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Central University of Karnataka powers its campus the solar way
Central University of Karnataka (CUK) is saving lakhs of rupees every month by tapping into solar energy to meet the power requirements of the university campus at Kadaganchi in Aland taluk.
“We have been saving lakhs of rupees every month since the start of power production from the solar power plant installed in the main campus,” said Vice-Chancellor H.M. Maheshwaraiah. He said that 350 kV of power is produced every day from the solar panels installed in the main campus. The power generated is exported to the grid of the Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company. “The university also proposes to tap wind energy in the days to come,” he said. Prof. Maheshwaraiah said the sewage treatment plant (STP) established in the main campus has started functioning and the treated water will be used to water the gardens and the plantations. It will also be used in the toilet flushes in hostels as well as the administrative block.
To a question, he said that the decision to establish a Department of Education, offering both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in education has hit a roadblock as NCTE has not approved CUK’s proposal to recruit 26 teachers and nine non-teaching staff for the department.