUA and comprising of other members shall comprise the Jury. The timelines for the awards program are as follows:

• Three awards will be conferred in four categories. Hence, a total of 12 awards will be conferred as part of this program.

Cities Investment to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain (CITIIS) Challenge

• The CITIIS Challenge process is being applied to implementation of the Smart Cities Mission in line with the NITI Aayog guideline where under the Indo-French partnership program, at least 15 projects would be selected through an All-India Challenge.

• The projects would be in four sectors- Sustainable Mobility, Public Open Spaces, Urban governance & ICT and Social and Organizational Innovation in low-income settlements.

• The duration of the program will be three years from 2018-19 to 2020- 21.

• A Loan of 100 million Euros would be extended by French Development Agency (AFD) to selected CITIIS projects in the form of grant.

• The repayment of the principle and interest would be equally shared by the Central Government and State Government on 50:50 basis.

• Each awarded CITIIS project will be benefitted from a grant ranging from Rs 20 crore to Rs 80 crore with maximum project outlay of Rs 160 crore.

• The CITIIS grant is expected to cover minimum 50 percent up to 80 percent of the project cost subject to a maximum of Rs 80 crore and the additional funding amounting to 20 percent of the project will be secured by the awarded cities through its own resources.

• The National institute of Urban Affairs would conduct the Challenge process for selection of projects under the Indo-French partnership.

 Local Area Plan (LAP) and Town Planning Scheme (TPS)

• The Local Area Plan (LAP) and Town Planning Scheme (TPS) have been formulated under the AMRUT to enable planning for developing infrastructure in the Brownfield areas and Greenfield areas.


The Brownfield areas are those parts of the city that are already developed but not able to sustain the pressure on the existing infrastructure. On the other hand, the Greenfield areas are located at the periphery of the city which is prone to haphazard growth and development.

• They will be implemented in 25 selected cities on pilot basis.

• The Brownfield areas can be redeveloped by preparing Local Area based Plans (LAP).  While at the same time, the Town Planning Schemes (TPS) can be implemented for planned urban expansion in the peripheral Greenfield areas.

• The Scheme will enable the selected cities to formulate Local Area based Plans (LAP) and Town Planning Schemes (TPS) for which 100 percent central assistance would be available.

• An amount of Rs 50 crore would be provided as Central assistance at Rs 2 crore per city for identified 25 cities for preparing LAP/TPS.

• The Town and Country Planning Organisation (TCPO) will provide handholding support to the state nodal agency.


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