Indigenous materials to be used to build campus
As the Central University of Kerala promises to turn this backward region of the State into a major educational hub, the institution has drawn up an agenda not just to build a ‘green campus,’ but also to send a convincing message on conserving the rich biodiversity of the region.
The next five years will see an estimated Rs.1,000 crore of investment on the campus, the master plan according top priority to construction using indigenous materials, besides enhancing the greenery and the rich biodiversity of the region, Vice-Chancellor Jancy James says.
“It is not merely constructing buildings after buildings as we get more funds; we have a dream of how the university will look not just in another five or ten years but probably a century from now, and the fundamental ethos of the master plan is a green campus,” she says.
The university will strive to work to preserve the unique biodiversity through a concerted campaign outside the campus, Dr. James told The Hindu here.
“Green is not merely about environment. It is a philosophy of leading a healthy and friendly living. It is about making optimal use of the resources available for building up the campus without spoiling the environment. Before commencing any kind of project, including academic, we will have a ‘green auditing’ on whatever we do on the campus to ensure that they do not interfere with the health of the people and the purity of the place or lead to pollution,” she said.
“By ‘green,’ we mean not merely planting trees; it is about healthy and friendly living and the initiative will be made by involving everybody on the campus,” she said.
She said the students should be taught on the need to respect the forces of nature to help them lead a healthy and sustainable life. The curricula of the university had been so designed that every student would be taught the values of caring wisdom or concern for fellow human beings.
She said the MSW students, 40 per cent of whose course was made up of practical sessions, would generate and pass on the philosophy of collective wisdom by interacting with society and assessing their needs. The students would involve colleagues doing other courses and be part of the social activities.