Launch of SDG Handbook for Indian Higher Education

08 July, 2022
Virtual Event

Subsequent to the PACT2030 inaugural conclave held at Goa in March 2022, based on the insightful discussions and exchange of ideas between some of the top higher education institutions, QS I-GAUGE has developed a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Handbook which will serve as a ready reckoner for Indian Higher Education Institutions in fostering sustainability initiatives.

PACT2030 (Pledge, Act, Change, and Transform) is a social enterprise that has been constituted by QS I-GAUGE to empower academic institutions to think beyond their boundaries and care for the world. It has a long-term vision and is a scalable model on global platforms. PACT2030 brings together like-minded leaders, founders, and chancellors of academic institutions, policymakers, and the government to engage all the intelligent forces for creating a better world.

The “SDG Handbook for Indian Higher Education” encompasses the following:

  • Need for global academic engagement to accelerate SDGs
  • Value proposition for academia through SDGs
  • PACT2030 – A platform for academic leadership to champion the change towards SDGs
  • Global and India’s progress on SDGs
  • Current engagement of academia in progressing SDG 4 & 11
  • Recommendations for HEIs to spearhead SDG innovations

Programme Agenda

Time Event Speaker
3.00 PM Welcome address Dr Ashwin Fernandes
3.05 PM Keynote address Shri Sarbjit Singh Sahota
Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist, UNICEF India
3.10 PM Panel Discussion:
“The role of academic leadership & capacity building in accelerating SDGs”
Dr Geeta R Thakur
Dean - Manav Rachna University
Dr Supriya Patil
Director, IQAC -Savitribai Phule Pune University
Dr Lakshmi Priya Vinjamuri
Professor - Uttaranchal University
Dr Krishnendu Sarkar
Director - NSHM College of Management & Technology
Dr Deepak Nallaswamy
Director, Academic Affairs - Saveetha University
3.55 PM Student Presentation on an SDG innovation:
"Kanyathon - an Experiential Program for Social Impact"
Jagdish Sheth School of Management
4.05 PM

Case study on the SDG progress:
Vijaybhoomi University, PACT2030 - Goa Declarant

Mr Sanjay Padode
President - Vijaybhoomi University
4.15 PM Chief Guest address Shri Vijay K Nambiar
Former Special Advisor to UN Secretary General
Former Chef de Cabinet of the United Nations
4.20 PM Launch of SDG Handbook By Chief Guest - Shri Vijay K Nambiar
4.25 PM Vote of thanks Mr Ravin Nair

We are happy to announce that the virtual launch of the SDG Handbook will be held on 8th July 2022 between 3.00 pm and 4.30 pm.

The event will conclude with the launch of 'SDG Handbook for Indian Higher Education' by Former Diplomat Mr Vijay K Nambiar, Permanent Representative to the UN in New York (2002-2004).

Link to the recorded video:
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