JORABAT, April 10 - Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) handed over 12 solar-powered water purifiers to villages under its �Bishuddha Jal Asoni� initiative during a programme held last evening.
The initiative is backed by strong research in socially relevant areas in the University�s Centre of Excellence in Nanotechnology. Detection of water contamination and remediation has been the focal areas of research.
In the first phase, 12 villages have been selected for the installation of the water purifiers. The villages are Jogdal, Upper Tapesia, Patarkuchi, Medhikuchi, Nam Tapesia, Goriaghili, Nazirakhat, Morangabari, Kalitakuchi, Jargaon, Chagoligaon and Hatimora. The purifiers were custom designed after water samples from the beneficiary villages were collected from drinking water sources by a team of experts from the University.
At the programme organised at the Tepesia campus of the University, European Union Ambassador to India Tomasz Kozlowski was the chief guest. The meeting was attended by dignitaries from government agencies, public and private sector companies, health centres and representatives of the beneficiary villages.
In his speech, Kozlowski described the EU-India ties as a natural one and highlighted the areas of partnerships like garbage management, solar park and water resources management. He praised ADBU for providing better education in the State and congratulated it for the success in making water purifiers reach the poor.
A short video on the need of inventing such water purifiers for the poor was displayed during the programme, which partly threw light on the drawbacks in the government initiative in providing safe drinking water in the rural areas, as the people working in the water supply project are still not provided salaries, adding to their misery, as fund shortage results in the projects turning defunct.
The project head in his speech said he was driven by the emotions of the poor section of society to make such purifiers.
The solar purifiers were manufactured by Globinno Engineering Solutions LLP, a company incubated by the ADBU.