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By Keshav Chhabra

One reason why parents in India continue to send their children to boarding schools is to ensure their physical and mental fitness, and to make the student a disciplined and focused individual. While Military Schools and Sainik Schools continue to be the preferred alternatives, there are other boarding schools which are known for their strict and disciplined army training.

1)      The Lawrence School, Sanawar: Founded by Sir Henry and Lady Honoria Lawrence and believed to be the first co-ed boarding school in India, the school was established in the year 1847. Spread over 139 acres on a rural hill-top at 5,600 feet, the school has continued to build a high reputation since early 20th century, when several contingents of boys were enlisted from school and fought as warriors in World War I.

Apart from regular PT exercises, the school maintains a high standard of parade. While NCC is compulsory for students in the senior classes, the school offers a plethora of sports activities with specialized coaches.

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2)      Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun: Founded in 1922 by his Royal Highness, Prince Edward VIII the Prince of Wales, the school has a lush-green campus of 138 acres. Synonymous with Mini India, 250 boys are selected from every state strictly on merit.

The school boasts of a myriad of distinguished alumni with four Chiefs of Army staff and one Chief of the Air staff among many other high civil dignitaries.

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3)      Sainik Schools: Sainik schools were built with an aim to build a chain of schools in congruence with the high levels of physical and mental endurance needed to prepare the students to take admissions in National Defence Academy (NDA), and gradually for the officer cadre. The schools are provided heavy grants from Center as well as State governments.

Present in more than 20 states, the schools continue to maintain high standards in their army training programs.

Sainik School Purulia
Sainik School, Purulia

4)      Rashtriya Military Schools: Originally started as King George’s Royal Indian Military Schools, the students of this school are called Georgians. The school was set up with an aim to cater to the educational needs of the sons of defence personnel. Present in Shimla, Ajmer, Bangalore, Belgaum and Dholpur, these schools level with esteemed institutions like Rashtriya Indian Military College and National Defence Academy.

The school is known for its excellent results in NDA exams.

Bangalore Military School
Bangalore Military School

5)      Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai: Established in 1973 in Haryana, the institute aims at providing excellent sports persons with ample sports equipment. Spread over a sprawling area of about 300 acres, MNS provides training in NCC, along with many sports like Cricket, Football, Basketball, Volleyball and more. The school has played an important role in nurturing sports in Haryana.

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Diesel Exhaust Converted Into Ink by Indian Innovators To Battle Air Pollution

Supervised by young engineers, workers at the start-up company Chakr Innovation in New Delhi cut and weld sheets of metal to make devices that will capture black plumes of smoke from diesel generators and convert it into ink.

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Supervised by young engineers, workers at the start-up company Chakr Innovation in New Delhi cut and weld sheets of metal to make devices that will capture black plumes of smoke from diesel generators and convert it into ink.

In a cabin, young engineers pore over drawings and hunch over computers as they explore more applications of the technology that they hope will aid progress in cleaning up the Indian capital’s toxic air – among the world’s dirtiest.

While the millions of cars that ply Delhi’s streets are usually blamed for the city’s deadly air pollution, another big culprit is the massive diesel generators used by industries and buildings to light up homes and offices during outages when power from the grid switches off – a frequent occurrence in summer. Installed in backyards and basements, they stay away from the public eye.

“Although vehicular emissions are the show stoppers, they are the ones which get the media attention, the silent polluters are the diesel generators,” says Arpit Dhupar, one of the three engineers who co-founded the start up.

The idea that this polluting smoke needs attention struck Dhupar three years ago as he sipped a glass of sugarcane juice at a roadside vendor and saw a wall blackened with the fumes of a diesel generator he was using.

It jolted him into joining with two others who co-founded the start-up to find a solution. Dhupar had experienced first hand the deadly impact of this pollution as he developed respiratory problems growing up in Delhi.

An Indian girls holds a banner during a protest against air pollution in New Delhi, India, Nov. 6, 2016.
An Indian girls holds a banner during a protest against air pollution in New Delhi, India, Nov. 6, 2016.

A new business

As the city’s dirty air becomes a serious health hazard for many citizens, it has turned into both a calling and a business opportunity for entrepreneurs looking at ways to improve air quality.

According to estimates, vehicles contribute 22 percent of the deadly PM 2.5 emissions in Delhi, while the share of diesel generators is about 15 percent. These emissions settle deep into the lungs, causing a host of respiratory problems.

After over two years of research and development, Chakr has begun selling devices to tap the diesel exhaust. They have been installed in 50 places, include public sector and private companies.

The technology involves cooling the exhaust in a “heat exchanger” where the tiny soot particles come together. These are then funneled into another chamber that captures 70 to 90 percent of the particulate matter. The carbon is isolated and converted into ink.

Among their first clients was one of the city’s top law firms, Jyoti Sagar Associates, which is housed in a building in Delhi’s business hub Gurgaon.

Making a contribution to minimizing the carbon footprint is a subject that is close to Sagar’s heart – his 32-year-old daughter has long suffered from the harmful effects of Delhi’s toxic air.

Motorists drive surrounded by smog, in New Delhi, India, Nov. 8, 2017.
Motorists drive surrounded by smog, in New Delhi, India, Nov. 8, 2017.

“This appealed to us straightaway, the technology is very impactful but is beautifully simple,” says Sagar. Since it could be retrofitted, it did not disrupt the day-to-day activities at the buzzing office. “Let’s be responsible. Let’s at least not leave behind a larger footprint of carbon. And if we can afford to control it, why not, it’s good for all,” he says.

At Chakr Innovation, cups, diaries and paper bags printed with the ink made from the exhaust serve as constant reminders of the amount of carbon emissions that would have escaped into the atmosphere.

There has been a lot of focus on improving Delhi’s air by reducing vehicular pollution and making more stringent norms for manufacturers, but the same has not happened for diesel generators. Although there are efforts to penalize businesses that dirty the atmosphere, this often prompts them to find ways to get around the norms.

Also Read: Exposure to Traffic-Related Pollution Poses Threat of Asthma in Kids

Tushar Mathur who joined the start up after working for ten years in the corporate sector feels converting smoke into ink is a viable solution. “Here is a technology which is completely sustainable, a win-win between businesses and environment,” says Mathur. (VOA)