Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has asked architects and planners to focus on amalgamating tradition and technology to make cities happier and safer while protecting Mother Nature for a better future. The Vice President said that this will lead to sustainable development and ensure that rural areas are not turned into concrete jungles. However, he emphasised that it's important to create amenities in rural areas that are on par with urban centers and to achieve this there should be a perfect blend of modernity and tradition.
"One must evolve ways to augment the infrastructure and facilities available in rural and peri-urban areas. There is a need to amalgamate tradition and technology to improve the built environment and also work towards sustainable development. It is important to create amenities in rural areas that are on par with urban centers," the Vice President said while addressing the Third Convocation of the School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada.
The Vice President also inaugurated the new buildings of the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) which has been built in an area of 9.6 acres with an expenditure of approximately Rs153.66 crore. Among those who were present at the Convocation were Governor ESL Narasimhan, School of Planning and Architecture Chairperson Brinda Somaya, Director Meenakshi Jain and Union Higher Education Secretary R Subrahmanyam.
Appreciating the SPA Vijayawada for maintaining standards at par with premier institutes like IITs and NITs, the Vice President said the role of Architects and Planners in the 21st century is not limited to merely designing and giving shape to human settlements and buildings. He advised students to always aim at achieving excellence. "You should become trendsetters in your field and become partners in India’s growth story," he added.