Trivandrum: As Kerala grapples with a serious power crisis, school children in the city got a ray of hope, thanks to the efforts of socially responsible techies. California based IT services company and also Kerala’s largest, UST Global gave away 100 solar lanterns to the students of the various Government schools in Thiruvananthapuram, at a function held yesterday.
Minister for Electricity & Transport, Shri Aryadan Mohammed received the first lamp on behalf of the students, from Alexander Varghese, Country Head of UST Global, in the presence of social activists, politicians and other known citizens of the city.
Organic materials such as coconut shells and recycled wood are the primary raw materials used in manufacturing the solar powered LED lamp, which is aptly titled ‘Surya Vilakku’ as it is powered by sunlight. Each piece, estimated to be around Rs.1,000, is completely subsidized by UST Global. The lamp, which was designed by Shyam from city based iX (Innovation Experience), has undergone rigorous testing for durability, and offers four hours of bright light against the solar panel’s charging time of six hours.
Addressing the gathering, Alexander said, “More than a light to study by, the Surya Vilakku gives students a taste of green technology. We hope this will inspire them to grow up as socially responsible citizens who will contribute towards similar environmental causes”.
Shyam Kumar, Technical Director, iX said, “At Innovation eXperience we are committed to developing Kerala as a pioneer for social innovations that benefit citizens and the environment. UST Global has great vision as a founding partner of Innovation eXperience and we hope that other corporations and individuals will join us in promoting Kerala as a hub for social innovation”.
The highlight of the evening was when the lights were all switched off and the kids from various schools lit the venue with Surya Vilakku, and thereby unveiling the lamp to the society for the first time.
Government schools, on the outskirts of the city, in Enchakkal, Kanjikkal, Kariyam, Kattayikonam, Kanyakulangara, Channakara, Aatinkuzhi and Manalakam – which are frequently visited by employees of UST Global for voluntary teaching sessions and donating school supplies, will benefit from this CSR initiative.
Kerala IT News