These Indian students rebuilt their college campus on Minecraft

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By HT TECH
| Updated on Jul 27 2020, 01:03 PM IST
A group of eight students from Ashoka University have come together to build the campus, block by block, on Minecraft.
A group of eight students from Ashoka University have come together to build the campus, block by block, on Minecraft. (PlayStation)

Taking a page out of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of California, Berkeley students’ handbook, students at Ashoka University have built their entire campus on Minecraft.

A group of twelve students from the university have come together to build the campus, block by block, on Minecraft. This team of 12 includes international students as well and are from all batches across 1st year to 4th year. 

A group of twelve students from the university have come together to build the campus, block by block, on Minecraft.
A group of twelve students from the university have come together to build the campus, block by block, on Minecraft. (Aishwarya Das, Atishay Khanna, Abhirup Chatterjee)

One of the students, Aishwarya Das, told Business Insider that their aim was to recreate the life they had on campus on the virtual server.

The next semester for these kids is just around the corner and the new batch will get to see their campus and interact with other students on the virtual campus.
The next semester for these kids is just around the corner and the new batch will get to see their campus and interact with other students on the virtual campus. (Reddit)

These kids started building the online campus around mid-May this year and have spent about five to six hours each day to bring it all together.

Around 700 people can join the server at any time and chat with each other.
Around 700 people can join the server at any time and chat with each other. (Aishwarya Das, Atishay Khanna, Abhirup Chatterjee)

The next semester for these kids is just around the corner and the new batch will get to see their campus and interact with other students on the virtual campus. 

The students used Google Maps to check the dimensions of their college campus in real life and then got to work.
The students used Google Maps to check the dimensions of their college campus in real life and then got to work. (Aishwarya Das, Atishay Khanna, Abhirup Chatterjee)

Around 700 people can join the server at any time and chat with each other. Das explained that they have built the space to facilitate conversations like how gamers do on Discord.

The students used Google Maps to check the dimensions of their college campus in real life and then got to work. The student who originally came up with the idea is Atishay who explained how they built the whole campus.

Atishay says that they first built the campus block by block and then built the experiences from their memories of the campus. To coordinate with everyone working on the project and divide the work, these students used Discord.

The server will be open to all Ashoka University students and alumni from July 31.
The server will be open to all Ashoka University students and alumni from July 31. (Aishwarya Das, Atishay Khanna, Abhirup Chatterjee)

This group of 12 now are hoping to make it possible to hold classes on this platform and also hold live music fests online. They have gotten in touch with the students at Berkeley to understand more and figure out a way forward.

The server will be open to all Ashoka University students and alumni from July 31. 

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First Published Date: 26 Jul, 08:26 PM IST
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