Published: 25th August 2018
NIT students repair around 100 electronics for flood-hit Kerala at Calicut and Kakkodi camps
Students at the Malabar Christian College camp are only attending to problems of the circuit board only while the Kakkodi camp is also working on repairs that need spare parts
The voluntary camp started by the students of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) – Calicut, to repair electronic equipment which was damaged during the monsoon period has turned out to be a blessing for the residents of the district.
The camp was started by the students of Electrical and Electronics Department and Electronics and Communications Department of NIT-C at Malabar Christian College on Wednesday. They have also set up a camp at Kakkodi. They have repaired 72 out of 83 items at the Kakkodi camp. while at the MCC camp they have revived 29 electrical and electronic items.
"People are coming with television sets, mixers, fans, stabilizers, induction cookers and even emergency lamps," said Ananthu Nair, a fourth-year Electrical and Electronics student. "There are around 15 to 18 people at each camp. We are only attending to problems of the circuit board while the Kakkodi camp is also working on repairs that need spare parts."
Vishnu S, a third-year student of Electrical and Electronics department who is also a volunteer at the camp, said the idea to start a camp was put forth by the District Collectorate. “It was then we realise how could we be helpful at the time of crisis. Hundreds of people have suffered damages during the monsoon. Many of the electronic equipment has been damaged. We are trying to repair those pieces of equipment which have mud or water logged in them or the soldering has worn out,” he said.
“The entire programme is being coordinated by the Electronics wing of the Public Works Department,” added Vishnu. "We are using machines from our labs or our personal equipment for the soldering works." Assistant Engineer (Electrical) PWD P Jithesh said they are very happy that the students have come up to offer their voluntary service to help the suffering people. “They are trying their best to repair every equipment they receive,” he said. The camp will conclude on Sunday evening.