Two students from National Institute of Technology Srinagar (NIT) Srinagar along with their team ‘TEJASVI’ bagged Solar Decathlon India awards’ at Solar Decathlon India Design Challenge 2021-22 held in New Delhi.

Sartaj Sagroo and Khubaan Kullah from Chemical Engineering Department, their team ‘TEJASVI’ have won Solar Decathlon India Design Challenge 2021-22.

They were felicitated on Friday by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh at Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.

Dr. Singh, who was chief guest on the occasion, congratulated the participants and winners of Solar Decathlon India for taking up real, live-building projects and developing innovative solutions.

He said SDI is helping to develop the next generation of architects, engineers, and entrepreneurs who can deliver net-zero-energy buildings.

Director NIT, Prof. (Dr.), Rakesh Sehgal extended his greeting to both students for bagging the prestigious award. He said it is a proud movement for the entire Institution.

Prof. Sehgal stated that this prestigious award will provide them exposure to winners and would fulfill their professional aspirations.

“I am pleased to know that NIT student’s contribution is being recognized and acclaimed at many platforms,” he said.

Institute’s Registrar, Prof. Syed Kaiser Bukhari said that NIT Srinagar is committed to achieve credibility at national and international levels.

 “There is no second option to hard work. I advise the students to serve the society with dedication and honesty,” he said.

Prof. Bukhari said NIT Srinagar has envisioned to take lead and make it aworld-class  Institution.

“Vanshah Sahaya” is a vision of a vibrant team of future energy-efficient building architects, scientists, and engineers from six different academic institutions united by their resolve to implement sustainable development goals for assisting economically disadvantaged communities in disasters.

In partnership with SEEDS India, a community resilient shelter has been designed for Golaghat (Assam) in a seismic and flood-prone zone.

The future steps envisaged by Team Tejasvi include discussing the solution developed with SEEDS India; and sharing the findings with various government agencies like Assam Energy Development Agency and non-governmental agencies like United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Engineers without Borders.

Team Tejasvi is also grateful to SEEDS India and Solar Decathlon India for the opportunity to open up new vistas in learning particularly with constraints associated with materials innovation in low-cost materials like Bamboo, management of floodwater reuse in disaster situations, use of an appropriate roof (gable vs. thatched) in economically constrained scenarios.

It consists of students from the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, MBS School of Planning and Architecture, Sardar Patel College of Engineering, and Banasthali Vidyapith and Islamic University of Science and Technology. Their real-estate partner is SEEDS India.

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