The government of the Punjab province in Pakistan has approved a novel initiative scheme for students moving from the 9th to the 10th class, Named Ujaala Program, the scheme will allow students who score 50 percent and above marks in 9th class examinations, to own a solar panel, The panel will boast the capacity to run one fan and one light.
The program would incur a cost of around Rs 4.44 billion in total. The solar panels will be distributed among 300,000 students by December end.
The Ujaala Program is part of thePunjabgovernment’s youth policies. Earlier, thePunjabgovernment had provided laptops to graduates and an opportunity for international visits to the toppers of matriculation examinations.
The 14th meeting of the Provincial Development Working Party presided over by Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman Javaid Aslam has already approved the Chief Minister’s scheme.
This excellent initiative, however, has one drawback. The panels would have a warranty of just one year, whereas, usually solar panels used in power projects have a warranty of around 20-25 years.
The government is also organizing workshops based on the power production and solar panels for the students. The Punjab Energy Department in association with the Punjab School Education Department will distribute these solar panels among the students.