Apeejay School, Noida wins Future Cities India 2020 Award

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New Delhi, Jan 19 (UNI) The project designed by students of Apeejay School, Noida won top honours in the 2007-2008 Future Cities India 2020 competition today.

DAV Public School, Gurgaon, was declared runner-up.

As many as 14 teams, representing 10 high schools of Delhi and the NCR, participated in the competition-- organised by the Sciene and Technology Department (DST) and Bentley Systems, a software company.

All the teams provided a plan for the future redevelopment of the Commonwealth Games 2010 international zone.

After presenting the awards, Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal said the competition should be made a national event open to high schools and colleges across the country to sensitise a much larger section of the student community to the development issues.

Describing Chandi Chowk, his Lok Sabha constituency, as a living heritage site, Mr Sibal, however, rued the rapid loss of its unique character.

He urged Bentley Systems and the DST to organise a competition to develop the historic stretch from Fatehpur to Lal Quila, with inputs from modern science and technology, into a world-class heritage site that the nation could be proud of.

Commenting on their win, Appejay team leader Ajaypat Jain said:''Future Cities India 2020 gave us an opportunity to serve our country in a special way.'' UNI YJ AKJ AS1616

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