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School of Sustainability
IIT Madras

Our Vision

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The school’s vision is to be the go-to place for policymakers and researchers for an understanding of sustainability related technologies and policy implications. The school aims to be recognized as a leader for sustainability teaching and research in the global south.

Our Mission

Foster interactive and innovative teaching approaches for students and professionals to deepen our understanding of sustainability.

Drive integrated, interdisciplinary research on sustainability in areas such as climate change, decarbonization, sustainable settlements, and behavioral change.

Create impactful change by collaborating with industry, engaging in policy dialogues, and helping implement solutions on the ground.


Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: Scenario Modeling

Explore climate change impacts and adaptation strategies from an engineering perspective, utilizing advanced modeling techniques to assess long-term consequences and inform sustainable decision-making.

Ubiquitous Decarbonization (Materials and Energy)

Comprehensive decarbonization efforts spanning renewable energy, sustainable materials, and industrial processes, drawing from collaborative research across various departments, to mitigate carbon emissions and promote sustainable industry practices.

Sustainable Human Settlements and the F-E-W Nexus

Develop sustainable models for human settlements that address the intricate interplay of Food, Energy, and Water (F-E-W) resources, fostering a holistic and sustainable way of living.

Behavioural Change for Sustainability

Explore the spectrum of human behavior across various facets of life, drive sustainable transformation through policy dialogues, interdisciplinary studies, and vibrant outreach, envisioning a world where sustainable living seamlessly integrates into our daily existence.

Courses Offered

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Minor in Sustainability

The School of Sustainability will offer a Minor in Sustainability to undergraduate students across various departments, providing them with the opportunity to delve into pressing sustainability challenges. The school recognizes that addressing sustainability issues requires an interdisciplinary approach. Interested students will have the flexibility to select from a carefully curated basket of courses offered by different departments within the field of sustainability. To be eligible for the minor degree, students will need to successfully complete a total of 4 courses from the suggested curriculum. This minor program aims to offer a comprehensive understanding of sustainability, encompassing its environmental, social, and economic dimensions, thus preparing students for impactful contributions to a better world.

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IDDD Program in Sustainability

We are thrilled to announce our plans for the launch of the Interdisciplinary Dual Degree (IDDD) program, currently in development, at the esteemed School of Sustainability, IIT Madras. This innovative 5-year program will offer students from diverse academic backgrounds the opportunity to become sustainability professionals and pursue careers in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) sectors. The program, open to 4-year B.Tech students of IIT Madras who can choose to convert their degrees into the IDDD program during their third year, will provide a comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding of sustainability. Stay tuned for updates on this groundbreaking program that equips students with the tools to address complex sustainability challenges and drive positive change in the world.

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Executive Education Programs on Sustainability

To empower excellence in sustainability, the School of Sustainability at IIT Madras is in the early planning stages for a series of transformative Certificate Courses and Executive Education Programs for industry professionals and executives in sustainability knowledge and strategies. These offerings will cater to a diverse audience and cover vital aspects of sustainability, including Technology Roadmaps, Business Models, Strategy, and Policy Changes. Stay tuned for updates on these upcoming programs as we prepare to embark on a journey towards a more sustainable future.

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The School of Sustainability is a dynamic community of the IITM faculty members, IITM Centres of Excellence, research scholars and practitioners. We strive to foster creative modes of knowledge transfer, conduct integrated and actionable research in Sustainability Science and Technology, and maximize an impact through implementation and policy.

From The Director

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“Sustainability is a critical component of our National Education Policy. Every field of engineering and technology will eventually converge to meet one or many of the seventeen Sustainable development goals as listed by the United Nations. This convergence has started happening at a rapid pace as inferred from the multiple G20 related events conducted in India in 2023. In this context, the school of sustainability shows IIT-Madras’ unwavering commitment to capacity building and action in this field.” - Prof. V. Kamakoti

From The Head of the School

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“The School of Sustainability will integrate work done from across disciplines. We will enable collaborative research that can solve grand challenges and build capacity on a systems approach towards becoming more sustainable. In doing so we hope to have a more holistic impact on science, practice and policy”
Prof. Ashwin Mahalingam

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School of Sustainbility
IIT Madras

School of Sustainability IIT Madras,
Department of Biotechnology
Block 2, Room 411A,
Chennai 600036, India.

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