Build a Sustainable World for a Greener Tomorrow

PG Level Advanced Certification Programme in Sustainable Engineering
and Smart Cities

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  • Talentsprint
  • #1India’s University & Research Institute*
  • 9 Months Executive Friendly Programme
  • 216Hours of Live Interactive Sessions
  • 6 DaysIISc Campus
  • *As per NIRF Ranking 2023

Sustainability: Top priority for Organisations

  • 75% organisations have increased their sustainability investments over the past year.
  • Growth in demand for 'Green Skills' rose to 12.3% between 2022 and 2023 across the 48 countries.

Tech roles are evolving to include sustainability
as part of their job

  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Health and Safety Officer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Renewable Energy Engineer
  • Sustainability Engineer
  • Urban Planner
  • Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
  • Environmental Manager
  • Environmental Compliance Specialist

Admissions closed for Batch 1


What is unique about this programme?

  • Career Advancement High Growth Domain
    • Showcase your expertise through projects and experiments
    • Upgrade your technical profile with a top IISc certification
  • Cutting-edge Applied Learning
    • Real-world curriculum aligned with UN-SDGs and allied global standards
    • Work on real-time projects promoting sustainable development
  • IISc Edge
    • Sessions by globally ranked scientists for their work on sustainability
    • Certification from India's #1 University and #1 Research Institute1
  • TalentSprint Advantage
    • Experiential learning on AI enabled Digital Platform
    • Network with 10000+ Executive Education Alumni

*As per NIRF Ranking 2023

Offered by India’s #1 University
and #1 Research Institute

The PG Level Advanced Certification Programme in Sustainable Engineering and Smart Cities will be delivered by IISc’s Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) in collaboration with TalentSprint. CCE offers courses suitably designed to meet the requirements of various target groups - aspiring research scientists, graduate engineers, and young professionals, enabling them to grow into competent managers of technology-intensive organisations. For more information, visit

  • India’s #1 University (2015-23) & Research Institute (2021-23)
  • #1 Times Higher Education University in India (2024)
  • 2 Bharat Ratna Awardees

Programme overview

The PG Level Advanced Certification Programme in Sustainable Engineering and Smart Cities equips individuals with essential knowledge and capabilities crucial for sustainable development, a pivotal concept shaping the world today.

The programme places a strong emphasis on integrating interdisciplinary knowledge from engineering, environmental science, policy, design, and safety engineering. This is a 9-month hands-on programme, where participants delve into diverse topics like renewable energy, smart city data analytics, waste management, low-carbon infrastructure, and more.

You will build expertise by leveraging an immersive learning format packed with faculty-led interactive sessions, hands-on exercises, real-world case studies, campus immersion, Assignment & Mini Projects.

What will I learn?

A comprehensive curriculum that gives practical insights into Sustainable engineering.

  • Introduction to technology, sustainability, and sustainable development. Concepts of sustainability and sustainable development.
  • Technology; concepts and definitions.
  • Components of sustainability (Social, Economic, Environmental).
  • Linkages between resource use, technology, and sustainability.
  • Interactions between energy and technology, and their implications for environment and sustainable development.
  • Technology diffusion and commercialization; Business and sustainability.
  • Measuring and Benchmarking Sustainability - Sustainability proofing; Frameworks for measuring sustainability; Indicators of sustainability.
  • Sustainability Transitions, Drivers and Barriers; Policy and Institutional Innovations.
  • Sustainability transition Case Studies.

  • Understand, evaluate, define, and forecast sustainability.
  • Morphology-based understanding of technology/design and detailed morphological analysis of each chosen design/technology
  • Development of technology/design-integrated systems model
  • Consideration of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Coverage of the fundamental mandate of SDG-4
  • Addressing feasibility, opportunities, challenges, and limitations in achieving sustainability.

