Global and Lokal Distance Education - GLOKALde April 2021, ISSN 2148-7278
Volume: 7 Number: 1, Article 5
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS FOR MULTIDISCIPLINARY AND INTERDISCIPLINARY EDUCATION AND RESEARCH IN UNIVERSITIES
The UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) targets to be achieved by 2030, through education, countries should ensure that learners acquire the knowledge and skills for sustainable lifestyles, appreciation of cultural diversity and sustainable development. Implementation of SDG 4 in India will require multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary linkages because it will provide learners an opportunity for critical thinking; help in reflective learning; and also help them to develop ethics, and values; develop employability skills. Universities play an important role to achieve the SDGs by 2030 by providing an opportunity for innovation and research; identify the need for multidisciplinary education and research and contribute in preparing graduates with 21st century skills. Further, universities can provide cross-sectional leadership, industry-academia partnerships and collaborations, opportunities for research, dialogue at the national and international level, and provides platforms to various stakeholders like funders, government, society, philanthropists. Universities need to re-think about their role and re-look at the policies and plans that provide and promote such opportunities. The National Education Policy (NEP)-2020 envisages adapting the SGD4 goals with an aim to develop productive citizens for an inclusive and plural Indian society. The fundamental principles emphasised by the NEP-2020 include outstanding research as a corequisite for outstanding education and development. This paper reviews the existing research scenario in IGNOU in the light of the NEP-2020 with the aim of identifying the gap areas, and proposes a framework to develop research competencies in the university. The results of the study are expected to aid the policy makers to take an informed decision on the research needs of the ODL system.