Responding to a call from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Kerala Section, students of National Institute of Technology – Tiruchi fabricated 500 electric boards for distribution to worst affected people in the Kerala floods.
The faculty, students and alumni got their acts together for fabrication of the temporary electric distribution boards that will pave way for restoration of power to houses devastated by the floods.
The IEEE Kerala Section had launched a massive drive for Electricity Reconnection under the Jala Jyothi Programme, to restore power using temporary distribution boards. The project includes design, mass production and installation of a low-cost electric distribution board as a minimum power outlet.
In the first phase of rehabilitation, one of the major problems identified was the difficulties in restoring power supply.
Hundreds of houses that were completely inundated would have to be rewired on a war footing.
The IEEE Kerala section’s indigenous design of temporary distribution boards was approved by the State Electricity Board.
Director of NIT Tiruchi Mini Shaji Thomas formed a team of faculty, staff, students and alumni to accomplish the task of fabrication based on the approved design.
The students utilised the facilities at Sajas Electricals, founded by Jayaram Sadasivam, an alumnus, for making the boards with their contribution of Rs. 5.32 lakh. The Alumni Association of NIT-T has assured to pitch in with an additional Rs. 2 lakh for the purpose.
The student volunteers went about assembling the components under the coordination of the IEEE Indian Office Director Harish Mysore, Amarnath Raja of the Kerala Section, and Bakthavatsalam, Professor, NIT-T
Prof. Mini Shaji Thomas handed over the first fabricated board to the IEEE Kerala Section Chair Sameer during the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Summit last Friday.
The NIT-T had separately mobilised Rs. 10,09,514 for the Kerala flood victims. The amount was contributed to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. The NIT-T Director handed over a cheque for the amount to District Collector of Ernakulam M.Y. Safirullah.
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