Since time immemorial, holy men and scholars in India have renounced the world and gone to live a life of contemplation in forests and high mountains.This age-old pattern was adopted as a metaphor for generating the layout of this new campus, The traditional renunciation of the world by the rishi (holy man) is here symbolised by a long curving wall, built of granite blocks, which encircles a forest in the centre of the site.
The various facilities provided (research laboratories, lecture halls, library, residential accommodation, etc.) are on the other side of the wall - so that during the course of their studies and research, the scientists (truly the new rishis!) can step through the perforated granite wall, into the forest for wisdom 8, enlightenment. Ina second phase, an additional set of research laboratories has been added, connected to the main building by a Fuller dome, celebrating the 'Bucky Balls' which constitute the structure of carbon atoms - a geometry intuitively conceptualised by Buckminster Fuller, who must surely be among the greatest rishis of our 20th century.