Sustainability at ILMA
Ilma University is a prestigious HEC degree-awarding institution successfully functioning in the higher education sector since 2001. Formerly Institute of Business Technology, it was elevated to the status of a full-fledged university in 2017. This was indeed a significant milestone accomplished.
Since its inception, Ilma University vision upholds imparting SDG 4 - Quality Education through its distinguished and diverse study programs. These comprise undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degree streams in the widely acclaimed faculties. There are four instituted faculties, namely; Management Sciences, Software Engineering, Science & Technology and Media & Design.
Ilma University deems to achieve its core objective of imparting quality education through its well-designed programs with comprehensive curricula, coursework, projects, research and testing patterns. These are specially framed to meet the international standards of education with continuous and stringent reviewing framework by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Charter Inspection & Evaluation Committee (CIEC) which hold regular visits to ensure this in particular.
Also, there is a QAL department which outlines and ensures the complete compliance for upholding high-quality parameters in every aspect of University functioning. This quality assurance department continually aligns the documentation, planning and training to raise the benchmarks. It ensures the standards of teaching and research in all courses taught, develop qualification frameworks and program structures to determine what knowledge, understanding, skills developed, quality assurance processes and methods of evaluation that standards are achieved as per requirements, develop curriculum and staff development together with research and other scholarly activities.
With quality education at the nucleus of the University functionality, students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to become competitive citizens in a multidimensional society. They are automatically lifted out to lead better lives so the element of SDG 1 - No Poverty is wiped out. They can gain an education which enables them to become contributing members of society and enter the workforce to sustain themselves as well as their families. So, they have a solid professional prowess to bank on.
After leaving the University, these capable graduates hold an internationally accredited degree which allows them to find work easily. So, there will be SDG 2 - No Hunger rest assured. They are also taught through a pragmatic approach which gives them plenty of hands-on experience. There are different project fairs held with judges from the various industries so there is plenty of exposure. Then the students are sent to internships in all types of organisations where they spend time constructively while gaining valuable experience. The University launches community service programs to help the deserving of society. The students are sent on food distribution sprees in different shelters to overcome this dire need.
The University also provides plentiful opportunities for acquiring SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth. It has an amazing placement portal which acts as a bridge between the prospective employers and employees. The University has built up a pool of employers and entrepreneurs who are willing to provide opportunities to the students. The official Facebook page also continuously advertises positions that need to be filled in the vital socio-economic sectors. The University also provides opportunities through its different initiative programs for giving priority to alumni, student and staff for work. This has enabled in educating the skilled and talented youth able to establish avenues of sustainability for themselves and gain independence.
There is much emphasis on SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. The University is well aware of the frequently changing needs of the global society so it promotes adaptability and flexibility as its core values. The classic example is of the recent pandemic where the onsite operations were suspended and there was a sudden shift to the online ones. Hence, without delay, the University changed its entire dynamics of functioning and went completely online. It also equipped the students with the essential IT skills to perform well virtually. They were provided with lifelong learning opportunities and could function effectively in the workplace. There was an intense element of innovation shown here. The University has the best infrastructure with a purpose-built campus, state of the art facilities, ultra-modern classrooms, high-speed internet-connected computer & media labs, digital library, main auditorium, indoor sports complex, fully stocked cafeteria, well-equipped training rooms, faculty zones and student common areas.
The University has well laid out industry linkages as many prominent industrialists are on its board of governors. Events are held in association with organisations in the various fields and many are avid supporters in the conferences and seminars. Guest speaker sessions are held for up-close contact with the professionals. Even the alumni are looped in through alumni force program which reaches out to all those well-settled not just locally but internationally.
SDG 5 - Gender Equality and SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities are beautifully met by the University’s Global Educational Consultants Society (GEC). The fundamental rationale is to give back to the community and the foremost aim of GEC is to provide Education for All and this has become its slogan to uphold. GEC Society plays a pivotal part to provide access to low cost and inclusive education which encircles all irrespective of caste, colour or creed and stands united in the imparting quality education serving the less privileged and underserved areas.
GEC Society has awarded millions of rupees in scholarships to those students with academic excellence but couldn’t afford it. Till date, between 10% to 100 % of scholarships have been granted to 8000 + students. These also targeted to special students and the worldwide served places for the differently-abled in its admissions.
The University takes steps to preserve the environment for the brighter future of the planet. This addresses the SDG 13 - Climate Action & SDG - 15 Life on Land and conducts green spurred activities which include planting and recycling drives through the different societies on campus. Awareness programs are also held to combat the effects of global warming and other indicators for a better place to live.
There are plans and systems put into place by the University for SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy. The various departments work relentlessly to invent ways of creating better energy options and incubation centre Technology Office of Commercializeable Research Based Hatch (TORCH) is a step ahead in providing that platform. Both software engineering and science & technology students delve in experiments and test projects to produce mechanisms which are efficient, reliable and modern.
Ilma University moves onward to chart territories of SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities as it valiantly builds up a strong force of skilled and talented students who are ready to enter the workforce to make a dynamic difference. They are ready to apply their knowledge and utilise their abilities to seek out solutions that build a strong infrastructure and ultimately a developed nation. Each student is highly tuned to perform in a changing environment with heightened senses and prowess to tackle all kinds of challenges and overcome these. The University has equipped them with updated knowledge and latest researches with a wider view of the world to attain the optimum results.
An array of visionary liaisons meet the SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals where the University has articulated both national and international linkages for the very purpose of mutual uplift. This has been remarkably accomplished through the MoUs and associations that it has fostered as strategic alliances for the very purpose.
Hence, Ilma University is way ahead in justifying and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in every aspect of its inward as well as outward working.