At a time when the heavy school bags are making headlines, it has evolved into a different version of its older self. Now schools bags come with a light-weight foldable desk. The kit is durable and looks like a regular school bag measuring about 10×14 inches, easy for the students to carry to school and also use at home. The table is detachable and also can be used separately from the bag. It can also be adjusted at two heights making it useful for both younger and older students.

The product titled DESKIT has been developed by PROSOC Pvt. Ltd., a company that has been incubated at SIDBI Innovation & Incubation Centre (SIIC) at IIT Kanpur. It was launched and distributed to school going children at IIT, Kanpur on the occasion of Children’s Day. The event was organized as part of the INVENT Social Entrepreneurship Development Program of SIIC.

DESKIT comes with a holder and utility space making it an all-purpose school kit. The product has been designed keeping in mind the thousands of students who study hunched-back by sitting on the floor due to lack of proper infrastructure. Maintaining proper body-posture while reading and writing is imperative for a child’s growth and DESKIT will be helpful in this regard. A future version of the product is also to feature an LED lamp to facilitate study when lighting is not adequate.

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Students from the disadvantaged sections of the society suffer due to the lack of basic infrastructure like tables and chairs at home and at school leading to many health problems. DESKIT is a small step towards eliminating such hurdles to help children learn and grow with proper facilities. “At SIDBI, we are developing technology-based products which can bring about significant changes in our society and improve people’s standard of living. Together with NGOs and entrepreneurs, we should develop an ecosystem to help people from disadvantaged sections of the society lead better lives,” said Prof Sameer Khandekar, Coordinator, SIIC.

Attending the event Shiresh Joshi, Head of Strategic Marketing for Godrej Group of Companies said that he was proud that his company aided in development of a product like DESKIT. The event was also attended by Ashish Shrivastava, Founder and Director at Shiksharth, an NGO working in tribal and rural education and Avaneesh Tripathi, Senior Advisor in the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. The guests also presented the kits to over 100 students who were present at the event.

PROSOC intends to make DESKIT available to students from the economically challenged background of the society with the help of NGOs and CSR wings of private companies.

Featured Image Caption: For healthy learning: Mr Shiresh Joshi distributing DESKITs to children

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