Anant Fellowship is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary programme with a special focus on blended learning. Fellows learn from global academics and industry leaders of repute in thematic clusters.


Collaborate with a diverse set of Fellows from across the world. The Fellowship provides an immersive experience for Fellows of different nationalities. Fellows from multiple disciplines enrich the learning of the cohort.

Hands-on Learning

The Live-Action Project offered at Anant Fellowship gives Fellows an opportunity to put theory into practice. Fellows work with the community on a diverse set of issues ranging from health, sustainable environment, migrant rights and more.

Track-wise Learning

The Anant Fellowship is curated and designed by experts from the fields of Design, Architecture, Technology, Liberal Arts, and Management. Modules offered at the Fellowship are divided into various tracks namely, Societal and Cultural, Fundamentals of Built Environment, Language and Methodology, Design for Development, Self-Growth and Leadership, and the Live-Action Project.

  • Tracks
  • UNESCO Chair Modules
  • Societal & Cultural (S&C)
  • Fundamentals of Built Environment
  • Language and Methodology
  • Design for Development
  • Self-Growth and Leadership
  • Live-Action Project (LAP)

Unisco Chair

UNESCO Chair Modules

UNESCO Chair offers two flagship modules entitled Safeguarding Intangible Heritage and Sustainable Heritage Development through the Anant Fellowship programme. These modules introduce the Fellows to new perspectives on UNESCO standard-setting instruments. They are interdisciplinary and delivered with capacity building/professional development approaches, given the diverse disciplinary backgrounds of the Fellows.

Societal & Cultural

Learn about the aspects of the built environment through the lens of other established domains of knowledge such as history, anthropology, ecology and finance.

  • Art and Historical Perspectives
  • Art in Everyday Spaces
  • Safeguarding Intangible Heritage
  • Sustainable Heritage Development
  • Philosophical Perspectives
  • Financial Perspectives
  • Governance Perspectives
  • Technological Perspectives
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Fundamentals of Built Environment

Essential concepts in architecture, urban design and urban planning.

  • Introduction to the Built Environment
  • Urban Design Theory
  • Writing for Built Environment
  • Unbuilding Architecture
  • Drawing for Built Environment
  • Sustainable Architecture Design
  • Urban Systems Image
  • Regenerative Design
  • Regenerative Design
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Language and Methodology

Techniques of mapping, analysis & communication in the built environment studies

  • Design Thinking
  • Media and Visual Communication
  • Biomimicry: Learning from Nature
  • Netflix and Art of Design Writing
  • Research Design
  • Communications and Writing
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Design for Development

Understanding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) within the domain of the built environment

  • SDGs and Built Environment
  • Women Society and Changing India
  • Sustainable Farming
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Climate Change and the Built Environment
  • Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable Business
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Exploring values and strengths in leadership, empathy and critical thinking

  • Interpersonal Dynamics
  • Emerging Leader Programme
  • Exploration in Life Space, Roles and Identity
  • Building Habits, Careers and Environments
  • Reflective Practices for Designers
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Live-Action Project

The ‘action’ part of the curriculum, LAP offers hands-on learning to the Fellows by working on live projects on the ground. Working in teams and with help of stakeholders, the Fellows apply their classroom learnings to tackle challenges to the built environment by devising innovative solutions.



Project Diversity

Snapshots of Live-Action Project

Each year our Fellows research, design and develop equitable solutions for various challenges affecting the built environment. The process is designed so Fellows engage with the local community, meet relevant stakeholders and present their ideas to our faculty and other industry practitioners. Following the fellowship, Fellows are invited to develop their projects through Aarambh, AnantU’s Incubation Centre.

LAP Client Speak

Current Live-Action Projects

  • International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership (ICICL)
  • Biomimicry Frontiers
  • Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship & Democracy
  • Untold Stories of Ahmedabad
  • Sustainable Farming
  • Aryanika Sustainable Community
  • Self Designed Project - Sustainable Fashion

Anant Fellows are engaged in the feasibility study and concept design of the Anant National University Museum (ANUM) as a pedagogical museum through SDPGI (2020-21) and LAP (2021-22). The Fellows are mentored in the preparation of the DPR for the concept design and development of ANUM. In the process, they are gaining skills to develop professional DPRs. They are exposed to domains like cultural policy drafting, collections management, placemaking, inclusive pedagogy, stakeholder engagement, applied research, among other things.

