A delegation of nine senior officers of Delhi Jal Board visited the Brisbane Institute of Strength-based Practice. The visiting delegation consisting of senior engineers were exposed to a five-day study tour in the first week of May 2022. 

The delegation attended seminars with the Australian faculty for the visiting delegation, including Dr Shawn Somerset, Professor of Public Health and also Professor of Nutrition, University of Canberra; Mr Jeff Steel, a top water and sewerage planner and project leader with innovative and creative experience, Sunshine Coast, Noosa Regional Council; and Dr Venkat Rao Pulla of the Brisbane Institute. 

The study tour for the officers offered them wide-ranging case studies from the field of public health, epidemiological issues, making smart cities and making people stronger and how to get better value out of a whole systems approach.

The impending water-utility issues in India and the plans and prospects of several water-related projects in India were discussed by Dr  Rudra Deo Mishra, Director of the Noida Productivity Council, who led the delegation. 

The institute’s programme for making smart cities addresses the twin objectives of regenerative development and offering ideas to senior executives in urban ministries, metro city managements, urban development authorities and city corporations to instigate creative and innovative thinking. 

Management of cities’ resources, such as water, from source to tap is seen by the Brisbane institute of Strengths as a sociologically living process. 

Explaining the regenerative development “as a whole systems approach that genuinely partners people and their place of dwelling and their flows”, Dr Venkat Pulla, the chief trainer from the institute said, ‘The city managers look forward to making people stronger, cities vibrant and are keen to make viable adaptations to make the city work for its people.”