  • Introduction to Smart City Problems
  • Data types and quality issues in smart cities
  • Data pre-processing
  • Regression analysis
  • Classification techniques: Logistic regression, Decision tree, Naïve Bayes, k-NN, Support Vector Machines and Neural Networks
  • Model Evaluation and Selection
  • Clustering concepts (k-means clustering)
  • Anomaly detection

  • Lecture: Introduction to IoT, Edge and Cloud Systems
    • Sensing, communications, computing
    • ODAA loop
    • Edge vs. Cloud trade-offs
    • Edge platforms
    • Cloud platforms
  • Lecture: Data Platforms for IoT
    • Pub-Sub systems (MQTT, Cloud event hubs/Kinesis)
    • Cloud storage (S3)
    • Relational DB
    • NoSQL DB (Key-value store, Columnar store, Time-series DB)
  • Lecture: Computing Platforms for IoT
    • Stream processing using Spark dataframes and streaming
    • FaaS composition on the cloud
    • Inferencing services on clouds
    • Intro to federated learning
  • Lecture: Deep Learning for the Edge
    • Introduction to neural networks and model training
    • Types on NN such as CNN, RNN, LSTM
    • DL for computer vision
    • Image classification, object detection and tracking
  • Lecture: Interactive data visualization, dashboards and MLOps
    • Data visualization methods and tools
    • Interactivity in visualization
    • Dashboards and story telling with data
    • Model deployment and MLOps
  • Lecture: Case Studies
    • Smart Cities: Air quality, Smart grid, Water distribution, Transportation, etc. Precision agriculture

  • Introduction to Renewable Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Biomass and Bioenergy
  • Hydroelectric and Ocean Energy
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Energy Storage and Grid Integration
  • Renewable Energy Policies and Economics
  • Environmental and Social Impacts
  • Future Trends and Innovations

  • Water cycle, renewable waste
  • Freshwater resources- surface water, groundwater
  • Water usage, stress & scarcity
  • Water smart agriculture
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Surface, ground & rainwater quality
  • Contamination scenarios & need for treatment
  • Drinking water treatment & requirements
  • Other remediation techniques
    • Industrial water treatment & requirements
    • Seawater desalination
  • Wastewater quantity & quality, parameters
  • Water pollution, hazards & need for wastewater treatment
  • Conventional wastewater treatment
  • Resource recovery options
  • Recycling of treated wastewater
  • Options for industrial wastewater treatment

  • Climate and building design
  • Green Building concepts
  • Building energy efficiency and renewable energy assessment in buildings
  • Indoor air quality and wellness
  • Sustainable construction and maintainability
  • Low-carbon material and process

  • Introduction to Sustainable Transportation
  • Understanding the planning and implementation of active transportation
  • Public bicycle sharing and bus rapid transit
  • Review of EV and buses
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Multimodal transportation,
  • Mobility-as-a-service
  • Sustainable transportation policies and equity
  • Case Studies

  • Introduction to solid waste
    • Classification of solid wastes (source and type-based)
    • Factors affecting SWM
    • Comparative assessment of waste generation and composition of developing and developed nations,
    • Waste characteristics (physical and chemical)
    • Health and environmental effects (public health and environmental)
  • Waste Minimization and Source Reduction
    • Waste reduction strategies and practices
    • Extended producer responsibility (EPR) and circular economy concepts
    • Waste auditing and waste management planning
    • Current policies and rules
  • Recycling and Resource Recovery
    • Segregation
    • Waste collection and transport
    • Principles of recycling and material recovery
    • Promoting circular economy practices
    • Case studies of efficient resource recovery
  • Waste Treatment and Disposal
    • Waste-to-energy technologies (incineration, anaerobic digestion, etc.)
    • Composting
    • Landfill
  • Policy and Regulations
    • Current policies and rules
    • National and international waste management regulations
    • Socio-economic impact assessment of waste management projects
    • Stakeholder engagement and community involvement (Assessment tools: cost-benefit analysis and input/output analysis)
  • Sustainable waste management and Future trends
    • Definition and importance of sustainable waste management
    • Emerging technologies and innovations in waste management
    • Circular economy and its application in waste management

How will I learn?

A high-impact format perfected for aspirants

  • 9 Months Executive-friendly Programme.
  • Best-in-class Learning Content, Industry Sessions, Quizzes, Assignment & Mini Projects
  • 216 Hours of immersive learning, which includes 170 hours of Faculty-led LIVE Interactive Sessions and 46 hours of Campus Immersion.
  • Participants will have two campus visits at IISc for three days each.
    (The first visit will be held in the midst of the programme and the second visit at the end of the programme.)
  • Faculty-led LIVE Sessions will be held every weekend for 2-3 hours.

Classes starting from September 2024

The programme will be delivered on TalentSprint’s digital platform