Pimpri: More than 300 students from Pardhi community who are studying at Samarasta Gurukulam will not have to spend their Diwali in darkness as IT giant Infosys has come forward to install a solar power plant at the school.
The Gurukulam, which works for the upliftment of children from Pardhi community, was left in darkness after MSEDCL had cut the electricity supply of this school over non-payment of dues. After Sakal Times highlighted this issue on September 22, many good Samaritans have come forward to extend help for the noble cause.
Last month, Sakal Times had reported how 329 students (200 boys and 129 girls) studying in this residential school were left in dark for more than a week after power supply was disconnected by MSEDCL. Now, this facility will have its own solar power plant soon and it will be able to sale excess power to MSEDCL grid.
After this story was published, officials from Infosys visited the school and expressed their willingness to install a solar power plant in the school.
It may be recalled that Samarasta Punrutthan Gurukulam is a Rashtriya Swaymsevak Sangh-affiliated NGO which is currently facing a paucity of funds. The Gurukulam started by renowned social worker Girish Prabhune is being run with the help of crowdfunding. Despite assurance, the organisation did not receive funds from the government.
Prabhune said, “Officials from the Infosys visited the facility and reviewed the available space for the installation of solar panels. They are supposed to come with a detailed plan for installation in days to come.”
After the story was published, the donation to the Gurukulam has gone up in the last few days. According to sources, the school has received Rs 7 lakh in cash and many are coming to extend help to mark the birthdays of their near and
dear ones and are extending help in sponsoring a meal of one day for students, Prabhune said.