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India Today - - CONTENTS - By Son­ali Achar­jee

From de­vel­op­ing high al­ti­tude elearn­ing fa­cil­i­ties to test­ing the lat­est so­lar tech­nol­ogy, re­searchers from across the world now have the chance to ex­plore Ladakh to their heart's con­tent. A brand new ed­u­ca­tion base ( E- Base) has been set up in Ma­ha­bodhi, 15km from Leh. The brain­child of Sir Robert Swan, the first man to have ex­plored both the North and South Pole, this E- Base is the third of its kind and will act as a bridge be­tween Ladakh and the global re­search world. Along with boast­ing of the lat­est tech­nolo­gies for the ben­e­fit of vis­it­ing academics, the E- Base will also help ed­u­cate lo­cal stu­dents on var­i­ous sci­en­tific topics.

“E- bases aim to pro­vide a per­fect set­ting for the world to learn more about cli­mate change in dif­fer­ent parts of the world and un­der­stand the need to pro­mote re­new­able en­ergy, preser­va­tion and con­ser­va­tion prac­tices. This new E- Base will be a multi di­men­sional base, sup­port­ing the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion as well as act­ing as a re­pos­i­tory for fu­ture ex­plor­ers and sus­tain­abil­ity ex­perts,” says Swan who in­au­gu­rated the E- base in Ladakh last week.

The E- Base will run ex­clu­sively on sus­tain­able power tech­nol­ogy prod­ucts such as so­lar pan­els, so­lar home UPS and so­lar bat­ter­ies be­ing pro­vided by Lu­mi­nous Power Tech­nolo­gies. “The fu­ture of our planet is de­pen­dant on sus­tain­able liv­ing. Part­ner­ing with the base in Ladakh will help us to test the dura­bil­ity and ad­van­tages of var­i­ous so­lar tech­nolo­gies in one of the harsh­est high al­ti­tude cli­mates in the world," says Man­ish Pant, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Lu­mi­nous Power Tech­nolo­gies.

Last month the base hosted its first team of sus­tain­abil­ity ex­perts, trav­ellers and ex­plor­ers from the US, UK, UAE, Nepal and Nether­lands. They will travel through the re­mote vil­lages and tribes across the Zan­skar Val­ley over the course of 11 days. Aside from re­search­ing and con­nect­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, academics will also ed­u­cate lo­cals on af­ford­able and sus­tain­able home light­ing tech­nolo­gies. Call­ing them­selves the Global Hi­malayan Ex­pe­di­tion ( GHE), the team is led by Paras Loomba, a 26- year- old engi­neer from Ferozepur, Pun­jab.

“My jour­ney to the South Pole was a trans­for­ma­tional ex­pe­ri­ence which made me re­alise the need for a sus­tain­able fu­ture. GHE’s visit to the E- base is a unique op­por­tu­nity for many re­searchers and se­nior academics to carry out a num­ber of sci­en­tific tasks in Ladakh. This will make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to our un­der­stand­ing of the true ef­fects of global warm­ing closer to home,” says Paras.

The E- Base will also serve as a dig­i­tal class­room which will give stu­dents ac­cess to e- learn­ing through tablets and doc­u­men­taries, while also con­nect­ing them through Skype with other schools around the world. Sim­i­lar E- bases have al­ready been set up at the South Pole and at Pench Forests in Mad­hya Pradesh.

A child at the E- Base learn­ing to

use sus­tain­able so­lar lanterns

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