Water Conservation & Green practices on campus
NITTE (Deemed to be University) is proactively involved in water conservation mission. It has adopted environmentally friendly methods for water conservation and optimum utilization of water. Recycled water is used for maintaining the lush green landscape all-round the year. Rain water harvesting is adopted in all the three Campuses of the University. Utilisation of open wells and waterbodies for rainwater harvesting is practiced. Open wells are preferred source of water in place of borewells. Its policies and strategies are focused on protection, conservation and sustainable use of its precious fresh water resources.
Medical College Campus:
Rain water trapped from the roofs of the buildings is collected in a raw water sump of capacity 2.0 Lac Ltrs. It is then processed in a water treatment plant consisting of pressure sand filter, activated carbon filter and automated chlorination unit. This treated water is then directly used for domestic purposes.
Rain water trapped from the roofs of the buildings is collected in a raw water sump of capacity 3.0 Lac Ltrs. It is then processed in a water treatment plant consisting of pressure sand filter, activated carbon filter and automated chlorination unit. This treated water is then directly used for domestic purposes.
Rain water trapped from the roofs of the buildings is collected in a raw water sump tank of capacity 2.0 Lac Ltrs. It is then processed in a water treatment plant consisting of pressure sand filter, activated carbon filter and automated chlorination unit. This treated water is then directly used for domestic purposes.
Additionally, this Campus also has a lake spread over an area of 15,000 Sft. Storm water from all around the campus is routed into this lake which helps in ground water recharge.
B. Water recycling:
Use of recycled water for gardening and toilet flushing purposes. The waste water is collected and treated in Sewage Treatment Plants (STP). Three campus have individual STPs. The KSHEMA campus has a STP plant of handling capacity of 4,00,000 litres/day. University and Hospital campus has a plant of 8,00,000 litres/day and Paneer campus has a plant handling 2,50,000 litres/day.
C. Medicinal Gardens:
The KSHEMA campus as well as paneer campus have medicinal gardens. A total of 125 medicinal plants are planted and catalogued for its scientific name, common name, medicinal uses and their major chemical components reported.
Paneer campus has medicinal gardens at Nitte Usha Institute of Nursing Sciences and Nitte Gulabi Shetty Memorial Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Nursing institute maintains about 61 medicina l plants (ANNEXURE II). While the Pharmacy Institute maintains about 55 species of medicinal herbs and shrubs.
D. Indoor plants:
The A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences is in the University Campus. Although this campus has least green cover as compared to Paneer or Medical College campus, they have a good practice that targets improvement of indoor air quality. Every common room has indoor plants which is well tended and provides healthy oxygen rich air and reduce the carbon-di-oxide released by
the human occupants. The Institute has always supported the concept of “Clean City Green City” in college by various initiatives.
E. Kitchen and terrace garden:
Nitte Institute of Architecture has developed a kitchen garden as well as terrace garden to educate the students on design of urban horticultural practices. The kitchen garden has several vegetable crops and the terrace garden has over 50 fruit trees such as Figs, Jamoon, Chikoo, Guava, Mango, Lemon etc.
F. Tree Adoption:
The Students of Nitte University Centre for Science Education and Research has a good practice of tree adoption. Under graduate student volunteers have adopted several trees on campus. They ensure proper watering and care during the dry months of summer. Weak saplings are preferred for adoption over healthy trees.
Tree tagging: The trees on the campus have been identified and barcodes are generated and trees are tagged by the students.
Students actively participate in the Swachh Bharath Programmes conducted regularly by the NSS unit of the University. 39 programmes with nearly 4000 student and staff participation was recorded over a period of last four years. Vanamahostava is conducted during the first week of July by tree planting and conducting awareness programms. The world environment day is also conducted in the campus by planting saplings and the theme of United Nation is deliberated eg. “Connecting people to Nature” in 2017 and “Beat plastic pollution” in 2018.
H. Plant a Tree on your Birthday
Planting a sapling on birthday is like leaving something memorable for the campus community and one can enjoy that excitement whenever they visit the campus later in life. Birthday can be made memorable and in turn we can improve the biodiversity of the university campus. Behalf of Nitte University Green Initiative Project (NUGIP) started “Plant a Tree on Your Birthday” in KSHEMA campus for the teaching staff. The initiative, ‘Plant a Tree on your Birthday’ was launched with the first sapling sharing its birthday with Prof. Dr. Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Dean, KSHEMA and Prof. Dr. Sukanya Shetty, HOD, Biochemistry. Dr. Jayaprakash Shetty, Registrar KSHEMA, Dr. Smith Hegde, NUGIP Co-ordinator, Dr. Sumalatha Shetty, NSS Co-ordinator, Mr. Shashi kumar Shetty, NUGIP Green Officer (KSHEMA Campus), Dr. Nanjesh and Dr. Sachin, NSS Programme Officer were present on the event.
Regular planting drives are conducted to maintain a green and clean campus. Recommendation made by the committee is implemented in the new developmental plans of the University. The University campus conducts regular air and water quality testing to confirm availability of healthy water and air. The tests are conducted by independent agency and validated. All parameters tested are well within the permissible limits. Thus clean air and water supply is maintained on campus.
I. Common transport facilities:
Staff, students and other employees are strongly encouraged to avail the common transport facilities provided by the University. There are 16 buses which cater to common mode of transportation. An additional of 6 vans of 14 seater capacity commute regularly between campuses and city to transport staff, students and other employees of the University.
The staff and students of the University have conducted several programs, in-house, as well as in public schools for creating awareness on cleanliness, vaccination and hygiene.