The campus design presented here for SNJB College of Engineering at Neminagar, Chandwad, was the winning entry in a competition conducted by the SNJB trust for the selection of the project architect. Shri Neminath Jain Brahmacharyashram trust was established in 1928 at Neminagar, a 30 acre site at Chandwad, a town 60 km from Nashik in Maharashtra. The organization has been developing and maintaining educational infrastructure ranging from preprimary to post graduation in varying fields like arts, commerce, science, medicine and pharmacy on this site for the last 75 years.
The larger Neminagar site primarily constitutes various educational buildings which have come up on either sides of an axial internal road, climaxing with the engineering college building at the end of this road. The engineering college site, located at the foothills of the Sahyadris, is partially contoured and clearly visible at a distance as one drives up the approach road. These factors, combined with a naturally occurring stream or nullah that traverses the site from side to side impacted the form and layout of the college building.
The circular shape was the most appropriate answer to questions of suitability to site conditions, traditional symbolism as well as strength and purity of form. The circle, or bindu, is perceived as a source of infinite energy, as in symbols from Jain Cosmology like the Sri Yantra.