Barefoot College Spreads Knowledge to Africa

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

At a time of increasing involvement with decentralized rural energy systems particularly solar energy, such a system of training barefoot solar engineers can prove very useful in increasing the self-reliance of rural communities in installing and maintaining solar energy systems.

Barefoot College’s Bunker Roy at TED –

It’s an unexpected scene that you come across in the dusty plains of Kishangarh block in Rajasthan’s Ajmer district — women from several African countries being trained by their Indian sisters to become barefoot solar engineers.

Welcome to the world of solar energy in Tilonia village. Here the campus of Barefoot College has emerged as a leading international centre for training barefoot solar engineers. Under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme of the External Affairs Ministry, women from many underdeveloped countries come here regularly in small batches for training.

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