After witnessing the successful and cordial ban on use of plastics and motorbikes in the IIT-Kharagpur campus, the institute has now further put up a challenge among its students to develop innovative ways of maintaining an environment-friendly campus. To embrace the surrounding as green and eco-friendly the challenge called 'Innovation Challenge Grant, Under Green Policy Initiative' has been brought up as part of its Vision 20-20 program.
The most significant and innovative way of sustaining green environment marked by a student or a group shall be offered the status of a full-fledged research project of up to Rs.25 lakh.
The problem areas in the campus with respect to environmental issues have been monitored and students are free to pick any one area to develop technological solutions to turn them into an environment friendly area. Besides, having privilege to take help from faculty member of student’s choice, the students can address the issue and work upon it in a team, by forming a group as well.
Even though IIT Kharagpur campus has ban on plastic, yet it is difficult to handle the daily generated plastic waste in huge volumes.
However, as mentioned in the charter list made for students, the priority has been drawn to fixing problem of plastic disposal. While, the other concerns listed include as lessening of electricity consumption at libraries, hostels, and other common areas, utilization of kitchen waste to generate biogas, use of solar power in hostels, reducing usage of water in hostels, bathroom and toilets, system to accumulate chemical waste, groundwater pollution control plan, designing garbage bin, handling, utilization and ways to properly discard of e-waste, evaluation and decreasing of carbon footprint and lastly, planning and designing of streetlights system.
IIT-Kharagpur Director Partha Pratim Chakraborty explained that the institute is not seeking for the common solutions. In case of a group looking to resolve problem of water wastage, then it will first require them to do an audit of the wastage currently occurring on the campus, followed by quantifying it. After the necessary inspection and research only a technological solution for a particular problem be invented and developed.
The respective projects by each student or a group are to be submitted by them in mid-January of 2014, followed by the assessing and inspecting the uniqueness of their ideas. Subsequently, the research projects would be picked for the award and status, to further be completed and installed at the campus.