07 January 2022 10:41:17 IST

Anant Centre for Sustainability launches exec programmes

Both courses fill skills gaps in creating scalable solutions for affordable living, says Dir Miniya Chatterji.

Anant Centre for Sustainability, a part of Anant National University, has launched two new executive education programmes delivered via a blended learning model. A one-week certificate course in designing affordable living and a one-year Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) programme. The classes for both programmes will commence in February 2022.

The course in designing affordable living provides 30 students with knowledge about various materials used for designing affordable living products, with a deep dive into the properties of laminated corrugated cardboard, a highly affordable material. By the end of the course, students shall build the prototypes of the products.

Consistent mentorship

The EIR programme, a year-long structured support programme invites start-ups and entrepreneurs in affordable housing, building construction, research, real estate, design and prop-tech spaces. Each year three chosen entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to leverage the unique ecosystem provided by the university and its partners.

The entrepreneurs shall have the support and guidance from industry mentors, subject matter experts at the university and its affiliate organisations, to refine their products and services and take them to market.

The EIR programme has partnered with the Brigade REAP accelerator to help the entrepreneurs in the program gain access to Brigade’s extensive network, ecosystem, and funding options via one-on-one mentorship sessions and workshops.

Dr Miniya Chatterji, Director, Anant Centre for Sustainability, and CEO, Sustain Labs, said, “AnantU’s offering of executive education courses in the field of sustainability fill a crucial skills gap of entrepreneurial abilities to create scalable solutions for affordable living. We don’t yet learn about inequality and skills to overcome it in high school, which makes it difficult for entrepreneurs to build products, services, and business models that are incentivised to create a more equitable society. Both the courses are offered to overcome these lacunae.”