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India has three universities in the top 200 list of universities on overall performance in sustainable development goal (SDG) parameters. But there are several universities in the top 200 list when it comes to individual SDG goals like clean water and sanitation and gender equity, UK-based Times Higher Education (THE) said in a fresh global ranking of 1,240 varsities worldwide.

Tamil Nadu-based Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham was placed at 81st rank globally in overall performance, fifth in quality of education (SDG4), eighth in gender equity (SDG5), THE Impact Ranking report said on Wednesday.

Karnataka-based JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research and Punjab-based Lovely Professional University are other two in the list with a place in the 100-200 grouping. After 100 universities, THE puts institutions in cohorts instead of assigning a definite number.

KIIT University in Bhubaneswar, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in Tamil Nadu, Calcutta University and Don Bosco University (Assam) have found a place among the top 400 list.

THE Impact Rankings assess universities against progress made towards the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, providing a total of 18 rankings, one for each SDG and an overall table. It has ranked 1,240 institutions from 98 countries and regions against their commitment to sustainability at an institutional, local, national, regional and global level, from carbon-neutral campuses to global partnerships and response to covid-19 pandemic at a multinational level, the body said.

Globally, University of Manchester (UK), Sydney University, RMIT University and La Trobe University (all from Australia) and Queen’s University, Canada, are the top five institutions in the overall SDG parameters.

While the number of Indian schools in the top 200 list is limited, in some of the individual SDG goals they have scored very well. For example, in SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), there are 10 universities in the top 200 list. While VIT is placed 28th in world in SDG 6, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is at 52nd position. IIT Gandhinagar and Mahatma Gandhi University (Kerala) are in the top 200 list among others.

SDG 6 ranking takes into account clean water and sanitation measures including universities’ research related to water, water usage and commitment to ensuring good water management.

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