In a first, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati is going to introduce a course on UN-Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 in the Bachelor of Technology (B Tech) curriculum from 2020-2021 academic session.
The course will be offered to the second year B Tech students as a compulsory course to reorient the thinking of young individuals towards the path of sustainable development, said a faculty member of the institute.
He said IIT, Guwahati is the first IIT in the country to introduce a course on SDGs.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the 17 SDGs, the department of humanities and social sciences, which is the nodal department for this course, has collaborated and pooled resources from eight other departments of the institute to design and implement the course.
Faculty members from each of these departments will jointly conduct the course and provide exposure to B Tech students on the technological, economical, ecological and societal aspects of these 17 SDGs.
“There is an 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,” Assam Tribune quoted TG Sitharam, director of IIT Guwahati, as saying.