JAMMU: To discuss the proposal for transforming institutional campuses into ‘green campuses’, Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department (HeD), Asgar Samoon held a meeting here on Tuesday.
The meeting was attended by Director Colleges HeD, Director Science and Technology, representative of JK Science and Technology Council.
The principal secretary stressed upon concerned for making college/university campuses energy-sufficient by taking measures like installing solar panels, among others, read an official statement.
JAKEDA (Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency), Science & Technology Development in collaboration with Higher Education Department has already taken up the initiative of installation of rooftop solar power plants in the college and university campuses “to convert the campuses into green campuses”
JAKEDA targets to set up around 2 MW capacity solar power plants in the campuses, the process for which was initiated during the current financial year; MNRE, GoI is providing 6% subsidy for setting up of rooftop solar power plants.
Principal Secretary, HeD appreciated the efforts put by JAKEDA to carry out the survey of colleges and university campuses of the state “to determine the potential of green power and assured that the state share would be arranged by the HeD”, the statement read.
He advised CEO, JAKEDA to take up all the installations of rooftop solar power plants in the next financial year and directed for survey of all the college campuses “to be carried out in shortest possible time”.
So far JAKEDA has installed 500 KW capacity SPP at IUST Awantipora, 100 KW at BGSB University Rajouri, 50 KW at GDC Ramban, 100 KW at GDC Kupwara. Besides, 100 KW for GDC Handwara, 200 KW for Islamia College of Science & Commerce, Srinagar, 150 KW for GDC Reasi, 700 KW capacity for KU are in pipeline, the statement added.