IIT-Bombay celebrates Oct 2 by teaching over 1L school students to assemble solar lamps

New Delhi, October 5: The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) observed Gandhi Jayanti as ‘International Day of Non-Violence to Environment’ and imparted training to over one lakh students from 659 schools across India on how to assemble solar lamps.

The initiative was part of its ‘Solar Urja through Localisation for Sustainability’ (SoULS) project. The participating students were from all the 29 states and 6 union territories, according to a media report.

Sensitising towards Environment

The objective of the initiative was to sensitise the future generation about the importance of solar technology. It also aimed at disseminating the message of sensitising towards the environment and introspecting on the effects of human actions on degrading the environment.

SoULS workshops were conducted by IIT-B at various places across the country on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary. IIT Bombay’s Powai campus alone saw participation of more than 5,000 students from 100 odd schools of Mumbai at the event.

The participating students took home the solar study lamps assembled by them. They also received a certificate of participation. The students also pledged to practice non-violence towards their environment.

Training at scale

More than 2,000 trainers, including 895 women from the Self-Help Groups of SoULS project and 350 IIT Bombay students, imparted training at 851 centres pan-India to execute the mega event-workshop.

“The Student Solar Ambassador Workshop is a multi-city, global record creating event… We aim to catch them young, train and sensitize our future generation who will be able to adopt and use solar technology easily as they grow,” Professor Chetan Singh Solanki of IIT Bombay who heads the SoULS project was quoted as saying by a news agency.

IIT Bombay through the SoULS programme has already trained several people residing in rural areas to assemble solar lamps to use for studying.  The institute also distributed several lakhs solar study lamps through various on-going government sponsored schemes.

The SoULS project is part of an initiative of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to ensure access to clean energy for everyone. The project is aligned with India’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and the MNRE’s goal of installation of 100 GW of renewable energy by 2022.