The current world is riddled with events of abuse, crime and injustice, albeit the remarkable progress made in terms of technology, science and economy. This plague of injustice, crime and unrest is something that humans need to collectively resolve for the betterment and sustainability of our future generations and planet Earth. To confront and tackle these issues, the local and national governments must design and plan strategies for more peaceful, inclusive societies with the strong groundwork of competent regulations and collaborations with all the governing bodies and strata of citizens. The achievement of the (SDGs) depends on the action taken by all stakeholders- governments, businesses to individuals. Higher education institutions are a powerhouse that can provide education, influence, and empower people to change how they think and work towards a sustainable future. This contribution can be addressed through Education, Research, Operations & Governance, and External leadership. Many universities globally have adapted their curriculum by introducing new degrees on SDGs & their practical implementation.

Nitte (DU) is a progressive and remarkable university that stands on the foundation of humane values. Since its inception, Nitte (DU) has played an active role in society by lending a helping hand and acting as a source of progress through the fog of ignorance and incivility, thereby paving the path towards a humane society.

Administrative support for the SDG
Nitte (DU) has a comprehensive set of policies that enable just and peaceful governance. These policies create a safe space for all its members, ensuring an optimal work atmosphere.
Infrastructure / facilities
Nitte (DU) has developed several avenues that ensure its members’ safety and freedom and local stakeholders’ involvement, namely, IQAC, sexual harassment cell, alumni association, grievance cell etc.

1. Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)
The internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) is functional at the University level and the Institutional level of each constituent college of Nitte (DU). This cell primarily functions to promote and implement activities that would ensure and enhance the quality output of the University in terms of learning, research, culture and productivity.

2. Student support services
Nitte (DU) extends a governance segment to provide student support services that would ensure a safe and secure environment. Services such as the Mentorship program, Counselling, Anti-Ragging Committee, Committee Against Sexual Harassment, Committee to promote a Substance-free campus, Student Grievance Redressal Cell, International Student Cell facilitates, subsidized health care etc., are provided by the University. services.php

3. Alumni Association
Nitte (DU) maintains an interactive online portal wherein the alumni can register and interact with their institutes, contribute to the academics of the University through participation in conferences, symposia and guest lectures and by helping in the placement of students by offering guidance as well as job references at their places of employment.

4. Child Care Centre (Creche)
A Child Day Care Centre (Crèche) facility is available at Nitte (DU) for children below ten years of age when their parents (University employees/students) are at work or pursuing academics. The crèche, located in the Hospital building, is away from hazards such as traffic, staircases and lifts and is easily accessible for the parents to drop their children. It provides a child-friendly environment with colourful posters, play materials, blackboard, multimedia provisions, and a fun and safe atmosphere. Children are encouraged to play and partake in guided activities during their time there. The crèche functions from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm. Caretakers are available to look after the pre-schoolers for the entire day or half a day, depending on the requirements of the parents.

Human resources/expertise available at Nitte (DU):
Nitte (DU) offers Value-added courses relevant to the SDG for the staff and students. Nitte (DU) has entered into a partnership with Coursera to provide access to quality digital learning content to its students and staff. These courses provide opportunities for self-directed learning and skill upgradation. The platform also provides credits and certifications recognized by education institutes and industries. php#curriculum_enrichment

Cross-cutting themes
Nitte (DU) offers cross-cutting themes in its curricula like Right to Health Issues, Environment and Sustainability, Gender, Health Determinants, Human Values, Emerging demographic changes and Professional ethics.

List of courses addressing the cross-cutting theme of Environment Sustainability CRITERIA1/131/CrossCuttingCoursesList_D1.pdf

Description of some of the courses addressing cross-cutting themes CRITERIA1/131/CrossCuttingCourses_ description2.pdf

Nitte (DU) building strong values:
Republic Day - the day on which the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950, was celebrated with pride and patriotism on 26th January 2021 at Dr MRSM English Medium High School. The festivities commenced with the unfurling of the national flag by the PTA President, Mr Arun Shetty, followed by oath-taking by everyone gathered to uphold our nation’s honour, integrity and dignity. Toppers of AISSE-20 were rewarded on occasion. A skit depicting the contribution of various architects of the Indian Constitution, staged by the students of Class 9 & 10 and a dance performance exclusive to Uttarakhand by the teaching faculty made the day memorable. The Principal, Ms Shreelatha Rao and PTA President, Mr Arun Shetty, enlightened the students about the uniqueness of the Indian Constitution and their responsibilities towards the country and advised them to realize their potential and take the country to greater heights.

The NSS Unit of NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte, in association with the Electoral Literacy Club, organized National Voters Day on 25th January 2021. Mr Krishnaraja Joisa, Public Relations Officer of the institute, spoke on the significance of National Voters Day rights and the duties of the eligible voters in our democratic system. Students took the Voters’ pledge during the event. Dr Janardhan Nayak, NSS Officer of NMAMIT, coordinated the event.

