Feb 9, 2017: The technocrats of National Institute of Technology NIT-Jamshedpur, India, has developed low cost LED bulbs for rural areas.
The students have also started training the villagers to make best use of LED technology. They have formed a company Aarunya, to train the villagers to make low-cost LED bulbs, package and deliver them to the market. Led by the Metallurgy department head, the students have also started training 20 youths, including five girls, from villages Asangi, Bantanagar, Ichapur, Bondi, Krishnapur and Dundra to make energy-efficient and low-cost LED bulbs.
The initiative has been taken under the the union government’s LED scheme Unnat Bharat Abhiyan that aims to connect institutions of higher education, including IITs, NITs and Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research (IISERs), with local communities.
Team leader Deepak Kumar said that the LED bulbs are priced between Rs 45 and Rs 50. These are cheaper than the ones supplied by the government at Rs 85.
As part of the training program, training sessions have been organised in different villages. “The response has been overwhelming from the villagers. They were taught how to make diode, a semi-conducting device, allowing current to flow in one direction. They were also taught how to make it resistant, and what is the function of tungsten in an LED bulb. We also taught them techniques of soldering,”. said Kumar. “This way the trained villagers can earn a steady income,” he added.