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School students get free solar lanterns

Posted on Jan 29, 05:23PM | UNI

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 27 : As the state of Kerala grapples with a serious power crisis, school children in the city have a ray of hope thanks to the efforts of socially responsible techies

A California-based IT services company UST Global has given 100 solar lanterns to students in government schools here, a statement said today

Electricity Minister Aryadan Mohammed received the first lamp on behalf of the students, from Alexander Varghese,Country Head of UST Global,in the presence of social activist Sugatha Kumari teacher, K Muraleedharan, MLA, Trivandrum city corporation Mayor Chandrika,and renowned cultural icon Soorya Krishnamoorthy. Social activist Sugatha Kumari spoke about the necessity of conserving environment in general and usage of Solar Energy which is need of the hour

Organic materials such as coconut shells and recycled wood are the primary raw materials used in manufacturing the lamp, which is aptly titled Surya Vilakku as it is powered by sunlight

Each piece is estimated to be worth Rs 1000 completely subsidised by UST Global. The lamp, which was designed by Shyam from city based 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

Mr Varghese said "More than a light to study by, the Suryavilakku 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'