Make real estate part of college curriculum: DLF head

April 5th, 2008 - 6:30 pm ICT by admin  

Hyderabad, April 5 (IANS) Real estate, housing and urban development issues should be included in the college curriculum to make the infrastructure industry more professional, K.P. Singh, chairman of the DLF Group, said Saturday. “There is a mushrooming growth of thousands of fly-by-night builders who made rampant unauthorised constructions all over the country,” he said at the seventh graduation day of the Indian School of Business, here.

“This in turn led to haphazard growth and cities are now full of unauthorised shanties, slums and a substandard urban infrastructure,” Singh added.

“To rectify this situation, we have to make a new beginning. And it is in this context that strategic education comes into play,” Singh argued.

“While India can be proud of its industrial development, we certainly cannot be proud of urban development and housing,” he said.

According to him, “The challenge is not just achieving growth. Growth will take place. The challenge is to manage growth in a manner which makes it truly inclusive.

“In the 1950s and 1960s, there was a complete absence of industrialists representing the real estate and urban infrastructure sectors of the economy, and that’s why real estate was not included in the curriculum,” Singh said.

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