Students of HR College have initiated a five point transformation model for some of the most backward villages in the state. Called Project Chirag, the aim is to tackle rural problems focused around education, health and sanitation, environment and economic and social upliftment. Our correspondent Vrushali Chitre met some of the students working on the project at HR College to know more. Around 150 students of HR College have come up with a unique initiative of providing light in the life of a village, quite literally. These students have started a project called Chirag which aims at tackling rural problems. In order to implement the five point model in backward villages, the basic need of these villages is electricity. In order to provide electricity, the students have come up with Project Chirag, in which the dark villages will be lighted up through solar lanterns. One such village the college has identified is Ujjaini in Wada district in Thane. Ujjaini village presently has 111 houses and a population of 597. The nearest electricity line is 35 kms away and the grid line cannot reach the village because the entire stretch is a forest. However, the students have chalked a plan to make this possible. So how do they manage the funds? The students have started a “10 rupees for light” campaign to generate funds for lighting the villages, which are in process of development under the project. Besides taking away the darkness, the light generated will benefit the villagers in other ways. With the theme of “Missing for a Mission”, the students have put up posters in the college to contribute for the noble cause. Besides that the lights and fans of the corridors of the college are switched off as a part of the campaign. With cameraperson Vivek Gaikwad, Vrushali Chitre for NMTV news.
December 25, 2008