He also said that these approaches needed to open the concept of governance through the use of smart platforms due to the large and complex data. He added that the other thing to address is – Data comparing in different cities that will eventually help the citizens to compare the quality and thus induce changing for the betterment. On the role of his university, he said that university of Toronto is working with different organizations and institutions of India including TCS, IIT Bombay and also with mega cities Mumbai and Bangalore to address and help them with the challenges, these cities are enduring.
The president of University of Toronto also said that New Delhi, Chennai and greater Mumbai are global cities; these cities also have the role of engine in the growth rate of India. He said that in case of digital dependence infrastructure and connectivity among various cities, the governance along with sustainability will improve then improvement would also be increased in field of technology and other sector that will affiliate with it.
The plan that was announced by Prime Minister, Modi includes establishment of 100 mega cities with connectivity through the internet, e-governance and quality infrastructure by 2022.
A report that has been published by Deloitte estimated that the amount that is needed for the establishment of these 22 cities is 150 billion $ and the major part of this investment (80%) will come from private sector.
University of Toronto and some other leading education institution want to work in collaboration with Indian universities.
Mr. Gertler said that flow of capital is started and Canada pension plan investment board has invested billions of dollars in India. He said that companies like Google are already interested in helping India for digitizing its structure.
He also pointed out the partnerships between institutions.
As far as the cities are concerned, by 2022, the project does not seem to be come into reality. As the government has decided to invite foreign universities in India, the proposal is in discussion that also needs changing in law and some new law making, the opposition is ready to sabotage any proposal as the BJP has once taken stand against the foreign universities and other domestic pressures of election are the big hurdle for this dream of prime minister Modi.