Build a Sustainable World for a Greener Tomorrow


PG Level Advanced Certification Programme in Sustainability Engineering
and Smart Cities

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  • Talentsprint
  • #1India’s University & Research Institute*
  • 9 Months Executive Friendly Programme
  • 216Hours of Live Interactive Sessions
  • 6 DaysIISc Campus
    Visits
  • *As per NIRF Ranking 2023

Sustainability: Top priority for Organisations

  • 75% organisations have increased their sustainability investments over the past year.
  • Growth in demand for 'Green Skills' rose to 12.3% between 2022 and 2023 across the 48 countries.

Tech roles are evolving to include sustainability
as part of their job

  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Health and Safety Officer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Renewable Energy Engineer
  • Sustainability Engineer
  • Urban Planner
  • Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
  • Environmental Manager
  • Environmental Compliance Specialist

What is unique about this programme?

  • Career Advancement High Growth Domain
    • Showcase your expertise through projects and experiments
    • Upgrade your technical profile with a top IISc certification
  • Cutting-edge Applied Learning
    • Real-world curriculum aligned with UN-SDGs and allied global standards
    • Work on real-time projects promoting sustainable development
  • IISc Edge
    • Sessions by globally ranked scientists for their work on sustainability
    • Certification from India's #1 University and #1 Research Institute1
  • TalentSprint Advantage
    • Experiential learning on AI enabled Digital Platform
    • Network with 10000+ Executive Education Alumni

*As per NIRF Ranking 2023

Offered by India’s #1 University
and #1 Research Institute

The PG Level Advanced Certification Programme in Sustainability Engineering and Smart Cities will be delivered by IISc’s Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) in collaboration with TalentSprint. CCE offers courses suitably designed to meet the requirements of various target groups - aspiring research scientists, graduate engineers, and young professionals, enabling them to grow into competent managers of technology-intensive organisations. For more information, visit http://cce.iisc.ac.in.

  • India’s #1 University (2015-23) & Research Institute (2021-23)
  • #1 Times Higher Education University in India (2024)
  • 2 Bharat Ratna Awardees

Programme overview

The PG Level Advanced Certification Programme in Sustainability Engineering and Smart Cities equips individuals with essential knowledge and capabilities crucial for sustainable development, a pivotal concept shaping the world today.

The programme places a strong emphasis on integrating interdisciplinary knowledge from engineering, environmental science, policy, design, and safety engineering. This is a 9-month hands-on programme, where participants delve into diverse topics like renewable energy, smart city data analytics, waste management, low-carbon infrastructure, and more.

You will build expertise by leveraging an immersive learning format packed with faculty-led interactive sessions, hands-on exercises, real-world case studies, campus immersion, Assignment & Mini Projects.

What will I learn?

A comprehensive curriculum that gives practical insights into sustainability engineering.

  • Introduction to technology, sustainability, and sustainable development. Concepts of sustainability and sustainable development.
  • Technology; concepts and definitions.
  • Components of sustainability (Social, Economic, Environmental).
  • Linkages between resource use, technology, and sustainability.
  • Interactions between energy and technology, and their implications for environment and sustainable development.
  • Technology diffusion and commercialization; Business and sustainability.
  • Measuring and Benchmarking Sustainability - Sustainability proofing; Frameworks for measuring sustainability; Indicators of sustainability.
  • Sustainability Transitions, Drivers and Barriers; Polic and Institutional Innovations.
  • Sustainability transition Case Studies.

  • Understand, evaluate, define, and forecast sustainability.
  • Morphology-based understanding of technology/design and detailed morphological analysis of each chosen design/technology
  • Development of technology/design-integrated systems model
  • Consideration of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Coverage of the fundamental mandate of SDG-4
  • Addressing feasibility, opportunities, challenges, and limitations in achieving sustainability.

  • Introduction to Smart City Problems
  • Data types and quality issues in smart cities
  • Data pre-processing
  • Regression analysis
  • Classification techniques: Logistic regression, Decision tree, Naïve Bayes, k-NN, Support Vector Machines and Neural Networks
  • Model Evaluation and Selection
  • Clustering concepts (k-means clustering)
  • Anomaly detection