Inaugurating the NSS activities for 2020-21 at Dr NSAM PU College, Mangalore, on 30th January 2021, Dr Vishwanath Badikana, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Kannada, St. Aloysius College, Mangalore said, “Creating an awareness among the public regarding health & sanitation, environment protection, value of time, sharing & caring, helping out during natural disasters, inculcating team spirit, participating in cultural activities and many such qualities will enable the NSS members to build a good nation with worthy citizens”.

He added that NSS activities complement and stimulate the student’s all-around development, besides improving social skills. In his presidential address, Principal Dr Naveen Shetty K said that one should never get too busy making a living that he forgets to `live`. He added that being a part of the NSS helps develop qualities such as endurance, communication & social skills, and living in harmony with one another. Ms Sandhya, NSS Officer, welcomed the gathering, and Mr Vidyadhar Takur, Physical Director, introduced the chief guest. Mr Mahesh, Kannada Lecturer, compered the program, and Mr Rakshan, the NSS volunteer, delivered the vote of thanks.

National Youth Day was celebrated on 12th January 2021 at Dr NSAM Pre University College, Nitte, to commemorate the birth anniversary of the greatest Indian youth icon, Swami Vivekananda. In her keynote address during the celebrations, Ms Akshaya Gokhale, Lecturer in Physics, emphasized the need to practice the values & principles of Swami Vivekananda to bring positive changes in the world. Vice Principal Dr Prakash Shenoy, senior faculty Mr Shantharam Shetty, Mrs Severine Sequeira, Mr Ravindra Kumar Shetty, Mrs Usha Hegde, and other staff and students participated in the celebrations presided over by the Principal Mrs Bhavani Shetty.

The inauguration of the Student Council of Dr NSAM PU College, Mangaluru and the Oath taking ceremony of the newly elected members of the Student Council for the year 2020-21 was held at the college premises on 5th February 2021. Inaugurating the Council, Ms Shakila Kava, Corporator MCC, said, “If students cultivate leadership qualities, they can achieve anything in their lives”. She added that today’s students are multi-talented, and success is guaranteed to those with humility, leadership qualities, and good academic performance. She also urged the students to join hands with those who work for the betterment of society. Principal Dr Naveen Shetty K said there are many opportunities for today’s young generation. He added that leadership is not just a mere role. It is a responsibility, and a leader has a vision and can bring changes for the better with the support of his team and convert his vision into reality. The students elected as President / Secretary of various Committees, Red Cross, NSS and Class representatives are delegated responsibilities on this occasion. Ms Pooja Shetty from Commerce section was elected as the President, and Ms Sahithi Rai from the Science section was elected as Secretary of the Student Council. Mr Prakash, English Lecturer, compered the program. Mr Mahesh, Kannada Lecturer, welcomed the gathering and Ms Sahithi Rai delivered the vote of thanks.

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International Women’s Day was celebrated at the Nitte Institute of Physiotherapy (NIPT) on 8th March 2021. Ms. Neha Shetty, Asst. Professor NIPT delivered a talk on ‘PCOS & Menstrual Hygiene’ to the second-year Physiotherapy students. A collage-making competition on the theme ‘Women in Healthcare Service during COVID-19’ was held as part of the celebrations. Ms Pratiksha N and Ms Aneesha Dawadi, students in the final year, bagged first place in the competition. Dr Purusotham Chippala, Professor, NIPT, welcomed the gathering. Mrs Priyanka Nayak, Coordinator of the Women’s Cell, organized the event.

NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte, celebrated Women’s Day on 8th March 2021 in Sambhram Auditorium of the campus. Ms Shilpa Bhat, Vice President, 99 games online Pvt.Ltd was the chief guest for the event. Dr Niranjan N. Chiplunkar, Principal of the institute, presided over the program. Ms Shilpa delivered the keynote address on ‘Women in Leadership. She stressed the role and responsibility of women in the current scenario. In his presidential address, the Principal conveyed his best wishes and spoke on the importance of women’s day. The cultural events and fun games were organized for women after the formal function. Dr Prabha Niranjan, Professor, Dept. of ECE, welcomed the gathering. Dr Ashwini B, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of ISE introduced the chief guest. Ms Anusha, Asst. Professor, the Dept. of ECE delivered the vote of thanks. Ms. Chinmai Shetty, Asst. Professor, Dept. of ISE compered the program.

