Indore: Solar energy is buzzword for many but at least not for the DAVV.  Despite losing a grant of Rs 2 crore meant for installation of solar panels on the UTD campus due to its casual approach, this varsity has still not learn its lesson and has not got serious on solar energy issue. A proof to that is, it received more than two dozen solar water heaters as gifts from different companies but the same have not been installed despite passing off several months.

School of Energy and Environmental Studies (SEES) of the DAVV is one of the 3 certified centres in the country for National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). Solar and other products manufactured by companies are tested and certified for sale and export at these NABL centres. Many companies come to the SEES for getting their products tested. In past 2 years, the SEES tested water heaters from many companies.

As a mark of gratitude, these companies gifted at least one unit of solar water heater to the SEES which were sent to the hostels for installation. But due to dilly-dallying attitude of the DAVV, these heaters could not be installed despite passing of several months. “Due to procedural delays, the heaters could not be installed as yet. But we have not expedited the matter and heaters are going to install on hostel buildings soon,” said SEES head Prof SP Singh.

The DAVV’s casual approach is in defiant to the state government’s policy of use of solar water heaters at hotels, hostels and hospitals.  In 2010, the government had banned use of geysers at hotels and also directed hospitals and hostels to use only solar water heaters.

Previously lost Rs 2 cr grant for solar panels

The DAVV was approved a grant of Rs 1.10 cr by the UGC in 2010 for installation of solar panels. This grant was later increased to Rs 2 cr. But due to casual approach of the EC, solar panels could not be installed at DAVV and the grant lapsed. After that the DAVV sent many request for grant for installation of solar panels on UTD campus to the UGC but none of them were heeded.

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