Programme raises awareness on renewable energy

Syazwani Hj Rosli

The Solar Urja Through Localisation for Sustainability (SoULS), a flagship programme under the Students Solar Ambasador Workshop concluded with the assembly of solar lamp kits by 29 students of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) Secondary School at the school’s Physics Lab 1 yesterday.

High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar and Executive Chairman of Kemuda Institute Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Razak bin Haji Muhammad were present.

The high commissioner said that the programme was small but important in raising awareness about the use of renewable

forms of energy including solar energy considering the limited availability of non-renewable energy, global warming and climate change.

He hoped that the programme will inspire students to design bigger models of solar appliances.

The programme was organised by the High Commission of India in Brunei Darussalam in partnership with the Kemuda Institute.

It was a flagship programme of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The programme envisages an assembly of 500 solar lamp kits by 500 students from 10 schools across Brunei through workshops conducted by trained instructors.

The schools include Sultan Hassan Secondary School, Rimba Secondary School, Sayyidina Umar Al-Khattab Secondary School, St George’s School, St Andrew’s School, International School Brunei, YSHHB Secondary School and Kemuda Institute.

Kemuda Institute has organised workshops for the assembly of the solar lamp kits since the official launching of the programme at Universiti Teknologi Brunei in October.

High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar interacts with students at the event. PHOTO: SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI