The Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad, is promoting the concept of Smart Knowledge Habitat to explore the options of using technology to design living spaces that are environmentally sustainable.

At a two-day conference that began here on Thursday, IMT said the concept of Smart Knowledge Habitat aims to combine the features of knowledge and smartness in urban and rural areas.

“The concept of knowledge-based development and knowledge cities has been gaining currency in the last two decades. However, thanks to the advances in information technology, the manifestation of knowledge has undergone a major transformation in recent years, leading to the emergence of the concept of smart cities, said Surinder Batra, Professor, IMT.

With the government announcing the implementation of 100 Smart Cities Mission, a new thought process has now started emerging, said Batra. The potential of blending the concepts of knowledge cities and smart cities, and a recognition of the fact that rural segments of the world population will continue to be significant targets of knowledge-based development, has led to the concept of Smart Knowledge Habitats, he added.