Rotary opens Robotic Centre in Mumbai school

A Robotics lab was set up at the D S High School, Sion-Dharavi, by RC Mumbai North Island, RID 3141, thanks to a grant from Rajendra and Shubhalaxmi Chhapwale Endowment Fund in which Trustee Gulam ­Vahanvaty is one of the trustees.

The idea for the state-of-the-art Innovation ­Centre of Robotics, IoT and 3-D Printing was mooted by Rtn Rajendra Chhapwale, an AKS member, who felt the need for such a futuristic centre and encouraged wholeheartedly for the success of the project, said Urmila Prabhu, Club ­President. She, along with Project Chair Bhupendra Shah, worked for setting up the facility at the school.

DG Harjit Singh Talwar, Rtn Rajendra Chhapwale  and playback singer Shankar Mahadevan at the Robotics Centre.
DG Harjit Singh Talwar, Rtn Rajendra Chhapwale and playback singer Shankar Mahadevan at the Robotics Centre.

The centre was inaugurated by DG Harjit Singh Talwar in the presence of playback singer Shankar Mahadevan and Rotarians. With over 3,500 students, D S High School is one of the biggest ­government-aided school in Maharashtra and has mostly students from underprivileged families. “The schoolchildren have no exposure to basic computers or laptops. So this centre is a huge boon for them,” said Urmila.

The centre aims to inculcate in the students the habit of innovative thinking through ­application-oriented methodology. The ­centre has the capacity to ­handle five batches of 30 ­students each in a day. On successful completion, the students will be given diploma certificate that will help them get a job in the industry.

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