School of Human Settlements, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar successfully organized the 5th Annual Research on Cities Summit (ARCS 5.0) with the theme Fit for the Future: Urban Strategies for the New Normal from 10th to 12th February 2021. The ARCS is an annual Conference organized by the School of Human Settlements, Xavier University Bhubaneswar, for academics, professionals, and policy designers to share research and experience on planning and managing human settlements and urbanization. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year the event was held in an online platform. The event stimulates the development and exchange of knowledge to develop safe, sustainable, and just settlements.
The conference was inaugurated on 10th February in an hybrid mode from the XUB campus. Prof. Dr. Kajri Misra, Dean of the school of human settlements, gave the welcome address followed by the address by Registrar Fr. E.A. Augustine, S.J. The keynote address was delivered by Mr. Hitesh Vaidya, Director at National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), Delhi, in an online mode.