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Top Officials of International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) Discuss Slum Upgradation Programme with Kumari Selja
October 26: Professor John McCarthy, President, International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) and Dr. Wim Bakens, CIB Secretary General who are presently on a visit to India, had a rendezvous with Kumari Selja, Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation. The visiting dignitaries are in India for the CIB Board meeting and International Conference on the theme of “Innovative Building Technologies for Affordable Mass Housing”. During the meeting with the Minister, the role that CIB could play in India’s Slum Upgradation Programme especially the newly launched Rajiv Awas Yojana was discussed with focus on the following:
• Innovative Building Technologies for Mass Housing;
• Research into the existing construction and materials management chain with a view to moving towards greater standardization of construction processes and materials management in order to reduce time and cost over runs and capture better the greater efficiencies that go with mass housing;
CIB International Conference on “Innovative Building Technologies for Affordable Mass Housing” in India holds significance in the field of housing and building construction, and is expected to be widely attended by India’s urban construction and building sector. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India is represented in CIB Board through National Buildings Organisation. NBO, Ministry of HUPA is hosting the CIB board meeting for the first time in India, during 25-27th October, 2010 followed by the International Conference on the theme of “Innovative Building Technologies for Affordable Mass Housing” on 28th October, 2010. CIB is a world wide network of over 5000 researchers and experts from about 500 organisations in the building & construction sector, and includes almost all the major national building research institutes in the world. CIB was established in 1953 with the support of the United Nations to help rebuild Europe following the ravages of the Second World War.