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Frequently asked questions



If you are looking to enroll in either the SAANSS programme, there will be many questions that arise in your mind. We have listed some of them here. If you have more such questions or clarifications you seek before enrolling in any of the programmes, check Eco-60 minutes and the calendar of Friday meetings of 1 hour that we have dedicated and designed only to help you understand how you can alter your career path with learning that is never before offered at these hands-on levels.

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  • What is SAANSS?
    SAANSS is a series of highly customised Short Term Certification MDPs or Management Development Programmes as a post graduate learning. SAANSS is an acronym for Sustainability Arts And Science. The learning of sustainability solutions is a combination of both the art of symbiotic, synthesised approaches of critical thinking and the science of quantifying problems of infrastructure management in cities, in buildings, and in manufacturing industry — all relevant to natural resource efficiency. SAANSS in Hindi is also the very breath of life. All the programmes converge upon creating a professional in you who responds to the elements of Life with respect and reverence for the planet’s resources.
  • Is there any prerequisite for admission?
    All applicants must be graduates or post graduates in Architecture, Engineering or any discipline of Basic Sciences, Management, Commerce, or Humanities. Every applicant will be required to take an online Prequalification IQ Test and a Personality Test that will assess comprehension, communication, capacity, commitment. ATF Counsellors will evaluate without prejudice and on an algorithms base that avoids bias.The above PQTs and a graduate degree in any discipline from any University are the two prerequisites.
  • Is it a self-paced course?
    No. It’s a time-bound programme. Each batch is for a duration of five weeks with about 35 hours of intense online class learning and exchanges. The online work-class sessions are held twice a week for about 2.5 hours each time. There are post-class exercises that participants have to complete before the next session. All learning is practical, enjoyable.
  • Are the programmes with usual lectures and textbook studying?
    It is NOT based on lectures. It is not based on textbook learning. All learning is with experience and examples of actual projects that relate to energy-water-waste-air management or challenges of housing in cities and villages, or of smart city projects. Complex concepts of sustainability are explained with visual infographics and metrics. These work-class sessions explore your quest for creating solutions, paces the learning with the team’s collective ability to understand and to create solutions with hard examples of real life situations and challenges in industry.
  • Do I have an option to take the SAANSS programmes at your centres?
    There are no physical meetings for classes as a policy at SAANSS. These are all online modules. Barring physically meeting you the programmes offer personal interaction of high quality with attention to your thoughts and questions provided with care by the SAANSS leader faculty. SAANSS is designed to be virtual which also enhances the quality of attention the faculty offers and the undivided attention you offer to the sessions from the comfort of your house or office.
  • What do I need as equipment for these online learning sessions?
    A laptop and a good WiFi connection. You need to be sitting in a well lit room with enough light on your face for good audio and visual contact. You need to have paper and pen for making notes and concentration on the learning during the assigned hours of learning. You should also be prepared with the study of all materials that will be sent to you well before each work-class session.
  • I am working as an engineer and have time only before or after office timings. Can I take these programmes?
    Yes. You can. The SAANSS series of ten programmes are meant for fresh graduates and for working professionals who want to expand their knowledge and skills in management of buildings, cities, large campuses, village blocks and so on. The working class-sessions are therefore tailored for pre and post office hours in the mornings and evenings. Depending on the batch and the preference of the students of the batch and the convenience of the leader faculty, the online work-class sessions will be scheduled for each batch.
  • When are these Short Term Certification MDPs starting?
    The details of the programmes of the SAANSS series are provided in the website’s other pages. The calendar of programmes is provided separately at this website. The starting of each of the batches is at the discretion of the SAANSS management and depends on the admissions programme. Admissions to each programme is limited to only 40 participants. Admission will be purely on merit and your performance in the two prequalification tests. It will be on first come first served basis. Qualifying Applicants beyond the ceiling of 40 students to a batch will be offered option to join a subsequent batch.
  • What is the fee to be paid by me for the programme I choose to join.
    Talk to the SAANSS counsellors. They’ll help you navigate through the admission process. They will also take you through the selection protocols after successful completion of a Pre-Qualification test that will be given to all applicants. They will advise you on payment modes and admission closures.
  • How do I get more details of the programmes?
    You can mail at for a counseling discussion.
  • What are likely benefits to participants who successfully certify?
    Companies are looking for Sustainability Officers who can preside over new compliance mandates for water audits, energy audits, Sustainability Reporting, GRI etc. Internship opportunity with companies, voluntary organizations and others who are in the space of sustainability and development practices. Beyond career prospects, SAANSS series of programmes prepares Certified Practitioners in a holistic manner, and prepares them to think and be part of solutions.
  • What makes the SAANSS MDPs different from other such programmes if they are offered elsewhere?
    Every SAANSS course is designed to focus on learning that is hands-on, and trains the participants on specifics of costs, aesthetics, execution, enrolling others in the organization, in methodology, critical analysis and thinking through first principles. It brings Use Case Studies and success stories from Industry with sharing of experiences of failures of these leaders. It will also enable Case Projects that help students to enhance their critical thinking processes.
  • What is the reward/assessment system? Is there any exam?
    There are session-wise Assessments with grades given by the faculty for Attention & Recall. There are Assessments for Comprehension, Project case leadership, communication and identifying of challenges, and creating of directions for solutions. The cumulative grades of the assessment will be offered to the participants at the Valedictory. However the spirit of the programme is not to encourage unhealthy competition. It is more to hold a good mirror to the participants so self learning is enabled.
  • Can this be done by students alongside their current courses?
    Yes. The real-time online sessions are designed and scheduled to be held in ways that they are before or after office hours with more time claimed on Saturdays if all students of the batch agree on time.
  • What is the Duration of the Short Term Certification MDP?
    The program has two plenary sessions of two hours each with industry leaders who are invited to inspire the batch of participants with their insights and experience. There are six sessions, each of 2.5 hours held during pre- and post- office hours. Each session progressively develops the participants’ ability on the issues that the Certification Program has set down as learning objectives. There will be a total of about 35 hours of intense learning and an equal amount of time you spend beyond learning hours on assignments and project exercises.
  • What is the methodology involved in teaching?
    It is in the form of slide presentations, video clips of cases, experience sharing of the CEOs who are faculty. Your learning is evaluated on the basis of your enthusiastic participation and engagement in focus group dynamics, project case study exercises, virtual visits to projects with presentations from industry leaders, and other such methodology based learning. It is an accelerated, hands-on, interactive, real-time Online series of sessions with Use Case studies and Case Projects for you as students to solve. All students are offered access to audio and video on a unique and customized online platform with virtual classrooms for every batch of the different programmes together with shared drive and other digital accessories for easy access of information. There’ll be post session counselling offered to students upon request. Additionally, exercises are given to students of films and articles and research papers as Reference Reading with Q&A that will also form part of Assessment Grades.
  • Who are the Faculty leaders and teachers? What are their credentials?
    The Lead Faculty of every program is CEO of a company that has been successful in the domain. Other Co-faculty also bring practical learning and shared experience in industry in the specialist domain areas of the programmes. These are not ‘teachers’ in the regular sense. They are industry leaders who do not teach. Their sharing is the basis for your learning.
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