MNRE organizes Global Student Solar Assembly

To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and to promote the Gandhian idea of sustainable living, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in association with IIT Bombay  organized Global Student Solar Assembly on October 2.

The day-long event scheduled at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi saw participation of over 10,000 students from across the institutions from the National Capital Region and Delhi. These students were accompanied by their trainers who provided them with hands-on training on how to assemble their own solar study lamps.

“With the severe threat of climate change looming large, the world is increasingly turning towards Gandhian ideas of environmental care and sustainable living. Gandhi Ji’s concept of non-violence went beyond the human race and envisaged non-violence towards the environment as well. His maxim that “The earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed” has to be our guiding principle in our fight against climate change,” an official statement by the MNRE said.

“For India, the fight against climate change is a matter of faith and commitment. India has committed to reduce its carbon intensity by 33-35 % by the year 2030 and to install cumulative renewable energy capacity of 175 GW by 2022 and 450 GW by 2030,” it added.

The workshop was aimed at sensitizing young minds about energy sustainability and environmental care. The ministry said “While making own solar lamps, the students also got introduced to the concept of self-sufficiency – another idea that was so close to the heart of Mahatma Gandhi.”

Two Guinness world records were attempted during this workshop – first, sustainability lessons to the largest number of participants at a single place and second, largest number of solar lamps lit together.

With ANI Inputs