The Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES) is an autonomous organisation established in the year 1970 under the sponsorship of Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, in the Osmania University to cater the training and research needs of constituent state governments, namely, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the Union Territories of Pondicherry and A&N Islands in the urban sector. The RCUES, in its long journey of forty-seven years continues to grow adapting to the challenges of capacity building in the urban development sector. Initially, the focus was on training of the urban functionaries working in various departments like town and country planning, public health engineering and Urban Local Bodies. The RCUES has over the years tuned its activities to the requirements of various central and state governments and the ULBs.
Apart from the training, the RCUES has been organizing several international, national and regional workshops on topical themes like urban renewal, water and sanitation, development of small and medium towns, slum improvement, waste managements and urban poverty alleviation. It has also forged academic and professional collaborations with international organizations like UNICF, DFID, USAID, ILO, UNDP, HSRC, etc. and organized overseas development programmes for officers from developing countries like Kenya, Nairobi and others. Over the years, the RCUES expanded its horizon to international, national and sub-national levels. Especially poverty alleviation programmes focussing on social mobilization buildings of the grass-root levels involving not only ULBs but also NGOs and community based organizations.
Status/Registration Details of the Organization
The RCUES was established through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India and Osmania University and administered as per rules and regulations of Osmania University/State Government through a Governing Council under the Chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor, Osmania University which is the apex body of authority. The members of governing council include the Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, representatives of the select state governments on rotation basis, a senior professor of the RCUES and Director, RCUES-OU, as member-convener.