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 five tracks namely, Domain and Technical, Societal and Cultural, Communication, Self-Growth and the Live Action Project.

  • Tracks
  • Domain & Technical (D&T)
  • Societal & Cultural (S&C)
  • Communication
  • Self-Growth
  • Live Action Project

Domain & Technical

This track offers technical skill-based courses in design, architecture, urban planning, sustainability and entrepreneurship that are critical to the study of the built environment. The modules in this track help to bridge the gap between Fellows from disciplines outside of the built environment with the technical skill sets and knowhow to function as a built environment solutionaries.

  • Biomimicry
  • Internet of Things
  • Design Thinking
  • Sustainable Architecture
  • Game Design
  • Sustainable Waste Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Multi-use Infrastructure/ PRATT Studio Module
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Societal & Cultural

This track is designed to help Fellows understand the context of the built environment in relation to all other disciplines. The modules curated through this track will encourage a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving. The modules offered in the S&C track includes art history, economics, history, philosophy, gender studies, sociology and so on. The S&C track encourages Fellows to think critically from multidisciplinary perspectives. Modules offered under the S&C track include:

  • Perspectives of Indian Civilisation
  • Philosophy of the Built Environment
  • Vulnerability and the Built Environment
  • Sustainable Heritage Development
  • Women, Society & India
  • Art Appreciation
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The Communication track is curated by the Writing and Communication Studio at the Fellowship. Fellows will be trained to build their critical thinking and communication skills. In addition to preparing Fellows to develop sound academic writing skills, the Communication track will also help Fellows develop effective oral, written, and visual communication skills relevant for various personal, professional and academic contexts:

  • Design, Text and Communication
  • Research Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Introduction to Media and Communication
  • Netflix and the Art of Design
  • Basics in Academic Writing
  • Creative Writing
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The SG track is curated to help Fellows achieve holistic personal growth. Each module is designed by industry experts who help Fellows explore their values and strengths in leadership, empathy and critical thinking. Over the course of the year, Fellows will develop skills and techniques to negotiate and build resilience towards difficult situations and environments. Modules offered in the Self-Growth track include:

  • Decoding Others
  • Building Presence
  • Structuring problems
  • Negotiating wisely
  • Expanding Networks
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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 LAP Projects

  • Biomimicry Frontiers
  • cBalance
  • Indian Housing Federation
  • Centre for Sustainability
  • EcoSage Enviro
  • Sustainable Indigenous Centre for Collaborative Arts (SICCA)

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

Anant Fellows are designing and launching an online course titled ‘Inspired by Nature’. This online course will help the students to see nature differently; give them the tools to tap into the design strategies of the natural world and help them create novel technologies that could transform the way we think, behave and create.

cBalance is a knowledge-centric solutions hub that specializes in tool building and strategy development for integration of carbon ERP into institutional processes while enabling measurable, reportable, and verifiable GHG emissions, energy, water and waste mitigation roadmaps.

This project focuses on the energy-deprived urban poor. It brings inclusive visioning, participatory design, and co-creating passive cooling retrofit designs with design support from local architecture and academic institutions, followed by pilot installations and performance testing of design solutions.

Indian Housing Federation is a not-for-profit organisation that enables access to housing for low-income communities by providing strategic and implementation support to the state governments in India.

With IHF, Anant Fellows are working on a ‘State of Housing Report’ on the city of Amravati. The project aims to mitigate the lack of precise current information that is serving as an impediment to a successful housing and urban planning strategy in the city. It involves a healthy mix of academic research, policy research and analysis, strategy design, operational planning, creative content creation and digital technology.

The Centre for Sustainability at AnantU is a research-based ‘do tank that focuses on affordable housing, indigenous models for the circular economy, and building sustainable education campuses in India. The Centre publishes research reports and multimedia products, create and teach relevant coursework, and implement projects.

Anant Fellows are designing and creating a prototype of the semi-permanent home. This will be part of a series of recommendations which will be published as a report for the Government of Maharashtra and the Government of India.

Ecosage is a Himalayan waste management company that uses smart waste collection system and high-tech solid waste treatment methods to reintroduce recycled waste into the supply chain by eliminating the use of virgin materials in the ecosystem, focusing on Reducing, Reusing and Recycling waste.

Through this project, Anant Fellows are assisting in designing small-scale recycling and upcycling interventions and find local implementing partners.

SICCA is a project designed by Anant Fellows themselves. The project aims to create a space of practice and archival for indigenous arts and crafts, with conservation programmes that involve and empower the community.

Through this project the LAP team is working on archiving the last generation traditions. Space will also be a laboratory for creating new artistic work and will conduct programmes that encourage the involvement of arts in daily life. The project is located in Shantiniketan, West Bengal.

Meet the Faculty

  • Dr Amareswar Galla
    Professor and Director, ICICL;
    PhD, Australian National University;
    Salzburg Global Fellow
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  • Dr Anunaya Chaubey
    PhD 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 View profile
  • 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; PhD in Economics,
    Cornell University
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  • Dr Bindu Bhadana
    PhD in Transcultural Studies,
    University of Heidelberg
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  • Gagan Sethi
    MSW, MS University, Vadodara View profile
  • Dr Indira Parikh
    PhD, 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
    PhD in Architecture,
    University of California, Berkeley
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  • Dr Rodolphe El-Khoury
    PhD, 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
    PhD, 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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  • Anubha Kakroo
    Professor and Director, School of Design;
    M.Arch. in Industrial Design,
    School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
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  • Priyamwada Singh
    Master of Architecture,
    Columbia University, New York
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  • Dr Purnima Mehrotra
    PhD in Development Communication, University of Kentucky View profile
  • Dr Subhalaxmi Mohapatra
    Associate Professor & Co-Director, CUCE;
    PhD 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;
    PhD, SciencesPo
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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
    PhD in Urban Studies,
    Université Grenoble Alpes
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  • Sushanta Banerjee
    PGDM, IIM Ahmedabad View profile

Anant Fellowship Online

  • Webinars
  • Academics

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 is currently offered online due to the on-going pandemic. Our dedicated programme team has designed a digital learning strategy to create an engaging and rewarding teaching and learning experience for our fellows and faculty.

Anant Fellowship Team

Read our FAQs

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.