Global Wind Day – 2016

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June 15th 2016

The Global Wind Day was celebrated on 14th and 15th June 2016 for students and teachers separately at the campus of the National Institute of Wind Energy, Chennai.

On 14th June 2016, Global Wind Day celebrations began with the welcome note by Dr. P. Kanagavel, Additional Director and Head ITCS. Dr. S. Gomathinayagam, Director General, National Institute of Wind Energy, delivered the inaugural address. In his address, the Director General pointed out the importance of renewable energy resources especially wind energy in combating the primary contributors to the phenomena of climate change. He reiterated that those of us who are living on this planet should constantly remind ourselves of the fact that we have borrowed this Earth from the future generations and therefore must strive to contribute meaningfully towards the collective efforts to mitigate the consequences of use of fossil fuels. Col. Sanath Gopinath, Head, WWF – India, Tamil Nadu Office, spoke of the joint initiative and also addressed the teachers on WWF’s activities in India and their role in conservation, education, outreach and policy. Mr. Thangaraj, Coordinator, National Green Corps and Mr. Rajasekar, Coordinator, Eco Clubs were present at the inaugural session. A total of 61 teachers from 55 schools attended the training workshop at NIWE campus.


After the Inaugural session, the capacity building workshop on renewable energy for teachers was conducted by Dr. P. Kanagavel, Additional Director and Head ITCS. He focused on climate change and renewable energy. He specified the impact of climate change in the energy sectors and addressed the need for changes in the utilization of energy resources and its generation for daily consumption. He also invited the attention of the participants to the availability of renewable energy resources in India and drew a comparison in its effective exploitation all over the world. After this session, Mr. S. Saravanan, Senior Education Officer, WWF-India, Tamil Nadu Office moderated a discussion on the consequences of climate change and effective measures at the level of local communities and civil society towards reducing its impact.

Mr. Joel Franklin Azaria, Additional Director, ITCS, National Institute of Wind Energy discussed the second session on wind energy and its functions. He introduced the participants to all available resources of renewable energy and their usage the world over. The participants were exposed to various types of windmills. They were also given a glimpse of the evolution of wind energy as a renewable resource and the functioning of windmills, wind turbines and wind farms.

The teachers who had participated in the workshop were taken on a conducted tour of NIWE. The various departments of the institute conducted briefings and demonstrations pertaining to the work being carried out at NIWE.

Competitions for Students on Renewable Energy

On 15th June 2015 the Global Wind Day celebration started with students being addressed by Dr. S. Gomathinayagam, Director General, NIWE. He advised the students not to be inhibited by their age and inexperience and invited them to explore all possibilities to make a difference in their environment. Col Sanath Gopinath, Head WWF- India Tamil Nadu Office invited the students to seek effective solutions to environmental problems instead of fixating on the quest for perfect solutions. Dr. P. Kanagavel, Additional Director and Head ITCS explained the significance of the Global Wind Day to the students. Thereafter, Mr. S. Saravanan proceeded to conduct the competitions for students. The painting and poster making competitions, along with the Quiz completion were conducted concurrently at three different areas of the venue. A total of 30 teams had participated in the written quiz, out of which the following five teams were selected for final contest.

  1. N.S.N. Matriculation School , Chromepet
  2. N.S.N. Memorial School. Chitlapakkam
  3. Shri. A. Ganesan Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Velachery
  4. N.S.N Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chitlapakkam
  5. Daniel Thomas Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Koyambedu

The schools indicated below secured the top honors:-,

  1. N. S. N. Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chormpet - Winners
  2. N.S. N Memorial School, Chitlapakkam – Runners up
  3. Daniel Thomas Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Koyambedu – Third place

After the competitions were concluded, the students were taken on a conducted tour of NIWE, during which they were introduced to various interesting aspects of the work being carried out at the institute.

Dr. S. Gomathinayagam, Director General, NIWE gave away prizes to the winners of the competitions and released two posters highlighting the significance of renewable resources of energy.

Glimpse of the Celebration