The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is an initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in supporting and contributing to the realization of United Nations goals and mandates, including the promotion and protection of human rights, access to education, sustainability and conflict resolution. Since 2010, UNAI has created a vibrant and diverse network of students, academics, scientists, researchers, think tanks, institutions of higher education, continuing education and educational associations.
The work of these institutions is vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals as they serve as incubators of new ideas, inventions and solutions to the many global challenges we face. Every subject and discipline can have a UN imprint.
BNCA is a member of UNAI since 2012 and a UNAI hubsince 2014.The UNAI is built around ten principles, and there are ten institutions across the world that serves asUNAI’s global hub on each of the ten principles. Dr. B. N. College of Architecture serves as UNAI’s global hub on “Addressing poverty” (https://academicimpact.un.org/content/addressing-poverty). The central idea of the hub is to serve as a platform where students and educators from the parent institute and from other UNAI member institutes come togetherto share ideas and discuss action plans which aims at addressing poverty.It has been enabling various programs addressing poverty through education. As architects and planners the material outcomes of any development can be realized and the process itself becomes a catalyst for bringing together communities and patrons. BNCA took forward this idea and looked upon how concrete actions and projects can inspire its students.
BNCA aims to bring together educators in higher education across the globe to identify a common core of strategies to be shared among countries which will help mitigate crucial issues related to poverty. Its objectives are;
- To work with people and communities experiencing poverty and to enable them to address the same through innovative approaches.
- To work on collaborative live projects and workshops.
- To help spread awareness regarding SDGs, UNAI principles and role of academics.
- To work on Knowledge exchange through research and development.
The institute thus invites various partnerships among actors and educators to join hands and build further towards its aligned goals.