Sustainable Development: India

The Asia Institute - India


This program offers students an opportunity to experience India from two unique perspectives. First, to experience Indian society, art and culture by touring ancient heritage buildings, monuments, museums, and historical sites. Second, students will take a structured course on Energy for Sustainable Development and visit relevant businesses and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Why India?

India is a country rich in history, cultural diversity, natural resources, and varied environments. While India remains deeply traditional in some ways, such as religions and culture, it is also an emerging nation highly modernized in many parts of society, the economy, science and technology and in education. This tremendous contrast between the old world and new world makes India a fascinating case study.

Learning Outcomes

  • Sustainable Development Goals as drivers of sustainable, health and social initiatives
  • Assessment of community vulnerability and resiliency development to the effects of climate change
  • The process of using health and environmental benefits of sustainable or social value propositions to strengthen the business cases to help funding activities with innovation and social investors
  • The process of creating social, health or sustainability startups based on SDGs, community needs and climate change preparedness activities

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Featured Experiences

Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and is the centerpiece of a 42-acre complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall. The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
Hawa Mahal Palace
Made of red and pink sandstone, Jaipur's signature palace is a stunning example of local artistry. The structure was built in 1799 and the facade is essentially an enormous screened porch consisting of 953 windows.
Jama Masjid
The Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India. Built between 1650 and 1656, the mosque was completed in 1656 AD with three great gates and two 40 metres high minarets constructed with strips of red sandstone and white marble. The courtyard can accommodate more than 2500 people.
Qutab Minar
The Qutub Minar, is a minaret and "victory tower" that forms part of the Qutab complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi, India. Completed in 1193, the tower is 73 meter high and is the highest tower in India.
India Gate
The India Gate, built in 1931 and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, was inspired by the Arc de Triomphe. It commemorates India's war dead and houses an eternal flame.
Humayun's Tomb
This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal and many other Mughal architecture and garden complexes in India.
Indian Parliament House
Originally called the House of Parliament, it was designed by the British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker in 1912-1913 as part of their wider mandate to construct a new administrative capital city for British India. Construction of the Parliament House began in 1921 and it was completed in 1927.
Red Fort
This 17th century fort was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and served as the capital of the Mughals until 1857.
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