Andhra Pradesh

ITI students set out to sell a cool idea

Showing the way: An air cooler made by the students of the Government ITI at Dowleswaram.

Showing the way: An air cooler made by the students of the Government ITI at Dowleswaram.  

Market buzz is encouraging, says training officer who floated it

Beat the heat in an economic way and support an educational institution to develop infrastructure and facilities.

The Government Industrial Training Institute at Dowleswaram in East Godavari district has come up with a novel initiative, arguably first of its kind.

Students who are pursuing certification course in refrigeration and air-conditioning have donned the role of entrepreneurs making cost-effective air coolers. The money earned from this project is used to develop infrastructure at their institution.

The price of air coolers ranges between ₹2,600 and ₹3,900 per unit, and can be used as normal fans the rest of the year. Besides assuring less consumption of electricity as compared with any other branded product that is available in the market, the students are also offering one year free service and guarantee to the motor.

In all, 40 students are pursing the two-year course, 20 each in the first and final years. Training officer M. Adivishnu Babu has come up with the idea of letting the students assemble air coolers for the market.

“We are involving both the senior and junior students in the assembling, so as to enable them to get hands-on experience. We are purchasing quality material in the market and assembling them in our laboratory. As our motto is not to earn profits, we are offering the product at highly competitive prices,” explains Mr. Adivishnu Babu.

Customised designs

The students are using 1.5 HP copper winding motor and fiber and iron sheets to design the body. “We have fixed a price of ₹ 2,600 to the cooler with fiber body, whereas the same is ₹3,900 for the one with metal body. We are also offering customised designs, so that the customers can ask for the design of their choice while placing the order,” he says. “We are getting good response from the public. This project infuses confidence among our students and earns a brand image to our institution. Whatever little earnings being made, they all will be spent on the development of this ITI,” says K. Vijay Bhaskar, Principal.

At present, the students have about 20 orders in their hands and the number is going up day by day.

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