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How do you prepare for a future that hasn’t arrived yet? Introducing TransDisciplinary University (TDU), a revolutionary step towards preparing students with skill sets necessary to solve tomorrow’s problems.



This world is a riot of change. A coder creates a social movement; a business tycoon turns to sustainable energy. The lines between disciplines are crossed each day. The outcome: new possibilities. It is exciting, true. The fact though is, it can be daunting. Tomorrow will require a whole new approach to solutions. To embrace and prepare for these changes is what we at TDU (TransDisciplinary University) work towards.

An active, collaborative powerhouse with a non-linear learning culture, this is where the latest trends in the industry find their way to the course curriculum. The aim is to promote inter, multi and TransDisciplinary perspectives in every domain to make learning more holistic and enjoyable, that will lead to improved learning outcomes.



The TransDisciplinary method combines modern and traditional Indian knowledge systems to create a holistic learning method through inter, multi and TransDisciplinary perspectives. Derived from ancient Indian theories on learning and the theory of ‘Connectivism’, it is referred to as the ‘learning theory for the digital age’.

The approach comprises:

Experiential Learning: “Learn by doing” is one of the foundational principles of this method. It aims to make them solve real life challenges and problems.
Extensive Community: Networking and community building are the foundation of ‘Connectivism’ as these foster an environment of collaboration. TDU aims to build extensive partnerships with the best in the industry to enable the same.
Flexibility and Personalization: Everyone learns in different ways. Understanding what works for whom is what personalisation of education is. This is what we promote and profess to harness the best minds.
Skills Framework: All assessments are tied to a skills framework. A student will progress along a chosen skills map as he/she selects and complete a series of electives. Modularisation of delivery will be directed by well-researched goals and guidelines.



We partner with institutions like Atree, Takshila, NIAS, IBAB; who are today, working towards creating a brighter future. They are pioneers within their domains and R&D, both international and domestic. With the intention of providing students expanding horizons from knowledge leaders in different domains, they offer electives for all Bachelors and Masters programs in fields like Design, Cinema, Public Policy, Ecology, Philosophy, Archaeology, Molecular Biology, Neurosciences and Mathematics.


People Behind

Arm students today for problems of tomorrow. With this in mind, Sam Pitroda and Darshan Shankar founded TDU. That the VC, Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati has spent 20 years in Africa, Asia and Australia with the United Nations driving global sustainable development, is proof that they will accomplish what they envisioned. That Professor Ramaswamy, the co-chair of the board of governors also drives stem cell research is proof again that TDU will be the catalyst in learning and skill development across India.


Course correct to a future ready world.


Computer Science

Aimed at creating an opportunity to learn while exploring the world around, this course is designed to provide technical and life skills for a successful career in the 21st century. While the technical areas of focus will remain the central theme, students will be offered four areas of specialization - Data Science, Cyber Physical Systems, Fintech and Health Informatics.



A dynamic and evolving area of science is Conservation Science. A three year full time Bachelor’s course, provides a comprehensive foundation and an in-depth understanding of the scientific study in the diversity of living organism, their habitats and the practical steps needed to be taken for effective conservation with new approaches and techniques.
For those interested in becoming professional conservation and development specialists, this Masters degree is ideal.


Ayurveda Biology

Educational and research programs in Ayurveda integrating with modern Bioscience is the future. Our BSc and MSc in Life Sciences are focused on Ayurveda Biology and are designed to generate a knowledge interface between Ayurveda and life sciences that can be applied to contemporary healthcare research and industry requirements.


Communication Science

Science needs communication for impact. The world of science communication is undergoing transition. The media scene is changing across the world. The print medium, which was the mainstay of communication till a decade ago, is facing decline. On the other hand internet-based online media has been increasing in pace. Thus, while the traditional spaces for science communication are declining, new areas are opening up which require new skills.

The two-year post graduate degree program, will be open to graduates in any discipline, but with a proven aptitude for communicating science. It will also be open for working professionals who are willing to take a career break to strengthen their science communication skills. To add flexibility for working professionals, the program will provide an option to drop a semester and return with the junior batch to make up the credits required for the degree.


Herbal Quality Assurance

The demand for herbal products is growing rapidly with a projected size of US $ 115 Billion by 2020. The main challenges faced by the herbal industry today are, shortage of skilled and well trained human resources and lack of clarity on regulatory affairs to ensure quality and efficacy of herbal products. The Master's course is designed to provide students a platform to specialize in this unique domain.

Our Partners

Students gain real world relevance and exposure to the latest
trends across domains through our partners, who contribute to course content and projects.

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    ATREE is a research institution in the areas of biodiversity, conservation and sustainable development.

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    IBAB’s mission is to catalyze the growth of the biotechnology and bioinformatics industries in India.

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    India's pioneer research institute - inStem is dedicated to the study of stem cells and regenerative biology.

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    NIAS is a centre of higher learning engaged in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research in natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.

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    NCBS is part of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. NCBS is focused on the study of molecules, cells and organisms.

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    The Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology is a visionary, experimental and curatorial institute of media arts and sciences.

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    It is aimed at improving the health of the community and patients through the development of a Centre of Excellence for medical research in India.

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    The development of awareness and involvement in good cinema and quality art and culture is one of the main ambitions of Suchitra.

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    It aims to establish itself as one of the most credible voices in India’s public policy discourse, through consistent high-quality policy advisories.

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