YUVA all set to light up 1,000 houses in 6 dists

YUVA all set to light up 1,000 houses in 6 dists

A group of professional course students hailing from different districts including that of Dakshina Kannada under the name of YUVA (Youths United for a Vision to Achieve), are planning to light up 1,000 houses in six districts in Uttar Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Mysore, Udupi, Bagalkote, Kodagu and Chikmagalur using solar lamps on January 26.

The organisation has lit 52 houses since its inception at Puttur, Sullia and H D Kote taluk. All the members of the organisation are pursuing studies in different disciplines. They are Vishal, Pavan, Sai ganesh – SJCE, Mysore, Shaswatha Naik – NIE, Shawkath – SDM Engineering College, Ujjre, Dharamvir Singh – MVJ College of Engineering, Dharmender Jairam – Mysore Medical College, Mysore (MBBS) (Trustee) and Nalini Bisht – SJCE, Mysore. 

The group Yuva, has its beginnings in a speech on ‘Giving something back to the society,’ that its founder Akhil K heard when he was in 10th standard while taking part in Jawaharlal Nehru Science Exhibition conducted by KVS, Mysore.  Akhil, who is currently pursuing his BE from Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering and Technology, was moved by the speech and decided that he should also do something for the society.

“Other than science project, I knew nothing at that point of time. Then this idea struck to my mind, most of the poor people lived on kerosene lamps in my village so why not replace those kerosene lamps with electric source of light through solar energy.”

He then decided to set out on this venture during his vacation after his 10th exams along with his friends Abhishek and Chetan. “I contacted my uncle, who gave us four solar panels. CFL bulb, switches etc were procured with the help of neighbours, friends with help of my another friend Manish Kumar.” Finally, after all the procurement was done, they lit up two houses in Puttur taluk—their first project. 

On returning back to school after his vacation, he received a lot of encouragement from his peers and teachers who asked him to carry on with the good work. Later, while studying in Moodbidri, a few more students joined his group. 

Akhil said:  “We give priority to BPL families who are not connected to grid for electricity and also those who can not afford to have electricity owing to poverty. The details on those houses which do not have electricity is collected from gram panchayats and friends. Then a team goes to villages to survey if they are genuinely poor. Then list is prepared by giving priority to those houses where children go to school.” 

On future plan, the Yuva members said, “we will form a responsible group in each district where we are going to implement the project— Light Up Revolution— which will then look after the continuation of the project in their districts. 

On maintenance of the lamps, Akhil said the system actually does not require any maintanance but if any fault occurs, then the benificiary can complain to the gram panchayat head. He would then refer it to the field partner of Yuva to look into the matter. The local students from diploma background will be assigned the charge to look into the complaint. Any major fault in the lamps will be rectified by the team Yuva. 

“For our major project, we have received requests from Belthangady taluk for lighting around 30 houses which will be done. But as of now, we don’t have enough funds to light up more houses in the district. Our project of lighting 1,000 houses depends on the fund raised by us before January 20,” he said. 

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