Special Campaign 2.0 for Swachhta at ARIES
The Institute has made dedicated efforts to expand its campus activities on various fronts in order to inculcate the spirit of living and working in a vibrant environment. With this objective, efforts have been made to carry forward the planned campus activities, despite the constraints due to the pandemic. Here is the brief summary on the highlights of the activities.
Green campus Initiatives
ARIES is committed to protect its environment with its green campus initiative and keep the campus pollution free. Continuing the Green Campus initiatives at ARIES, Waste Management steps were taken to reduce pollution & improve cleanliness. Several Composting Pits which were lying idle for many years have been rejuvenated gradually for reutilization of bio-degradable waste.
Systematic plantation drives across the ARIES campus are carried out regularly with different species of plants as suggested by forest department to maintain the natural environment and lush greenery of the campus.
Under Green Campus initiatives, a nursery with greenhouse structure has been set up within ARIES campus for creating internal resources for campus's plantation drives.
To reduce ARIES's Carbon Footprint Eco Friendly steps for harnessing Solar Energy such as solar street lamps near residences in ARIES campus were implemented under Green Campus initiatives.
Office Space Creation
Being on top of a mountain, flat spaces are precious for ARIES infrastructure. Hence, optimum utilization of existing office space and its adjacent open areas is a must for the expanding human resource and other activities at ARIES. A few existing office areas, which were not being used efficiently due to cluttering, were identified. These areas were repurposed gradually over time creating new office space.
Old newspapers, spoilt useless books, racks, waste papers, old preprints and newsletters in different parts of the library building were removed after sorting and the available areas (totaling about 1500 square feet) were restructured as administration section offices and working space for research scholars. The new administration section enabled dismantling two older temporary office structures to create open area in the main building for better ambience.
The old layout of the auditorium had a seating capacity of 60, which has been enhanced to close to 90 by merging inefficiently used corridor. A glass house has been constructed in front of the auditorium, which is being used as poster display and general discussion area during workshops/conferences/seminars. The glass house gives a sense of openness and would also maintain warmth during winter time.