UWC Mahindra College

In 2000, MUWCI’s campus had only one solitary mango tree, while the rest of the land was covered with grass and shrubs. Today, with the efforts of staff, faculty, and students who have planted over 10,000 trees, the campus is cloaked in greenery and is home to diverse flora and fauna on its 175 acres.

MUWCI is located in the Sahyadri Hills (Western Ghats), overlooking the Mulshi and Kolvan valleys. In 2012, UNESCO declared the Sahyadris Hills a biodiversity hotspot and world heritage site. It is recognised as one of the world’s eight “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity, with more than 325 globally threatened species, some of which can be found on our campus.

In 2006, we launched the Van Vihar Biodiversity Park & Reserve to protect the ecosystems on campus and ensure that our college community and the surrounding wilderness coexist harmoniously. The biodiversity park covers approximately 85% of our campus and includes walking trails through reforested habitats, medicinal plant gardens, water bodies and landscaped green areas.

The Van Vihar Biodiversity Park & Reserve serves as a focus for reforestation and soil conservation efforts in the area. In addition, tree planting campaigns, watershed restoration projects, and fire risk mitigation (by our student-run Fire & Rescue Service) help restore and protect our ecosystems and provide employment opportunities for local residents.

Sustainability coordinators

Ashwin Paranjpe