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Call for Volunteers - Rainwater Harvesting Knowledge Centre at BITS Pilani

Sunday, September 29, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shwetha C K
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Volunteers For Rainwater Harvesting Knowledge Center at BITS Pilani

Is India running out of water? According to NASA, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan are drying up groundwater at the rate of one Bhakara Nangal Dam per month — because the groundwater extraction rate has outstripped the natural recharge rate.

Dr. Bijendra Jain, Vice Chancellor, envisions the Pilani campus to be a showcase of rainwater harvesting. The agenda is to BITS Pilani a model for a successful large scale rainwater harvesting model - a practical solution to a national problem.

Last August, he asked Dr. BP Agrawal to implement Aakash Ganga, the rooftop rainwater harvesting system, across the campus. On experimental basis, Aakash Ganga was implemented behind the library. Dr. Rajiv Gupta, professor of Civil Engineering and his students are using this implementation for validating engineering designs, refining drip irrigation, and studying operational sustainability.

Call for Volunteers:

Sustainable Innovations ( needs volunteers for 2 months duration contributing in total of 40-50 hrs over the entire duration/ person.

  • 1 Volunteer to conceptualize the engineering designs and innovations
  • 1 Volunteer to build enterprise or economic model.

The Volunteers must be able to design the system which will withstand industrial scrutiny and is financially sustainable.

Project Requirements

  • Build a rainwater harvesting reservoir that stores 20 million litres of water to suffice the Pilani Campus' drinking water needs for the entire year.
  • Construct an artificial roof that costs $1/$2 per sq m (current industry rate is approximately ~$40).

Enthused? Write to bagrawal[at]

About Dr. BP Agarwal: Dr. BP Agrawal has won several awards for Aakash Ganga including Lemelson –Massachusetts Institute of Technology award for sustainability, Purpose Prize award for social innovations, World Bank award for social enterprises, and Energy Globe World award for environmental sustainability.

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