  • Lecture: Introduction to IoT, Edge and Cloud Systems
    • Sensing, communications, computing
    • ODAA loop
    • Edge vs. Cloud trade-offs
    • Edge platforms
    • Cloud platforms
  • Lecture: Data Platforms for IoT
    • Pub-Sub systems (MQTT, Cloud event hubs/Kinesis)
    • Cloud storage (S3)
    • Relational DB
    • NoSQL DB (Key-value store, Columnar store, Time-series DB)
  • Lecture: Computing Platforms for IoT
    • Stream processing using Spark dataframes and streaming
    • FaaS composition on the cloud
    • Inferencing services on clouds
    • Intro to federated learning
  • Lecture: Deep Learning for the Edge
    • Introduction to neural networks and model training
    • Types on NN such as CNN, RNN, LSTM
    • DL for computer vision
    • Image classification, object detection and tracking
  • Lecture: Interactive data visualization, dashboards and MLOps
    • Data visualization methods and tools
    • Interactivity in visualization
    • Dashboards and story telling with data
    • Model deployment and MLOps
  • Lecture: Case Studies
    • Smart Cities: Air quality, Smart grid, Water distribution, Transportation, etc. Precision agriculture

  • Introduction to Renewable Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Biomass and Bioenergy
  • Hydroelectric and Ocean Energy
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Energy Storage and Grid Integration
  • Renewable Energy Policies and Economics
  • Environmental and Social Impacts
  • Future Trends and Innovations

  • Water cycle, renewable waste
  • Freshwater resources- surface water, groundwater
  • Water usage, stress & scarcity
  • Water smart agriculture
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Surface, ground & rainwater quality
  • Contamination scenarios & need for treatment
  • Drinking water treatment & requirements
  • Other remediation techniques
    • Industrial water treatment & requirements
    • Seawater desalination
  • Wastewater quantity & quality, parameters
  • Water pollution, hazards & need for wastewater treatment
  • Conventional wastewater treatment
  • Resource recovery options
  • Recycling of treated wastewater
  • Options for industrial wastewater treatment

  • Climate and building design
  • Green Building concepts
  • Building energy efficiency and renewable energy assessment in buildings
  • Indoor air quality and wellness
  • Sustainable construction and maintainability
  • Low-carbon material and process

  • Introduction to Sustainable Transportation
  • Understanding the planning and implementation of active transportation
  • Public bicycle sharing and bus rapid transit
  • Review of EV and buses
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Multimodal transportation,
  • Mobility-as-a-service
  • Sustainable transportation policies and equity
  • Case Studies

  • Introduction to solid waste
    • Classification of solid wastes (source and type-based)
    • Factors affecting SWM
    • Comparative assessment of waste generation and composition of developing and developed nations,
    • Waste characteristics (physical and chemical)
    • Health and environmental effects (public health and environmental)
  • Waste Minimization and Source Reduction
    • Waste reduction strategies and practices
    • Extended producer responsibility (EPR) and circular economy concepts
    • Waste auditing and waste management planning
    • Current policies and rules
  • Recycling and Resource Recovery
    • Segregation
    • Waste collection and transport
    • Principles of recycling and material recovery
    • Promoting circular economy practices
    • Case studies of efficient resource recovery
  • Waste Treatment and Disposal
    • Waste-to-energy technologies (incineration, anaerobic digestion, etc.)
    • Composting
    • Landfill
  • Policy and Regulations
    • Current policies and rules
    • National and international waste management regulations
    • Socio-economic impact assessment of waste management projects
    • Stakeholder engagement and community involvement (Assessment tools: cost-benefit analysis and input/output analysis)
  • Sustainable waste management and Future trends
    • Definition and importance of sustainable waste management
    • Emerging technologies and innovations in waste management
    • Circular economy and its application in waste management

How will I learn?

A high-impact format perfected for aspirants

  • 9 Months Executive-friendly Programme.
  • Best-in-class Learning Content, Industry Sessions, Quizzes, Assignment & Mini Projects
  • 216 Hours of immersive learning, which includes 170 hours of Faculty-led LIVE Interactive Sessions and 46 hours of Campus Immersion.
  • Participants will have two IISc Campus Visits of three days.
    (The first visit will be held in the midst of the programme and the second visit at the end of the programme.)
  • Faculty-led LIVE Sessions will be held every weekend for 2-3 hours.

Classes starting from April 2024

The programme will be delivered on TalentSprint’s digital platform ipearl.ai


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What should I expect from this programme?

  • Integrated Sustainable Design Gain an in-depth understanding of sustainable design principles, integrating technology and sustainability seamlessly.
  • 360o View of Sustainability Develop a holistic perspective on sustainability in infrastructure, encompassing water, transportation, and waste management.
  • Tackle Global Warming Challenges Ability to have expertise in sustainability engineering and smart city concepts to tackle the global warming challenge
  • Propel Your Professional Growth Lead innovation and newly built expertise to propel sustainable growth in your organisation.

Who are the programme mentors?

You will learn from a dynamic faculty group of IISc Professors who have been recognised globally for their research and innovation at the forefront of sustainable development.

