Introduction

The Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (UN) is a framework to ensure a sustainable future, the Seventeen Goals provide a blueprint to diverse global challenges such as poverty, gender discrimination, lack of infrastructure, quality education, climate change, conflict, and hostilities, etc.

The aim of the SDGs is to collaborate and mobilise efforts towards these challenges and as an institution of Higher Education with a global outlook, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) is committed to the achievement of the target through effective teaching, research, and collaborative learning. Advancing the principle of ‘leave no one behind, the initiatives of the institutions is vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals as they serve as incubators of new ideas and solutions to issues we collectively face. The Vision of the Institution in itself focuses on Excellence and Service which is indicative of the institution’s collective consciousness towards the well being of all. As an institution committed to the promotion of knowledge society, we have engaged with all the 17 Goals in various capacities of knowledge transfer and knowledge translation. 

Goal 1     
Goal 2
Goal 3
Goal 4
Goal 5
Goal 6
Goal 7     
Goal 8
Goal 9
Goal 10
Goal 11
Goal 12
Goal 13    
Goal 14
Goal 15
Goal 16
Goal 17

 

Goal 1 - No Poverty

The Goal focuses on the complete eradication of poverty and ensuring development for all. Christites are committed to the cause of the elimination of poverty through various contributions. The efforts of the Centre for Social Action through student’s engagement such as Child Sponsorship for underprivileged children, facilitation of Self-Help Groups in urban and rural communities, student sensitisation and encouraging citizenry are some of the many efforts towards Goal 1

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Goal 2 - Zero Hunger

The Goal aims at complete eradication of hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture. Several courses such as Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Botany, Master of Social Work, and other programmes focus on food security and food malnutrition. It is designed to install the value of sustainability and inclusion of all among the students. Besides, there are a large number of initiatives towards ensuring equitable access to food and the wellbeing of the people involved in the production and processing of food.

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Goal 3 - Good Health and Well Being

Good Health and Well-being A very crucial Goal in the current times directly catering to the health and wellness of society at large. Christites have been engaging with health-related research and intervention since the inception of the Institution in 1969. Along with Life Sciences, the Department of Psychology, Department of Sociology and Social Work and School of Engineering and Technology through its Minor course track in Psychology have several courses catering directly towards the realisation of Goal 3. There are also several minor and major research projects channelised by the Institution in this direction. The students made a significant contribution towards those affected by the pandemic through mental health outreach and health promotion. The University has the facilitates the Centre for Counselling & Health Services (CCHS) which is a student support service functioning under the Director of Student Services. The centre functions with the motto of student well-being, enhancing peer learning and providing string mentorship to address various concerns.

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Goal 4 - Quality Education

Goal 4 focuses on ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all. The Mission statement of the University focussing on holistic development indicates the emphasis on quality education by the University through Graduate Attributes, outcome-based learning, innovative pedagogies, development of faculty, ensuring student well-being, and participation in curricular and co-curricular activities. The focus on quality education is also ensured by the Institution in its outreach activities through child activity centers in the urban settlements.

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Goal 5 - Gender Equality

Goal 5 is often seen as the vector for achieving other goals also, it asserts the achievement of gender equality and empowers all women and girls. The proportion of female students in STEM as well as Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences indicate gender inclusion. The Institution is an equal opportunity employer and committed to the empowerment of women and inclusion of women in decision making and implementation. Facilitation of Self-Help Groups in urban and rural communities has also been the university’s long-term efforts towards gender equality and women empowerment.

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Goal 6 - Zero Hunger

One of the Core Values of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) is Social Responsibility. The relentless drive towards its vision of ‘Excellence and Service’ not only reflects in its academic achievements but also in its contribution towards society. Under the Centre for Social Action (CSA), the faculty, staff, and students actively involve themselves in various causes, of which Rainwater-harvesting, Water Conservation, and Recycling is a major focus. Due to the gross mismanagement and irresponsible attitude towards water and its water bodies, the city of Bangalore is on the verge of a major water crisis. Sensing the need to conserve this precious resource, the University has started various initiatives.

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Goal 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all is core to Goal 7. The commitment of the University towards sustainable energy sources is diverse, the module on environmental sensitivity as part of its Credit-bearing Holistic Education course along with Choice Based Credit System courses such as Master of Science in Sustainable Development are illustrations of the initiatives in the curriculum. In addition to this, the use of solar energy has been promoted extensively in hostels to provide lighting and water heating and reduce the dependence on electricity and promote usage of green and alternate energy. Also, replacement of incandescent light with CFL and from CFL to LED, use of solar water heaters, passive solar building design, and energy-efficient windows have all contributed to the energy efficiency programme in the campus. Energy Audit has also been carried out and improvements have been done on improving energy efficiency. A total of three biogas plants have been set up in the campuses, which convert food waste generated in the hostel and other eateries, into close to 750 kg of Biogas or 338 kg LPG every month that supplies gas to the kitchen.

