IGNOU Launches Awareness Programme on Solar Pumps in Collaboration with ISA
IGNOU in collaboration with International Solar Alliance (ISA) has developed an awareness programme on solar water pumping system to create awareness among farmers and disseminate the basic aspects of solar PV water pumping system.

The application of solar energy is consistently increasing as a renewable and green source of energy.

It has become the need of the hour due to diminishing availability of fossils fuels and environmental problems.

Solar powered pumping systems are affordable alternative to replace conventional diesel or electric pump sets. 

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) made the admission announcement of the Awareness Programme on Solar Water Pumping System on the MHRD online Swayam Platform on Summer solstice-June, 21.6.2018- longest day.

The Registration has begun and the students can register through Swayam Platform. The programme shall commence on Teachers Day 05-09-2018.

The International Solar Alliance, a treaty-based inter-governmental organisation was launched by the Indian PM Narendra Modi at the India Africa Summit, a meeting of member countries ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in November 2015, having its headquarters in Gwalpahari, Gurgaon, India.

Awareness programme on solar water pumping system provides information about solar energy, its benefits and applications.

The programme provides a conceptual understanding of water pumps including solar PV water pumping system.

The major components of solar PV water pumping system are also described.

A solar PV water pumping system requires very little operation and maintenance.

However, the programmes give the basic elements of operation and maintenance (O&M) at farm level. The common precautions and safety measures to be taken during operation are also described.

Course Objectives
Sensitise and educate learners about importance of solar energy and its application in agriculture; identify the components solar PV water pumping system; impart the skills for operation, maintenance and safety in relation to solar PV water pumping system. 
Course Modules
Awareness programme consists of three modules namely:
Module-I:  Solar Energy and its Application 
Module-II: Solar Water Pump and its Components
Module-III: Operation, Maintenance and Safety