Frequently Asked Questions



As evidenced by Gartner and Deloitte in their recent studies, sustainability has emerged as a top priority for organisations today, and this focus is driven by the belief that sustainable development practices can create greater efficiencies, save money, and meet the expectations of stakeholders, including investors.

  • Investor Demand: Investors increasingly consider environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors when making decisions. Prioritizing sustainability can enhance an organization's attractiveness to socially conscious investors.
  • Strategic Technology Trends: According to Gartner, sustainability is no longer a standalone issue but intertwined with the broader technological advancements organizations pursue to stay competitive and future-ready.
  • Performance Metrics for Leaders: Gartner predicts that by 2025, 50% of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) will have sustainability tied to the organization's performance metrics.

Further, the impact sustainability can have on professionals within organizations is substantial. Organizations are encouraged to embed climate considerations into their cultures. This requires professionals to actively contribute to creating a culture of sustainability across hierarchical levels of the organization. They must adapt to new working ways that prioritize environmental and social responsibility.

The PG Level Advanced Certification Programme in Sustainability Engineering and Smart Cities is designed to help professionals navigate the green transition.

"Sustainability engineering" and "green engineering" are related concepts that share common goals but are not necessarily interchangeable. Both focus on designing and implementing solutions that minimize environmental impact and promote sustainable practices, but their emphasis has subtle differences.

Sustainability engineering has a broader focus beyond the environment, encompassing social and economic dimensions. It aims to create solutions - minimising waste, using renewable energy sources, reducing pollution, and building long-lasting, efficient systems that future generations can enjoy.

On the other hand, green engineering is more specifically focused on environmental aspects - designing and implementing engineering solutions that minimize harm to the environment and promote the use of renewable and sustainable resources. It involves the application of environment-friendly technology, materials, and processes to enhance energy efficiency, reduce waste reduction, and prevent pollution.

India's #1 Research Institute and #1 University, IISc, is globally recognized for its academic and research excellence. Home to some of the remarkable achievements and milestones set in the history of science and technology, here are some of the reasons why IISc would benefit you in your career.

  • World-class Academia: IISc houses a highly accomplished faculty group of academicians, researchers, and scientists recognised in their respective fields, offering individuals a hands-on and cutting-edge learning environment.
  • Robust Alumni Network: IISc dons a strong alumni network - academicians, scientists, and industry leaders, many of whom contributed towards the advances of Indian science and technology.
  • IISc Edge: An IISc Certification can open doors to diverse career opportunities in academia and industry, positively shaping your career path in space technology.

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

The programme is ideal for professionals practicing or aspiring to be urban planners, landscape architects, environmental engineers, consultants, policymakers, etc.

  • Develop a nuanced understanding of sustainable development practices.
  • Become an active change agent in your organisation by building the capabilities to execute sustainability initiatives.

The programme will be taught by renowned IISc Faculties bearing academic accreditation from top institutions worldwide. Meet you faculty here.

Education: B.E./B.Tech/M.E./M.Tech/M.Sc degree with a minimum of 50% marks

Experience: Minimum 1 year of professional experience.

The programme will be delivered in an interactive online format, retaining effectiveness while maintaining safety. The format uniquely combines the benefits of an in-class programme with the flexibility and safety of online learning.

Benefits of in-class delivery

  • Synchronous, interactive learnings from expert faculty
  • Interact and get your doubts answered by faculty
  • Peer learning through working in groups with other participants
  • Support from mentors for labs and experiments

Flexibility and additional value of online learning

  • Re-attend classes through recorded archives
  • Access videos easily with searchable and indexed video archives
  • Learn from the comfort and safety of your home
  • Learn one-on-one from mentors through office hours

The programme will be delivered on TalentSprint's patent-pending iPearl.ai, a leading digital learning platform of choice used for programs offered by the likes of Google, IIM Calcutta, IIT Hyderabad, IISc, and IIT Kanpur, to name a few.

This is an expertise-building programme for experienced professionals. You will be certified by the Center for Continuing Education at IISc Bangalore.

A certificate of successful completion is provided upon meeting all program requirements. IISc carries out all examinations and evaluations related to the certification.

  • The programme format with LIVE Interactive Sessions, Industry Sessions, Quizzes, Mini Projects, and Assignments enables a conducive environment to network with your peers in the cohort. Most participants can continue to network even after the cohort by using the alumni portal.

As an Institution of Eminence, IISc enjoys considerable autonomy. Certificate programs the institution offers to working professionals, such as this programme, are governed and fully approved by the IISc Centre for Continuing Education. The program complies with all the relevant regulations applicable.

All participants must execute, before the start of the programme, an agreement that consists of the standard programme Terms and Conditions. It has the following components:

  • Part A: Etiquette and Platform Rights
    Classroom Etiquette & General Policy Guidelines
    Tools and Platforms in Use
    Tools and Platforms: Terms of Use
  • Part B: Honor Code
  • Part C: Certification
  • Part D: Programme Fee, Refund, and Termination Policy

IISc conducts the selection process for the programme. Candidates will be selected based on the details of their education, work experience, and a statement of purpose submitted by them along with the application.

  • Apply for the Programme
  • Submit Documents*
  • Await Selection**
  • Join Programme

*Scanned copies to be submitted within 7 days
i) Education Certificate
ii) Experience Letter/Latest Pay Slip

**Selection for the programme will be done by IISc and is strictly based on the education, work experience, and motivation of the participants.

