Partnerships for the Goals


One of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015, the official wording is: “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”. Collaboration in terms of Knowledge and resource sharing is the key to success. Universities can collaborate at different levels, such as local NGOs, Local governmental organizations, State level NGOs, State government, National governments, and other Universities. The collaborations can tremendously help in the enhancement of the existing skills of the staff and students of the University.

The common public can also benefit from collaborative activities aiming to uplift society. Various activities could educate the general public to educate the masses. The women in the society primarily benefit from motivational talks about sanitization, child care, oral hygiene and general hygiene, and prevention of malnutrition. The men are motivated to quit alcohol and tobacco by such talks, wherein they can improve their living level. With the help of local social service volunteers and NGOs, Food, books, and clothes can be distributed to the needy. Nitte (DU) has been instrumental in such collaboration and aims at transforming the world.

Nitte (DU), as a body, collaborates with several local, national and global health institutions to improve the health & well-being of citizens.

Local Collaborations
Nitte (DU), previously recognized as The Nitte Education Trust, was established in 1979 to serve the rural population with world-class medical and dental care services. The Rural Satellite Health Centers have been reaching the rural population intending to create accessible, available, and affordable health care. It provides care as a charity to patients in underprivileged areas. The centres are a result of collaboration with local NGOs/ philanthropists, which is welcomed by the local community. More than 2,50,000 beneficiaries have been reported each year. Nitte (DU) proudly serves 21 rural centres across five districts in 2 states.

An extensive network of rural health centres
Dental wing- Sharada Dhanvanthari Charitable Hospital, Sringeri; Sadananda Health Centre, Subrahmanya; Justice K. S. Hegde Dental Clinic, Madikeri; Kowdoor Srinivasa Hegde Health Centre, Bailur; Nitte Rural Medical Psychiatry Centre and Justice K. S. Hegde Dental Clinic, Nitte; Nadiguthu Siddhu Shetty Health Centre, Mundkur; Rev. Fr. Robert Z. M. D’Souza Health Centre, Nada; Chittoor Manjayya Shetty Health Centre, Maranakatte; Rtn. B. Sundar Hegde Rotary Health Centre, Dabbekatte; Thalipady Guthu Janakalyana Samithi Health Centre, Thalipady; Bellikoth Health Centre, Bellikoth; Nitte Meenakshi Hegde Health Centre, Hejamady Kodi; Mangalore University Health Centre, Konaje; Sevanjali Health Centre, Farangipete; Nitte Vidyadhiraja Health Centre, Mudipu; Sathya Sai Hospital, Alike; Primary Health Centre, Nellyadi; Sri Ramakrishna Primary & Higher Primary School, Harekala; Rural Health Training Centre, Sasihitlu; Urban Health Training Centre, Kadri; Primary Health Centre, Natekal.

Primary Health Centres:
IIshwaramangala, CHC Kadaba, PHC Kaniyoor, PHC Koila, PHC Kolthige, UPHC Puthur, PHC Nellyady, PHC Panaje, PHC Sarve, PHC Shirady, GH Puthur, PHC Thingalady, CHC Uppinangady, PHC Palthadi

Ongoing Local and National collaborative Special Care Programmes:
N-BRITE - School Dental Health Programs; Nere Kere Kshema - A project for total community development; Nethra Jyothi - Rural Eye Care Services; Sahara - Free health check-up for Senior Citizens, KSHEMA Sandhya - Geriatric

Day Care Facility, Manasadhara - Psychiatry rehabilitation center with support from Govt. of Karnataka;- SPECC (Nitte Special Children Care) - Free multidisciplinary health care to children with special health care; NICAT - Nitte Integrated Care for Tribal Community; Sanchalana - Subsidized diagnostic services and joint replacement program for arthritis and sports injuries; Sanjeevini - Blood Donor Registry; Bone Marrow Registry in collaboration with BMC Alumni Society; Community de-addiction camps; Free embalming facilities; Karunya- Helping Hand for the Disabled; Neevu Kshemave – A Television Based Weekly Live Health Information Talk with General Public on DAIJI WORLD TV- EVERY FRIDAY, Single Day Denture Camps - In Collaboration with Indian Dental Association, International School of Dentists and Government of Karnataka. Collaborative Studio – Study of Jain Basadis in Moodabidri.