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Goal 8 - Decent work and Economic Growth

The Goal aims at complete eradication of hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture. Several courses such as Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Botany, Master of Social Work, and other programmes focus on food security and food malnutrition. It is designed to install the value of sustainability and inclusion of all among the students. Besides, there are a large number of initiatives towards ensuring equitable access to food and the wellbeing of the people involved in the production and processing of food.

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Goal 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infraustructure

Building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation are the targets of this Goal. The engagement of the University through research and training in social entrepreneurship is noteworthy. The students are constantly trained in industry specific skills and aligning the skills with the industry requirement. The faculty as well as students have been involved in providing sustainable solutions and have helped foster responsible business.

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Goal 10 - Reduced Inequality

The goal targets amelioration of inequalities within the communities especially focuses on marginalised communities. Christites have been engaging with the most excluded of the communities and special constituencies. The Child Sponsorship Programme of the Centre for Social Action extends to children from various several discriminated groups, it also includes some of the children from the denotified and nomadic communities also.

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Goal 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

The Goal focuses on the complete eradication of poverty and ensuring development for all. Christites are committed to the cause of the elimination of poverty through various contributions. The efforts of the Centre for Social Action through student’s engagement such as Child Sponsorship for underprivileged children, facilitation of Self-Help Groups in urban and rural communities, student sensitisation and encouraging citizenry are some of the many efforts towards Goal 1

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Goal 12 - Responsible Consumption and Protection

The Goal aims at complete eradication of hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture. Several courses such as Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Botany, Master of Social Work, and other programmes focus on food security and food malnutrition. It is designed to install the value of sustainability and inclusion of all among the students. Besides, there are a large number of initiatives towards ensuring equitable access to food and the wellbeing of the people involved in the production and processing of food.

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Goal 13 - Climate Action

A direct intervention among many towards climate includes the Parivarthana Unit which primarily works towards waste management and processing. Established in the year 2008, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) has been working towards Solid Waste Management (SWM). Alongside water treatment, biogas plants, etc have also been illustrations of institutions initiate towards climate change. It also includes student sensitisation and mobilisation towards sustainability. Papers based on learning of skills related to social entrepreneurship and Choice Based Credit System courses such as Master of Science in Sustainable Development are illustrations of the initiatives in the curriculum. Cells such as Social Entrepreneurship cells etc have accelerated effort by the knowledge society towards this crucial goal.

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Goal 14 - Life Below Water

The goal stresses understanding the importance of conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development. Efforts such as talks and seminars centering on Oceans-Unknown Marine Treasures and their Status and research in this area are demonstrations by the Institution towards conservation of marine life.

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Goal 15 - Life on Land

The goal calls for efforts towards conservation of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably managing forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. The SWM strategy adopted by the institutions implemented through The Parivarthana unit is an illustration of sustainable solutions to ensure flora and fauna remain unaffected. Courses such as Master of Science in Zoology organises frequent visits aimed at understanding biodiversity and various methods and methodologies of observing biodiversity like the point transact and the line transact. Various species of birds were observed ranging from the drongos to the wildfowl, wild boar rest areas, and possible vulture nests. New techniques were taught to identify animals with their peculiar calls. Such visits in the outskirts of Bangalore stress the importance of learning about biodiversity and measures important to conserve the flora and fauna. The campus’s rich biodiversity is also noteworthy, a study says that the Central Campus in Bangalore has 73 percent of the city biodiversity.

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Goal 16 - Peace and Justice and Strong Institutions

The Goal aims at promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, and provides access to justice for all and builds effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels. The credited interdisciplinary courses such as Peace and Conflict Studies by the School of Social Sciences seeks to provide students with an understanding of the processes and structural mechanisms involved in the facilitation of peace and deescalation and resolution of conflicts. Issues related to peace and conflict are discussed at macro levels such as communities, organizations, intergroup, and international agendas. In addition to the course, there are also frequent dialogues and seminars held with the goal to foster peace and justice. Efforts and dialogues such as National Conference on Peace and Conflict Resolution: A Search Through Dialogue and training faculty in Peace in a Common World are some of the many Institutional contributions towards promotion of peace and justice.

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Goal 17 - Partnerships and Achieve Goal

The Goal focuses on the complete eradication of poverty and ensuring development for all. Christites are committed to the cause of the elimination of poverty through various contributions. The efforts of the Centre for Social Action through student’s engagement such as Child Sponsorship for underprivileged children, facilitation of Self-Help Groups in urban and rural communities, student sensitisation and encouraging citizenry are some of the many efforts towards Goal 1

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EXCELLENCE AND SERVICE

Mission

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