Author: Khushbu Shah

Library roundup

week 23: 5 June 2017- 9-June-2017 Book of the week: The Worst of times: how life on earth survived Eighty Million Years of Extinctions New...

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Water: Part-1 – STP

Water is a treasured resource, especially when many parts of the country are going through a drought. It was therefore thought of by campus development teams to have a full-scale Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) that would treat the waste water generated on campus and recycle most (if not all) of it. The master-planners of IIT Gandhinagar went one step ahead and proposed that given our landscape and opportunities, developing a natural STP made more sense than investing in an expensive, energy intensive and less environment-friendly treatment plant based on chemical treatment. A three-stage STP wherein the first two stages...

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Fruit orchards bloom

The institute is developing a number of land pockets as fruit orchards. The species of fruits are chosen to be ones that are not large trees. Plantation of fruit plants for the past couple of seasons have had limited success due to destruction by cattle and Neelgais. For this season though, we expect better results. This season, we have thus far planted 66 Chickoo plants, 284 Pomegranate (Dadam) plants, 445 Guava (Jamphal) plants, 346 Custard Apple (Sitaphal) plants, 350 Mosambi plants, 100 Apple Ber plants and 100 Lemon (Nimbu plants). We are also in the process of planting 500 Falsa...

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Jal Mandaps to the rescue

Gujarat and its neighbouring states have historically valued water and water conservation highly. This trait is apparent in the simple yet effective rainwater harvesting system that is integrated with traditional architecture and with elaborate social spaces such as the Vavs (stepwells). Seeking inspiration from these age-old concepts of Gujarat, the campus planners at IITGN proposed several underground rainwater harvesting tanks, with a symbolic structure above them called Jal Mandaps. The mandaps will also form nodes for social spaces at the institute, paving a nice way to celebrate water while conserving it. There are currently four such Jal Mandaps nearing...

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