Lead businesses towards sustainable practices that not only save costs, but also improve efficiency with this industry-relevant programme. Built upon the concepts and applications of energy technology, energy business management, and project management integrated with sustainability, this niche programme is meticulously crafted after intense deliberations with industry leaders and academic experts to prepare future-ready managers, long-term strategic thinkers, and energy entrepreneurs.

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What You'll Learn

Transform into a sustainability champion with this programme that combines software-based, hands-on-skill-based,
field-based project work and case-based analytical learning.

  • Strong foundational knowledge: Take advantage of a holistic and skill-based course curriculum with immersive pedagogy and a strong foundation. Gain practical knowledge through mandatory internship spread across sectors and outcome-based industrial or applied business project work.
  • Diverse curriculum: The vast curriculum of the programme encompasses market outlook and value chain, power infrastructure and operations, energy management and conservation, clean energy transition, carbon neutral enterprises, technologies and innovations enabling energy eco-system, energy reforms and Environmental Social Governance (ESG) practices, circular economy, design thinking, business and project management, sustainable energy management practices, project appraisal and sustainable finance, entrepreneurship and effective communication skills, professional ethics, and international energy management best practices.
  • Flexible industry-based electives: Second year of the MBA SEM programme offers flexible industry-based electives in the areas of Advance Energy Management, Energy Business Analytics, Sustainability, Digital Transformation of Energy Infrastructure, Energy Business Management, and Energy Software Workshop.
  • Practical field-based experience: Expand your learnings further with industry visits and summer internship. While the project work (industrial or applied business) develops your skills in critical thinking, analytical problem, presentation and report writing, a unique seminar series on entrepreneurship by energy startup companies acquaints you with their journey on socio-technical challenges and financing strategies.

    You will also be sensitized to the environment and ground-level realities through a social immersion programme aimed at bringing in a paradigm shift in perspectives and behavior to combat adverse environmental impacts such as climate change.

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Programme at a Glance

Gear up to respond to industry and societal needs. Develop a mature and professional understanding of operations, projects, infrastructure, services, and facilities. Lay the brass tacks to a sustainable future ahead.

Semester Breakdown

Semester 1

  • - Energy ecosystem and Sustainable development
  • - Fossil fuels to clean energy - current trends & practices
  • - Market outlook & Value chain

Semester 2

  • - Enterprise level energy management and skill development
  • - Hands-on energy lab and niche software workshop

Semester 3

  • - Transition towards sustainable energy management practices
  • - Projects and risk management
  • - Entrepreneurship and leadership skills

Semester 4

  • - Sectoral digital transformation
  • - International energy management practices
  • - Industry or applied business project work
Streams of Courses

The MBA SEM programme prepares highly skilled techno-managers that shoulder responsibility in diverse sectors on a global level through courses that keep economic viability, environmental protection, and social equity at their epicenter.

Advance Energy Management

Learn and develop the best practices in advanced and emerging areas of energy management including clean energy transition, energy forensic analysis, energy asset management, and energy efficient buildings.

Project Management

Develop leadership skills as a project engineer and manager in mega (complex and capital intensive) projects to solve complex and pertinent project challenges through NICMAR’s four decades of academic excellence in the field of infrastructure and project management.

Energy Business Analytics

Receive hands-on training on cutting-edge applications such as data sciences, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and block chain technology to develop effective analytical skills and business decision making acumen.

Energy Business Management

Gain in-depth understanding and application into the commercial aspects of energy business management including risk management, business strategy and change management, and financial and cost management.


Knowledge dissemination and guidance under experienced hands to understand how sustainability integrates, transforms and develops energy business with a focus on sustainable lean practices and implementation, zero defects and quality assurance, sustainable finance and stakeholder management.

Energy Software Workshops

Specialize in contributing to the critical aspects of energy management by using software and hands-on tools for renewable energy system design, clean energy project viability assessment, and asset life cycle performance.

Digital Transformation and Strategies

Learn the trending on-demand skills of the digital world to enhance and transform the way energy business is carried out globally by using advanced tools and technology such as Building Information Modelling integrated with Artificial Intelligence.