Projects approved by ICMR (The Indian Council of Medical Research, Government of India)
  • 1. Dr Jayaprakash Shetty, Prof & Head, Dept. of Pathology & Vice Dean (Admin), Dr Nanjesh Kumar, Professor & Head, Dept. of Community Medicine and Dr Chandrika Rao, Associate Professor of Pathology, have been awarded a grant of Rs. 22,99,544/- by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for their Research Project titled ‘Validation of RDT kit for screening of anaemia among women of childbearing age group at field level in comparing with a standard gold test in the rural area of coastal Karnataka”.
  • 2. Dr Anirban Chakraborty, Professor, received the ICMR AD-HOC research grant (technically approved) titled “The association of ACE2 and TMPRSS2 gene polymorphisms with susceptibility and severity to COVID-19 in Indian population and validation using zebrafish model system” (2021-2024. The Co-PIs of the project are Dr Rathika Shenoy, Dr Giridhar BH, Dr Gunimala Chakraborty
  • 3. Dr Lekha Pandit Dr Mary Anitha received the ICMR AD-HOC research grant of Rs 30,00,000 for a project on “ Indian Multiple Sclerosis and Allied Demyelinating Disorders Registry and Research Network.”
  • 4. Indo-Japan collaborative project: Japan Society for Promotion of the Science (MEXT- Government of Japan) sponsored a project entitled “Studies on Pregnancy, delivery and child development pattern in water contaminated area of India” of Rs. 1.35 Crore which will be jointly carried out by Nitte (DU), India and the University of Miyazaki, Japan is approved by the Health Ministry’s Screening Committee (HMSC), ICMR. : Principal Investigator-Dr. Praveen Kumar Shetty, Co- Investigators: Dr Rathika Shenoy, Dr Shipra Sonkusare, Dr Prakash Patil and Dr Suchetha Kumari.
Projects funded by VISION GROUP ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, (VGST) Department of Electronics, IT, BT and S & T, Government of Karnataka
  • 1. Dr Akhilesh Dubey, Assistant Professor, and Dr Anoop Narayanan V, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, NGSM Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, received a grant from Vision Group on Science and Technology (VGST), Research Grants for Scientist/ Faculty (RGS/F), Bangalore, Karnataka. The total project cost is six lakhs for one year.
Department of Science and Technology (DST) - Science and Engineering Research Board(SERB) Grants
  • Dr Akshath U.S. Scientist G-II, received the Start-up Research Grant titled Target- induced Core-shell satellite structures: Creating a polyvalent multifunctional platform for multiplexed detection of nucleic acids (2021-23) from DST-SERB, Government of India.
  • Dr Arshdeep Sidhu, Assistant Professor G-II, received the Start-up Research Grant titled Hierarchical self-assembly of homologous recombination repair foci: development of a physiologically relevant model system for molecular-resolution studies (2021-23) from DST-SERB, Government of India.
  • Dr Juliet Mohan Raj, Assistant Professor, received the DST-CRG grant titled “Bacteriophages and their products for controlling the biofilms of drug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae” (2021-2024) as Co- PI. The principal investigator is Dr Ashwini Chauhan, Tripura University and the other

Department of Health Research (DHR) Grants
  • 1. Dr Praveen Kumar Shetty, Director (R&D), Nitte DU & Professor of Biochemistry, KSHEMA, received the Research Grant of Rs. 39,64,000/- from DHR for his project titled ‘Therapeutic implication of Nutritional Supplement short-chain fatty acid in rheumatoid arthritis pathogenesis.’
  • 2. Dr Praveen Rai, Principal Investigator, along with three Co-investigators, namely Dr Krishna Kumar B, Dr Sudarshan Kini and Dr Shama Prakash K, received an external research project titled “Development of immune fluorescent nanodiagnostic assay as a point-of-care detection of dengue virus” funded by the Department of Science and Technology, GoI, with an approved budget of Rs. 21.86 Lakhs. This project aims to develop and evaluate novel Quantum Dots (QDs) and/or gold nanoparticles-based point-of- care diagnostics for dengue.
International Brain Research Organization Travel Grant
Mr Nandit P B & Ms Desy TM, Research Scholars, have been awarded the prestigious International Brain Research Organization Travel Grant of 1800 Euros each to present their research work at INPC 2021, to be held in Singapore in September 2021.

