To Chennai for popularising solar power; Loyala Institute launches initiative
MADURAI: Global warming is a major international problem, which is having an impact on both humans and environment.
Together with this, energy crisis is another problem which the world is facing.
To contribute their small mite to solve these seemingly-intractable issues, a mobile exhibition and rally was flagged off here on Tuesday to create an awareness among the public and students of an alternative and eco-friendly means of power generation such as wind and solar.
A joint initiative of Loyala Institute of Solar Energy and Technology (LSET) and Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA), the rally was flagged off by Rev. M. Devadoss, chairperson, Tamil Nadu Jesuit Educational Institutions.
The mobile expo conducted awareness programme on Tuesday in the campus of ‘Madurai Community College and Loyala Industrial Training institute’ after which it proceeded to Karumathur to hold roadside shows and later at Arul Anandar College.
Scheduled to reach Chennai on September 30, the mobile exhibition will stop en route at Dindigul, Tiruchi, and Villupuram and conduct awareness programmes. Besides these, roadside shows would also be held.
According to Stephen J. Muthu, Director of LSET, the mobile exhibition features a solar water heater, demonstrations on how solar power could be used to power lanterns, windmills, solar pump and a model home.
The explanations were being given by the students and staff of LSET.
Chairman and Managing Director of TEDA, R. Christodas Gandhi, had sent a message inviting non-governmental organisations and educational institutions to tie up with Government to promote and implement solar-based programmes.
“Praising our initiatives, Mr. Christodas also asked LSET to conduct an awareness seminar for which he promised government assistance,” said Dr. Stephen Muthu.
Another initiative on the anvil was to observe October 1 to 7 as ‘Ecology and human solidarity week,’ during which a one-day seminar, followed by rally, poster awareness campaign and cultural programmes such as street theatre would be held.
S. Jeyabalan, president, Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, R.J.A. Raveendran, Assistant Commissioner, Madurai Corporation, and M. Thangavelu, Deputy General Manager, TEDA, took part in the inaugural function.