Chitkara University has great concern in protecting the environment and has put great efforts to solve the water crisis problems within the campus. The whole wastewater generated in the campus is treated and treated waste water is recycled and used in flushing and irrigation activities, while the sludge generated is used as organic fertilizer to provide nutrition to plants. This not only reduced the fresh water demand but it will also reduce our reliability to chemical fertilizers with water shortages plaguing the world, water scarcity has become one of the largest threats facing society today, making it one of the UN’s main millennium development goals. The total waste water generated in the Chitkara university is treated and 100% of the treated waste water is Recycled.
The University has a zero discharge campuswhich follows Innovative Technology for Solid/Liquid Waste Disposal.The University has a self-driven ecosystem of best practices for making a societal impact. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover is the mantra Chitkara University works by. It has been unyieldingly working towards becoming a self-sustaining campus that proudly boasts innovative technologies and environment friendly green initiatives such as:
Waste Paper Recycling Plant is available on campus to recycle waste paper and convert it into new papers, file covers, sheets, note pads etc. – Capacity 100 sheets per day
Kitchen waste is being processed in Vermin Compost Plant. Weeds, leaves and other garden waste are deposited in organic pits for generation of compost. – Capacity 30 Kg per day
Liquid waste generated from washrooms, kitchen, laundry etc. is treated in the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) installed within the campus. – Capacity 250 KLD
The treated wastewater coming from STP is being reused through Double Plumbing Technique and for horticulture purpose. – Capacity 50 KLD
Organic pesticide pit collects the residual water from Vermin Composting Plant; which is further used as Pesticide. – Capacity 10 liters per day
Disposal of roof top rain water in Rain Water Harvesting pits.
Reuse of Air Conditioner Drained Water for gardening and washing purpose. – Capacity @10000 liter per day for 6 months
Waste that cannot be treated or reused in the University is placed in the Garbage Disposal Bins placed near the University. Biomedical waste and lubricating oil coming out from generator sets are being collected by the government approved vendors.
The University has an in-house Solar Power Plant – Capacity 320 KWS (on-grid).In addition to this, solar water heaters are installed across the campus and in hostels – Capacity of about 30,000 liters hot water per day
Solar Photovoltaic Street lights are also installed across the campus.
Adequate provision for watering through sprinklers and treated water from the Sewage Treatment Plant is used in horticulture.
In-house nursery for growing plants further used for tree plantation drives and for gifting.
Protection of the saplings is done through organic pesticides and compost prepared in-house.
Plant markers indicating nomenclature, species information is displayed at the designated spots.
Pollination of many flowering plants, thus increasing the yield of certain crops through Bee Keeping on campus.
Tree plantation drives – a regular feature
The initiatives has also been recognized by the Government and projects worth 160 lakh are funded by various Government agencies to support the research and innovation in the areas of sustainable development.
Other than Solar Power Plant and Solar water heating system the University took major resolutions for energy conservations and started following measures; Use energy efficient lighting, like LED light bulbs; Use of energy star–labelled appliances in offices & residential areas and energy-savings settings for other appliances; Sensor-based Energy Conservation.
Our green initiatives are visible on the basis of following;
Ministry of Education, Government of India has ranked Chitkara University, Himachal Pradesh among top 10 Universities PAN India in Swachhta Ranking for Higher Educational Institutions for three consecutive years i.e. 2019, 2018 and 2017.
Selected Chitkara University under “MGNCRE-DHE-MHRD-GOI-Swachhta Action Plan 2020” for promotion of Swachhta in the community. Selected Chitkara University under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan for Rural Development;
Government of Himachal Pradesh has awarded us “Environment Leadership Awards” consecutively for past 3 years for taking initiatives on sustainable development and solving the problem of society through its proactive research contribution to overcome the problems of the community as a whole;
Quality Council of India also awarded Chitkara University Himachal Pradesh with ‘DL Shah Quality Awards – 2018 & 2019 for two consecutive years. We are the first educational institute in India to receive this prestigious award;