India –Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting), the world leader in lighting, recently electrified a rural school in Behror, Rajasthan under its Jagmag Pathshalaand Khel Jyoti CSR initiatives. Catering to more than 750 children, Maharshi Dayanand Sarswati Public Senior Secondary School (MDS) in Behror, Rajasthan, is now equipped with a solar powered system that illuminates its classrooms and playground, provided by Signify India.
Previously the school was reeling from inadequate power supply and the children were studying in dark and non-ventilated classrooms which affected not only the school attendance, but also its academic performance. On top of that there were no opportunities for budding sportsmen to play after sunset, as the playground was pitch dark. This shows how desperately the school needed lighting.
“As per a recent DISE (District Information System for Education) report, more than 40% schools in India don’t have access to electricity and children study in dark and non-ventilated classrooms. Despite being a young nation, India also doesn’t have enough sporting talent due to lack of basic sports infrastructure in schools.
At Signify, we are committed to ending this imbalance and under our Jagmag Pathshala school lighting and Khel Jyoti playground lighting programs, we are illuminating schools and playgrounds with solar powered lighting. We are delighted to see the impact these programs have created for the school’s 750 children,”said Sumit Joshi, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Signify’s operations in India.
In a country where 240 million people have no reliable access to power, electric light is a distant dream for many. One in six people across the country struggle to work, study or help others after sunset. In India, Signify is committed to addressing this situation.
The project also features a solar library, wherein children can borrow rechargeable solar lanterns from the school, taking them home at night to study after dark. The lanterns can only be charged in the school and are brought back by the children the next morning, thereby also ensuring increased attendance in the school. The comprehensive project seeks to cultivate school children as solar champions to increase awareness and sensitization among the local community regarding solar and renewable energy for sustainability.
Signify became the new company name of Philips Lighting as of May 16, 2018. The legal name of Signify will be adapted in India in the beginning of 2019.