United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)

By Prof. Shiva Ji   |   IIT Hyderabad
Learners enrolled: 217
UN SDGs are a roadmap for a paradigm shift in the prevalent economic model. The course tries to establish the underlying understanding behind this UN-led initiative, the value of sustainable development, how it touches our lives, and the efforts required to achieve them. The course intends to elaborate on the evolution of scope under the dynamic concept of sustainability and UN SDGs-led cohesive societal framework to evolve a resilient community worldwide. The course elaborates on seventeen UN SDGs, mapping their systemic perspectives and the need for tomorrow. It talks about the interconnectedness of the planet, products, processes wrt SDGs. It touches on the Paris agreement on climate change, India's participation in it, and its commitment to SDGs. It also shows a glimpse of innovation-led design processes to undertake challenges in its path. The course uses case studies from India and international examples to better understand issues, approaches, and solutions. The newly developed course is framed using state-of-the-art studies, policy documents, reports, and research works.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students, Scholars, Anyone with affinity towards environmental sciences and sustainable development studies.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Manufacturing sector/ Waste management/Energy/Governance/Policy

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 29 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

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Course layout

  1. *Introduction, *United Nations and a World in Order, *Scenario of Current Model of Growth and Development *Need for Change
  2. *Definition of Sustainability, *Aspects of Sustainability, *Transition from MDGs to SDGs
  3. *The Role of UN and the Need for SDGs and Adoption by the World 
  4. *Scope and Inclusion and Agenda 2030, *Our Common Future and Philosophy behind SDGs 
  5. *Distinction between Development and Sustainable Development 
  6. *Circular economy, *Design for sustainability, *Thinking Alternatives and Innovation
  7. *Causal Mapping, *Systemic Mapping and Problem Identification 
  8. *Identifying probable interventions for SD, *Framework and Structuring of Seventeen SDGs 
  9. SDG 1: No Poverty
  10. SDG 2: Zero Hunger
  11. SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
  12. SDG 4: Quality Education
  13. SDG 5: Gender Equality
  14. SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  15. SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  16. SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  17. SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  18. SDG 10: Reduced Inequality
  19. SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  20. SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  21. SDG 13: Climate Action
  22. SDG 14: Life Below Water
  23. SDG 15: Life on Land
  24. SDG 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
  25. SDG 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
  26. *Interrelationships and Connections between Seventeen SDGs *SDG Structure and Order at Levels of People (SDG 1 - 10), Ecological (SDG 11 - 15) and Spiritual (SDG 16 - 17)
  27. *SDGs and Socio Ecological Systems: Economy SDGs 8, 9, 10, 12; Society SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 16; Biosphere SDGs 6, 13, 14, 15 
  28. *Financing the SDGs and Global Funds, *Implementation Planning, *Capacity Building and Finance 
  29. *Climate Change Conferences and Summits such as Rio Earth Summit 1992, Kyoto Protocol 1995, Paris Agreement 2015, COP 26 2021, etc. 
  30. *Case Studies from around the World, *Implementation at International Level, *Global Reports 
  31. *Case studies from India, *Implementation at National Level, *National Reports
  32. *Nodal Agency for Implementation in India, *Effective Strategy for Implementation in Indian Scenario, *State Level Reports *Assessment of Implementation and Checking its Effectiveness 
  33. *Summary 

Books and references

1. Hazra, Somnath., Bhukta, Anindya (2020) Sustainable Development Goals An Indian Perspective, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland
2. Ziai, Aram (2016) Development Discourse and Global History from colonialism to the sustainable development goals. Routledge, London & New York
3. OECD (2019), Sustainable Results in Development: Using the SDGs for Shared Results and Impact, OECD Publishing, Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/368cf8b4-en.
4. Sachs, J., Schmidt-Traub, G., Kroll, C., Lafortune, G., Fuller, G., Woelm, F. 2020. The Sustainable Development Goals and COVID-19. Sustainable Development Report 2020. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
5. https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

Instructor bio

Prof. Shiva Ji

IIT Hyderabad
Prof. Shiva Ji is a practicing Architect, Industrial Designer and Assistant Professor in Department of Design and Department of Climate Change at IIT Hyderabad. He has B.Arch, M.Des, MBA and PhD in sustainability assessment methods in built environments from IIT Guwahati. He has over 13 years of cumulative experience in industry and academics. He has accomplished several projects in field and has over 39 designs launched in the market. His research areas include design for sustainability, sustainability assessment, virtual & augmented reality, architectural heritage reconstruction using technology. He is involved with many research projects using state of the art technology in domains of architecture and design. He is a member with several national and International organizations.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 April 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Hyderabad. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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