THE Impact Rankings

Top 200 again with 2nd rank globally in SDG 6 for Clean Water and Sanitation

Shoolini University has achieved remarkable success in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024, securing a spot in the 101-200 rank band for the third consecutive year. It has been declared the second-best university in India.

Shoolini University has significantly impacted the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), achieving the number two global rank in SDG 6 for Clean Water and Sanitation. The university also secured the fifth position globally in SDG 7 for Affordable and Clean Energy and ranked 35th globally in SDG 13 for Climate Action. Additionally, it placed in the 101-200 band for SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), and in the 601-800 band for SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure).

Shoolini University Chancellor and Founder Prof PK Khosla, said, “These rankings highlight Shoolini University's dedication to creating a better world through sustainable development. Our achievements in clean water, energy, and climate action reflect our commitment to impactful research and community engagement.”

The THE Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the UN's SDGs. This year's rankings include 1,963 universities, an increase from 1,591 last year, with 96 institutions from India making the list compared to 66 last year.

How Shoolini aced THE Impact global rankings

Shoolini University has put immense thought, energy and time into implementing innovative and sustainable practices across its campus. Through advanced wastewater treatment processes, energy-efficient building designs, and waste-to-energy projects, the university has shown its commitment to environmental stewardship. Collaborative efforts with government agencies, NGOs, and industry partners have enhanced its research capabilities and amplified its impact on sustainable development. Additionally, proactive health and well-being initiatives, alongside systematic tracking of greenhouse gas emissions, have further solidified its standing in the global rankings.

2nd in the World in SDG 6 for Clean Water and Sanitation

Shoolini University has established a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) with a capacity of 550 KLD, combining biological and activated carbon-based treatment technologies. The process includes the Activated Sludge Process, utilising microorganisms in a bioreactor to treat used water, producing nutrient-enriched sludge. Tertiary treatment further purifies the effluent, using pressure filters with sand and activated carbon. The treated water, disinfected with sodium hypochlorite, is used for irrigation, gardening, and construction work.

5th in the World in SDG 7 for Affordable and Clean Energy

Since 2019, Shoolini University has implemented an innovative energy policy, renovating buildings with energy-efficient, solar passive, and eco-friendly technologies. The university’s Environment Policy includes green campus initiatives, plantation drives, and comprehensive waste management. Shoolini is pioneering ‘waste to energy projects,’ exemplified by constructing energy-efficient mud and wooden huts at Yogananda Ville, using traditional materials without cement, concrete, or steel, ensuring comfort in all seasons. The Centre of Excellence in Energy Science and Technology advances research and education in energy, environment, and climate change.

35th in the World in SDG 13 for Climate Action

Shoolini University monitors its low-carbon energy use, calculating greenhouse gas emissions from solar, fossil fuels, gas, and diesel. This systematic tracking helps assess the university's carbon footprint and reduce its environmental impact, aligning with sustainability goals and promoting a greener campus.

101-200 band in SDG 3 for Good Health and Well-Being

In Himachal Pradesh, Shoolini University supports student and community welfare through cancer awareness, drug abuse prevention, Yoga, education for underprivileged students, and health awareness programs, benefiting many adolescents. Regular cleanliness drives and Yoga camps have enhanced health outcomes. Collaborations with Maharishi Markandeshwar University, AYUSH, Muscular Dystrophy Hospital, Rotary Club (Solan), Inner Wheel Club (Chandigarh), and various national and international institutions further improve health and well-being.

101-200 band in SDG 17 for Partnerships for the Goals 

Shoolini University is committed to SDG 17, emphasising the importance of partnerships. It collaborates with government bodies, NGOs, industries, research institutions, and communities to advance sustainable development. Key partners include the Government of Himachal Pradesh, iHub DivyaSampark, International Skill Development Corporation, Agro-Environmental Education & Farmers Welfare Society, International Coaching Federation (ICF), FICCI Ladies Organisation, YouWeCan, and the Public Relations Council of India.

Shoolini is a member of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Himalayan University Consortium (HUC), actively participating in policy-making. It also belongs to the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). Recently, former President Ram Nath Kovind launched a joint publication with Shoolini University at a National Conference.

In partnership with the Department of AYUSH, Shoolini is establishing 'Shoolini Yogananda AYUSH Medicity' in Solan. The university also organised a brainstorming session with the Government of Himachal Pradesh on the 'State of Environmental Report,' focusing on climate action and environmental protection.

Shoolini University's innovative practices and strategic partnerships have propelled it to the forefront of THE Impact global rankings. Prof PK Khosla aptly states, “Our achievements in sustainable development reflect our commitment to impactful research and community engagement.”

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