Student cases

PBL South Asia student cases bring together multidisciplinary student teams from the local and international partner universities to co-create proposals focusing on sustainability, innovation and technology for case beneficiaries. The first student cases are exploratory to familiarize the Nepalese and Bhutanese partners with the facilitation of student cases involving external partners and societal challenges, and to exchange information on the methods used by other partner universities.

PBL South Asia student cases are offered 1-2 times annually. To get involved as a student, faculty member or a potential client, contact our team – we look forward to hearing from you.

Countries: Nepal | India | Bhutan


Sustainable community reconstruction after disaster (post 2015 earthquake) 2018-2019

The PBL student case 2018 was organized by Asian Institute of Technology and Management (AITM) and Aalto University’s Sustainable Global Technologies studio course.

Case Owner: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Dhungentar Community
Problem: Students worked on two challenges; ‘building disaster resilience through communal synergies’ and ‘entrepreneurship opportunities and challenges in post disaster community’
Proposal(s): Nepali project. Read more from the students’ full reports (AITM and Aalto) as well as the Aalto team’s website, Instagram and Media Release.


Pilot Training Workshop in Mumbai

In August 2019 PBL South Asia organized a pilot training workshop in Mumbai where faculty members and teachers from Nepalese and Bhutanese institutions participated in actual PBL cases. They worked intensively in randomly mixed multidisciplinary teams, where other members included students from Finland, the Netherlands, Lithuania and India.

Altogether 7 teacher-student teams worked for 6 different case beneficiaries. The teams were mentored and facilitated by staff & faculty from Aalto University, Delft University of Technology, Kaunas Technical University, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and Indian Institute of Science.

The workshop provided extensive practical training in the application of PBL methods for sustainable development in the South Asian context across different themes. It consisted of two weeks of intensive group work in self-organising teams focused on a real case setting with societal partners in the Mumbai area; as well as team mentoring practice, field work activities, design thinking methods, communication and dissemination activities such as poster presentation and final pitching session.

Affordable housing and slum rehabilitation I (2019)

Case owner: Larsen and Toubro Realty Limited
Problem: Rehabilitated slum residents have adaptation issues in the new vertical living environment.
Proposal(s): Affordable Housing I team’s Poster and Final Presentation

Affordable housing and slum rehabilitation II (2019)

Case owner: Larsen and Toubro Realty Limited
Problem: Raani, 35, wants a clean and hygienic surrounding with more opportunities for social interaction and wishes to have affordable electricity.
Proposal(s): Affordable Housing II team’s Poster and Final Presentation

Construction and demolition waste management (2019)

Case owner: Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai
Problem: In India, dumping of construction and demolition waste has been a huge problem for the government to manage and settle. There is only one recycling plant for construction and demolition waste, namely, “Godrej Construction”, in all over India which has been constructing compact bricks out of concrete of construction and demolition waste.
Proposal(s): Construction and demolition waste team’s Poster and Final Presentation

Modular housing scheme for a public housing provider in a low-income locality, Maharashtra

Case owner: A public housing provider, Mumbai
Problem: How to provide affordable, safe and spacious housing for low-income labour/workers through modular solutions?
Proposal(s): Modular housing scheme team’s Poster and Final Presentation

Accessible Healthcare

Case owner: Medical Device Lab, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
Problem: Parents of hearing-impaired children need to consistently deliver goal-oriented speech therapy at home, otherwise the child’s progress in learning to understand language and speak will be hampered.
Proposal(s):Accessible Healthcare team’s Poster

Redevelopment of Artist village Belapur

Case owner: Belapur Community, Mumbai
Problem: As Belapur densifies, how can we incorporate the lessons from Artist village to build a more inclusive wider community while ensuring income generation activities?
Proposal(s): Redevelopment of Artist village’s Poster and Final Presentation

Liveability in slums

Case owner: Center for Urban Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay
Problem: Slums proliferate in Mumbai due to lack of affordable housing in the formal market, as a result of faulty land development policies. Current procedures of demolishing slums and providing (either temporary or permanent) free housing to their dwellers, is resulting in high-rise rehabilitation buildings to become “vertical slums”.
Proposal(s): Liveability in slum’s Poster and Final Presentation


Supporting the development of sustainable waste management in Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan 2019-2020

The PBL student case 2019-20 was organized jointly by, Jigme Namgyal Engineering College (Royal University of Bhutan)’s Department of Surveying and Civil Engineering, and Aalto University’s Sustainable Global Technologies studio course.

Case Owner: Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative (SJI)
Problem: Bhutan has shown impressive socio-economic development over the past decades; however, the development path has been accompanied by a shift from biodegradable to inorganic waste as well as a tremendous increase in the amount of waste. The mismanagement of solid waste has resulted in pollution, and current practices are mainly open dumping and burning.
Deliverables: Studio SaJo project. Read more from the students’ full reports (JNEC and Aalto) as well as the other deliverables: Aalto team’s final presentation video, board game, compost manual & Instagram and JNEC team's final presentation video.

Aalto University
Riina Subra
Avinash Dhital

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Venkata Santosh Kumar Delhi
Nepal Engineering College
Durgaprasad Bhandari
Asian Institute of Technology & Management
Lena Sthapit
Kathmandu University
Diwakar Bista
Royal University of Bhutan
Andu Dukpa

Delft University of Technology
Jan-Carel Diehl
Kaunas University of Technology
Laura Jankauskaitė-Jurevičienė
Sagarmatha Engineering College
Ramesh Kumar Shrestha

Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
Shakuntala Acharya

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