Innovation and Sustainable Development in India – Winter Term

Program Description

India provides a knowledge-rich site for understanding the innovations that can be fostered to promote sustainable development. Sustainable Development and Innovation in India is unique program focusing on experiential learning within and outside the classroom, where students learn by doing, rather than being passive learners. Students will experience first-hand innovations that can be used to put the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into action. Through immersion in the contrasting urban and rural environments in India, students will learn to identify and apply innovative solutions to pressing development problems in ways that result in measurable social impact. Students will also engage in fun experiential learning activities that would promote intercultural competence and global learning

Faculty & Administrative Leadership

Dr. Anitha Ramanna, Vice President Academic Programs is responsible for designing and delivering experiential learning programs at Authentica. She has a doctorate in International Studies and has completed a post-doctoral fellowship from the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C. Anitha is a Fulbright Scholar, and was affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard University in 1998-99. She was a C.R. Parekh fellow with the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005. Anitha is interested in innovative teaching methods that challenge students to learn from experiences outside the classroom. She has designed and delivered several experiential learning programs as part of courses she taught in leading Universities in India including S P Jain School of Global Management, Symbiosis Institute of International Business, and the University of Pune. Anitha also facilitated experiential learning experiences as a Visiting Faculty with the Alliance for Global Education, an organization that delivers study abroad programs for students from US Universities in India.   Anitha has been extensively involved in the field of teaching and research in various institutions including: S P Jain School of Global Management, Symbiosis Institute of International Business, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research and University of Pune. Her articles have been published in journals such as the Journal of World Intellectual Property, International Journal of Technology Management, Development Policy Review and Asian Biotechnology and Development Review. Her research interests focus on Intellectual Property Rights, International Relations, Public Policy, and Political Economy of Development


Ravi Raj is the Founder and CEO of Authentica an experiential learning company that designs and delivers inspiring immersions that help educators and students unlock the transformative potential of international study programs. Ravi works closely with program directors and faculty in designing and delivering both short and long-format study abroad programs in Asia, including India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and UAE. Prior to founding Authentica, Ravi was a social enterprise consultant with Eastside Consulting in London (UK) where he managed a social venture investment program and assisted social enterprises in the homelessness sector to increase their scale and impact. Prior to his social enterprise career, Ravi worked as a strategy consultant with Oliver Wyman in their Boston and San Francisco offices, helping technology companies with their corporate and marketing strategy.  Ravi has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Darthmouth, New Hampshire (USA), where he co-chaired the Sustainable Business Club and was also a recipient of the Julia Stell Award for his contribution to influencing the MBA program adopt sustainability and social enterprise themes into core and elective curriculum. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Anna University, India. Ravi lives in Pune, India and runs his company with his wife and partner, Sayalee Joshi.

Dr. Prasad Deodhar, Head, Bhagirath Gram Vikas Pratishthan, is a pioneer who is responsible for spreading awareness among the village community about advanced technology, scientific techniques for the holistic development of villages. He is an Ayurvedic doctor who has spearheaded the development of nonconventional energy sources, education and empowerment of women

Program Goals

  • Provide students with an overview of innovations in urban and rural India that promote sustainable development
  • Enable students to engage with different stakeholders in India to learn from their innovation models
  • Provide students with the framework to develop skills to become global citizens

Program Learning Activities

  • Experiencing innovations in business sectors and interactions with local entrepreneurs in India’s financial capital, Mumbai
  • Workshops and sessions on sustainable development, the implementation of SDGs, empathy mapping and design thinking processes
  • Interactive learning through podcasts, Bollywood films, and e-learning modules (for both pre-arrival learning and post departure reflection)
  • A village stay near Goa where students will work with an award-winning NGO, Bhagirath, pioneering clean energy solutions, sustainable agriculture and women’s empowerment
  • Opportunities to learn first-hand about local level innovations in the slums of Dharavi home to highly innovative and entrepreneurial communities
  • Cultural exposure through cooking classes, dance sessions, language immersion, films, cycling experiences, yoga sessions, games and other interactions

Program Inclusions

Expert program facilitators, interpreters and local guides, accommodation, transport in country, insurance, educational content, pre-departure support, 24 x 7 support, cultural and social activities, meals— all breakfasts, 13 lunches, 11 dinners

Not included: International flights, passport and visa fees, personal expenses

Program Dates

Winter Term (January 3-22, 2022)

Course Syllabus

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