My (Sorry Our) Initiatives (11)
Here I mention some of our successful initiatives (carried out by me, my family and friends) that remind us our strength. I am sharing these here with the hope that the reader will get encouraged or motivated if he or she is not already doing similar work.
- Layout of Taxila Apartments (2010)
Layout of the floors with flat locations were made in AUTOCAD and displayed in both the towers of Taxila apartments for the benefit of the visitors/residents to locate a flat easily.
- Pasting of Paintings/Gods’ pictures in the lifts of Taxila Apartments (2005)
Paintings and Gods’ pictures were pasted on the dirty words written on the walls of the lifts so that we don’t get embarrassed, particularly, when the sons/daughters ask the meaning of those written by dirty people (who are they?)
- Letter box facility and direction for the flats in Vaishali Apartments (1998)
A Pigeon-hole box was installed with the help of some neighbours on the ground floor of a six-storey building so that the postman does not dump all the letters on the ground floor. Holes were arranged as per the number of floors and the number of flats in each floor. The boards separating the holes were used to put flat number and directional arrows so that a visitor knows which floor button to press inside the lift.
- Scooter/Bicycle parking area in the Indraprashtha (IP) Apartments (1996)
With the help of 5-6 newly joined faculty and their families, ways for the two-wheelers parked inside row of a covered parking space with only one side open were painted so that they can be easily brought out. Otherwise, the scooters/bicycles kept in the front row were blocking the way.
- Weekly/Bi-weekly meetings in Mechatronics lab. and Student Affair Section (2001/2010)
Weekly laboratory meetings were introduced to discuss the problems of the users (students, staff, and faculty), where each of them take some responsibility (computers, hardware set-ups, documentations, etc.). This has been very effecitive for the efficient functioning of the lab. The concepts is now introduced in the Student Affairs Section as a bi-weekly meeting.
- Electronic In/Out display cum switch board in the Mechatronics Lab.(2004)
Implemented by the technical expert of the lab, Mr. D. Jaitly, it counts how many are inside the lab. and switched off the lights when nobody present.
- “Where are we” (WAW) board in the Mechatronics Lab. (2002)
How do you feel when you are seriously working in the lab and people come asking about others’ whereabouts? A WAW board displays where the others are, e.g., library, bank, leave, etc. Two versions (non-electronic and electronic) were implemented.
- Overhead Projector (OHP) cover changing in LT-II (lecture theatre) (2001)
A wooden-cover while uncovering the glass of an OHP used to hit its lens. So, the lens had to be lifted up, place the transparency sheet and bring the lens down for focusing. A sliding version was implemented. Still a better would be to cut the cover in the middle and put hinge joints to make the two pieces fold before rotating.
- Foldable Table (2004)
A space saving foldable table can be used as a study table while seating on the floor. Besides, it can serve as a tea table while seating on sofas. The most important feature of this table is that its legs can be folded and kept against any wall of a room or under a cot. The present user of this table is a professor from IIT Delhi.
Figure 1a: As a study table
Figure 1b: How to fold
Figure 1c: Stored table
- Cloth Drying Hanger (2002)
This item is very useful to dry clothes, particularly, in the high-rise buildings where there is limited space in the verandah. It is a flexible mechanism through which you can load the clothes on rods/ropes close to you and can extend the mechanism so that the clothes are far from you to get the maximum sunlight and air. The easy loading is not possible in the fixed-type arrangements where ropes are hanged from rods that welded to the balcony grills or fixed to the verandah-wall.
Figure 2: Cloth-Drying-Hanger
- Book Stand (2001)
A pair of powder-coated inverted T-type metallic stands that help to manage books/notebooks/files, etc. You can shift one of the stands to accommodate more or less books in order to look them compact.
Figure 3: Book Stand