An Educational Framework for a Net Zero Future

Sreejith Jayaram, Deepa Parekh, Prasad Vaidya, Yashima Jain, Jaydeep Bhadra  | 2023


This paper evaluates the current model curricula in India for architecture and engineering colleges as well as education policy documents that will influence the coursework taught across the country, to determine if the undergraduate and post-graduate education system is aimed at creating future professionals who can respond to India’s Nationally Determined Contributions and net-zero by 2070 goal. It uses literature review and survey data to identify gaps in graduate attributes and competencies that result from these curricula and policy documents. While over fifteen years of codes and rating systems, and longer for industry-led practices have introduced standards and best practices, the market has not moved towards future-proof net-zero buildings. The findings show that the model curricula does not address climate change, and that comprehensive frameworks as well as transformative education at scale is being done through other programs like Solar Decathlon India (SDI).