Rishikesh : “With the aim of promoting the use of solar energy in daily life, ‘Energy Swaraj Yatra’ was welcomed by the Institute on its arrival at AIIMS Rishikesh. During this, the officials of the institute, various faculty members along with the students of the medical college learned the merits of the solar bus involved in the yatra and talked about realizing the objectives of the yatra.
These days, ‘Energy Swaraj Yatra’ is organizing programs at various places in Uttarakhand with the aim of creating public awareness towards the use of solar based energy. The ‘Energy Swaraj Yatra’, which started three years ago from Madhya Pradesh on 26 November 2020, reached AIIMS Rishikesh on Monday. Dean Academics Prof. along with the Institute’s Executive Director Professor (Dr.) Meenu Singh. Jaya Chaturvedi welcomed the Swaraj Yatra along with the faculty members and explained closely the objectives of conducting the yatra. During this, Professor Chetan Singh Solanki of IIT, Mumbai, who is conducting the yatra, gave detailed information about the yatra. He said that apart from coal, petrol and diesel driven vehicles and equipment, the temperature of the earth is increasing continuously due to the indiscriminate use of different types of materials. Rising temperature is not only dangerous for the environment, but it is also a direct threat to the lives of all mankind. He said that 85 percent of the contribution in the ever-increasing global temperature is from fossil-derived energy (fuels like coal, petrol and diesel). If their use is not reduced, after 6 years the global temperature will increase by 1.5 degrees. He told that due to the increasing temperature of the earth, the balance of nature has deteriorated and everyone’s life is in danger. If life is to be saved, then we have to use solar energy in our daily life and adopt it as a mass movement.
Institute’s Executive Director Professor (Dr.) Meenu Singh said that every person is responsible for the deteriorating environment due to the continuous emission of carbon. One of the reasons for the temperature of the atmosphere increasing year by year is that carbon is emitted from all the equipment and resources we are using for our comforts and it directly affects our environment. We need to minimize the use of coal, petrol and diesel based energy and promote solar energy. Professor (Dr.) Meenu Singh called upon the students to adopt solar based energy system in their lives and be determined to protect the environment.
During this, the faculty members and medical students of the institute got to know the merits of the solar bus running in ‘Energy Swaraj Yatra’ and understood the importance of solar energy. The total area of this bus operated by solar based 6 kW battery is 108 square feet. It has a solar panel of 3.2 kW capacity. He has made a house in this bus by constructing kitchen, worship house, office, library and toilet including bedroom in this bus which runs completely on solar system. Everyone appreciated the features of this solar bus which includes many features and resolved to adopt solar energy.
Professor Solanki is the founder of ‘Energy Swaraj Foundation’ and is currently Professor in the Department of Energy Engineering, IIT Bombay. He is also known as Solar Man of India and Solar Gandhi. To establish Energy Swaraj at the world level, he has embarked on a journey across the country in a specially designed solar bus. Apart from being a teacher, he is also a researcher. He has so far published more than 100 research papers at the international level. Professor Solanki has been working towards promoting solar energy for a long time. He started this journey in the year 2020 for the Solar Mission. This journey will continue for 10 years continuously and will take a break in December 2030. The journey is moving forward giving the message of adopting solar energy through the big cities, various universities and many states of the country with a population of more than 2 lakhs. In Uttarakhand, so far the Yatra has stopped at the educational institutions of Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya Haridwar, IIT Roorkee and AIIMS Rishikesh. On May 16, this yatra will create awareness among the students of Graphic Era University, Dehradun.