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In 2003, the first PAN IIT alumni conference was held in Silicon Valley, CA where Bill Gates, the keynote speaker recognized the alumni of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) as the leaders in innovation and technology globally. The event was covered by CBS in its famed “60 minutes” series by correspondent Lesley Stahl, making PAN IIT a household name in the United States. During the planning phase of “Giveback to America” project in 2009, it was realized that a not for profit organization must be formed to distinguish from the mission of PAN IIT Alumni Foundation, giving rise to WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF). In 2013, WGF was founded as an independent 501©3 to provide innovative technology driven solutions to the challenges that affect the global rural population in six areas; Water, Healthcare, Energy, Education, Livelihood and Sustainability. The organization partners with other national and international NGO’s and non-profit organizations, working in collaboration to provide assistance to a larger rural population globally. Our goal is to increase access, communication, and funding for technologies and/or charitable missions aimed at improving the living conditions of citizens across the globe through the implementation of sustainable programs.
To give back to India, USA and the global communities by creating technological solutions to global issues affecting rural communities.
As the world population grows, so does the insatiable demand for energy. India’s metropolitan population centers now consume almost 10 times more energy in 2012 than they did just 27 years ago in 1985 (World Energy News). Most of India’s citizens live in remote rural areas where energy supplies are meager or non-existent, imposing a serious challenge to deliver modern and mechanical means of supplying basic services such as pumping water, cooking stoves, lighting and healthcare services. Of the large population of 1.3 billion people, millions have been moving out to urban population hubs in search of a better life. Although governments are making massive efforts to increase energy supplies, the relentless growth of population more than offsets the current supply capability.
WHEELS Global Foundation, a not for profit 501c3 institution is making serious efforts to deliver resources to assist in relieving this big gap in supply by concentrating on inexpensive self-sustaining, clean energy technologies so that rural areas are not constrained by dependence on scarce fossil resources.
The growth of a nation and its prosperity is directly proportional to the amount of per capita energy the country uses.
In the United States
- Primary dependence is on fossil fuels such as gas and crude oil.
- USA is marching headlong into becoming an energy independent producer nation, by reducing the need to import fossil fuels.
- The US is accelerating the implementation of clean energy such as wind, solar and biofuels poised to reduce the dependence on imported oil and develop multiple renewable energy sources.
- A major shortage of energy in all segments of Indian society are choking the economic growth engine of the country.
- A concerted effort by the Indian government to implement clean and renewable energy to supplement current fossil based fuels is underway on a massive scale. The huge and growing rural population places severe challenges to the supply chain of clean energy and needs outside help to meeting demand.
How is WHEELS helping to meet this challenge?
Research: WHEELS is collaborating with advanced educational institutes to introduce practical energy producing products in their research labs, suited to harsh rural environments in India. Several MOUs are signed or in the works, with IIT Gandhinagar, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Bombay and IIT Madras that will result in cooperative efforts to deliver simple and robust products based on renewable energy use.
Partnerships: By partnering with commercial enterprises specializing in supplying clean energy products, WHEELS is helping deliver simple products to rural areas where electricity was unheard of just a few years ago. Included in the current lineup are solar lamps and solar cookers.
Tribal family near Brahmaputra in Assam using rechargeable solar lamp by Eco solutions.
Mitticool refrigerator uses no fossil energy, being evaluated for storage of insulin and other medications.
Clean Energy Technologies
- Clean Energy – which encompasses diverse technologies such as wind, solar, geothermal, ocean tidal, and ocean current – continues to be an area of intense activity and is expected to contribute increasingly to the energy in India.
Electric Grid Modernization
- Both in the US and in India, efforts are underway to modernize the Transmission and Distribution grid. Technologies that reduce dependence on transmission lines, are being incorporated using smart grids and off-grids where most of the energy is locally produced using solar or wind resources. , that provide real-time sensing, monitoring, and management of energy consumption at the point of use, routing of power, and the capability to link distributed micro-energy generation and storage.
How You Can Help
Donate: To propagate the implementation of these affordable technologies, we seek your help in improving the lives of rural populations, and bring a smile to a child who can read at home with the aid of a solar lamp, or the homemaker who can cook a meal for her hungry family, we need your generous donation.
Just $25 a month will pay for a solar cooker and food for a family of four. A $25 donation will pay for a solar lamp for one family.
Hiten Ghosh (Acting Program Director)
In order for an entity to exist, it must have sustainable characteristics. Each track of WHEELS spawns projects that benefit the underserved on a long-term basis and by definition need to be sustainable over long periods of time. The sustainability track spans all tracks of WGF, and is dedicated to ensuring the application of sustainability principles to all projects facilitated by WGF (Wheels Global Foundation). The key element of sustainability as it applies to projects, is that the project should sustain itself financially and operationally over the long term.
The track promotes creativity and innovation by organizing business plan competitions and soliciting projects that are practical, affordable and applicable to large scale deployment. Among areas that are key to the sustainability track are:
- Homeland Security
- Cyber Security
- Disaster Relief
- Supply Chain
- Proven and simple
- Seed capital to kick-start initial deployment
- Payment model for on-going operations
- Availability of human and materials
Simple and affordable applications tend to create projects that have the potential to survive long-term trends in social and environmental issues such as political and pricing changes, leading to operational stability.
It is projected by the UN Population Commission that, by the year 2050, approximately 70% of the world population will be occupying urban living space, leaving only 30% population to attend to agriculture and related non-urban activities. The strain on global resources, food and the supply chain will be immense. Capacity of the urban ecosystem will strain the resources needed by the now burdened urban ecosystem and make it unsustainable. Additionally, a huge slice of citizens, already live in impoverished areas where infrastructure and facilities are scarce or non-existent.
This will affect the economy and livelihood of the people world over dramatically. This projected system can only be slowed, balanced or made sustainable by preventing the shift from villages, or reverse migration from the urban to the underutilized rural (or non-urban areas). For this to happen, the late Prof. P V Indiresan proposed the implementation of unique concept PURA — Providing Urban amenities in Rural Areas.
Opportunities for work and living in rural areas have to occur through with innovative urban and rural (re) planning to achieve an optimal balance between urban and rural areas, economies, livelihood. Vital resources like water, energy and ecological resources must be made sustainable, with innovations in education of the population, young and old, driving innovations in livelihood critical areas like jobs, health care, transit, water, sanitation, food (growing, producing, and delivery) systems.
Our Approach to the Solution
Goals and Objectives
In the United States
- Provide IT/Job Training to re-align our Long-Term Unemployed to today's job market
- Work with At-Risk Youth (high school dropouts) proving relevant skills training and mentoring services
In India and Developing world
Improve access to affordable Housing and Sanitation
- Integrated Project incorporating HFHI India Builds with WGF Water (CDWP) and Healthcare (SEVAK) projects