IIT Mandi is committed towards building a Green Campus. Based on the Eco-management plan the Green Panel of the institute recognized that establishing a Botanical Garden would help in achieving the commitment. The Botanical Garden was started in July 2015 with complete support from IIT Mandi with the following main objectives
- Study of flora of Kamand region
- Establish a Botanical Garden with collection of local flora
- Develop and maintain Herbarium
- In-situ conservation, collection and maintenance of medicinal plants
- Documentation, digitization and dissemination of the related information
- Undertake R&D in the related area (Phytochemical profiling of selected plants, understanding the local edible plants, Bioengineering plants etc)
Achievements and activities:
- The Botanical Garden houses about 160 plant species that are scientifically named.
- A Herabarium with about 75 plants has been housed in the Lab
- OMAP-2016 workshop was organised involving farmers, industry and IIT (http://iitmandi.ac.in/news/articles/omap_2016_report.pdf)
- Annual Day of Botanical Garden event celebrated in July 2016
- Organizes routine Plantation drives throughout the year (More than 1000 tree plants have been planted in the campus since 2015)
- Currently assisting with hands-on Agri-Technology transfer to the EWOK women (2 families) to consider taking up Tulsi tea as potential venture.
- StandardisedTulsi herbal tea product with 4 varieties of Ocimum
- Public lectures delivered about the Biodiversity of Kamand -ISTP - WPI orientation, BTech and PhD orientation, MIT-IIT Make in India Boot Camp etc
- Workshops and Garden visits of STEP school student - in 2016 and 2017
- Organised personalized tours to the Botanical Garden and Medicinal Plant Garden - MIT-IIT Make in India Boot Camp, Esteemed visitors of IIT Mandi.
- We are supported by IIT Mandi in terms of funding for the Garden, manpower, laboratory etc
- The lab successfully supported WOS-B project application to DST (about 30 lakhs). The project is awarded to Dr. Reshma Sao under the mentorship of Dr Shyam K Masakapalli. The title of the project is "Development and Dissemination of Agri-based technologies being optimised at IIT Mandi: From Lab to Farmers field at mid-Himalayan region". The Agri-technologies that are being developed in the Medicinal Plant Lab assists this project.
The logo of IIT Mandi Botanical Garden symolizes the leaves of a tree Terminalia chebula
commonly called as Harad. This was photographed at Botanical Garden in 2016. The logo depicts greenery and the usefulness of plants. Harad has great medicinal value and hence is a major ingredient of Triphla churn, used for centuries in India to cure certain ailments.