Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), Kochi, in collaboration with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), South Asia, launched an Urban Fellowship for early to mid-career professionals in June 2023. The Fellowship was organised for a cohort of 13 young professionals working in urban policy across Kerala and aimed to equip urban policy researchers to build their careers in urban policy and provide a platform for systematic enquiry into urban policy challenges across India. Over the course of the fellowship, the fellows undertook primary and secondary research on local issues. The study also included stakeholder interactions and surveys. 

The closing ceremony of the Urban Fellowship was held in Kochi, Kerala, on 9th December 2023, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. The ceremony included a panel discussion on the theme ‘Urbanisation in Kerala: How is the state evolving and what are the challenges?’ followed by felicitation of the urban fellows on the completion of the fellowship.

Panel Discussion on ‘Urbanisation in Kerala: How is the state evolving and what are the challenges?’

The talk by Dr Ramachandran was followed by a panel discussion on ‘Urbanisation in Kerala: How is the state evolving and what are the challenges?’.  The panel speakers were Dr M Ramachandran IAS, Shri K J Sohan, Former Mayor of Kochi Municipal Corporation; Smt Vineetha Hariharan, National Public Policy Expert and Former Chief of External Missions, MSME. The discussion was moderated by Dr D Dhanuraj, Chairman, Centre for Public Policy Research, Kochi.

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