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Nalanda University bags awards for integrated water management, green energy


New Delhi: Nalanda University bagged two awards at the valedictory function of the 9th GRIHA Summit 2017 on Tuesday in New Delhi. It received the GRIHA Council Exemplary Performance Award -2017 for Integrated Water Management category.

It also got the Third Runner Up award for Passive Architecture Design for achieving the sustainable goals and commitments towards green building development incorporated in its building plan of its upcoming sprawling 455-acre Net Zero University campus at Rajgir, Nalanda District in Bihar.

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Vice-Chancellor Prof Sunaina Singh received the Award along with the team at a glittering ceremony held at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (GOI) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) supported the GRIHA Council to host the Awards Ceremony as a grand finale to the two day 9th GRIHA Summit 2017 today.

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GRIHA Council (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), is an independent platform (registered as a society) for the interaction on scientific and administrative issues related to sustainable habitats in the Indian context.

The University campus is designed with unique water and energy system to achieve the goal of self-sustainable net-zero campus by using indigenous, new and renewable energy sources with the integration of various innovative technologies like Desiccant Evaporative (DEVAP) cooling/heating technology, water and waste management and algae-based BIOGAS operated Sterling engine, solar PV captive power plant and Decentralized Water Harvesting Management (DeWAT) and other indigenous technology/ideas.

The Nalanda University campus is envisaged as a campus of the future and positioned at the forefront of global education has been planned to eventually accommodate a large number of students and staff.

While making a modern, state-of-the-art, comfortable and efficient campus for its occupants and visitors alike, a whole palette of ideas has been mooted for developing an energy efficient sustainable campus having Net Zero environmental impact.

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