Indore : The Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya has been asked by the University Grants Commission to implement on its campus Smart Campus Cloud Network, a global networking initiative seeking to link educational institutions in the mission of bringing about sustainable, eco-friendly and energy efficient development.
In a letter received here, UGC secretary Jaspal S Sandhu asked the DAVV and other universities in the country to introduce the network on their respective campuses that would help in sharing of ideas amongst students and faculty.
“The idea that development ceases to be effective unless it is situated on a sustainable base has been unanimously affirmed world over. This idea is central to the theme of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this context, I would like to draw your kind attention to Smart Campus Cloud Network that seeks to link educational institutions,” Sandhu said.
An introductory note developed by TERRX Policy centre spells out concept and operationalization mechanism of Smart Campus Cloud Network on the campuses of institution of higher learning.
“The Network is poised to facilitate dialogue and sharing of ideas amongst students and faculty as a way of making the maximum out of SDGs. Needless to say, this will be a significant contribution to the realization of Smart Cities and Smart India mission unveiled by the prime minister,” the UGC secretary stated.
The UGC asked universities to put in place an effective mechanism for the implementation of the Network and also convey these instructions to all the affiliated colleges.
Smart Campus Cloud is a global network of the education campuses of schools, colleges institutes and universities committed to make a tangible contribution to the SDGs, adopted unanimously by all the countries in September 2015 at UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York to be achieved by 2030.
There are nearly 1.5 million schools and 50000 centres of higher learning including colleges, universities and institutes where about 30 million students are studying as per 2014 statistics.