Biomimicry Frontiers is award-winning sustainability and strategic planning firm based in Guelph, Ontario.

This joint project is part sustainable design, part community building. There is an opportunity to support a one of its kind, “biomimetic house” in Bengaluru, India. At the same time, we will be building a biomimicry online community called, the Biomimicry Commons. The goal is to push the boundaries of residential design and to create a powerful space for people to build their own biomimetic business, respectively.

The objective of the campaign is to ensure we work with partners and schools to ensure that the child’s voice is heard by collecting their inputs, compiling the same and producing it to the local government for their action.

The Fellows will research any unexplored culture area and present an impact assessment study on its significance to the tourism economy, the society and the environment. The report shall imperatively include history of the place, narratives of the cultural assets, value of architecture in the tourism product, its marketing attributes, conservation policies and post-pandemic management strategies.

Conventional methods in agriculture are not sustainable as it is deleterious to environment and natural resources. There are alternate ways in agriculture which promises to be more sustainable. It is important to explore and integrate processes in food production system which is sustainable and thus beneficial to both, people and the planet. To understand different implications of agriculture and explore processes and methods in agriculture which is beneficial to both, people and the environment.

Aranyika Masterplan Competition Launch & Conclusion (an international competition that’s being conducted to collect the thoughts from all across the planet to conceptualize the physical form of Aranyika, Setting up the Volunteer System Setting up of a Transitional Facility. This facility should be based on a NET ZERO theme, along primarily 3 axis; Net-Zero WASTE, Net-Zero Carbon Footprint, Net-Zero Finance. 6 months

The team will create fabric from waste materials and promote them as a sustainable alternative for chemically produced harmful materials whose fabrication results in lot of chemical emissions ‘Crazy idea’- To create a fabric out of Agriculture waste, Cow dung and want this fabric to replace the materials which cause lot of damage to the environment in various ways.


Meet the Faculty

  • Dr Amareswar Galla
    Professor and Director,ICICL;
    Ph.D., Australian National University;
    Salzburg Global Fellow
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  • Dr Anunaya Chaubey
    Director, Anant Fellowship;
    Ph.D. in English Literature, Patna University;
    Salzburg Global Fellow
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  • Akshay Roongta
    MA in New Media,
    Aalto University, Helsinki
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  • Amit Gulati
    M.Des. in Industrial Design,
    National Institute of Design
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  • Ankur Kulshrestha
    Executive Program in Leadership and Management, IIM, Calcutta View profile
  • Aparna Piramal Raje
    MBA, Harvard Business School View profile
  • Dr Ashima Sood
    Associate Professor and Co-Director, CUCE; Ph.D. in Economics,
    Cornell University
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  • Dr Bindu Bhadana
    Ph.D. in Transcultural Studies,
    University of Heidelberg
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  • Gagan Sethi
    MSW, MS University, Vadodara View profile
  • Dr Indira Parikh
    Ph.D., Gujarat University
    Former Dean, IIM-Ahmedabad
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  • Kartikeya Shastri
    Masters in Engineering,
    Cornell University
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  • Dr Pramath Raj Sinha
    Founding Provost, AnantU;
    Founder and Chairman, Harappa Education;
    Founding Dean, ISB
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  • Dr Renu Desai
    Ph.D. in Architecture,
    University of California, Berkeley
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  • Dr Rodolphe El-Khoury
    Ph.D., Princeton University View profile
  • Sanjeev Chatterjee
    M.A. in English lit, DU
    Professor, School of Communication, University of Miami
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  • Dr Sundar Sarukkai
    Ph.D., Purdue University,
    Visiting faculty, Anant Fellowship
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  • Urvashi Butalia
    Masters in South Asian Studies, University of London View profile
  • Zeenat Niazi
    Master of Architecture,
    McGill University, Montreal, Canada
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  • Priyamwada Singh
    Master of Architecture,
    Columbia University, New York
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  • Dr Purnima Mehrotra
    Ph.D. in Development Communication, University of Kentucky View profile
  • Dr Subhalaxmi Mohapatra
    Associate Professor & Co-Director, CUCE;
    Ph.D. in Health Economics,
    Utkal University, Orissa
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  • Dhaval Monani
    Associate Professor and Director, Affordable Housing;
    MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship,
    IESE Business School
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  • Snehal Nagarsheth
    Professor and Dean, School of Architecture;
    Master of Urban Design,
    CEPT University
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  • Dr Miniya Chatterji
    Director, Centre for Sustainability and Anant Fellowship for Climate Action;
    Ph.D., SciencesPo,
    CEO, Sustain Labs Paris & Founding Director, Anant School for Climate Action
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  • Amit Kumar
    MSc in Computer and Information Science,
    Cleveland State University, Ohio
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  • Prashant Dhawan
    MSc in Biomimicry,
    Arizona University
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  • Seema Anand
    Biomimicry Specialty Program,
    TVB School of Habitat Studies
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  • Dr Vandana Vasudevan
    Ph.D. in Urban Studies,
    Université Grenoble Alpes
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  • Sushanta Banerjee
    PGDM, IIM Ahmedabad View profile

