The Sustainable Campus International Competition gathered applicants from 25+ universities in 20 countries worldwide with one communal goal in 2014- to make a sustainable environmental impact. The aim of this unique competition was to recognize and support the high value of business- case sustainability innovations in the higher education sector.
The team from NSIT, Sparsh, debated its sustainable vision by presenting a unique initiative to set the base of smart e-waste recycling, starting right from the NSIT campus and aimed to gain momentum at a bigger scale, and hence, was declared the ultimate winners, while teams from Mac Ewan University (Re-love Market), Canada and Walk Your Kingston (Kingston University), from United Kingdom were judged the runners-up by the jury panel, presided by Ian Patton, Chief Executive Officer at Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges.
Sparsh (a Hindi word meaning ‘touch’) is an initiative by five second year students of NSIT, Satinderpal Singh, Rajat Tulasyan, Shubhangi Rana, Utkarsh Agarwal, and Vivek Goel, to deal with e-waste smartly by helping the students and society, to understand the concern regarding it. The prime objectives of Sparsh are to create a self-sufficient and sustainable e-waste management system, in which the team members act as intermediates in efficient collection strategy, followed by outsourcing of E-waste for proper recycling practices. Also, the team has worked upon an effective awareness strategy that is ready to be brought into action soon.
Mr. Patton summarized the win, “E-waste is a problem for us all but at Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology; we see pioneering and innovative leadership to tackle the problem head-on. Not only are the social and environmental benefits of this concept huge, Sparsh presented a solid and appealing business case which could well be the start of a whole new enterprise in India.”