Inauguration of Solar Lighting System in Panchayath Union  Primary School

KALLAKINARU, Kodaikanal  Hills, Dindigul District on 19 December 2013

Kallakinaru is a Tribal  village, on Kodaikkanal Hills, accessible from Vathala Gundu, and about 40 Kms on the hill, with nearly 3 Kms without a proper road (being laid), requiring trekking  in the forest area. K.C.Patty a small town, where Dr Rajkumar, with his wife Dr Mary, has set up his Medical Center serving about 50 villages around, is about 8 Kms away.from Kallakinaru.

Trustees of Divya Prerna Foundation, a Public Charitable Trust based in Chennai, with a Mission of promoting Nature sustainable living, through renewable energy, prompted by Dr Rajkumar, selected this Kallakinaru Tribal Village, which has not been electrified, for installation of Public Solar Lighting System in the Panchayath Union Primary School, based on enthusiastic support extended by the HeadMaster of the school Veeararam Prabhu. The permission from the TN Government Primary education department was also duly obtained for the Project in Nov 2013.

The Solar Lighting Project for the School, was engineered & planned by DPF, after the inspection visit to the village by Nambirajan, Sr Executive of SELCO Solar Light (P) LtdMadurai, heading the TN Operations. DPF placed orders on SELCO SOLAR, BG. providing for 4 DC LED Lamps for the class room area, with  2 sun-sensitive Street Lights to cater to the automatic lighting of the School Courtyard, for the children to assemble & study or play during nights. The well lit courtyard can also function as the Community Center for the villagers in the night.

In addition the Project provided for 10 Portable Solar Lanterns to be donated to the Students, for lighting up their homes in the nights, to enable them to study. The Charging Panel in the School Solar System facilitates charging of these Lanterns during school hours – also ensuring that the children attend school regularly! 2 more Portable Lanterns are meant for the School HM & Teaching Staff.

The Solar Equipments had to be manually carried up to the site, because of the terrain & installation was successfully completed by SELCO, in the First week of December 2013. The Inauguration Function was held on the 19th December 2013, in theMedicalCenter in K.C.Patty, because of unexpected accessibility problems to Kallakinaru village.

V.Partha Sarathy, Managing Trustee, Divya Prerna Foundation, Chennai, and Trustee of DPF, S.G. Subramanian attended the function. Nambirajan, Sr Executive, Head of TN Projects, and  Channa Basava, Manager, Projects from SELCO SOLAR BG represented the Equipment Manufacturers.

Managing Trustee of DPF explaining the features of Solar Lanterns to the gathering in the Function, with Nambirajan, SELCO & Prabhu, HM of the School by his side.         

The function commenced at 2 PM with Selvi, Teaching Assisstant in the School welcoming the gathering of all villagers & medical center staff, followed by the HeadMaster of the School explaining about the Project execution.

V. Partha Sarathy, Managing Trustee, DPF explained the Objectives of Divya Prerna Foundation & how this group of retired Officers are contributing to the Society, in their small way. Mr Chelladurai, Addl. Primary Education Officer, Kodaikanal, of TN Government, who graced the function, spoke highly about the spirit of contributing to society & especially to Education of children.

S.G.Subramanian, Trustee, DPF requested the community to make best use of the system & thanked them for their cooperation.. Dr Rajkumar expressed his happiness about the system inauguration & hoped the Teachers & the Children and their families will take proper care of the system.

Prabhu, HeadMaster of the School handed over the List of 10 students identified for issue of  Solar Lanterns, and the  Lanterns were presented to him by Managing Trustee of DPF. Nambirajan, SELCO, explained the technical aspects of the Solar System, and handed over the  System Warranty.

Shri Subbiah & Smt  Muthulakshmi, senior residents of the village, who specially came to participate in the Function, expressed their happiness & sincere thanks to DPF for their contribution to the welfare of the village. The Inaugural Function concluded with Thanksgiving & Prayers by Ms  Chinnarani, of theMedicalCenter.


Managing Trustee, Divya Prerna Foundation                                                                                                   25 December 2013

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