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Monsoon is the time to appreciate the greenery of the campus. But the land was near barren, with only a few scattered trees, when it was transferred to the Institute in the early 1960s. Over the years, the Estate Department has been responsible for planting trees and raising nurseries. In the early days, S. S. Ahluwalia of ISRO advised the Institute; P.P. Bhagwat was the gardening advisor for a long time.
In the 1970s, Madhusudan Mehta, a forester, who was the Divisional Forest Officer for Ahmedabad from 1972-76, recommended Neem as a primary choice, and arranged for the supply of thousands of seedlings. The internal team, that included staff like Shelke and Shamrao Joshi, also had a legendary team of four gardeners, Ram Pyare, Ram Dulari, Ram Bihari and Narpat Malla. The work of such people, and many others, over the decades has resulted in the greenery that we see today.
As the document of the month, we attach Mr. Madhusudan's letter in 2019 remembering the efforts carried out in the 1970s, along with some pictures that show the transformation from a barren landscape to a green campus.
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