With a vision to ‘Enable India to have the largest pool of trained professionals in Green Built Environment by 2025’ CII- Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) inked an MoU with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Both the organisations have agreed to enable training of more than 1 lakh architectural and engineering students on Green concepts and become industry-ready professionals. This is the first time in the country that such an MoU has been signed which is focused on providing Green Education.
‘In the present context of climate change and India’s commitment to become Net Zero carbon by 2070, there is a need for training the faculty and the students on the latest Green concepts and equip them to meet the country’s requirement. AICTE plans to take the green education program to all its affiliated institutions across India’ said Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE.
Mr M P Poonia, Vice-Chairman, AICTE has expressed that the best way to adopt sustainability is by following concepts such as avoid, reduce and generate. He said that through this MoU and Green Education programme, students will get more exposure to such important concepts to protect our environment and elements of nature – Earth, Water, Air, Space and Biodiversity. He also invited IGBC to be as partner with the AICTE’s initiative of SMART Campus Award.
Mr. Gurmit Singh Arora, Chairman IGBC, said that “The Green Building Movement in India has created an enormous demand for trained professional to design, construct, operate and maintain green buildings. To meet this growing demand, IGBC envisages to work with various universities and their faculty in preparing and equipping college students in the field of green buildings”.
The initiative comes at an opportune time as the entire educational framework is going through a massive change post the pandemic and reopening. The education fraternity has been keenly awaiting this collaboration, as it will further facilitate capacity building and sharing of information for faculty through specially curated faculty development programs.
Mr. V Suresh, Immediate Past Chair, IGBC shared that it is crucial to facilitate Academia – Industry linkage to create a win-win situation for both and create Industry-ready professionals trained on green concepts. He has also mentioned that there is a need for increased cooperation between academia and industry in designing and developing courses on the latest concepts meeting industry requirements.
The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), formed by Confederation of Indian Industry in 2001, is spearheading the green building movement in the country. Today, India stands 2nd in the world in terms of green building footprint. As on date, there are 7558 projects, equivalent to 8.18 billion sq ft, which have adopted various IGBC Green and Net Zero Building Ratings. IGBC is also a founding member of the World Green Building Council.
4 June 2022