GUWAHATI: An IIT Guwahati professor Charu Monga has designed over 200 backpacks with solar lights to help kids in villages study. These waterproof backpacks are called ‘Jugnu’-IITG and were made using recycled plastic
Charu in her design has integrated a solar light into a backpack. The children don’t have to worry about charging this light. Each bag also comes with a unique lab kit, which the children can use to come up with their own inventions.
The backpacks were already distributed across 20 schools in seven districts in the state.
Monga came up with the idea, the solar light backpacks called the ‘Jugnu’-IITG during a workshop with the children to develop innovative mindsets. During one such interaction, Charu recalls a conversation with a young boy, who recounted the difficulties the children face due to an early sunset and infrequent power supply. These factors were a hindrance to their playtime, as well as their desire to study and learn.