An Indian NGO provides services and solutions to problems in rural communities, aiming to make them self-sufficient and sustainable. Its philosophy is deeply rooted in Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas of spirit of service and thoughts on sustainability. Gandhi believed that knowledge, skills and wisdom found in villages should be used for its development, before skills are brought in from outside. This has been applied from the outset: the college itself was designed and built not by urban architects and contractors, but by the locals, who had ample experience of building their own houses.
An Indian Institute of Design teaches a design thinking approach towards business. Design thinking courses encourage students to work on products, services and systems that lead to a sustainable holistic lifestyle. The course is taught through co-creation workshops and classroom projects, and the students are given the freedom to choose their own individual projects.
An Indian Institute of Management takes the sustainability debate beyond its environmental interpretation to engender an appreciation of the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions of existence through its educational offerings. Their curriculum emphasise that the concept of sustainability must be seen in conjunction with Justice, since any system that is unjust cannot be sustainable – and vice versa. The violation of the universal principles of Justice and Truth, on which sustainability rests, leads to conflict and their incorporation into society leads to a higher level of existence.