Location & Duration

Pune Campus

Seamlessly blending with Baner’s elite, cutting-edge lifestyle, our Pune campus will leave you enchanted with its state-of-the-art learning and living facilities.

Duration: Two years offered through 4 semesters


Semester 1

The MBA SEM programme kicks off with courses that cover a broad spectrum of the energy value chain, sustainability, project management, and the functional areas of management. No matter what engineering stream you belong to, this semester keeps exploration at its core, and brings you up to speed with the current practices.

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  • Principles and Practices of Sustainable Energy Ecosystem

    Learn the fundamental concepts, principles and practices of sustainability, explore how sustainable developments occur within natural and socio-economic systems, and apply this knowledge to current problems of the energy ecosystem to improve sustainability in business.

  • Power Infrastructure and Operations

    This course equips you with the methodology to benchmark power generation potential of various conventional and renewable energy resources, and the supporting ecosystem through technologies and management practices.

  • Energy Market Outlook and Value Chain

    This course provides insights into the primary energy outlook in India, and its energy security dynamics apart from familiarizing with coal, crude oil and natural gas value-chain and infrastructure.

  • Project Management Principles and Practices

    Understand the concepts of Project Management from planning through execution. Through this course, you’ll also be able to analyse and apply contemporary project management tools and methodologies.

  • People and Organisations

    This course introduces you to the concept of managing human capital through various application-oriented processes from competency-based talent acquisition, to their engagement, performance management, development and retention of high-quality workforce from an organizational perspective.

  • Financial and Cost Management

    This course is designed to offer experiential training on profit maximization using a blend of theory and practice in principles of financial management. Hands-on training to analyse, evaluate and develop analytical abilities managing finances of an organisation.

  • Managerial Economics

    Develop critical thinking and analytical abilities to resolve business problems by employing various tools and techniques of managerial economics, especially energy economics.

  • Effective Communication Skills

    Understand the importance of effective managerial communication in the context of an organization and projects. This course also trains you on the concepts, processes, types, barriers, and principles of effective business communication.

Semester 2

Dive deeper into the enterprise and functional areas of energy management in this semester. Also get hands-on experiential learning and take concrete steps in the direction of sustainability.

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  • Energy Reforms, Planning & Sustainable Implementation

    The course intends to promote learner development on (i) energy reforms at geopolitical, functional and sectoral levels (ii) energy projects as vehicles of delivering energy reforms and (iii) energy planning.

  • Energy Management and Conservation

    Learn about the various methods to benchmark the energy consumption pattern of electrical/mechanical equipment and technologies. Learn to calculate and develop charts related to energy efficiency across sectors, perform energy audit, and upskill on conservation techniques.

  • Project Appraisal and Social-Cost-Benefit-Analysis

    Learn how to link strategy with project appraisal decisions. Also discover methods to apply, analyze, and evaluate the technical, market, economic, ecological, social, and financial viability of projects.

  • Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Energy Systems

    Understand the relationship between the product life cycle and environmental impact, resource conservation, and pollution prevention. Also, link LCA to other assessment techniques like life-cycle-costing, carbon footprinting, and risk assessment.

  • Developing Carbon Neutral Enterprise and ESG Practices

    This course provides Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices across the board by covering climate change mitigation action and implementation measures and approaches in developing a low carbon enterprise.

  • Research Methodology and Project Seminar

    The course gives an understanding of the research methods that can be adopted for independent research work. You are required to select a topic related to energy / sustainability for your project work, and develop a research framework for it. Work on this project lasts from Semester 2 through Semester 4.

  • Renewable Energy Performance Monitoring Lab

    Get acquainted with the measurement practices in performance of various energy systems like solar PV design, GHG measurement. Keep up with the current trends, learn the basic concepts in Excel, Power BI and Tableau for energy data modelling & visualization.

  • Business Decision Making

    Understand basic statistical concepts and quantitative/analytical techniques for optimal utilization of energy resources to enhance bottom line performance.

  • Discover Yourself with Yoga & Meditation

    Venture into the inner world of peace and fulfilment by balancing work and life through a regulated lifestyle with proper knowledge, meditation, and yoga. Social immersion through community service is also part of this course.

Semester 3

This semester is your big leap in the direction of attaining sustainable goals through entrepreneurship seminar series and clean energy transition courses. Also choose electives from a pool of energy management and business management related topics in this semester.

