Kishore Bhagwat, an English language teacher in Dharur taluka of Beed district in Maharashtra, has found a great solution to frequent power cuts in the region.
Frustrated by the disturbance caused to the daily routine in the zilla parishad school, this teacher created an indigenous solar-powered amplifier out of scrap, and it worked like magic.
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“To address a group of 500 students during the most important part of the school, the morning assembly, power cuts increasingly created trouble for us. So I took up this challenge and decided to provide some solution,” he told The Times of India.
The materials required to complete the project included a scrap amplifier lying unused in the school, a solar kit provided by the state education department to be displayed in the science lab, and a 12-watt battery. Once these were assembled, the amplifier started generating power during the morning assembly. The cost? Just Rs. 500!
Aside from the morning assembly, it is also used for announcing common instructions in all classrooms, playing rhymes for primary classes, etc.
Kishore Bhagwat demonstrated the project to the district education officials who visited the school on Monday, and it will now be replicated in the 50 nearby zilla parishad schools as well.
“Now that the project has been proved successfully and almost all schools have solar panel kits, we will slowly expand to the cluster schools. Power-cuts are a major problem in our area and this innovative thinking will help in ultimate aim of retaining children in school and restricting dropout,” D P Mendhekar, Block Education Officer in Dharur, told The Times of India.