SRM Institute of Science and Technology conducted a Student Solar Ambassador Workshop 2019 at its premises in Kattankulathur on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. This was organized by SRMIST in association with IIT Bombay as part of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan. The chief guest for the event was Vice Chancellor of SRMIST, Dr Sandeep Sancheti. Guest of honour was District Education Officer, Chengalputtu, A Prabakar.
The Student Solar Ambassador Workshop, the seed concept of Gandhi Global Solar Yatra, is aimed at sensitizing the young generations. At the event over 1,000 students from 13 schools were given hands on training on how to assemble a solar study lamp. Students also took a pledge of non-violence towards environment. Speaking at the event, Associate Director (Campus Life) of SRMIST, Dr.V.Thirumurugan said that the event was organized in association with IIT Bombay.
“The funds for this workshop and solar lamps were approved by Founder Chancellor of SRMIST and Member of Parliament, Dr Parivendhar. The motive of this workshop is to help younger generation tap solar energy. They will be given hands on training to assemble solar study lamps.”
Dr Sandeep Sancheti in his address to students said that it is important to have a healthy living conditions because it will make your lives happy. Cleanliness is very important and it will aid to living a long and healthy life. For this we have to keep our own places clean first and throw waste in open spaces. This should be the core message of this event and this year. As part of SRMIST’s initiative, NSS volunteers are cleaning Potheri village recently.”
“Our Chancellor has been kind enough to support this drive so that under-privileged students who have no access to electricity will be able to benefit through this solar drive and have a chance to use solar lamps. These are cost effective and user friendly. This is a clean energy and is promoted by several organizers. In SRMIST we also use solar energy to cook food in our hostel kitchen. Solar power can also be used in grid circulation. If generated properly, you and I can become suppliers.
District Education Officer, A Prabakar said, “The situation today has changed drastically from the time I grew up. Children these days are more knowledgeable as they get to know more information about several topics from outside. Tamil Nadu is second in terms of education in India and our students are excelling in all aspects of life. They give importance to their passion and this makes them more successful.” He also congratulated SRMIST for being social conscious and taking steps to help students in having quality education.
Two Technical Talks one on Climate Change and the other on Solar Photovoltaic Systems were held for students.
SRMIST is accredited with the highest grade of A++ by NAAC and graded as Category I university with 12 B status. All Engineering, Pharmacy, Architecture and MBA programs are approved by AICTE. SRMIST has secured third rank in the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA). SRMIST is ranked globally by QS and rated by QS with ‘4 Star’ globally and awarded India centric QS IGAUGE Diamond rating. SRMIST carries out cutting edge research in frontier areas with more than 224 government funded research projects at an outlay of Rs. 115 Crores since 2007. It has 11 international patents also. The institute recently opened Sir C V Raman Research Park at an estimate of Rs 120 crores with state-of-the-art equipment. The facility was opened by Hon’ble Minster of HRD, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.