The multidisciplinary 'Center for Human Centric Research' housed at SPA-Bhopal works in consonance with the ethos of SPAB charter regarding 'Social Sustenance'. The centre practices 'equity by design' to include vulnerable populations like persons with disabilities, elderly, and social and ethnic minorities. The center supports human-centric approach as a multidisciplinary problem solving approach that tries to optimize the environment with extensive attention to the intended users. This approach has tremendous application in the developing countries, where majority of user population does not have power to influence the design and planning process. Objectives of this research and design development center are:
To attain its objectives, the center functions in four major areas, ‘Identification of Research Priority Areas and Networking’, ‘Education and Training’, ‘Research and Design Development’ and ‘Dissemination’.
The center has worked with UNESCO, United Nations ESCAP, NID Ahmedabad, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee, UC Berkeley, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Accessibility India Campaign, National Health Mission, ASI, NIOH, Arushi, DRONAH, Ability Unlimited, MMCF etc to attain it’s objectives. The center and the associated faculty received Universal Design Awards 2012, 2013 and 2016, instituted by NCPEDP, Mphasis and Access Ability, given by then Ministers, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
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