Grant by DBT- UMMID (Unique Methods of Management and Treatment of Inherited Disorders), Government of India
Dr Praveen Kumar Shetty, Director (Research & Development), Nitte DU and Professor, Department of Biochemistry, KSHEMA, has been sanctioned for an In Inborn Error Screening Project entitled “Establishment of Justice KS Hegde Charitable Hospital Diagnostic Centre for Inherited Disorders, a DBT-UMMID Initiative at Mangalore” by DBT- UMMID (Unique Methods of Management and Treatment of Inherited Disorders), Government of India to K S Hegde Medical Academy Nitte (DU) with a total project emolument Rs. 3.0 crores for three years.

Grant by Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI)
  • 1. Dr Usha. S. Adiga, Professor of Biochemistry, has been sanctioned with a grant of Rs. 15,00,000 by RSSDI for her project on “Influence of mutations, expression and RNAi mediated gene silencing of angiopoietin-like 3(ANGPTL3) on lipid profile: An experimental study.”
  • 2. Dr Usha. S. Adiga, Professor of Biochemistry, has been sanctioned with a grant of Rs. 10,00,000 by RSSDI for her project on “Association of CXCL 10 gene polymorphism and its expression with insulin resistance and severity of SARS-CO2 infection: Across sectional study.”
  • 3. Mrs Chaithra D, Tutor / PhD Scholar, Department of Anatomy, is awarded the External Research Grant of Rs.2,00,722/- by Research Society for the Study on Diabetes in India for her Research Study titled ‘Polymorphisms of Omenin (ITLN 1) and Netrin 1 Genes and their expression in Diabetic Foot’.
  • 4. Dr Indrani Karunasagar was given a grant of Rs 820967 for Indo Norway Project
  • 5. Dr Iddya Karunasagar was sanctioned Rs, 1871836 by the Food and Agriculture Org. of the United Nations
UGC Start-up grant
  • 1. Dr Arshdeep Sidhu, Assistant Professor, received the UGC Start-up grant titled “Understanding the dynamic architecture and function of DNA damage repair foci: an in-vitro approach” (2021-2024).
  • 2. Dr Akshath Uchangi, Scientist G-II, received the UGC Start-up grant titled “Polyvalent multifunctional core-shell satellites for ultrasensitive detection of target nucleic acids-a multiplexed approach” (2021-2024).
  • 3. Dr Divyashree M, Scientist Grade-I, received the UGC Start-up grant titled “Screening and production of Polyhydroxybutyrates (PHB) by bacterial strains isolated from hydrocarbon contaminated soil using metagenomic approach” (2021-2024).

Intramural funding
  • 1. Ms Kavya K/Ms. Ashli Thomas -Involvement in co-curricular activities and well-being among students of selected Nursing Institutes. Rs.3000 -
  • 2. Ms. Sarita Telma Fernandes/Ms. Mila Elsa Chacko -Knowledge and Health-Seeking Practices of Mothers About Neonatal Danger Signs: Rs.6000

A grant from AICTE, New Delhi
1. Dr Vasudha Hegde, Mr Nagaraj M J, Dr N Samanvita - Modernization of Electrical Machines Laboratory and removal of obsolescence. AICTE, New Delhi, Project Funds Granted (INR): 10,00,000, Project Duration: 2 Years

Grants for Translation
1. Thirukural Translation Project: To spread the knowledge and wisdom of the Tamil poem known as “Thirukural”, the Central Institute of Classical Tamil initiated the translation project in all the national languages. By Dr Meenakshi A and Dr Sayi Geetha for Rs,1,25,000

2. Tolkappiyam Translation Project by Dr Sayi Geetha for Rs,7,50,000

Patents Received:
Dr Murali Badanthadka, Professor and Deputy Director, NUCARE, has been granted the patentee for an invention entitled, “Diet Composition to produce malnourished animal model” for 20 years from the 21st day of December 2020 following the provisions of the Patents Act, 1970.

