Signify, a company in lighting, recently illuminated five playgrounds in rural government schools in the Mewat district of Haryana under its CSR program called ‘Khel Jyoti’. These playgrounds have badminton courts that are illuminated using high-mast LED lighting, powered by solar energy. This interesting project has benefited more than 1,200 school children, who can now play and practice badminton even after sunset in their newly illuminated playground.
In addition to improving a child’s physical fitness, playing sports also strengthens their holistic development. Under the Khel Jyoti program, Signify seeks to create opportunities for young and budding sports talent to play for longer hours even after sunset and enhance their skills, by lighting up their playgrounds.
Signify has partnered with Gurgaon-based SRF Foundation for this project, which will be further expanded to 18 more playgrounds in the same district in its next phase, potentially benefiting an additional 5,000 students.
“Even though India is a country of 1.3 billion people, it has only produced a handful of Olympians and talented sportsmen owing to lack of adequate sporting facilities. With more than half of its population under the age of 25, there is a lot of potential for India to leverage its demographic advantage and create its mark in international sports in the future.” said Natasha Tandon, Head – Integrated Communications and CSR for Signify in India.
“SRF Foundation has been working with 42 government schools across 19 villages in Nuh block, Mewat district of Haryana for the past decade. Our students have represented their block at both district and state level badminton competitions and have secured leading positions in all the categories consistently. We are delighted to facilitate Signify’s ‘Khel Jyoti’ Program as it enables our students to enhance their expertise and actualise their expanding potential in badminton even during the evening hours,” said Dr Suresh Reddy, Director, SRF Foundation.