GUWAHATI: The Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IITG) has become the first IIT to introduce a course on UN-Sustainable Development Goals 2030 in the Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) curriculum from this academic year.
In 2015, world leaders agreed at the United Nations General Assembly to implement 17 Sustainable Development Goals 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.
In its official statement, the IIT, Guwahati authority said, “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.”
According to the statement, the course will be offered to the second year B.Tech students as a compulsory course, to reorient the thinking of young and dynamic individuals towards the path of sustainable development. “Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the 17 sustainable development goals, department of humanities and social sciences, the nodal department for this course, has collaborated and pooled resources from eight other departments of the Institute,” the statement further said.
IIT Guwahati Director, Prof. T. G. Sitharam, emphasised the urgent need to adopt these 17 goals as part of the curriculum so that the students who are the future leaders of the country are aware of the challenges for sustainable development and how their roles can lead to holistic development.
“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”, the Director added.