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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, adopted by the United Nations in 2015 are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice

Universities are key to the adoption and fulfilment of these SDGs

  • Learning and Teaching: Providing students with the knowledge, skills and motivation, in-depth academic or vocational expertise; providing accessible, affordable and inclusive education to all and empowering and mobilizing young people.
  • Research: Providing the necessary knowledge, evidence-base, solutions, technologies, pathways and innovations, collaborating with innovative companies, improving diversity in research; and providing student training for sustainable development research.
  • Organizational Governance, Culture and Operations: Implementing the principles of the SDGs through employment, finance, campus services, support services, facilities, procurement, human resources, and student administration.
  • External Leadership: Strengthen public engagement and participation in addressing the SDGs; ensure higher education sector representation in national implementation.

NITI Aayog, Government of India has been playing a very important role in achieving the SDG Goals through its SDG Vertical. The SDG Vertical, in collaboration with Union Ministries and States/ UTs, is the nodal agency for coordinating and monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals.

The SATAT – Framework for Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Campus development in Higher Educational Institutions which is part of the Quality Mandate developed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) is also playing an important role in achieving the SDG Goals. It encourages universities to adopt reflective policies and practices to enhance the environmental quality of the campus and to adopt sustainable and green methods in its future.

THE Impact Rankings – the only global indicators to assess universities’ progress towards the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), has ranked Amrita University, 1st in India and 81st in the world. It’s an acknowledgement of the University’s commitment to remain an exemplary institution that creates Global Impact on society through Compassion-Driven Research and Education for Life. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has been consistently awarded the number one rank in the Technical institution’s category in the Swachhta ranking released by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry, India. It’s an education that harmonises both, scientific knowledge and spiritual learning, to create a sustainable tomorrow for all.

Today universities and their researchers are ranked mainly based on the amount of funding they receive, the number of papers they publish and their intellectual caliber, but along with this, we should take into consideration how much we have been able to use research to serve the lowest and most vulnerable strata of society. In our approach to sustainable development, we should not forget that it is by strengthening the people at the base of the pyramid that the entire edifice of society grows healthy and strong.

Chancellor Amma
United Nations, New York, July 2015.

Day 1 – August 3, 2021
Agenda Name Designation
Opening Remarks
Welcome & Opening Remarks Prof. Raghu Raman Director,
Global Rankings & Accreditation, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India.
Presidential Address Prof. Venkat Rangan Vice Chancellor,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India
Compassion Driven Research – Amrita approach to Sustainable Development Prof. Maneesha V. Ramesh UNESCO Chair for Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation & Development, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India
Keynote Address, SDG Performance by India Shri. Amitabh Kant, IAS CEO, NITI Aayog, Govt. of India.
Thematic Sessions
Role of Research and Education for Implementation of SDG Prof. T. G.Sitharam Director & Professor,
IIT Guwahati, India.
India’s performance in the various Sustainable Development Indices including Impact Rankings Prof. Angel Calderon Principal Adviser,
Planning & Research, RMIT University, Australia.
Role of research and education for implementation of SDGs Prof. Sasmitarani Samanta Pro-Vice Chancellor,
KIIT, India.
Session Break
Mapping Collaborations and Partnerships in SDGs Dr. Anders Karlsson Vice President of Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier, Japan.
Role of Research and Education for Implementation of SDGs Prof. B. Suresh Pro Chancellor,
JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research, India.
Leveraging Institutional Strength for Sustainable Development Prof. Satheesh Kumar Bhandary Vice Chancellor,
NITTE University, India.
SULITEST – Sustainability Literacy Test Prof. Jean-Christophe CARTERON President,
Role of Research and Education for Implementation of SDGs Prof. Bhavani Rao R. Director,
Ammachi labs & UNESCO Chair in Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India
Closing Remarks
Session Summary and Closing Remarks Prof. Karthik Sankaranarayanan Associate Professor,
Ontario Tech University, Canada
Adjunct Faculty,
Amrita School for Sustainable Development, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India
Day 2 – August 4, 2021
Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks Prof. Sasangan Ramanathan Dean, Engineering,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India
How Important are Rankings to Drive SDG Research in India? Prof. Bipin Nair Dean, School of Biotechnology & Faculty of Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India
Keynote Address, Swachh Campus Rankings Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe Chairman, AICTE, Ministry of Education.
UI Green Metric Rankings Dr. Riri Fitri Sari Chairperson, UI GreenMetric, University of Indonesia.
Thematic Sessions
THE Master Class Mr. Duncan Ross Chief Data Officer, Times Higher Education, UK.
Session Break
Accelerating the UN SDGs with Collaboration and Impact Ms. Laura Tucker Founder and CEO, Vertigo Ventures, UK.
How Important are Collaborations to Drive SDG Performance by HEI’s? Prof. K. R. S. Sambasiva Rao Vice Chancellor, Mizoram University, India.
Scival and SDG Evaluation Mr. Chinmay Panigrahi Group Product Manager, Elsevier, Netherlands.
Session Break
How Important are Collaborations to drive SDG Performance by HEI’s? Prof.  Madhu Chitkara Pro-chancellor, Chitkara University, Punjab
iREG and Sustainable Development Mr. Waldemar Siwinski Vice President,
iREG Observatory, Poland.
How Important are Collaborations to drive SDG Performance by HEI’s? Prof. Asis Kumar Chattopadhyay Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Calcutta. India.
Closing Remarks
Closing Remark Prof. Raghu Raman Director,
Global Rankings & Accreditation, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India.

Sustainable development is the biggest challenge to universities in the twenty-first century & higher education has the opportunity to heavily influence global efforts to create a sustainable future both within education and on a much-widened scale too.

International Symposium on Universities-SDP Performance & Rankings is an endeavor to engage the academic community in India and delve into SDGs in Indian higher education institutions and their research and its possible impact on the global ranking.

This event organized by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University) will focus on enabling meaningful discussion around SDGs in the context of on-ground research, University strategies, Funding perspectives, Government policies and Ranking impacts.

To register for the event please click on the registration link below and you will get a confirmation mail.



Dr. Raghu Raman
Amrita CARE (Center for Accreditation, Ranking & Eminence)
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
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