Anant Fellowship aims to prepare and empower solutionaries to design, build and preserve an equitable and sustainable built environment.
Built environment is the human-made element of our surroundings. Dating back to the time of early settlers, the built environment has evolved and morphed into almost all elements of human lifestyle. It brings together various systems and structures essential to the way of life of modern-day civilizations. The scale of the built environment encompasses all human-made structures, features and facilities in which people live, play, work and do business.
Anant Fellowship is a one-year post-graduate diploma programme at Anant National University, Ahmedabad. The multidisciplinary programme is designed to prepare and empower students and young practitioners to create equitable and sustainable solutions for the built environment. The interdisciplinary approach is not only focused on urban development and sustainability but also explores disciplines such as art appreciation, philosophy, social sciences, design thinking and gender studies. Anant Fellowship offers classroom learning combined with hands-on experience, field visits and mentoring from inspiring faculty and experts from all over the world.
Anant Fellows are from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, geographies, academic disciplines and age groups. The fellowship cultivates an inclusive environment for all gender identities among each cohort. Our cadre of 150 fellows from over 18 countries globally are encouraged to practice empathy, leadership and collaboration with each other and their community.
The UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development is the first on Museums in the Asia Pacific region. It is second worldwide after Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. Serving as a think tank and bridge-builder between academia, civil society, local communities, research, and policy-making this Chair will promote and support the development of museum policies in the region. Designed to promote excellence and innovation, the Chair will establish new modes and modalities of locating culture in sustainable development. AnantU through this facility will provide critical direction to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) with a focus on the built environment and inclusive design. Moreover, it will establish a nexus of collaborations that will benefit institutions across the Asia Pacific region.
Professor Amareswar Galla is the designated Chair holder as Professor and Director of the International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership at AnantU.
The International Institute for the Inclusive Museum (iiiM) promotes cultural democracy in the digital domain. It is a global network of researchers, practitioners and institutes committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through innovative approaches to culture in development. A distributed network of domains with hubs all over the world, this platform enhances constructive engagement with several knowledge communities and promotes a state of the art online research, learning and teaching systems through strategic collaboration with the Common Ground Research Networks.
iiiM fosters discursive crossings between the Global South and North. The iiiM started as the Pacific Asia Observatory for Cultural Diversity in Human Development, part of the Action Plan of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001). It has since evolved as a critical frame for addressing the SDGs / Agenda 2030; and the New Urban Agenda Habitat III 2016. The iiiM promotes academic excellence, communities of practice and professionalization of heritage sectors including benchmarking against the UNESCO Hard Law and Soft Law standard setting instruments.
In 2019, AnantU collaborated with Pratt Institute for Studio of Experiments (SOE), an advanced studio in Pratt’s School of Architecture. The joint studio is led by Priyamwada Singh, Founder-Principal Architect, Common Ground Practice at AnantU and Brennan Buck, Principal, FreelandBuck, at Pratt Institute. Anant Fellows and Pratt Gaud students worked on New Delhi’s Lutyen Zone to understand how architecture constructs identity – for itself, its inhabitants and its site- to define the nuances of the community.
Anant Fellowship has a rigorous and effective placement process. The Fellowship supports Fellows whether they choose to find employment, move on to higher studies, seek entrepreneurship opportunities or create their own future pathways. Our multidisciplinary curriculum and diverse cohort allow our fellows to be placed in the social sector, educational sector, urban development and policy sectors, design and architecture practices and government. Anant Fellows coming from any background leave qualified and equipped to explore a wide arrange of roles and opportunities from almost any sector.
Being a graduate in architecture, I’ve always been intrigued by urban issues and different facets of the built environment. Anant Fellowship programme has played a key role to help me understand, learn and execute various techniques in this domain. I wanted to add value to the built-environment and undertake socially impactful projects. Moreover, I wanted to understand sustainability in the Indian context. The programme, especially the Live-Action Project, the Fellows from different walks of life and the faculty with a rich on-ground experience opened various avenues for me and made the Fellowship programme an interesting journey.
The Fellowship spoke to me on a deeper level and made me see why I chose law in the first place. The programme equipped me with knowledge, skills, approaches and techniques to blend different aspects of the built environment and the law. It introduced me to a diverse set of people, peers and faculty, who helped me in the path of self-discovery. The faculty broadened my vision on various topics, helped me look at spaces from multiple perspectives and uncovered my hidden talents. The Fellowship motivated me to look at the policies and public-life in the light of the built environment, inspired me to become a change-maker and find sustainable solutions to problems.
As a graduate in architecture, I was always interested in exploring the interconnection between behaviour and architecture and understand the psychology behind it. I believe that design interventions should enrich human life, and the Anant Fellowship programme affirmed it. Every module in the Fellowship programme had an aspect of psych, which made it interesting and fun. The modules and the Live-Action Project offered great exposure to the built environment. Additionally, the communication and the game design module made this programme enjoyable and enriching.