Sustainability in Construction Management Education: An Indian Perspective

Published on Jan 1, 2018
· DOI :10.1007/978-3-319-73293-0_9
Shilpi Singh2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Amity University),
Samya Rakshit1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Amity University)
+ 2 AuthorsAnil Sawhney17
Estimated H-index: 17
(LJMU: Liverpool John Moores University)
With increasing impact of human survival on the environment and perpetual debate of our responsibility towards future generations, sustainability has come a long way. With urbanization and sustained economic development in India, greater building activity is expected, as India gears up to build 70–80% of the expected future building stock. As developing countries fight for a greater role in changing the environmental scene globally, role of sustainability in construction education has gained ample momentum. A systemic integration in education is required to sensitize students and future leaders to think, operate and apply sustainability concepts. As educators, it is our responsibility to condition young minds to view sustainability as an indispensable attitude and empower them to steer business decisions in alignment with sustainable goals. The construction management pedagogical approach steers postgraduate programs towards a holistic understanding of sustainability and inculcating built environment professionals who are the stewards of our sustainable future. This paper aimed at analysing one such construction management program at Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors School of Built Environment, to study the efficacy of this pedagogical approach which goes on to show knowledge evolution of sustainability concepts over a period of three semesters. Using quantitative methods, the statistical significance of the change in student perception through course work has been analysed with additional insights and comparison with the alumnus cohort.
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