Call for Volunteers - Rainwater Harvesting Knowledge Centre at BITS Pilani
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Posted by: Shwetha C K
Volunteers For Rainwater
Harvesting Knowledge Center at BITS Pilani
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.
Bijendra Jain, Vice Chancellor, envisions the Pilani campus to be a showcase of
The agenda is to BITS Pilani
a model for a successful large scale rainwater harvesting model - a practical
solution to a national problem.
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
Call for Volunteers:
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
- 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.
- 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
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.