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Urban Expansion Observatory

Mahatma Education Society is jointly developing an Urban Expansion Observatory in conjunction with New York University Stern School of Business. The work aims to measure the quality of expansion in urban areas from 1990 – 2010. The Observatory is being established to undertake the digitization of high resolution satellite imagery, in order to measure the quality of urban expansion in the fringe areas of 200 global cities. The analysis relies on a new and sophisticated sampling methodology developed by New York University. The outputs from the digitization will be analyzed by a Python script which will calculate metrics that will shed light on several urban indicators. These metrics will be presented in 2016 at the United Nations Habitat III Conference. read more

NYU Urbanization Project

The NYU Urban Expansion Program is one of two research and action programs at The NYU Stern Urbanization Project, a think tank and urban action center of the Stern School of Business at New York University (NYU). The program is dedicated to assisting municipalities of rapidly growing cities in preparing for their coming expansion, so that it is orderly and so that residential land on the urban fringe remains plentiful and affordable. Its work is divided into two components: Making Room for Urban Expansion and Monitoring Global Urban Expansion. Part of the funding of the program’s activities comes from the NYU Stern School of Business and the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management and another part from its partnerships with other organizations, municipalities, and governments. The overall rationale for the program is laid out in a book titled Planet of Cities [Cambridge MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2012]. A summary of this rationale is provided here and here.

Monitoring Global Expansion

The NYU Urban Expansion Program has embarked on a multi-phase research effort to monitor global urban expansion. The research effort focuses on the universe of all cities and metropolitan areas that had 100,000 people or more in 2010, and on a stratified global sample of 200 cities chosen from that universe. We have conducted a statistical test to determine whether the sample is truly representative of the universe of cities by checking whether the mean population growth rate in the sample is the same as that of the universe as a whole. read more

Mahatma Education Society

The Mahatma Education Society embarked upon its mission of “Education for all” with the Chembur English High School in the year 1970. Mahatma Education Society has now transformed itself into a vast educational organization, spread over six campuses at Chembur, New Panvel (Sector 7), New Panvel (Sector 8), New Panvel (Sector 16), Borivali (Gorai) and Rasayani (Raigad District). MES now manages a total of 48 educational institutions providing quality education from kindergarten to Post-graduate professional courses in the faculties of Engineering, Architecture, Management, Teachers Training, Arts, Science and Commerce to more than 35,000 students with 2,000 Teachers and 1,500 members of Non-Teaching Staff.  read more