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PGCIL CSR Project: Disseminations to school children in Bihar, Jharkhand, and OdishaOctober 2015
Supported by the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) under its CSR initiative for sustai nable development, TERI is facilitating the provision of stand-alone solar lanterns to 10,000+ school children enrolled with government-run primary schools in identified districts of Bihar, Jharkhand, and Odisha. Since children were chosen as primary recipients of these solar lantern and panel sets, to make the intervention more engaging and meaningful for them, and to promote awareness about the benefits of this clean lighting source, a set of four info-comic cum colour book editions were also developed and given to each child. To this end, 40,000 such info-comics will be distributed with the solar lanterns.
Disseminations under the project began in the month of July 2015, and a first set of 3,000+ lanterns were distributed to children from schools in the Khunti and Ranchi districts of Jharkhand. Mr George Deni, AGM, PGCIL graced the event. In August 2015, disseminations commenced in Purnea, Bihar and solar lanterns with info-comics were distributed to another 3,000+ students in Lalganj and Fariyani. The info-comics were very well received and it was a delight to see the children transform them into vibrant colorful forms. Mr Md Mansoor Alam, the District Education Officer of Purnea presided as chief guest and Mr. Bhubaneshwar Jha, Manager of PGCIL's Purnea Sub Station represented his organization.
The stand-alone solar lanterns for this project were sourced from Avni Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd, an ISO: 9001-2008 certified company that has been a long standing technology partner of the Lighting a Billion Lives© initiative.