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7,000 students to cook noodles in solar cookers

Thursday, February 09, 2017
By Suresh Golani

To engage children creatively with the concept of solar power and motivate them to incorporate sustainable energy into their daily lives, the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has organised – Maha Suryakumbh - a large scale solar oven cooking session in Bhayandar on Saturday.

More than 7,000 students from various municipal and privately run schools are expected to participate in the mega event organised by the MBMC which is all set to register its unique workshop as the World’s Largest Solar Oven Cooking Class in the Guinness Book of World Records. The earlier world records were set by Keshav Srushti in Uttan where 3,200 students took part in a solar cooking session, followed by 4,780 in Aurangabad last year.

The students will be provided with the required material and info on the basic science and functioning of the solar cooker which they will not only assemble but will also cook noodles in it. “It will be a proud moment for us, not only because it can lead to a world record but the event is a festive gathering to celebrate the power of the sun with the larger idea of engaging children creatively to motivate them in incorporating sustainable energy into their daily lives. Moreover it will help the students understand the importance of solar energy and also how it works,” said Mayor Geeta Jain.

Education minister Vinod Tawde, Energy minister Chandrakant Bawankule and prominent nuclear scientist Dr. Anil Kakodkar amongst other dignitaries will grace the event. “We have followed all the parameters set by the Guinness committee which includes installation of digital counters to check the number of participants, this apart from presence of witnesses including – noted chef, Harpal Singh Sokhi and renewable energy expert, Manoj Rathi for officially monitoring the event,” informed Dr. Sushil Agarwal one of the chief organisers of the event.

What Is A Solar Cooker?
A solar oven or cooker is a device which uses sunlight as its energy source, and costs nothing to run. They are used so as to save wood and end the desertification of the earth. A solar cooker can be used in outdoor cooking, drying and pasteurisation, and is one of the many inventions to utilise solar energy, fast becoming the best renewable source of energy.


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