Vascon Engineers Presents


Prizes worth INR 30,000

Round 2 registrations closed now



The evidence of urban planning and designed communities dates back to the Indus Valley and Egyptian civilizations in the third millennium BCE. Planning practices have incorporated policy changes to help address global climate change, sustainable development of cities & infrastructure.

We are providing an opportunity to young students & potential planners to showcase their talent & get recognition for their work. The competition is based upon understanding the city & formulating its development action plan for the next 3 to 5 years.




  • Focus on the current Master Plan  & development schemes as proposed by the government authorities (Central, State, or Local) for the selected city
  • Prepare a thorough SWOT analysis of the key pointers of the city and explain all your findings in a detailed manner



  • Explore the possibilities of development for at least one of the themes as mentioned in Table 1
  • Identify & develop a unique theme (developed theme should  strictly not be from Table 1)  to analyze the city profile
  • Collect the data & support your research with proper arguments



  • Incorporate at least two smart city missions as given by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India  (Refer link:
  • Relate the unique theme developed by you with the principles of smart city missions that you incorporated



  • Briefly elaborate and discuss the financial expenses required for the overall development of the city based on your theme with proper research and arguments.


  • You can register for this competition either individually or in a team of a maximum of 4 members. A team having more than 4 members will not be considered
  • Registrations will start from 14th December 2021. Click here to register (
  • The team leader will be the point of contact for all official communication related to the competition

Abstract Submission (Round 1)

  •  Submit a PPT of a maximum of 4 slides (including the title slide) supporting the arguments for the selection of your city and the development of the unique theme. You need to select only one of tier-2 or tier-3 cities (Refer to Table 2 and Judging Rubric
  •  Submission portal closed
  •  Please remain strict to the guidelines as given in Table 2 while submitting the PPT. Any violation of the guidelines will result in a penalty accordingly             


Final Submission (Round 2)

  • You need to submit your final findings in PPT format only after you get selected for Round 2
  • Submit a presentation (12-15 slides including title and reference slides)illustrating the detailed solution methodology and step-by-step procedure to achieve all the objectives of the competition in detail.
  • Submission portal closed
  • Please be strict with the guidelines as given in Table 2 while submitting the PPT. Any violation of the guidelines will result in a penalty    
  • Link:


  • Only Tier-2 & Tier-3 cities of India can be selected. No submission for Tier-1 cities (Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad & Pune) will be accepted
  • The top 10-15 teams selected after final submission will have to present their submission on the event day(dates will be announced later). More details regarding this will be released on Aakaar official website
  • The presentation can be done by any of the members of the team and should describe their comprehension and approach towards the problem. 10 minutes will be given for presentation followed by a 5 minutes Q&A session
  • Any source referred should be cited correctly in the document. We will check the plagiarized content. If found any, the submission will be rejected, and the team will be debarred from further participating in all the IIT Bombay events


  • Teams will be shortlisted for final submission on the basis of their abstract submission. The judging criteria will be based on the rubrics.
  • The judging of the final submission will be based on the following factors.  
  • Uniqueness & representation of the theme
  • The extent of secondary research
  • Innovativeness & practicality of the proposals
  • Relation with at least 2 of the Fundamental Principles of the Smart City
  •  Refer to rubrics for the marking scheme. Emphasis will be given to the approach & methodology adopted. Therefore, comprehension of the problem and approach of solving it with more sustainability-oriented solutions will be focused on.

Prizes and Incentives 

  • A great experience of presenting your work in front of judges and reviews from the prominent judge panel
  • Cash prizes worth Rs 30,000 /-
  • The top 3 research works would be presented in Aakaar magazine and displayed on the Aakaar website
  • Participation certificates to every participant on successful completion


  • Aakaar, IIT BOMBAY reserves the right to disqualify any participant if found using any unfair means
  • Aakaar, IIT BOMBAY reserves the right to change any or all of the above rules as they deem fit. Change in rules, if any, will be highlighted on the website and notified to the registered participants
  • No responsibility will be held by Aakaar, IIT BOMBAY for any late, lost, or miscredited entries
  • Note that at any point in time the latest information will be that which is on the website. Registered participants will be informed through mail about any changes on the website
  • All modes of official communication will be through Aakaar e-mail

For more details please refer to this brochure

Contact Information

For any doubts or queries regarding the competition, contact:

Chetan Kumar 

Symposium Manager , Aakaar IIT Bombay 

Mail ID:
Contact No. : 7545085670(Whatsapp)
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