Global Collaborations:
  • Penn State University, USA
  • Wake Forest University, USA
  • University of Minnesota, USA
  • University of Miyazaki, JAPAN
  • National University of SINGAPORE
  • University of Santo Thomas, The PHILIPPINES
  • Catholic University, SOUTH KOREA
  • Sabaragamuwa University, SRILANKA
  • Christ Church University, UK
  • Plymouth University, UK
  • Ghent University, BELGIUM
  • University Paul Sabatier, FRANCE
  • University of Gothenburg, SWEDEN
  • Goethe University, GERMANY
  • Cleft Children International, SWITZERLAND
  • NITTE (DU) and St. Marianna University, School of Medicine Japan
  • Indo-French – Nitte Toulouse Dental Student Exchange
  • Universitas Dirgantara Marsekal Suryadarma, Indonesia
  • Universitas Budi Luhur
  • Universitas Mercu Buana
  • University Sekolah Tinggi Ekonomi Nasional Indonesia
  • Universitas Darma Persada
  • University Universitas Borobudur
  • University Universitas Yarsi
  • Kusuma Negara Business School
  • Tamalatea Makassar College of Health Science, Indonesia
  • YPBHK Brebes Midwifery Academy, Indonesia
  • Pasundan University, Indonesia
  • Bani Saleh Bekasi College of Health Science, Indonesia
  • Widya Nusantara Palu College of Health Science, Indonesia
  • Insan Cendekia Medika Jombang College of Health Science, Indonesia
  • Harapan Bangsa University, Indonesia
  • YMI Information and Computer Management Academy, Indonesia
  • Awal Bros Pekanbaru College of Health Science, Indonesia
  • Islamic College of Economic Science Indonesia
  • Stembi College of Economic Science Indonesia
  • Banten College of Health Science, Indonesia
  • Mega Buana Palopo College of Health Science, Indonesia
  • Widya Husada Semarang College of Health Science, Indonesia
  • Karya Husada Semarang College of Health Science, Indonesia
  • Duta Dharma Pati Midwifery Academy, Indonesia
  • Guna Bangsa Yogyakarta College of Health, Science, Indonesia
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Tunghai University, Taiwan (MoU) and Nitte (DU)
  • Internship Agreement unremunerated intern between NPO Artevelde University, Ghent, Belgium & Nitte Usha Institute of Nursing Sciences
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Health Institute of Dharma, Husada, Bandung and Nitte (DU)
  • Indo US
  • Indo Belgian
  • Indo Swedish
  • Indo Srilanka
  • Indo UK
  • Indo Japan, Sakura Science Programme
  • Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI)
  • Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS)
  • Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and
  • Processing Co-operative Limited (CAMPCO)
  • Indian Dental Association (IDA)
  • Unnath Bharath Abhiyan
  • Nitte-Gajria
  • Curaden India Private Limited, No.11, Global Tech Park O’Shaughnessy Road, Langford Town, Dabur India Ltd
  • Sahyadri Science College, Department of Biotechnology,
  • Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre
  • Medorganics India Pvt Ltd
  • Canara Engineering College and Nitte
  • St. Joseph Engineering College and Nitte (DU)
  • Madras Medical Mission Hospital and Molbio Diagnostics Private Limited and Nitte (DU)
  • V- Infrastructure India and Nitte Institute of Architecture
  • Atelier for Art and Architecture and Nitte Institute of Architecture
  • Karnataka German Technical Training Institute and Nitte Institute of Architecture
  • MOU on Knowledge Sharing Between Nitte Institute of Architecture, Mangalore and RVS Padmavathy School of Architecture
  • MOU on Knowledge Sharing Between Nitte Institute of Architecture, K-Tech innovation hub
  • National Oral Cancer Registry: Oral precancerous lesion and condition and Oral cancer Indian Dental Association and A B Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences
  • Industry Linkage for the Project work (Electronic medical record management system)
  • NITTE (DU) and Labland Biotech Pvt Ltd, Mysuru
  • NITTE (DU) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research- Directorate of Cashew Research Puttur DK Karnataka
  • NITTE (DU) and National Institute Epidemiology, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • NITTE (DU) and Padmashree Group of Institutions Bangalore, Karnataka
  • MOU between NITTE (DU) and INMAS- DRDO, New Delhi
  • MOU between NITTE (DU) and Institute of Applied Research and Innovation, Bengaluru Karnataka
  • Memorandum of Understanding between ABSMIDS & The Prevest Denpro Limited, Jammu
  • Confidentiality Agreement between Triveni Nursing Home & NGSM Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Centre for Incubation, Innovation, Research and Consultancy (CIIRC) – Jyothi Institute of Technology, Bangalore and Nitte (DU)
  • Memorandum of Understanding between NGSM Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences & College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Govt. Medical College, Pariyaram, Kannur
  • Memorandum of Understanding between PP Infra, Thokottu, Mangalore 575020 & Nitte Institute of Architecture, NDU
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Biokart India Pvt Ltd and Nitte (DU)
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Aquatic Biosystems and Nitte (DU)
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Salem Microbes Pvt Ltd, Tamil Nadu, India and Nitte (DU)
  • Memorandum of Understanding between International skill Development Corporation, Bangalore & Nitte Usha Institute of Nursing Sciences
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Mangalore University, Mangalagangotri & Nitte (DU)
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  • Memorandum of Understanding between K.S. Hegde Medical Academy & Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Nitte (DU) & Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences, DRDO, New Delhi