  • Programme Director Prof. G L Sivakumar Babu Ph.D. (Geotechnical Engineering) IISc
    Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IISc
    Associate Faculty, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, IISc

    Research Expertise: Risk and Reliability Applications in Geotechnical Engineering, Geosynthetics and Reinforced Soil Structures, Environmental Geotechnology, Sustainability Engineering, Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Geotechnics for Disaster Mitigation
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Prof. Balachandra Patil

Ph.D. (Energy, Environment, Sustainable Development) IISc
Chief Research Scientist, Department of Management Studies, IISc
Associate Faculty, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, IISc
Associate Faculty, Divecha Centre for Climate Change, IISc


Research Expertise: Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy, Energy System Planning and Modelling, Sustainability Transition, Sustainable Energy Access, Technology Management, Urban Planning, Sustainable Mobility

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Prof. Monto Mani

Ph.D. (Sustainability Studies) IIT Madras
Professor, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, IISc
Associate Faculty, Centre for Product Design & Manufacturing, IISc


Research Expertise: Research Expertise: Sustainable Architecture and Design, Climate-responsive Architecture/Green Buildings (BiPV), Design/Technology Sustainability Evaluation and Forecasting

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Prof. Yogesh Simmhan

Ph.D. (Computer Science), Indiana University, USA
Associate Professor, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, IISc
Associate Faculty, Robert Bosch Center for Cyber-Physical Systems


Research Expertise: Distributed & Scalable data platforms to support Big Data, IOT, UAV. Computer vision applications on novel computing infrastructures (Clouds & Edge Devices)

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Prof. Lakshminarayana Rao

Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering) McGill University, Montreal - Quebec, Canada
Associate Professor, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, IISc
Associate Faculty, Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research, IISc


Research Expertise: Plasma Technology, Plasma Gasification, Syngas Cleaning and Enrichment

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Prof. Sreenivasan Ramaswami

Dr.-Ing. Civil Engineering (Waste Water Treatment), Hamburg University of Technology - Germany
Assistant Professor, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, IISc


Research Expertise: Sustainable and fit-for-purpose technologies for wastewater treatment; Sanitation and drinking water; Water reclamation and nutrient recovery

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Prof. Yagnaseni Roy

Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Assistant Professor, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, IISc
Principal Investigator, Sustainable Separation Solutions (S3) Laboratory, IIScc
Associate Editor, Sadhana – Academy Proceedings in Engineering Sciences, Indian Academy of Sciences


Research Expertise: Separation Technologies with Specialization in Membrane Separations

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Prof. Souradeep Gupta

Ph.D. (Sustainable Materials) National University of Singapore
Assistant Professor, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, IISc
Group Leader, Material Engineering Research Innovation and Applications Lab, IISc
Co-Founder, Biochar Innovations Pte. Ltd (BIPL), Singapore


Research Expertise: Low-carbon Building Materials, Additive Manufacturing, Bio-based Materials, Lightweight Concrete, High-performing Concrete, Self-Healing Composites

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Prof. Navneet Gupta

Ph.D. (Chemistry (Catalysis)) Technical University of Munich, Germany
Assistant Professor, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, IISc
Principal Investigator, Green and Sustainable Catalysis Laboratory - (CST), IISc


Research Expertise: Catalyst Development, Transient Kinetics, Rapid Spectroscopy, Biomass Conversions, Waste Recycling

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Prof. Vijay Gopal Kovvali

Ph.D. (Civil Engineering with specialization in Transportation Engineering) Texas A&M University, USA
Research Professor, Centre for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning, IISc


Research Expertise: Intelligent Transportation Systems, Traffic Engineering, Road Safety, Public Transport Systems, Road User Behaviours

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Prof. Tarun Rambha

Ph.D. (Civil Engineering (Transportation)) University of Texas, Austin - USA
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IISc
Assistant Professor, Center for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning (CiSTUP), IISc


Research Expertise: Shared Ride and Transit Systems, Applications of Reinforcement Learning, Traffic Network Optimization

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Dr. Punit Rathore

Ph.D.(ML, IOT, Big Data Mining), The University of Melbourne, Australia
Assistant Professor, CiSTUP and Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber-Physical Systems (RBCCPS)


Research Expertise: Big Data Analytics, Un/Semi/Self-supervised Learning, Visual Analytics using DL, Explainable AI/ML, Data driven analytics for Autonoums Systems & Transportation, Spatio-temporal Data Mining, Streaming Data Analytics.

