November 18, 2014
Kolkata and Kalimpong, India – Jeremy Németh and Andrew Rumbach, professors in the Department of Planning & Design, recently returned from a week in eastern India, where they were laying the groundwork for potential future teaching and research efforts in the region. Jeremy and Andy met with senior officials from the United States-India Educational Foundation in Kolkata and were invited speakers at an academic symposium focused on cities and development. The symposium was hosted by Centre for Built Environment and featured numerous speakers from Indian, European, and American universities.
They next visited Kalimpong, a small city in the Darjeeling District of West Bengal, near the Nepal and Chinese borders. There, they met with representatives from Save the Hills, a community-based organization focused on disaster risk reduction in the Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalayas, and toured areas affected by floods and landslides. Jeremy and Andy also spoke at a workshop on urban planning and disaster risk reduction, jointly sponsored by Save the Hills, North Bengal University, and the University of Colorado Denver.
The two met with several representatives from urban development departments in the region, as well as members of local environmental NGOs and professors from nearby colleges and universities.