The detailed learning modules are as follows:

Module 1: Technology Management & Sustainability

  • 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; Polic and Institutional Innovations.
  • Sustainability transition Case Studies.

Module 2: Design, Technology & Sustainability

  • 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.

Module 3: Data Analytics for Smart City

  • 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

Module 4: ICT for Smart Cities

  • 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

Module 5: Renewable Energy

  • 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

Module 6: Water & Waste Water Treatment

  • 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

Module 7: Low Carbon Infrastructure

  • 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

Module 8: 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/li>
  • Sustainable transportation policies and equity
  • Case Studies

Module 9: Solid Waste Management

  • 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

The programme starts on April 2024.

  • 9-Month Executive-friendly Programme
  • Best-in-class Learning Content, Industry Sessions, Quizzes, Mini Projects, and Assignments
  • 216 hours of LIVE Interactive Sessions by IISc Faculty, which includes [x] hours of Campus Sessions held at the IISc Campus (Faculty-led LIVE Sessions will be held every weekend for 2-3 hours)

The programme will be delivered through faculty-led interactive live sessions on TalentSprint’s ipearl.ai. These online sessions will be held at a schedule convenient for working professionals. Participants can interact with the faculty through video, audio, and chat. They will also be able to chat with fellow programme participants during online sessions.

As per the programme norms, participants have to maintain at least 75% of attendance during the program. Going by the curriculum, it is recommended that participants maintain attendance for enriched learning. In unavoidable circumstances, one can access the recorded lectures on our platform to cover up for the missed sessions.

The programme includes continuous formative and summative assessments. The final scores will be determined based on the sum of the scores of various assessments.

Yes, participants are required to have their laptops.

Reading material (pre/post session) will be shared regularly through the Online Learning Management System. The access will be available for 1 year from the date of the commencement of the program.

A certificate of successful completion is provided upon completion of all requirements of the program. All examinations and evaluations related to the certification are carried out by IISc.

For programme fee-related details, please visit Fee page

Yes, flexible EMI options enable you to pay the programme fee in instalments. Please contact your RM to know the details of the schemes available.

For scholarship-related details, please visit fee page. You can also reach out to your RM for more details.

No, the application fee is non-refundable.

No. The programme fee is non-refundable and non-transferable under any circumstances.

Professionals have multiple options for funding.

  • Sponsored by employer
  • Self-funded: Based on our experience of enabling 3000+ professionals who have participated in our executive programs, self-funding is the most preferred option, with over 80% choosing this.
  • Three key reasons why professionals opt for it:
  • Freedom: To opt for a programme of their choice, at a time of their choice, with an institution of their choice and not be restrained by the organization’s policy.
  • Flexibility: To pursue greater career opportunities beyond their current employer or nurture their entrepreneurial ambitions.
  • Funding: Access to flexible EMI schemes (paying as low as Rs. per lac per month).

We have also observed that the commitment levels were higher among self-funding participants.

ipearl.ai (Interactive Platform for Experiential and Remote Learning), alentSprint’s Digital Delivery Platform, truly open by design, is built on Open edX. The platform seamlessly integrates diverse learning technologies for synchronous and asynchronous learning, assignments, assessments, group work, cloud labs, and video indexing—all with a single sign-on, maximizing delightness for both students and instructors.

When this platform was built, we intended to offer it to our partners and customers for digital learning and delivery. Since 2013, the platform has been extensively used by IIM Calcutta, IIT Kanpur, IIIT Hyderabad, and IIT Hyderabad, and many more of our customers and partners. More than 300,000 students have used this platform, which is reputed for user experience, quality, and scale.

This feature-rich platform has become so popular that some of our partners now use it for their academic needs.

The tried and tested direct-to-device platform enables 24 x 7 learning for its users. Some key benefits of the platform are:

  • Intuitive student experience through a user-friendly LMS
  • Seamless faculty experience through state-of-the-art Studios
  • Highly Interactive Online Classes
  • Effective group/peer learning/projects through Breakout Rooms
  • Proctored Online Assessments with detailed analysis
  • Insightful Reports on student engagement and performance
  • Flexible integration with other components, as needed

A comparative study of iPearl.ai against Canvas, Impartus, Moodle, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom was conducted. Features in the following categories were compared:

  • Instructor-led Learning
  • Self-paced Learning
  • Assessments/Evaluations
  • User Experience
  • Customer Support
  • Scalability and Performance
  • Integration and Customization
  • Others

Do not worry. If you miss a session, you will be given access to view the recorded version soon.

  • An internet-connected device, Computer/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone, is enough to access the platform.
  • Web camera and Mic with necessary power backup will be needed for proctored online assessments.
  • NIRF India’s #1 University (2015-23) & Research Institute (2021-23)*
  • #1 Times Higher Education University in India (2020)
  • 2 Bharat Ratna Awardees

IISc (Indian Institute of Science) is the oldest and the finest higher education institute of its kind in India. It pursues excellence in research and education in several fields of Science and Engineering and is one of the first three publicly funded institutes to be awarded the Institute of Eminence status. The alumni of IISc hold significant academic and industry positions around the globe.

The Advanced Certification Programme in Space Technologies 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 organizations. For more information, visit cce.iisc.ac.in