Xavier School of Sustainability (XSoS) of Xavier University, Bhubaneshwar (XUB) inaugurated its first "Sustainability Laboratory for Innovation Facilitating Excellence" (L.I.F.E), on September 21st, 2018. Prof. Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes, S.J. (Vice-Chancellor, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar), Fr. E.A Augustine (Registrar, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar), Prof Dr. S Peppin (Dean, XSoS), eminent industry veteran Mr. P.S. Narayan (Vice President and Head, Sustainability and Social Initiatives, WIPRO) and Professors of XUB, graced the ceremony.
The inaugural event was attended by students of XSoS. Dr. S Peppin elucidated the significance of this lab and stated how it will foster bold experimentation with untested ideas, approaches, and technologies that transcend prevailing conventions. He then invited Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes and Mr. P.S. Narayan to officially declare the lab open by cutting the ribbon. Further, the esteemed faculty members of XSoS explained the facilities of LIFE LAB.
The Sustainability lab has been set up at XUB under the aegis of XSoS and it consists of four focus areas, viz., Environmental Analysis Laboratory, Air Monitoring Laboratory, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Laboratory, and Sustainable Design Laboratory. It aims to provide the students of Sustainability with a comprehensive view of four interrelated areas of activity, essential for catalyzing deep change: Development Projects, Technology Innovations, Green Economics, and Education. It is developed to provide an essential roadmap for developing model sustainability practices, providing a blueprint for addressing complexity and managing significant change processes and to provide the methodology for guiding project planning and facilitating development initiatives.
The Lab will engage in research, development, and education activities focused around key sustainability-related issues. The growing portfolio of projects is designed to demonstrate pioneering, model approaches to sustainability challenges, applicable on a local, regional, and planetary scale.
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