'Scitech Surya’ Solar LED Lamp distribution to tribal school children was launched on Friday, 12th August, 2016 at Khodala High School, Khodala of Mokhada Tehsil, Palghar District, Maharashtra at the hands of Shri. Vishnuji Savara, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister for Tribal Development, Maharashtra State. Shri. Ramaswamy Iyer; Group Director-Technology Business Development, Science and Technology Park, Pune, Shri. A.P. Kulkarni; Regional Manager, the New India Assurance Company Limited, Pune Region, Shri. S.P. Ranade ; Trustee, Science and Technology Park, Pune, Shri. Dipak Gupte ;ex-IIT, Mumbai, Shri. Pralhad Kadam ; Chairman, Khodala High School also graced the function.
The ‘Scitech Surya’ has indigenously developed advanced Lithium Phosphate batteries that can be easily charged through solar panels even during cloudy weather conditions providing light and helping children study. With 7-8 hours of charging, Scitech Surya can be used for about 10-12 hours. The mission of this endeavour is to support every underprivileged child’s right to education by providing light in such remote areas where they have not seen light in their entire life.
The programme was financially supported by The New India Assurance Company Limited, Mumbai under their CSR initiative. During this programme Solar LED lamps were distributed to 1000 tribal children of the Zila Parishad high schools and Ashramshalas from Khodala, Suryamal, Wakadpada, Adoshi and Poshera villages in Mokhada Taluka of Palghar District.
The Scitech Surya was distributed to minimize the use of kerosene lamps for long hours which in turn gives out smoke and poses a threat of respiratory diseases in children besides providing them light.