When Sunil Kumar, a teacher at a Delhi college, went house-hunting in Noida, he saw rampant urbanisation foretelling a likely water crisis. Though he booked an apartment, he took the first step to do something to avert the impending shortage. Kumar initiated an interdisciplinary project along with five colleagues and 10 students at Zakir Husain Delhi College.
The team for the project, `designing a mathematical model to solve upcoming water crisis in Noida Greater Noida region,’ includes teachers and students from the maths, psychology, zoology and botany departments. It has already received a go-ahead from the University of Delhi with funding of Rs 3.5 lakh for a year. “We are compiling data so that we can also suggest solutions, such as water recycling,” says Kumar.
“In an interdisciplinary project, there is ample learning especially because we work with members from other departments,” says Vedant Sirohi, a BSc (botany) student.