Naari Tattva
New Age Innovation Network [NAIN] Centre, NMAMIT [a unit of Karnataka Innovation & Technology Society, Dept. of Electronics, IT, BT and S&T, GoK] in collaboration with Authorcraft, Finite Loop and Grey Matter Clubs organized NAARITATTVA – 2021 to celebrate the essence of women, honour them and recognize their contributions & achievements in diverse sectors on 13th March 2021. The chief guest was Ms Radha Prabhu, Principal, Dr NSAM English Medium High School, and the speakers were Dr Kanthi Harish, Managing Trustee, Vijetha Special School; Ms ShambhaviBhandarkar, Vice President, Niveus Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and Ms Shilpa, Founder (Entrepreneur), Halli Mane Rotti. Dr NiranjanN Chiplunkar, Principal, NMAMIT, presided over the function.

Celebration of International Women’s day with underprivileged children
NUCSER celebrated International Women’s Day on 6th March 2021 by visiting Bala Samrakshana Kendra, Mangala Seva Samithi Trust, an orphanage in Kuthar, Mangalore. The Director, teaching staff, members of the Women’s Cell, Student Council representatives and student members of the Gender Sensitization Cell took part in the program. The events included interactive sessions where children presented various skills like singing, dancing, poetry, and a few fun-filled activities. The members distributed stationery items and snacks to the children and spent some quality time with the children in the orphanage. On this occasion, NUCSER also made a small contribution to the Mangala Seva Samithi Trust towards the cause of girl child education, which was accepted by Dr P Anantha Krishna Bhat, Trustee. The event was coordinated by the Women’s Cell of the institute.

“Women in leadership: Achieving an equal in a COVID-19 World.”
The Women’s Cell of Nitte Usha Institute of Nursing Sciences organized a talk on ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal in a COVID-19 World’ on 8th March 2021. Mrs Bharathi Shevgoor, Editor, Tarjani Communications Pvt. Ltd, Mangalore, was the resource person. She emphasized equity among gender and the need to recognize and respect the dignity of women. Dr Nalini M, Coordinator, Women’s Cell, NUINS, organized the program.

‘Arivu-Neravu’ workshop
‘Arivu-Neravu’, a one-day workshop for children from various orphanages and childcare homes at Mangalore, was conducted by Mangalore Police on 28th March 2021. This program was conceptualized with essential inputs from Dr Mahabalesh Shetty, Professor & Head, Department of Forensic Medicine and toxicology, KSHEMA. AAKAASH (Adolescents And Kids Abuse and Sexual Health) Screening Tool was designed by the Dept. of Forensic Medicine for this purpose. Community Medicine, Psychiatry and Paediatrics Departments have contributed significantly to the program. Apart from KSHEMA, ten psychologists from the Roshni Nilaya School of Social Work counselled the children. Up to 500 children were screened, cases of sexual and physical abuse were identified, and a plan of action was chalked out for particular earmarked cases. The Commissioner of Police, Mangalore, greatly appreciated the contribution of doctors from Justice K.S Hegde Hospital.

Workshop on “Capacity Building on Life Skills”
The Department of Public Health Dentistry, AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, organized a four-day “Capacity Building on Life Skills” workshop from 16th to 19th March 2021 at AVISHKAR. Chief guest Prof. Dr Harsha Halahalli, Director of Curriculum Development, Nitte (DU), inaugurated the workshop along with the resource faculty Dr Sushi Kadanakuppe, Reader, VSDC & Hospital, Bengaluru. The program was conducted for the different target audiences on four days with separate modules.

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Philanthropic service

Nitte Institute of Physiotherapy organized an Induction program for the students of MPT on 9th September 2021 at the Institute premises. Prof (Dr) Dhanesh Kumar KU, Principal, NIPT, briefed students about the MPT program, rules and regulations, the examination pattern and COVID guidelines for the district. Dr Purusotham Chippala, the Professor, discussed the curriculum, timetable, and guidelines to be followed during clinical postings. Each student was given a orientation kit consisting of the work diary, syllabus, timetable and clinical posting roster. The session ended with students introducing themselves.

Ms Aishwarya Nair represented Dr Saumya Srivastava as class coordinator in her absence.

Child Care Centre, Creche: “Chiguru”

Nitte Institute of Physiotherapy (NIPT) celebrated World Physiotherapy Day on 8th September 2021 with three events and a Karunya donation. The day began with a virtual discussion on the theme ‘Long COVID and Rehabilitation’ at 9:15 am. Dr Dhanesh Kumar K U, Principal, NIPT, welcomed the gathering. In his opening remarks, Prof (Dr) Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Vice-Chancellor, Nitte (DU), stressed the significance of physiotherapy and rehabilitation in COVID-19. NIPT alumni Prof (Dr) Bipin Puneeth J, Principal, Florence College of Physiotherapy, Bangalore and Prof (Dr) Tarpan Shah, Principal, Shree Swaminarayan College of Physiotherapy, delivered the keynote address emphasizing the modes of Physiotherapy Practice Guidelines and Protocols in COVID-19. A total of 60 students participated in the event.

