Living With Nature
Living in the lap of nature
It was an ambitious plan, even audacious in its breadth and scope. But Mr Pawar was adamant that the ‘University of the Future’ would become an integral part of the land. To that end, he insisted that the architectural plan consider the dips and hills of the terrain. He was also adamant that not one truck load of earth would be taken in or out of the campus boundaries.
Partnering with a committed and competent master planner and architect, NU achieved the impossible. Buildings became an integral part of natural land contours. All the hostel rooms opened out to the glorious sight of the Aravalli Hills. A natural dip in the land metamorphosed into an amphitheatre.
I’ve lived in a clean, eco-friendly township all my life, so NU feels like a second home to me. The campus with its backdrop of the Aravalis is a sight to cherish. – Nandini Bais, BTech CSE (Class of 2021)
Tree farming was not restricted to the Aravalli Hills. NU’s walk-only campus boasts of a variety of shade trees lining the pedestrian paths. A campus nursery, established in 2010, nurtures a wide variety of local species. While the master plan was modified so a path would go around a century-old Jal Pilu tree, the NU nursery actively cultivated Jal Pilu, a native species – more than five thousand saplings of a variety referred to as ‘Sand Dune Fighter’ have been distributed locally, making it the first man-made Jal Pilu forest in the area.
Walking barefoot on the lush ground of the campus relieved me of all tension; the cool breezes were so pleasant that I forgot all my concerns and uncertainties. It reminded me of a quote by Khalil Gibran: “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Yamini Sharma, MBA ISDE