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Dr. Pandarasamy Arjunan

Ph.D.(Computer Engineering), IIIT Delhi
Assistant Professor, Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber-Physical Systems (RBCCPS)


Research Expertise: Energy Informatics, Urban Informatics, Time Series Analysis, Applied Machine Learning and AI,Energy Cyber-Physical Systems, Smart Buildings, and Energy Sustainability

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Prof. Abdul Pinjari

Ph.D. (Civil Engineering) University of Texas at Austin, USA
Associate Professor Department of Civil Engineering (Transportation Systems Engineering​), IISc
Chairman, Centre for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning (CiSTUP), IISc


Research Expertise: Transportation Planning, Travel Demand Modeling and Forecasting, ​Choice Modeling and Econometric Analysis of User Behavior in Urban Systems, ​Travel Behavior Analysis, Freight Mobility, Trade and Logistics, Land-use and Transportation Interactions, Sustainable Transportation, Energy and Environment, Transportation Surveys and Data Collection, Transportation Safety

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Eligibility

  • Educational Qualification: Should have completed B.Tech / B.E / B.Arch / B.Plan / M.Plan / MSc (any stream) with a minimum of 50% marks
  • Minimum one year of professional experience

How do I enrol in this programme?

    Apply for the Programme

    Submit Details

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    Join the Programme

    The selection for the programme will be done by IISc and is strictly based on the education, work experience, and motivation of the participants.

Class Start - April 2024

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Programme Fee

One time application fee is ₹2,000


Details Amount
Programme Fee ₹3,00,000

Avail EMI Options Special Pricing for Corporates *GST as applicable

Campus visit fee will be based on actuals and to be borne by the participants.

Fee paid is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Frequently Asked Questions

As evidenced by Gartner and Deloitte in their recent studies, sustainability has emerged as a top priority for organisations today, and this focus is driven by the belief that sustainable development practices can create greater efficiencies, save money, and meet the expectations of stakeholders, including investors.

  • Investor Demand: Investors increasingly consider environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors when making decisions. Prioritizing sustainability can enhance an organization's attractiveness to socially conscious investors.
  • Strategic Technology Trends: According to Gartner, sustainability is no longer a standalone issue but intertwined with the broader technological advancements organizations pursue to stay competitive and future-ready.
  • Performance Metrics for Leaders: Gartner predicts that by 2025, 50% of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) will have sustainability tied to the organization's performance metrics.

Further, the impact sustainability can have on professionals within organizations is substantial. Organizations are encouraged to embed climate considerations into their cultures. This requires professionals to actively contribute to creating a culture of sustainability across hierarchical levels of the organization. They must adapt to new working ways that prioritize environmental and social responsibility.

The PG Level Advanced Certification Programme in Sustainability Engineering and Smart Cities is designed to help professionals navigate the green transition.

"Sustainability engineering" and "green engineering" are related concepts that share common goals but are not necessarily interchangeable. Both focus on designing and implementing solutions that minimize environmental impact and promote sustainable practices, but their emphasis has subtle differences.

Sustainability Engineering and Smart Cities has a broader focus beyond the environment, encompassing social and economic dimensions. It aims to create solutions - minimising waste, using renewable energy sources, reducing pollution, and building long-lasting, efficient systems that future generations can enjoy.

On the other hand, green engineering is more specifically focused on environmental aspects - designing and implementing engineering solutions that minimize harm to the environment and promote the use of renewable and sustainable resources. It involves the application of environment-friendly technology, materials, and processes to enhance energy efficiency, reduce waste reduction, and prevent pollution.

India's #1 Research Institute and #1 University, IISc, is globally recognized for its academic and research excellence. Home to some of the remarkable achievements and milestones set in the history of science and technology, here are some of the reasons why IISc would benefit you in your career

  • World-class Academia: IISc houses a highly accomplished faculty group of academicians, researchers, and scientists recognised in their respective fields, offering individuals a hands-on and cutting-edge learning environment.
  • Robust Alumni Network: IISc dons a strong alumni network - academicians, scientists, and industry leaders, many of whom contributed towards the advances of Indian science and technology.
  • IISc Edge: An IISc Certification can open doors to diverse career opportunities in academia and industry, positively shaping your career path in space technology.

Career Advancement High Growth Domain

  • Showcase your expertise through projects and experiments
  • Upgrade your technical profile with a top IISc certification

Cutting-edge Applied Learning

  • Real-world curriculum aligned with UN-SDGs and allied global standards
  • Work on real-time projects promoting sustainable development

IISc Edge

  • Sessions by globally ranked scientists for their work on sustainability
  • Certification from India's #1 University and #1 Research Institute1

TalentSprint Advantage

  • Experiential learning on AI enabled Digital Platform
  • Network with 10000+ Executive Education Alumni

The programme is ideal for professionals practicing or aspiring to be urban planners, landscape architects, environmental engineers, consultants, policymakers, etc.

  • Develop a nuanced understanding of sustainable development practices.
  • Become an active change agent in your organisation by building the capabilities to execute sustainability initiatives.

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