To Mr Sanjay Kirpalani, the National University of Singapore (NUS) was the obvious choice.
The Chairman of RenewSys, an Enpee Group enterprise, which is in the business of manufacturing solar panels and components, became the first private donor to work with the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at NUS to establish a scholarship to further the research and development of the solar industry.
“With both SERIS and NUS being globally recognised institutions located in a world class city state like Singapore, it was clear that our gift would be well-utilised for the intended purposes,” states Mr Kirpalani.
The RenewSys-Enpee Group PhD Scholarship will support an NUS doctoral Singaporean student who is pursuing studies in a topic of relevance to the local solar industry.
“The hope is that a student will focus on the research of ground breaking sustainable technologies to enhance the use of solar energy in Singapore, and to use that understanding to take the message globally. NUS and SERIS should be an “innovator and exporter” of research and development,” shares Mr Kirpalani.
He emphasises that the candidate must share a passion for wanting to make solar energy a viable alternative to traditional forms of power generation, and possess a desire for sustainability and a drive to innovate.
The successful Enpee Group takes its corporate social responsibility very seriously, supporting many outreach programmes in India and Nigeria. The Group also believes very much in empowering through education and has another Scholarship in Public Administration at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS.
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