Giridhar Ramanujam

Masters in Sustainable Energy Technology student, at University of Twente

Posted by Lincy Gomez at Jan 29, 2014 11:24 AM
"Unlike normal courses in India where the professor describes the course content and delivers lecture, here it’s more like equal contribution from every person in the classroom" says Giridhar, who started his Masters in Sustainable Energy Technology, at UT last September. Read through his story below.


“Alas, our technology has marched ahead of our spiritual and social evolution, making us, frankly, a dangerous people.” 
― Steven M. Greer 
This is the reason why I’m here at Twente doing my masters in Sustainable Energy technology. One might wonder what a mechanical engineer like me has got to do with making the world better? Sustainable Energy technology is a course which integrates interdisciplinary knowledge in resolving day to day sustainability issues. 
When I started at my masters, my perspective of global issues was truly restricted to only one narrow view of things, the Indian perspective where economy plays a vital role. During my first quarter I had a course named “Technology and Sustainable Development” but unlike normal courses in India where the professor describes the course content and delivers lecture, here it’s more like equal contribution from every person in the classroom. The class is totally discussion oriented and one gets to know the different perspectives of people from varied cultural backgrounds. That for me was the high point in the course. The whole course of Sustainable Energy Technology comprises of 75% Technical and 25% Social Sciences. The technical part includes all forms of renewable energy and you have to choose one of those which you like to specialize in, Wind energy in my case. Till now I have had more courses which have been assignment based than exam based, wherein you are given an assignment and you learn by doing. One other good thing about studying here was the fact the work atmosphere here is really casual, no formality. The professors are really helpful and there is no hierarchy whatsoever. You can approach them anytime and they are more than happy to help. One thought for all those who want to join Sustainable energy Technology, be prepared to get your basic ideals of thinking challenged and broaden your perspective, because that is what is going to happen when you are in a truly international, multicultural and interdisciplinary environment.
Posted by Lincy Gomez at Jan 29, 2014 11:24 AM