AnantU Launches International Centre For Inclusive Cultural Leadership

Dr Amareswar Galla joins the university as the Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership.

Anant National University (AnantU), India’s Design University, announced a new global initiative. It has launched the establishment of the International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership (ICICL). It will be led by an UNESCO expert on Culture in Development, Dr Amareswar Galla. He joins AnantU as the Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership.

The university’s leadership team along with Prof Galla have acknowledged that in the face of rapid global changes and climate concerns, there is an urgent need to rethink built environment and design to address inclusion and integration along with appropriate cultural contexts. ICICL at AnantU aims to nurture such change-makers through its initiatives, and make Ahmedabad a global centre of excellence and knowledge generation, as would be befitting for India’s first World Heritage City.

“Rapid growth coupled with tourism as the world’s fasting growing industry must confront serious environmental and climate concerns. Sustainability requires new modes and modalities of development. The immediate imperative is to rethink SDGs with a particular focus on the built environment and inclusive design. It is a well-known dictum by now that ‘more of the same will not do.’ AnantU, will provide critical leadership to address the paradigm shift needed,” says Dr Amareswar Galla, Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership, International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership, Anant National University.

As a first step, the ICICL has kick-started the new year by being inscribed into the UNESCO UNITWIN Network of eminent professors focusing on Culture, Tourism and Development. At AnantU, it will build on the strengths of faculty, identify gaps and develop critical impact projects. At the city-level, it will establish liaison with other relevant faculties and institutions in Ahmedabad to promote the built environment and design excellence. All new developments will be collaborative and not competitive. At the global level, it will establish a nexus of partnerships through the UNESCO UNITWIN Network for the benefit of all appropriate institutions in South Asia.

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