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  • Summer Internship

    This is an opportunity to get real life understanding of enterprises and projects. Receive valuable hands-on learning in the real world during the mandatory 12-week period.

  • Health, Safety and Environment Management

    This course lays a solid foundation and enables you to imbibe the culture of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) during the life cycle of projects through concepts and practical inputs, evaluation, and assessment of the strategies in implementing HSE policy.

  • Advancements in Renewable Energy and Power Systems

    Develop a deeper perspective on microgrids and smart grids, and discover the importance of green hydrogen, energy storage systems, EV infrastructure. Through these topics, the course develops systemic solutions to integrate the modern renewable energy systems with advanced power systems.

  • Clean Energy Transition: Viability and Emerging Technologies

    This course reviews Clean energy transition project viability, strategies to make it inclusive and affordable, and climate tech commercialization to accelerate energy transition towards net zero target and challenges way forward.

  • Entrepreneurship in Energy Business (Seminar)

    This is a case-based course, wherein, you will learn from energy startup entrepreneurs to understand their journey including socio-technical challenges and financing strategies.

  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

    This is a self-learning MOOC course through the Swayam online platform, a Government of India initiative for learning from experts in the field.

  • Pool of General Electives
  • Risk Management
  • Business Strategy & Change Management
  • Data Sciences and Artificial Intelligence for Energy Management
  • Marketing Management and Business Development
  • Pool of Programme Electives
  • Spatial Technology and Geographical Information System
  • Energy Usage in Industrial Processes and Intensification
  • Energy Integration and Forensic Analysis
  • Energy Contracts and Procurement Management
  • Green Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Semester 4

Bring the programme to a close in the fourth semester with diving deep into your chosen areas of electives under energy, sustainability, and digital transformation. This semester also opens you up to a plethora of opportunities to venture out, implement, and practice sustainable energy development and management.

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  • Sustainable Finance and Integrated Reporting

    Learn the basics of sustainable finance, sustainable financial instruments, markets of these sustainable instruments, valuation issues, and sustainable portfolio management.

  • Building Energy Management Systems

    Learn how to analyze and reduce the energy consumption of a building using tools and software including Building Information Modelling.

  • International Energy Management Practices

    Get in-depth real-world knowledge about global energy systems and industries, international and intercultural effectiveness, diverse, and integrated markets.

  • Project Work (Industrial Project or Applied Business)

    Understand and use research methods, and critically examine pertinent issues in practice to infer and recommend suggestions.

  • Professional Ethics

    This course aims at teaching how ethics and management are interrelated in the contemporary political and economic contexts, and deliberates consideration of our responsibilities toward others.

  • Pool of Programme Electives
  • Sustainable Development and Behaviour Change
  • Integrated Habitat Assessment
  • Energy Asset Management
  • Sustainable Stakeholder Management
  • Sustainable Lean Practices and Quality Assurance
  • Digital Transformation and Innovations in Energy Industry


1. The MBA SEM programme is based on the concept of ‘Learning through hands-on experience’, and is supplemented with add-ons like case studies, tutorials, software workshops, energy labs, videos, peer-to-peer learning, and more. The aim is to make way for immersive application-oriented learning based on practical challenges and industry relevant issues.

2. Supervised by a faculty mentor, every working group will critically evaluate, explore, and analyze ideas to incorporate the learnings into project work and orient them towards getting industry ready.

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An enriching environment

Class Profile

Join a diverse group of budding energy and sustainability managers and executives from various streams of engineering who have completed their graduation and are looking at leaving an indelible mark in the energy industry as next-gen NICMARIANs.

  • 21-27

    Average age

  • 8

    Average Courses Each Semester

  • 26

    Average Credits Per Semester


Our leader

Dr. J. S. Sudarsan

An Assistant Professor at the School of Energy and Environment, NICMAR, Pune, Dr. Sudarsan is a Chartered Civil Engineer with many laurels to his name. Along with holding a doctorate in Environmental Engineering, a postgraduate degree in Environmental Engineering, and a postgraduate diploma in Industrial Safety, he has spent over 20 years in teaching research and consultancy. Some of the research projects he has handled were sponsored by BARC, QCI, and DST Government of India.

