New Delhi, India: The Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, and Bentley Systems, Incorporated, announced that the project designed by students of Manava Bharati India International School, Panchsheel, New Delhi won top honors in the 2008-2009 Future Cities India 2020 competition. Launched by the Ministry of Science & Technology and Bentley in 2006, the program is a partnership among government, universities, and the business community to promote and inspire young students to consider careers in the infrastructure design and engineering professions. It encourages students to use their design skills, along with Bentley’s software, to help prepare India’s cities for the year 2020. This year’s challenge centered on Indian Railway’s plans to refurbish the country’s aging railway stations into world-class facilities. Student teams submitted conceptual designs for the rehabilitation of the New Delhi railway station, the first of 22 stations on the redevelopment schedule.
The award was given away by Kapil Sibal, the Union Minister for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences. The winners were awarded scholarships and trophies, and the teachers and technical professionals who served as counselors and mentors also received awards and recognition. Second place honours went to Amity International, Gurgaon.
Scott Lofgren, global director, Be Careers Network, said, “For the third straight year the student participants in the Future Cities India 2020 competition have demonstrated an unwavering desire to remain on task and deliver high-quality projects aimed at sustaining India’s cities.”
The Future Cities India 2020 competition consisted of 15 student teams representing 14 high schools. Teachers and industry mentors guided each team in designing a plan to rehabilitate the New Delhi railway station. Using Bentley software, students designed a world-class railway station to accommodate the country’s growing number of commuters, while keeping in mind the concerns of the surrounding infrastructure and all environmental sustainability issues.