BEL Sets Up Solar-Powered Smart Classrooms with Rs 3.8 Cr investment in K’taka Schools

State-run Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has set up solar-powered smart classrooms, costing an aggregate of Rs 3.8 crore, in government schools in Karnataka.

August 10, 2020. By Manu Tayal

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State-run Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has set up solar-powered smart classrooms, costing an aggregate of Rs 3.8 crore, in government schools in Karnataka.

The city-based defence behemoth's official said quoted IANS report that it has transformed 122 schools across the backward Yadgir district in north Karnataka. This district is about 560 km north of Bengaluru in the southern state.

BEL’s KS Ashok told IANS that “about 13,000 children studying in 122 government schools will benefit from smart classrooms, powered by solar power and equipped with hi-tech facilities.”

“The smart-class facilities include a 50-inch LED television, central processing unit (CPU) with accessories, green board and LED lights charged with solar batteries,” he added.

Smart classrooms offer content in visually attractive way to help students assimilate the information effectively and also helps teachers in explaining difficult concepts, thereby improve teaching and enhance the academic performance.

Ashok further added that “the digital content covers English, Mathematics, Science and Social Science subjects for students of classes 8th to 10th as per the state syllabus.”

Besides, the company is also installing hand-wash facilities costing Rs 1.02 crore in 100 state-run primary schools across the district to protect children and staff from the Covid-19 and maintain hygiene.

District incharge Minister Prabhu Chauhan lauded the BEL for its initiative to benefit thousands of schoolchildren in towns and villages across the district.

The novel initiative has been taken up in the state's backward region under the flagship programme to transform aspirational districts launched by the central government in 2018.

As the district is located in the Deccan plateau across the tropical region, the schools have assured sunlight for nine months in a year to charge photovoltaic cells of the solar panels to power the electronic equipment.

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