NARI Center facilities
NCSD building has a covered area of about 900 m2 and houses
a conference room, guest and faculty accommodation, dining room,
The conference room contains audio-visual equipment for
presentations and seating capacity for more than 100 people.
Each guest room is a self-contained unit for two persons with attached
bathroom and has furniture consisting of wardrobe, desk and chairs.
There are two seperate suites for faculty on the second floor.
The kitchen is capable of providing breakfast, lunch, dinner and
The dinning room can seat about 50 people at a time and has enough
space to provide buffet for about 60-70 people. The kitchen has all the
modern facility of LPG gas, refrigerator and other accessories.
Features of the Building
The building has been designed by two US architecture interns, Megan
Cook and Ross Karsen. They spent 1.5 months at NARI designing the
building and making a model for it.
The center has features to minimize its environmental
costs. Thus very innovative features like rainwater harvesting, use of
0.75 kW PV powered solar system to pump the water from the rainwater
harvesting tank to overhead 5000 liters tank; use of
1750 liters solar water heating system for the guest accommodation
wood fired boiler), evaporative roof cooling for summer months (powered
by solar pump) and
natural lighting and ventilation have been incorporated in the
building. A covered veranda together with an open courtyard of 350 m2
area gives a pleasant ambiance to the center.
All the kitchen waste goes to the composting pit which together with
agricultural residues provides fertilizer to the NARI farms. The waste
water from the facility after passing through the septic tank goes into
nearby fields for irrigation. Thus most of things are recycled.
The whole building is user friendly for physically challenged persons.
On the main campus, in addition to the NARI Center, there is a
chemistry laboratory, clean room, seed bank, sophisticated
instrumentation lab, an engineering workshop, a
small library, a
seminar room and a number of
offices. There are
50 acres of NARI research farm surrounding the main
Solar panels for pumping water
Solar panels for water heater
Kitchen and dining room
Main seminar hall
More center photos are at this site