Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) imbibes vales like inclusiveness and sustainability from its habitat- Western Ghats, a territory that is at once one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, home to the Vedic chanting, a maritime heritage and more. It forms the very core of the philosophy and institutional identity of MAHE. Our work is engendered by the principles of inclusiveness and sustainability, a guiding force since MAHE’s inception to being an Institution of Eminence today.
We believe in wedding the production of knowledge to the safeguard of natural resources, cultural diversity and sustainable development. The vision and values of MAHE, inspired by its founder Dr. TMA Pai, find an echo in the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (UN SDGs); the shared blueprint provides direction and international impetus to our ongoing initiatives.
Our ardent commitment to the UN SDGs is exemplified in the university’s eco-friendly campus being placed the first in India and 125th in the world by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. This is due in large part to extensive rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharging systems as well as capturing the solar energy that the region is copiously endowed with.
MAHE dedicates teaching, research, stewardship and collaborations with its vast network of local and international actors to respond meaningfully to emerging global challenges. This robust exercise has involved a conscious orientation of curricula towards SDGs, instilling leadership skills in students for effectuating change, channelizing research and industry partnerships and building enduring engagement with local communities.
Through this report, I am happy to share a summary of our initiatives that have contributed to the UN SDGs.