Thinktosustain.com delivers 30-hour course module on “Innovations for Sustainability” for MBA students of GLA University at Mathura during April-May 2012.
A 30-hour course module on “Innovations for Sustainability” was delivered by ThinktoSustain.com – a sustainability services organization – for final year MBA students at GLA University, Mathura, in north India. The objective of the course was to build conceptual clarity to understand corporate environmental issues, and impart knowledge and skills to enable students analyze emerging business paradigms.
The pedagogy was oriented to make students think, analyze and learn. The strain in relationship between business and society was highlighted through Indian and multi-national experiences. The students also debated on India’s stand at UN global climate change negotiations – ‘Should India take mandatory emission cuts or not?’
The students discussed and made presentations on the social and environmental impacts of business operations in various industry sectors – a group project that took shape as the course progressed.
“Harmonious co-existence with natural environment is based on the sense of justice and equity. Business, today, needs managers who are sensitive to the demands of nature. They must be capable of finding mutually benefiting solutions through innovative approaches and should contribute towards environmental stewardship by expanding future options,” said Prof. Jai Prakash, the Vice Chancellor of GLA University.
“Our educational philosophy is all geared towards imparting value-based contemporary education, therefore, we feel this issue is more of a self-imposed social responsibility and we are contributing in whatever small way we can to ensure safe and secure future for the coming generations,” he added.
Prof. Sushil Kumar, Head, Centre for Business Sustainability at IIM Lucknow, was invited for a guest lecture on “Sustainability Innovations”. Prof. Sushil Kumar is a pioneer in addressing business sustainability issues. Under his course directorship, IIM Lucknow launched the first ever course on Corporate Environmental Strategies and Carbon Markets. This put the focus on environment, climate change, clean development mechanism and carbon markets in 2006, when not many were talking about it in the country.
“Sustainability has become important for businesses and they can no longer avoid it. Social media, internet and television have created high levels of awareness on environmental issues. This has put pressure on governments and businesses to act sensibly and take necessary action. This trend is on the rise and would pave the way for environment-friendly policies. Businesses would need to proactively reciprocate by adopting sustainability principles,” said G. V. P. Rajan, an IIM Lucknow alumnus, currently Vice President-Sustainable Strategies at ThinktoSustain.com, who conducted the program.
About GLA University
GLA Institute of Technology and Management (GLAITM) was established in 1998 by Sri Jagannath Prasad Ganeshi Lal Bajaj Charitable Trust Samiti, a well-known society synonymous with social causes, to realize the vision of making the holy city of Mathura a recognized destination for knowledge seekers from all walks of life. Since then the institute has grown many-fold, in area, in number of courses conducted and students enrolled, faculty and infrastructure, and is now known as GLA University. For more information, visit www.gla.ac.in.
About ThinktoSustain Initiative
ThinktoSustain is a sustainability services organization offering consultancy, advisory, training and development, and a host of online media services to corporate, academia and the scientific community. Launched in April 2010, with a mission to build awareness on climate change, the portal www.thinktosustain.com has since emerged as a leading online source of credible information on environmental sustainability. It is an IIM Lucknow alumni initiative.
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