Nitte (DU) collaborates with various International Organizations to improve the population’s health outcomes. Nitte (DU) has developed international collaborations with over 20 Universities and Institutes across the globe. These collaborations have led to the development of joint research projects funded through the International Cooperation Division of the Department of Science and Technology (e.g. Indo-Norway, Indo-Belgium) or through funding agencies in partner countries (e.g. Swedish International Development Agency, National Environmental Research Council of UK). The collaborations have translated into several joint publications, joint international workshops, and faculty and students at the doctoral or postdoctoral level exchanges. Some international collaborations are specifically focused on faculty and student exchange

i. Healthy Universities Network
The UK Healthy Universities Network was established in 2006 in response to growing demand from HEIs interested in developing and implementing the Healthy Universities approach. It supports its members to develop and implement ‘whole university’ approaches to health, well-being and sustainability and is part of an exciting and fast-growing international movement.

ii. Cleft Children International, Zurich and Smile Train, USA
Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Craniofacial Surgery has been involved in the free-of-cost multidisciplinary management of patients with cleft and craniofacial deformities for over a decade. The institute is funded by Cleft Children International, Zurich and Smile Train, USA, which enables free surgeries for cleft lip and palate and complex craniofacial defects. Screening camps are organized weekly in most interior parts of Karnataka and Kerala to identify, diagnose and treat needy patients. Facial aesthetic surgeries free of cost are conducted for poor patients.

Nitte (DU) has entered into a partnership with Coursera to provide access to quality digital learning content to its students and staff

iii. International College of Dentists’ (Section VI)
A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte (DU), in association with the International College of Dentists (Section VI), has been conducting various Oral and Dental awareness and Treatment camps in and around rural areas of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chikmagalur districts of Karnataka.

iv. Nitte-Kobayashi Centre of Excellence Launched
Mr N.V. Hegde, Chancellor of Nitte (DU) and President of Nitte Education Trust, virtually inaugurated the Nitte-Kobayashi Centre of Excellence on September 29 2020. This unique centre, established by Kobayashi Create for the first time in India, is a joint initiative of Nitte (DU) and Kobayashi Create Co. Ltd., Japan.

v. The University of Plymouth and Nitte University in India
have entered a formal partnership to take forward research on the impact of climate and environmental education

MOUs Signed in 2021
Nitte (DU) signed an MoU on October 22 2021, with Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), i6TG – one of the leading HR Companies of Japan and Kita-Kyushu Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Japan for Faculty and Student Exchanges, Student Internships and Placements.

The Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative (CAMPCO) Limited and Arecanut Research and Development Foundation (ARDF) signed an MoU with TEC, Nitte (DU) on December 03 2021.

Ms Carla Payan and Ms Lehna Abedlkader from the University of Toulouse, France, have come to our University/Institution for the ‘Student Exchange Program.’

DST NU-TEC, Nitte (DU) and St Joseph’s Engineering College signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in undertaking investigations to explore various interdisciplinary research and development programmes on April 13, 2021

NU-TEC, the only Technology Enabling Centre in Karnataka, has taken initial steps in collaborating with the industries and academia. In this regard, the MoU exchange between Canara Engineering College, and DST NU-TEC, Nitte (DU) was organized on January 13, 2021.

On February 25 2021, a Technology Transfer Agreement was signed between Nitte (DU) and M/S Eshanya Beverages to commercialize patented technology for producing beverages from betel leaf.

M/s. Labland Biotech Pvt Ltd, a global player in the field of Plant Biotechnology with a fully equipped laboratory in Mysore, South India, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Nitte (DU), Deralakatte on July 01 2021. As per the MoU, both parties will collaborate on research and education.

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Webinars conducted by various SDG Co-ordinators of the University

Open for partnership in providing quality higher education, skill development and health care:
Nitte (DU) has left no stone unturned in the journey to serve humanity. The number of collaborations at local, national and international levels speaks volumes of the University’s interest, striving hard with great enthusiasm to help the needy through its satellite centres and outreach programs. Education and research have also seen progress through international collaborations, which facilitate the exchange of knowledge through student exchange programmes, research work, guest lectures and publications. The University has won several awards and is a recognized centre for higher studies in the state. It strives and constantly updates itself to match the recent advances in every emerging education and healthcare area.