IIM Udaipur – Heaven Between 5 Lakes – Krutika Dhakate, IIM Udaipur
IIM Udaipur re-located to its permanent campus in October 2016 on a 300 acre site situated in Balicha. IIMU is the first of the new IIMs to move to its permanent campus. Since IIM Udaipur is under construction but the classrooms, hostels, mess, library, Wi-Fi and all other essential functions are all fully operational.
Fig. 77 Seater Classroom
The infrastructure, facilities and classroom design create a campus that takes its place with the best in India and abroad. The campus will enable IIMU to meet the targets outlined in its Perspective Plan which calls for approximately 750 students across its programs by 2020 and 60 permanent faculty members, implementing its mission to provide leadership in research and contribute to the development of the region.
The overall design reflects the traditional fortress architecture that is a significant part of Rajasthan’s history and culture. The Academic Block is at the heart of the campus with lakes on two sides and many courtyards on different levels to take advantage of the multitude of views. The plaza provides a central meeting place as well as a backdrop for large events.
The architecture has been designed to minimize energy consumption and a solar power farm will be built on campus to generate electricity. The entire campus has been designed for a GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) LD 5 Star rating.
The site is characterized by sharp slopes and deep valleys. As a result, the key design principle is based on water retention and conservation. To make the campus independent in its water supply requires a sophisticated scheme for rainwater harvesting during the monsoon. A system of check dams is being put in place at strategic locations within the terrain to create several interlinked lakes. During the construction process, natural catchments have been modified and water will be directed through channels using the slope and direction of the land to be stored in the local water bodies for use throughout the year.
The overall landscaping plan is equally advanced, involving a process of clearing the site to increase run-off capacities; de-silting and re-silting areas as required to ensure better soil coverage; using contour bunds, trenches and other means to increase soil moisture; improving erosion protection; and increasing the organic content of the soil. The campus has been planned to be a zero-waste facility, where waste will be an important resource utilizing DEWATS (Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems), vermi-composting and bio-gas production.
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