Kemrock and Royal DSM N.V.( the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company), inaugurated India’s first school made with composite materials, on 12th August 2011. The Jilla Parishad primary school, situated in the village of Kusgaon, Pune, is a demonstration of commitment made by Kemrock & DSM to use its expertise to create brighter lives today and for generations to come.
The school brings a number of innovations to Indian education. Made of composite materials, its lightweight and modular nature means it can be built by four workers in only six days ( without the need for any specialist equipment), saving time, money and impact on the local environment compared to 5 to 6 months required for traditional schools made from concrete. Its excellent mechanical properties and attractive design have also created a safe, strong, well-insulated and inspirational learning environment.
The project has also been unique in the sense that the children attending the school will be able to take advantage of the very latest computer equipment and world-leading nutrition. As the world’s biggest producer of vitamins and micronutrients, DSM scientists have formulated a nutrition program that will help students attain their full academic potential. Furthermore, the partnership with OLPC ( One Laptop Per Child) , a charity based in Cambrigde, MA, USA, has played a major role in supporting the pupils with the learning tools like free laptops. The Poona Midtown Round table 65 (PMRT65 - part of Round Table India), a non governmental organization based in Pune, played a major role in identifying the school site and liaison with local village and external agencies.
Michael Effing, President, DSM Composite Resins, said: “Education will play a key role in India’s development and this school represents a vital upgrade to the country’s existing education infrastructure: by combining with our colleagues elsewhere in DSM, we have made a difference in Kusgaon, India, that will be felt for years to come.”
Kalpesh Patel, Chairman and Managing Director, Kemrock Industries, whose joint venture partnership with DSM was responsible for building the school, said; “With its attractive design, excellent mechanical properties and ease of installation, the school proves that composite materials have a key role to play when it comes to delivering the next generation of Indian schools.”
For Santosh Gaikwad, headmaster of the school, the value DSM brings to Kusgaon was not limited to the physical structure of the classrooms: “We cannot underestimate the role of this school in creating the right conditions for our students to thrive. With world-class facilities, equipment and nutrition, our model school is now ready to educate our country’s next generation.”
DSM and Kemrock have identified many schools, mainly in under-developed rural regions, which could benefit from similar model schools. This kind of modular composite building can furthermore be used to deliver quick help after natural catastrophes like recent events in Haiti, Japan or New Zealand. The parts of the building guarantee easy assembly and no specific skill is required. Here, the benefits of composites allow for outstanding sanitary and hygiene conditions.