Professor Vijayaraghavan M Chariar is a faculty member at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Prof. Chariar’s basic training is in experimental materials science. Over the last two decades, he has worked on diverse areas such as Ecological Sanitation, Appropriate Housing, Design for Sustainability, Traditional Knowledge Systems, and Joyous Leadership. Prof. Chariar uses an experiential and learner-centred approach in his pedagogy. He has inspired a large number of students to achieve their highest innate potential, several of whom have taken to entrepreneurship in the social sector. For his innovative pedagogy, Prof. Chariar was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award by IIT Delhi in 2011. Prof. Chariar taught and researched at Arizona State University as a Fulbrighter in 2012-2013. He is author of several patents, publications, technical manuals and design registrations on innovative technologies. Prof. Chariar serves as Chairman of the IIT Delhi’s much awarded sanitation start up Ekam Eco Solutions and also mentors several startups. He has been a sought after invited speaker by diverse academic, volunteering and corporate institutions on topics including sustainability, startups and self-discovery.