Vidyadeep: A solar lamp project arresting school drop out rates in Karnataka

Last Modified: Fri Nov 17 2017 20:00:49 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 32%
    Percentage of students that drop out of school in or after Class X, according to a research by New Delhi-based Institute for Policy Research Studies (PRS). One of the reasons for the high drop out rates is students lack access to electricity at homes or suffer from frequent load shedding. The power cuts unfortunately increase at the onset of summer in March, which is also the time for their examinations.
  • 2012
    Year the Vidyadeep project was established by the Bangalore West chapter of Rotary International, a humanitarian organisation, to tackle the drop-out issue by providing solar lamps.
  • 11,200
    students have received solar lamps through their schools since the inception of the programme. The focus has been to distribute the lamps to students of Class X and at the end of each year the lamps are handed over to the next batch.
  • 325
    government schools covered across across districts of Kolar, Shimoga and Bagalkot, plus four schools in Bengaluru.
  • 30%
    Rise in attendance rates. The rise is partly due to the fact that students have to charge the lamp batteries using panels that are set up in the schools. So while the students attend class, their lamp batteries are charged!
  • 94.8%
    Class X board exam score of Nagashree - a girl student from Govt High School, Jayanagara and a beneficiary of the programme.
  • Rs. 2 crore
    Amount spent on the project already, from funds that were raised internally by the club and by corporate sponsorship. MLAs of Jamakhandi, Mulbagal and Hosanagara have also spent money from their area development funds. More sponsorship and funding would be required to scale the programme to reach to 100 schools as being targeted in 2017-18.