Building Energy, Environment and Sustainability Linkages in Management Education in India—An Innovative Curriculum Based Approach

  • Prakash RaoEmail author
  • Yogesh Patil
  • Viraja Bhat
  • Manisha Ketkar
Part of the Management and Industrial Engineering book series (MINEN)


In the past few years the focuses on linkages between global energy, environment and developmental issues have caught the attention of various sections of business and industry . The Earth Summit of 2012 has further strengthened the case for integrating sustainable development as an integral part of higher education institutions through a process of cohesive learning and use of innovative pedagogical methods including the internationalization of educational systems. The present paper seeks to focus on designing and implementing a unique industry relevant curricula on energy and environment integrating various aspects of sustainable development by building institutional capacities in key sectors like energy, environment, infrastructure, agriculture, climate change , global governance and law and corporate sustainability at the Symbiosis International University. The emphasis is on evolving an approach for embedding sustainability education in International Business and related areas by matching the needs of business and industry. The paper through a case study at a constituent institute of Symbiosis International University explores the linkages between energy, environment, development and corporate sustainability issues and suggests an innovative approach for business schools to adopt an integrated curriculum. Key areas that have been suggested in the integration process in the context of a growth cantered economy include power, water–energy nexus, industrial ecology , etc. The paper also discusses sustainability education using interdisciplinary thematic areas like international trade and energy policies, environmental law, environmental economics, global and private voluntary standards, climate mitigation, etc. In conclusion the paper outlines elements for developing an interdisciplinary approach for integrating sustainable development in management education particularly in emerging markets.


Business school Curriculum Energy Environment Management education Sustainability linkages 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Prakash Rao
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yogesh Patil
    • 1
    • 2
  • Viraja Bhat
    • 1
  • Manisha Ketkar
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Energy and EnvironmentSymbiosis Institute of International Business, Symbiosis International UniversityPuneIndia
  2. 2.Symbiosis Centre for Research and InnovationSymbiosis International UniversityPuneIndia
  3. 3.Symbiosis School of Banking and FinanceSymbiosis International UniversityPuneIndia

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