Anant Fellowship Online

  • Webinars

Prospective Fellows, Alumni, built environment enthusiasts and other new-age thinkers can experience Anant Fellowship through our online web-series. Anant Fellowship Online has been curated by our faculty and programme team to give a glimpse of the modules offered in the programme. The web-series offers the opportunity to interact with our Faculty and Fellows, various international speakers, sustainability and built environment experts, researchers and so on. We have conducted several Anant Fellowship webinars with speakers such as Dr Jamie Miller, Founder, Biomimicry Commons, Dr Indira Parikh, Founder President, Flame University, Andrew McLuhan, Director, The McLuhan Institute, Madan Gopal Singh, Indian composer, singer, lyricist and actor, Leena Yadav, film director, producer, screenwriter and editor, Aruna Roy, Co-founder, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, and more.


Anant Fellowship Board of Studies

Anant Fellowship Team

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Anant Fellowship curriculum is designed by experts from design, architecture, liberal arts, management and technology fields. The programme is curated to include multiple perspectives from disciplines such as art history, sociology, economics and gender studies so that the Fellows are trained to build a nuanced perspective in their problem-solving approach.

The programme is broadly divided into five tracks:

  1. Domain & Technical (D & T):

    The D & T track offers technical skill-based courses in design, architecture, urban planning, sustainability and entrepreneurship that are critical to the study of the built environment

  2. Societal & Cultural (S & C):

    The S & C track is designed to help Fellows understand the context of the built environment and encourage a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving. The track offers courses from disciplines such as art history, economics, history, philosophy, gender studies and sociology

  3. Communication (Comm):

    The Communication track offers courses that can help Fellows communicate effectively across personal, professional and academic contexts

  4. Self-growth (SG):

    The SG track is curated to help Fellows achieve holistic personal growth

  5. Live-Action Project (LAP):

    The Live-Action Project is an experiential track where the Fellows apply their classroom learnings, identify a built-environment problem, work in teams and propose innovative solutions

The LAP track is an opportunity for Fellows to implement their classroom learnings, work on the ground and propose innovative solutions. The objective is to:

  • Identify and understand a built environment problem

  • Collaborate with peers, community stakeholders, institutions and organisations from diverse sectors

  • Implement classroom learnings and propose equitable and sustainable solutions

Faculty at Anant Fellowship are leading academics, experts and pioneers who have taught at international institutions and created organisations that champion cutting-edge research and impact policymaking. To see the complete list of faculty, please visit the faculty page.

No, we do not encourage seeking employment whilst you are enrolled in the Fellowship programme. It will be difficult to manage work and study at the Fellowship since the programme is delivered over 8 packed terms.

The Fellowship is a platform that encourages performing arts, poetry, music, cinema, and sports. There are a fully equipped sports complex, multipurpose hall, exhibition spaces, amphitheatre and other facilities at the university campus to explore your interests. In addition, the Office of Student Services has various clubs on campus for Fellows to explore their talents. For more information, please visit the website.

Anant Fellows can explore three kinds of opportunities upon completion of the programme:

  • Entrepreneurial: The Fellowship trains you to develop core entrepreneurial skills and thinking under the mentorship of Mr Srikant Shastri. In addition, Fellows get regular opportunities to interact with budding entrepreneurs and experts who can help them incubate their ideas.

  • Job opportunities: The career services committee at AnantU works closely with the Fellows to build their profiles. They host workshops and career weeks which prepare Fellows to work with diverse sectors.

  • Higher Education: Many of our Fellows have opted for pursuing higher education in international universities. Our Fellows have been selected for prestigious scholarships and programmes after the Fellowship.