Author: Vigyan Ashram (DST core supported blog)

EWB: Bamboo project roundup (Up to December 2009)

Conference calls were held with a team from the University of Strathclyde on 25 November and 17 December, 2009. The team is working on “Bamboo as a structural component”, as part of the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) -Vigyan Ashram programme. The project is guided by Carmen Torres-Sanchez (University of Strathclyde), Rohan Choukkar (Vigyan Ashram) and Lara Lewington (EWB). Team members: Gavin Leake, Kyle Toole, Pavel Divis. The objective is to explore and design new joints to fabricate better bamboo-based structures. A preliminary report and a presentation were prepared by the Strathclyde team. These were forwarded to Mr Ashok Mathur for his feedback, and the same was relayed to the EWB team. Next update after the Christmas...

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AFP Update

Cabbage trials under way. A Skype call was held with Paul Osterlund of the AFP on 18th December, 2009. Outcome: 30 pounds of Zeba to be shipped to Vigyan Ashram for further trials in the dry season. Shipment is expected around...

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Visiting Vigyan Ashram

Vigyan Ashram is located at Pabal, about 70 km (a two-hour drive) north of Pune. There are various ways to get to Vigyan Ashram. Bus connectivity from Pune is reasonably good. If you have your own vehicle, you could take the Pune-Nashik highway up to Rajgurunagar and turn off onto the Rajgurunagar-Pabal road. Alternatively, you could take the Pune-Ahmednagar road up to Shikrapur and join the Shikrapur-Pabal road. Pabal is approximately 20 kms from both Rajgurunagar and Shikrapur. Vigyan Ashram is located on a hillock, approximately 1.5 kms from Pabal’s main bus stand. Look for a hillock with cellphone...

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