IIT-G Pioneers Introduction of UN Sustainable Development Goals Course in B.Tech
GUWAHATI: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) has become the first IIT to introduce a course on UN-Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 in the Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) curriculum from this academic year 2020-2021.
In 2015, world leaders agreed at the United Nations General Assembly to implement 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are meant to transform the world, building upon the principle of “leaving no one behind”.
These 17 goals aim to create a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, fighting inequality, addressing the urgency of climate change and several other holistic approaches. Guided by the principles of these goals, this course provides a unique opportunity to the B.Tech students to understand the concepts of sustainability and work towards building a better society for everyone.
“With only 10 more years remaining to fulfil these objectives, it becomes very vital that the students are taught about the goals of inclusive and sustainable growth and through this course, offered by faculty members from across engineering, science and humanities departments, IIT Guwahati wishes to prepare the students to play leading roles in transforming the world” said Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati, about the introductions of this course.
It is envisioned that the new course will enable students to articulate the role of research for promoting Sustainable Development.
The course on SDGs is expected to enable students to realize the importance of a stable relationship between human activities and the natural world for a healthy, clean and safe environment, and thus make them responsible individuals and the world a better place for inclusive growth and overall prosperity.