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Way2k 7 Dec 2012
NMIMS Students design mobile chair

A mobile chair cum table as a catalyst for education, that’s the brainwave of four management students, whose unique product designed for underprivileged children helps the kids squat more comfortably on floors and learn their lessons.

This was one of the highlights of the Transform Urban India National Student Challenge 2012 at Indian Institute of Human Settlement (IIHS) in the city on 6th Dec. 2012, Thursday. And the innovative product by the group from Mumbai’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Balwant Sheth School of Architecture (BSSA), one of the talking points at the meet.


NMIMS Students design mobile chair
Amid discussions on slum habitats and solid waste management solutions, the group showcased the collapsible floor-seater called Kumej. This way, underprivileged school-going students below 10 years can carry and create their own comfortable work surface irrespective of the ground surface they are obliged to sit on. The facilities for underprivileged children in rural and street schools in cities are shocking because the society somehow doesn’t include them as a part of future urban India. We have already spoken to few NGOs which run such crèches for construction workers children and street children, said Ami Matthan, one of those who developed Kumej.
Kumej is made from used tarpaulins, sheets of cloths and recycled foam for the seater and used table boards to write on and is lighter than an iPad. It costs just Rs. 290.
Another team which spared a thought for rag pickers formed a micro-entrepreneurial model for waste management. Here rag pickers are identified and made the key members to transport segregated waste on a daily basis to local treatment /composting units. This will not only clean our cities but also help in the economic upliftment of rag pickers, said Sunando B, a member of ACTs from Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA).
Students from IIT-Madras, IIT-Kharagpur, IIM-Kozhikode, IIM-Kolkata, SPJIMR, Mumbai, NIT-Trichy and SJCE Mysore participated in the event that saw students presenting projects ranging from solutions for urban habitats, cycling tracks to transforming Bihar. Five teams from across the country were selected for the finals in Bangalore.

3L grant for the winners

Kumej shared the first prize along with another team Mool-a-Roop, both from NMIMS-BSSA, Mumbai. They get a cash prize of Rs. 60,000 each. The teams also got a grant of Rs. 3 lakh each to implement their projects from IIHS. The institute trained them after a screening process for the challenge and their presentations were drafted and ideas groomed.

Courtesy:Times of India

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