A video and booklet on ‘Physiotherapy for post-COVID-19’ was released by Prof (Dr) M S Moodithaya, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Nitte (DU). An E-poster competition on ‘Long COVID and Rehabilitation’ was organized and judged by Dr Bipin Puneeth J and Dr Tarpan Shah. Ms Shellete D’Almeida, Assistant Professor NIPT, was the coordinator for the event. During the pandemic, the Karunya unit of NIPT donated grocery kits to daily wage earners and their families. Principal Dr Dhanesh Kumar K U, Dr Purusotham Chippala and Nivedita Balaga representative were present at the event.

World Bioethics Day Celebration: Guest lecture on Informed Consent.

Inauguration of Branch Association & Students Activities - NMAMIT
Inauguration of Branch Association & Students Activities The inauguration of Branch Association & Students Activities at NMAM Institute of Technology for 2017-2018 was organized on 19th August 2017 at 10 am on campus. Dr Umesh M Bhushi, Principal, Sahyadri College of Engineering & Management, Mangalore, who was the Chief Guest of the function, Inaugurated the Branch Associations & Student Activities for the year 2017-2018 by lighting the lamp. He spoke about the importance of various technical skills essential to be employable in the present day. In his presidential remarks, Dr Niranjan N Chiplunkar, Principal of NMAMIT, stressed the importance of us getting updated on the system and technology. Vice Principal & Dean Academics Dr I Ramesh Mithanthaya welcomed the gathering. Dr Shreenivas Rao B R, Vice Principal & Controller of Examination, read the oath for office bearers of different branch associations and class representatives. Dr Subramanya Bhat, Dean of Student Welfare, read out the names of office bearers of each class. Student Jane Mathais delivered a vote of thanks.

The University is involved in several collaborative kinds of research about the SDG that actively contributes to the enhancements of society and the stakeholders. The Nitte Researgence portal retrieved the following publications and their statistics about SDG16.

Keywords used:
Abuse, trauma, violence, mental health, domestic abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse, spouse abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse, childhood trauma, peace, justice, COVID-19, society, sustainability, human rights, responsive institution, politics, government.

Mathew, G., Varghese, A. D., Sabu, A. M., & Joseph, A. (2021). Screening for post-traumatic stress disorder among adolescents following floods-a comparative study from private and public schools in Kerala, India. BMC paediatrics, 21(1), 1-7.

Outreach activities:

Extension of support and enrichment to the society
Nitte (DU) has founded strong connections with society to enrich the lives of those in its vicinity cumulatively. Through various health campaigns, cleanliness drives, disaster response and rural support schemes, Nitte (DU) has actively contributed to the development of society.

‘Karunya’- A helping hand for the disabled – the voluntary unit run by the contribution of the Faculty of NIPT organizes monthly donations for the patients of JKSHCH and the needy citizens of Mangalore to help them with their necessities in life along with medical support.


The department organized the program to educate the teachers and children on the basics of preventive protocols to be followed during the pandemic. A standard operating protocol was formulated for the government and aided schools in Mangalore’s north and south zone.

Collaborations with International Universities
Nitte (DU) has signed several MoUs for Faculty and Student Exchange and Research Programs in different disciplines to improve internationalization and research collaboration. These collaborations pave the path for global harmony, academic and research integration and cultural exposure for the students and staff.
  • 1. Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo, Norway
  • 2. Radboud University, Netherland
  • 3. Cameroon Christian University Institute, Republic of Cameroon
  • 4. Plymouth University, UK
  • 5. University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • 6. Ghent University, Belgium
  • 7. Miyazaki University, Japan
  • 8. Centre for Innate Immunity and Immune Disease, School of Medicine, University of Washington
  • 9. University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice
  • 10. University of Minnesota, USA
  • 11. University of Santo Tomas Manila, Philippines
  • 12. Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka
  • 13. Penn State Harrisburg
  • 14. University of Wollongong, Australia
  • 15. Universite Paul Sabatier Toulouse
  • 16. Goteborg University, Sweden
  • 17. The Catholic University of Korea
  • 18. Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
  • 19. Wake Forest University
  • 20. National University of Singapore
  • 21. Okayama University, Japan
  • 22. Goethe University, Frankfurt Germany
  • 23. Ritsumeikan University, Japan
  • 24. Dhofar University, Sultanate of Oman
  • 25. Gyeongsang National University, Republic of Korea
  • 26. Stikes Dharma Husada Bandung, Indonesia
  • 27. Ulster University, Northern Ireland
  • 28. University of Illinois, USA
  • 29. St. Marianna University School of Medicine,
  • Japan