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Universities should lead by example of sustainability and SDGs

At the annual conference of Vice-Chancellors of Indian Universities organized by the Association of Indian Universities, AIU at the University of Mysore this year, I had the honor to chair the session on the Role of Institutions Higher Education Institution, HEI in supporting the National goals and targets to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals. At the conference it became quite clear that our current educational framework does not emphasize sustainability, at least as it serves the purpose of supporting national goals and global aspirations to achieve these goals. The goals of 17 sustainable development goals have been finalized as a task for the Agenda. 2030 at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.

The VCs also argue that while Quality, Productivity and Industry Readiness have been the main focus of the academic curriculum, sustainability is still not a buzzword on University Campuses. study in India, despite the intense intellectual dialogue about environmental degradation. and water pollution and climate change. It is also recognized that universities worldwide have long been conscious of their contribution to creating a green and sustainable future for humanity. Therefore, we in the Universities of India must also pay more attention to education and research related to sustainability as well as policies and programs on implementing green practices.

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The Mysore Declaration adopted at the AIU VCs conference includes each Indian University’s commitment to ‘lead by example’ regarding the implementation of Green Practices on their Campus, Smart Technology to maximize the benefits of green energy production, energy savings, rainwater harvesting, wastewater treatment and waste management technology.

The VCs also decided that each university should commit to the SDGs and would align the university’s education, research and innovation to achieve the goals and targets set out for each. out of 17 SDGs. The Mysore statement added that universities will lead by example and implement policies and programs to develop university campuses in a way that is completely sustainable and energy and water secure. It also commits that research and innovation in Universities will be targeted towards strengthening Government India’s determination to Atmanirbhar Bharat, accelerate the development of Circular Economy and comply with Net Zero Emissions by 2035.

This is a leading example in the development and implementation of green technologies and green practices that will inspire the younger generation towards creating a ‘Sustainable and green future’ for themselves and for generations to come. Just teaching sustainability courses and lectures won’t do much. Young people today want to be self-taught and so what they see inspires them more than what we preach.

At Amity Haryana University, its design campus planning is design for sustainability. Green building architecture, green practices in construction, large-scale rainwater collection, all wastewater treatment including wastewater treatment and recycling and reuse of treated wastewater to flush toilets students on campus buildings including residences and dormitories and to maintain ample greenery within it The 110 acre campus inspires the student community towards creating a green future and lasting.

Likewise, the use of energy-efficient lighting, solar installations to ensure adequate campus illumination, and efficient waste management further reinforce AUH’s commitment to energy. sustained positivity.

Research and innovation at AUH also aims to contribute to sustainable development practices. The most recent example is the application of Nanoscience and Technology to the design and installation of a Wastewater Treatment plant for the Bilaspur pond of a nearby village, carried out by Amity scientists with funding from Amity. Haryana Governor Jal Shakti delegation. The ‘Suryamitra’ training program conducted by AUH’s solar scientists has also greatly contributed to the increase of trained personnel for solar installations.

It is with great pleasure to announce that in the just released Times Higher Education Inpact Rankings, Amity University Gurugram has been ranked among the top 50 in the world (in fact 32nd) for the Energy-related SDG 7 Clean Affordable and among the top 100 (info at 63) for SDG 6 related to Clean Water and Sanitation.

It’s leading by example, that’s how Indian Universities get their proud place among the top 100 of the world rankings. The Sustainable Development Goals offer a unique opportunity for Indian Universities to become world leaders in the field of higher education and research in the field of sustainability that will also build and ensure secure a green and sustainable future for the world community and make Mother India proud of her Universities in India.

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