Anant National University launches International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership with Prof Amareswar Galla

    Anant National University (AnantU), India’s first Design University, is proud
    to announce a new global initiative. AnantU has launched the establishment of
    the International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership (ICICL). It will be led by
    an outstanding UNESCO expert on Culture in Development, Dr Amareswar Galla.
    He joins AnantU as the Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership. An Indian by
    birth and education, Prof Galla brings with him three decades of working on all
    the five continents of the world, especially Australia.
    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, as the first Design University in India, will provide critical leadership to
    address the paradigm shift needed. Its recent election, through the new
    International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership, to the Membership of the
    UNESCO UNITWIN Network ‘Culture, Tourisme, Développement’ Chaired by the
    prestigious Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, positions AnantU at the
    cutting edge of universities in the Asia Pacific.”
    – 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. It is chaired by one of the leading universities in
    Europe, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. The ICICL will work at three
    different levels of seamless cooperation and coordination. 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.
    Furthermore, ICICL will focus on three areas of development. Firstly, on
    curricula design and appropriate pedagogy addressing UN Agenda 2030 and SDGs.
    It will conceptualise everything within the frame of the New Urban Agenda from
    UN HABITAT III. ICICL will concentrate on capacity building through higher
    education institutions within the ambit of UNESCO Hard Law and Soft Law
    instruments, especially the 2015 Recommendation on Museums and Collections;
    2011 Recommendation on Historical Cultural Landscapes; and 2003 Convention
    on Safeguarding Intangible Heritage. It will advocate for rethinking all forms of
    arts, culture, heritage and environment within the complexity of integrated local
    area planning and climate change as Sustainable Heritage Development.
    Secondly, ICICL will facilitate global partnerships for graduate enrichment and
    faculty exchanges through projects. Thirdly, ICICL will assist in the co-creation of
    innovative and inclusive interdisciplinary doctoral and postdoctoral programmes.
    The International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership is a high-level
    academic, professional and community platform for innovation, inspiration and
    knowledge generation, facilitating the delivery of the UN SDGs by building the
    capacities and capabilities of leadership. It will benchmark developments against
    UNESCO and other UN Standard Setting instruments.