To power rural India, NTPC starts mobile science labs
Country's largest power producer NTPC on Monday flagged off a mobile science lab as part of its efforts to promote scientific learning and revolutionising rural education in India.
"It is a very innovative concept by which, we can ignite scientific learning and I am sure this new initiative will further encourage young bright minds in remote parts of India to learn better and faster," Minister of State for Power and Coal Piyush Goyal said. NTPC is introducing Mobile Science Lab (MSL), a vehicle fitted with LCD TV carrying working science models emphasising curiosity-based learning for children in rural India. It is an initiative to revolutionise rural education and make hands-on learning accessible amongst underprivileged children, an official statement said. The three mobile service labs were flagged off by the Power Minister in the presence of P K Sinha, Secretary (Power), NTPC CMD Arup Roy Choudhury, U P Pani, Director (HR) and senior officials of Ministry of Power and NTPC.
Meanwhile, the surplus land that is no longer required by coal companies will either be returned to state governments or would be used for building solar power plants, Parliament was informed on Monday. “The government has examined the issue of amending Coal Bearing Areas (Acquisition and Development) Act, 1957 to return the mined out land and the land acquired but found to be in excess of actual requirement to the state government for utilisation after reclaiming them,” Goyal said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.