Guwahati, Oct 3: On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the SoULS initiative of IIT Bombay led by Prof. Chetan S. Solanki achieved a landmark feat on Tuesday. Over 125,000 students of class 8th to 12th from more than 850 schools across the country took a pledge of non-violence towards the environment by participating in the Solar Student Ambassador (SSA) workshop.
The students, spread across the country were trained on Wednesday on solar lamp assembly by over 1500 trainers at 823 training centres. The scale of the event was large drawing students from across the country including Punjab to Kerala. It also saw the presence of differently-abled children. This was organised jointly by MNRE, IIT Bombay, State Rural Livelihood Missions (SRLM), SoULS and Techfest, IIT Bombay.
This event forms a part of the SoULS objective of generating awareness on clean energy among the young generation, and make them the leaders of tomorrow’s who will advocate clean energy use for a sustainable planet. In Assam, 15000 students from 39 schools across 9 districts were trained in assembling the solar lamps which they will be using for studies. The districts covered under this project are Kamrup Metro, Darrang, Tinsukhia, Majuli, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Barpetta, Nalbari and Bongaigaon. Prof. Chetan S. Solanki, IIT Bombay added, “It was a world record event with over 1.25 lakh students across the country and 5,700 students at IIT Bombay gathered together to create their solar lamps.
Children at this workshop learnt skills on lamp assembly and solar energy who will in turn educate the society. It was an effort to appreciate their creative faculties, which can also help them adopt a clean energy mindset.” The SSA programme of SoULS was launched in 2017 with a pilot in Navodaya schools. It was felt that students of today need to sensitise towards solar energy by training them solar lamp assembly.
Techfest has been active in social initiative space and took up the SSA program with the motive of providing right to light to every child.