World Water Day was just a premise. It was about innovative ideas of students which could be alternatives for water conservation. A journey towards sustainable development with special focus on water was carved out in a first of its kind initiative by Vishwakarma University on Friday. On the occasion of World Water Day, Vishwakarma University had organized an intercollegiate role play competition under the aegis of Water Quality Centre of Excellence of the varsity in association with WILO Mather & Platt India that brought the bright minds together to find sustainable solutions for water conservation in cities.
The Idea With the thought that 'Intelligent Brains leads to Smart Solutions leading to Smart cities,’ the focus of the competition was to make youth realize the essential requirements for a sustainable, environment friendly livelihood with special focus on water as one of the most critical and imperative elements in sustainability. The best part of the event was that the students came up with solutions rather than mere project presentations!
The competition was aptly titled as ‘Partum I Orbis’ meaning create your own world. As many as 7 engineering colleges from across the city participated in the competition. Each team consisted of 3 students. Each team was provided with Q cards with various indicators such as airports, refineries, water treatment plant etc. With the help of these Q cards as their direction points, the students were asked to develop a sustainable smart city that has the best water conservation policy. They presented their ideas through role plays. Students played various roles such as city engineer, water expert or NGO representative while developing a comprehensive plan to place these various indicators at proper locations so that water is not wasted, not polluted or overused and in a way lead to green, sustainable city plan. D. Y. Patil College of Engineering, Akurdi emerged as winners of the competition while Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering stood second.
Mr. Hemant Watve, Managing Director of Mather and Platt Pumps Private Limited, presided over the function. Prof Dr Siddharth Jabade, vice chancellor of Vishwakarma University welcomed the guests and participants. The expert jury was consisted of experts Rajesh Unde, Ravindra Akki, Mukul Pensde and Satish Shrikhande. Anshuman Bade of WILO India and Dr Dhananjay Bhatkhande, director of Water Quality Centre of Excellence were instrumental in the organization of the event while Prof Dr. Shraddha Khamparia coordinated the competition.