AnantU – India’s First D-University Focussed on Design Thinking

>>Through its multidisciplinary pedagogy, AnantU is confident of harnessing the potential of design thinking to develop interventions that can solve challenges for India and the world

dd Anant National University (AnantU), India’s first design university, aims to bridge the gap between contemporary socioeconomic challenges and sustainable solutions through design thinking. The university’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses are designed to prepare and empower Solutionaires who can design, build and implement equitable and impactful solutions for India and the world. AnantU offers programmes in

–        Bachelor of Architecture

–        Bachelor of Design – (Specialisations in Product, Interaction, Space (Interior), and Transdisciplinary Design)

–        Master of Integrated Product Design

–        Anant Fellowship

AnantU is led by a cadre of eminent people from academia, business, and government, each of whom are leaders in their respective fields. It is led by its President Mr. Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Group & Shriram Group, and Provost, Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha, Founding Dean, ISB, and Founder and Trustee, Ashoka University.

 Located in Ahmedabad, AnantU’s state-of-the-art campus features studio spaces, well equipped workshops for carpentry, 3D printing, ceramics and climatology and employs innovative edutech solutions in its classrooms. The faculty comprises of leading global academicians and practitioners committed to offer students a high quality interdisciplinary and interactive learning experience.

 For the first year students, AnantU offers a foundation course on ‘Unlearning’ to help students break down pre-conceived notions, that they may have developed through their past context and conditioning. The course aims to instil among students, the foundational principles of the AnantU pedagogy:

–        In life, there is no absolute right or wrong

–        There is no one place or person who has all the answers

–        Seek questions before you start seeking answers

–        Self-Awareness is the key to success

–        Dream Big– anything is possible

–        It is okay to fail

–        Learning is a continuous process

 The university has strong partnerships with leading global institutes and universities including University of Pennsylvania; University of Miami, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel, Sustain Labs, Paris, and The Design Village, India, that provide meaningful faculty and student exchange opportunities, and partner in teaching, joint research and curriculum innovation.

 Anant Fellowship, AnantU’s flagship programme, is a one year full-time residential post-graduate certificate programme which is a multi-disciplinary immersion to introduce young practitioners and students to new ideas, concepts and skills to question, evaluate, invent and redefine the built environment. Conceptualized in a unique manner, the programme combines academic rigour and intensity with first-hand experiential discovery to create a balance between theory and practice.

 The first batch of Anant Fellows graduated In August 2018, and are now working in fields of sustainability, heritage conservation, education, and architecture at some of India’s most reputed organisations like the Lodha Group, Piramal Group, Quality Control of India and Common Ground practice among others.

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