The center is “Internet of Things” enabled and built on eco-friendly concept
GN Bureau | September 23, 2015
Mindtree, a leading digital transformation and technology services company today launched its global learning & delivery centre in Odisha’s capital Bhubaneshwar. The facility, named Mindtree Kalinga, was inaugurated by state chief minister Naveen Patnaik.
According to Subroto Bagchi, chairman of Mindtree, the Bhubaneshwar centre "will enable us to shape the minds of our future workforce by reviving curiosity, igniting courage and fostering responsibility. Today’s youth are digital-natives who need a more immersive, peer-based learning experience to create meaningful solutions that positively impact the world around them. With this program, our aim is help today’s tech-savvy workforce to meaningfully use technology with an engineering, business and social mindset.”
Mindtree Kalinga has taken shape on a 20-acre campus. It will train 2,500 young engineers every year. The teaching methodology incorporates a peer-based, experiential learning style inspired by teaching methods of ancient Nalanda, the HIVE model from Harvard University, TEAL model from MIT and experiments at the Khan Academy.
Mindtree Kalinga is built on four layers of infrastructure – physical, digital, intellectual and emotional, to create a convivial and collaborative learning atmosphere.
The entire center is “Internet of Things” enabled, equipped with advanced technology to enhance the learning experience of the engineers. It uses digital-age learning concepts, dividing students from diverse ethnicities and varied cultural experiences into cohorts of eight to foster collaboration. Groups work on real projects to solve engineering problems; enabling them to strengthen their sense of innovation while problem solving.
The campus has been built using one million bricks created from the earth dug out of the ground when excavating the site. The bricks were made without using fire, ash and additional water. The entire construction has been done with overflow rainwater. Rainwater is harvested in to a 14.7 million liter pond. The living space on the campus is fitted with a passive cooling system which provides a constant flow of refreshing air in the building, avoiding the need for air conditioners.
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