The vast campus of IIT
Bombay, located just south of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, is very
rich in biodiversity. Nestled within the majestic hills on one side and
the Powai and Vihar lakes on the other side, the campus carries a
surreal air of calm and peace that is rare in Mumbai.
To make the residents and even outsiders visiting the campus aware of
the diversity in the species of trees found here, students of IIT Bombay
enrolled in National Service Scheme (NSS) decided to identify and name
the species of trees present on one side of the main road of the campus.
This is just the beginning, the students said as they wish to continue
the exercise across the campus to make more people aware about the rich
biodiversity in the campus.
A report of World Wide Fund For Nature named "Study of Biodiversity of
IIT Bombay Campus" from 2008-09 was used as the starting point. More
than 200 trees of 40 different species were identified by the students.
Mr. Raman Garase from the Institute’s nursery helped the students verify
the identification. Low-cost placards were made and tied to the trees
featuring their common name, botanical name and their specialty/ uses. A
database was also made wherein the details regarding the exact location
has been recorded.
Campus residents were surprised at the number of unique species of trees
the campus boasted of. Shreerang Kaore, a third year mechanical
engineering student said, “I’ve spent three years in the campus but
never cared to pay attention to such diversity. I always thought that
all trees are similar. Only on seeing the placards and learning about
the different features and uses of each tree did realization dawn upon
me. It’s fascinating to see that the campus is so rich in the variety of
species.” Similar responses were received from faculty and staff members
who have spent decades in the campus.
Source - IIT, Bombay