Design of a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Based Solar-Powered LED Lighting System for Training and Empowering Rural Youth

  • Siddharth NairEmail author
  • Roshan Rao
  • Tarun Kumar
  • G. Guru Prasad
  • Manish Kumar
  • P. Khadeeja Henna
  • Aysha Saifudeen
  • Monto Mani
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 134)


Do-It-Yourself (DIY) approach is an effective pedagogy method for providing vocational learning experience to the user. The DIY approach also yields a sense of ownership (and authorization) to the masses as they assemble the product themselves. It also provides a vocational training platform for innovative ideas of people by extending the applicability and its realization. With an increasing need for vocational training among rural youth, a DIY-based approach was explored aiming at reusable, smart power and sanitation. The design of ‘Roshini’, a DIY kit for solar-powered reliable lighting system aims at improving the adoption of improved sanitation practices, and sensitizing the community, through the youth, on good hygiene practices. Roshini also addresses the issue of lack of safe, well-lit sanitation access, lack of power supply for mobile phone charging and other basic daily needs which require electricity. The paper discusses the design approach towards the proposed development of ‘Roshini’—A DIY-based solar-powered LED lighting system.


Do-It-Yourself Sanitation Photovoltaics Rural youth empowerment Pedagogy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indian Institute of ScienceBengaluruIndia

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