The vast campus of Bengaluru University, which spans 1,112 acres and is located in the centre of the city, acts as a lung area, an oxygen bank, and a groundwater reserve.
Story so far: The college also takes pride in having built the nation’s first “Bio, Geo, and Hydro Park.” This bushy, barren environment has been transformed into a mini forest thanks to the efforts of one man, retired professor TJ Renuka Prasad, who was appointed special officer by the Government of Karnataka for Bio Park.
- Over the course of more than 20 years, consistent efforts have been made to increase the forest cover.
- There are six to seven lakh trees and plants on the campus, and the number of rare flora and varieties has surpassed 1,000.
Variety of species: Alumni Vivek Sarkar, who is currently employed by the WildLife Institute of India, has identified 150 or so different butterfly species. The Bio Park is home to a variety of plants and animals, such as butterflies, birds, peacocks, rabbits, snakes, and mongooses.
- Additionally, there is a Fruit Garden with 168 different varieties of 2,500–3,000 trees. And the campus is also home to roughly 10,000 sandalwood trees.