Solar water heating system
Installation of roof top solar panels on top of hostel buildings so as to cater for hot water requirement of hostel students. Capacity of these solar panels is 48,000 Litres of hot water per day. This gives approximate saving of electricity up to 65,200 kWh/year.
Solar Panels for Electricity Generation
Institute received a grant of Rs. 5 Lakh from Savitribai Phule Pune University for installation of solar panels. Several approved vendors were called for quotations and finally rooftop solar panels of 8 kW capacity were installed for supplying electric power to the Library building. This gives approximate saving of electricity upto 17,300 kWh/year.
Solid waste management
Solid waste is collected from hostel rooms each morning by housekeeping staff in separate containers and assembled at the waste yard marked as Garbage Collection Pit at extreme end of the campus. Here the dry waste including paper/plastics etc. is segregated and sent in vans to recyclable joints and/or PMC collection centres. Separate garbage collection bins are kept for dry/ recyclable waste in laboratories, library, classrooms etc.
The wet waste is recycled along with Cafeteria waste for soil manure/fertilizers after processing the same in a pit created for such purpose. This manure is used in our own garden for vegetation and garden proceeds/vegetables are made available to all staff members.
Plastic ban: Notices are displayed in campus to refrain from use of plastics. In addition security is alerted to stop plastics entry on campus in any form. Cafeteria, Hostel rooms are monitored for all such usage and an attempt is made to completely eradicate any form of plastic on campus. Paper bags are encouraged for use by students and staff members.
Liquid Waste Management
Water rationing during shortage:– This initiative was started when Maharashtra faced shortage of water during summer. During summer time, water in hostel rooms is restricted for 3 Hrs. in the morning and 3 Hrs. in the evening. Also hot water is stored in overhead tanks and supplied to hostel rooms and an initiative is taken to restrict hot water from 6 AM to 9 AM each morning for bathing, thus reducing wastage of hot water.
Recycling of water:- Water from wash basin /bathrooms of hostel rooms is stored in two water tanks which is used for gardens, landscaping and vegetation keeping the campus green at all times of the year.
Rain water Harvesting
This initiative took shape when Maharashtra faced shortage of water during summer. Cost of buying water was becoming a financial burden. The only alternative to the water crisis was to use the available water more effectively.
During rainy season, there is abundant water available and the tanks store that water which is then used for gardens, lawns and other trees.
During other seasons recycling of water is done. Water from wash basins /bathrooms of hostel rooms is stored in two water tanks which is used for gardens, landscaping and vegetation keeping the campus green at all times of the year.
In order to utilize rain water, seepage water and reuse of hostel wash basin water, we have constructed two rain water harvesting tanks with a total capacity of 22,610 Liters.
a) 5 m * 2.5 m * 2.5 m – 1 No. and
b) 5 m * 2.75 m * 7.6 m – 1 N