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Title: Assessment of sustainable development in technical higher education institutes of India
Authors: Parvez N.
Agrawal, Avlokita
Published in: Journal of Cleaner Production
Abstract: This paper assesses the sustainability related performance of Indian Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) based on the parameters and indicators listed under the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), and the University of Indonesia GreenMetric World University Ranking (UI GreenMetric WUR). Qualitative assessment of Indian HEIs based on the two selected frameworks is provided. Data were collected for parameters pertaining to sustainable development (SD) at nine Indian HEIs through surveys, documentation, direct observations, and interviews with professors, research scholars, students, and employees. The study shows that although Indian campuses are implementing SD strategies, the approach is not comprehensive and systematic, as almost 50% of the STARS and UI GreenMetric framework parameters are not currently being complied with. Out of the two selected assessment frameworks, Indian HEIs showed greater compliance with the UI GreenMetric, which can be attributed to its Asian origin. A lack of policies, monitoring and reporting mechanisms were common across all the HEIs. This study highlights the need to report specific rating parameters that are widely present on Indian campuses and those which are not currently being emphasised. The findings contribute to developing a contextualised rating system for assessing Indian HEIs that can help boost SD. This study can further help other developing countries aiming to progress along similar lines. © 2019 Elsevier Ltd
Citation: Journal of Cleaner Production(2019), 214(): 975-994
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Keywords: Higher education institutions
Sustainability assessment framework
Sustainable development
UI GreenMetric world university rankings
ISSN: 9596526
Author Scopus IDs: 57205515476
Author Affiliations: Parvez, N., Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee247667, India
Agrawal, A., Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee247667, India
Funding Details: The authors express their sincere gratitude to the nine campuses for providing their support in conducting the case studies. Also gratefully acknowledge the participation of their faculty staff and students in the interviews. The authors would also like to thank the Government of India's Ministry of Human Resource Development for funding this research through the IIT-Roorkee Institute Scholarship to the first author (ID- 14902003 ).
Corresponding Author: Parvez, N.; Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of Technology RoorkeeIndia; email:
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