An active partaker in several national and international conferences over the years, Dr. Sudarsan has also published two patents and contributed over 84 papers in SCOPUS indexed journals. He has also co-authored two books related to construction materials and repair and rehabilitation of structures.

Dr. Sudarsan is a proud recipient of multiple awards such as Emerging Sustainability Professional Award 2022, Research Mentor cash award from American Chemical Society (ACS) USA, Research Excellence award by InSc (Institute of Scholars), Eminent Researcher award by I2OR Organization, India, and Research Incentive cash award from SRM institute of Science and Technology. A frequent guest lecturer on varied topics such as Disaster Risk Reduction, Constructed Wetland as Novel technique for Wastewater management, Environmental Impact assessment, Dr. Sudarsan’s array of credentials also include organizing several training programmes, workshops, and conferences in the areas of disaster management and environment protection and awareness at both national and international levels.

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Admission Requirements

  • Candidates with a regular bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Bachelor of Science or Equivalent Qualification from a recognised Institution / University are eligible. Industry sponsored candidates with the above criteria are also eligible. Candidates seeking admission are required to have secured minimum 50% aggregate marks (45% for the candidates from reserved category) at graduation level. Final year eligible graduating students can also apply. However, such candidates must have completed (passed) their Graduation before the commencement of programme.
  • Final year graduating students can also apply. However, such candidates must have completed (passed) their Graduation before the commencement of programme.
  • Eligible candidates will be invited to appear for the selection procedure, which comprises Post Graduate NICMAR Common Admission Test (PG-NCAT), Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI) and Rating of Application (RA).

Your trajectory

Career opportunities

As an MBA graduate in Sustainable Energy Management, you can pursue the following careers:

Job Profile Diverse Areas/Sectors Companies
Operation & Maintenance Core Energy Companies Suzlon
Energy performance monitoring Power generation, transmission and distribution Adani Green
Project Delivery Engineering and Project Consultancy Reliance Industries Limited
Procurement and supply chain Energy service company Kalpataru Power
Analytics Construction and infrastructure Aker Solutions
Business Development & Strategy Energy storage and transportation Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions
Project Handling/Management Refinery and petrochemicals Thermax
Product Marketing Chemical and Fertilizer Praj Industries
Energy Analyst e-Mobility Tata Projects
Energy Consultant/Auditor Hydrocarbon and coal LnT Hydrocarbons Engineering
Design/Energy Modeling Carbon capture usage storage Bechtel
Cost Manager Product manufacturing Worley


  • Is it necessary for me to have any kind of prior work experience to join the programme?

    Absolutely not! Although, it is a plus if you have it! Our group is expected to be a fine blend of freshers and candidates with work experience.

  • What’s the faculty like for this programme?

    Only the finest in the field! Our faculty is our biggest strength, for they not only hold PhD degrees from reputed universities, but they also bring with themselves unparalleled academic and industry experience. Rest assured, you’ll be in good hands.

  • What kind of financial aid do you offer to students who want to sign up for this programme?

    Our recognition as one of the most sought-after universities has fostered a long and fruitful association with leading banks across the country. These institutions include HDFC Credila, ICICI Bank, Saraswat Co-op Bank, Bank of Baroda, Credenc, Union Bank of India, Avanse and many others. You can check out more information on it on our Admissions page. Note, however, that the final outcome of the loan process will be dependent on your eligibility as per the bank’s requirements.

  • Will I get on-campus placement support after completing the programme?

    Undoubtedly! Along with bringing top-tier companies for on-campus recruitment, our exceptionally skilled placement cell puts in the best efforts to groom and prepare you for your career path.

  • Is an internship a part of this programme? What kind of support can I expect?

    Of course! This MBA programme offers internships at the end of Sem II (year 1), which may also result in a PPO (Pre-placement Offer).

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News & Updates

NICMAR University is Recognised as State Private University by UGC.

NICMAR University Pune Act (L. C. Bill No. Of 2022) was passed by Maharashtra State Government on 16th March, 2022 and appeared in “Maharashtra Government Gazette” on 12th May 2022 (Mah. Act No. XXXVI of 2022).