IIT-Guwahati Professor Innovates Solar Light Backpacks
The solar light backpacks, which are called Jugnu, are waterproof. They are made with recycled plastic, which is helping the village kids to study
Guwahati: A professor from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, Charu Monga has designed more than 200 backpacks with solar lights. She has designed these backpacks to help the kids in the villages to study when there is no light.
The bags are waterproof and are called Jugnu. She used recycled plastic to make these backpacks.
Meanwhile, the Union Minister of Education Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank shared the information via Twitter.
"@IITGuwahati professor Charu Monga has designed over 200 backpacks with solar lights to help kids in villages study. These waterproof backpacks are called Jugnu, & were made using recycled plastic," the Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriya Nishank tweeted.
Monga, a professor at IITG, regularly conducts workshops with the children to help them develop an innovative mindset.
Monga came up with this innovative idea, the solar light backpacks called the Jugnu when she learnt that the children face difficulties in their study, as well as playtime due to early sunset, and infrequent power supply. She integrated solar light into a backpack, which is made of recycled plastic. The light in the backpack is hands-free. Each bag comes with a unique lab kit, which helps the children to come up with their own inventions.
Along with this, Monga also opened a few community innovation hubs. These hubs aim to provide access to everyone to devices like Virtual Reality headsets and well-curated course content, which encourages the individuals to create and invent various things on their own.
Monga has shared that many children have come up with various solar-powered solutions to the problems they used to face in their respective districts. A few of such innovations are solar-powered boats and LED lights.
She has held creative, science, and design workshops for more than 2,500 students. More than 200 backpacks have been distributed to children from 20 schools in seven districts.