Bhubaneswar: The IIT here has electrified a government school near Argul in Jatni.
The project at Kansapada Primary School has been funded by the state government’s planning and convergence department under the Solar Powered DC Distribution System for Domestic Electrification and Rural Application. The programme was executed by School of Electrical Sciences (SES) of IIT Bhubaneswar.
As part of the project, all three rooms of the school have been provided with lights and fans. Additionally, lights outside the rooms and street lights have been installed.
The system also has a battery backup and is provided with timer arrangements for automatic switch on and off mechanism. The total connected load is around 200 watts now.
With an installed generation capacity of 600 watts, there is enough scope for future expansion of the school with some more lights and fans.
R.V. Raja Kumar, director of IIT, Bhubaneswar, said: “The aim was to make electricity a reality for the local villages surrounding the institute. It would also set an example for other educational institutes to take similar paths to better the environment around them.”
IIT Bhubaneswar will shortly have a world-class Centre of Excellence in the Research and Entrepreneurship Park.
“The centre will have a world-class incubation facility, laboratory, highly focused courses along with education and skill development programmes,” the director said.
The centre at IIT will deal with virtual and augmented reality and work on it has begun with contribution of Rs 2.5 crore from author Susmita Bagchi and a matching grant of Rs 2.5 crore from the state.