Innovation is no one’s monopoly. Youngsters from modest background are creating hi-tech Jackets for defence personnel to Wonder Wheel Chair to Drones & Solar-Powered Bike
Team Haryana First
Away from the reach of robust infrastructure and support of the Government to boost ‘Tech-India’ campaign, the youth in rural hinterland of Haryana are making impact by their innovations.
Jacket to sustain in sub-zero temperature
The Engineering students of Technological Institute of Textile & Sciences (TIT& S) located in Bhiwani town, 140kms from New Delhi claimed to have developed a lightweight jacket—to keep army jawans warm even in sub-zero temperatures.
Compared to jackets worn by army personnel at Siachen border, the jacket weighs only 530gms and does not need any external power to keep it warm.
Rupesh Walia, one of the six students who were actively engaged in this innovation told the media that they wanted to do something for defence forces.
“Once I was told by my teachers that more than enemies, the army personnel die at high altitude zones due to extreme weather every year and it shocked me to the core”, he said who hails from a village in Bhiwani district.
Sachin Kumar, another student part of this team said that the best part of this half-sleeve T-shirt is its light weight and its ultra light model makes it easy to wear by men guarding our frontiers. He said that they had got its thermal resistance value checked from IIT Delhi and after its approval, they moved ahead with the project.
“One of the prototype half-sleeve jackets is ready to wear but to make it to be worn by army personnel, we want to improve it more and wait for government funding”, said Saumen Bhattacharya.
He claimed that presently, the central government gets the jackets for army personnel from foreign countries and it student’s model project gets go ahead by Indian Army, then it would be cheap and light to wear.
Wonder Wheel Chair
Dhanraj Singh,17, from Bhojawas village is just another government school student fighting with a resource crunch except the fact that he has the spark to experiment and create for society.
Son of a private job holder in Mohindergarh district, Dhanraj claimed to have developed a low-cost wheel chair for handicapped persons that is automatic and has facilities like LED screen for entertainment, mobile charging plug, infrared camera for night vision.
He said that it can travel in darkness and a handicapped person does not need any extra help to operate and make movements sans any help.
“Such machines in the market are available with a price between Rs. 70,000 to 80,000 but my low cost model is ready a little over than Rs.10,000”, he said.
He claimed that if the state government comes forward to his help, then he can make the wheel chair which he titled ‘wonder wheel chair’ to work with mind waves as used by famous physicist Stephen Hawking.
Mohindergarh District Education Officer Mukesh Lawaniya praised the efforts of Dhanraj Kumar by saying that the latter have won many science prizes in the past and always come with interesting questions.
“Impressed by him, we have ensured that he should get all the facilities at his government school to keep his experiments going and encouragement to do more”, DEO said.
Flying drones for farmers
The 37-year-old Ashwani Sihag of Fullan village of Fatehabad district wears many hats; he is a farmer, computer engineer and an innovator.
Son of an armed air force personal, Sihag has been catching the attention of local farmers after he innovated customized drones for spraying pesticides using remote control.
His drones can carry 35-kg load up in the sky and spray pesticides usually carried by farmers on their back while sprinkling on crops.
Notably, several farmers suffered health issues and in many incidents inhaling poisonous gas have resulted in death also.
Sihag, who owned 35 acres of land in the village, said that it took him more than a year to develop the first drone prototype last year that can sprinkle water on crops. “I took help of YouTube and security experts to develop this drone that can be operated through remote-control and got the items ordered online from China and other countries”, he said.
When drones can be employed for delivering pizzas in foreign countries, it can be taken to use for doing farm related activities, said Sihag, who is working on many other innovations simultaneously.
Parmeshwar Singh, a farmer from the same village said that they were amazed by the capacity of drones to do difficult tasks with such ease.
“I have requested Ashwani to prepare a drone for me to be used full time in agriculture”, he said.
Farmer’s son made solar powered bike
Avneet Kumar,13, of Rewari’s Dongli village, who is the son of a farmer has taken everyone by surprise by developing a solar powered toy bike in 2015, who used to participate in state and national level science competitions.
“I was forced to walk a few kilometres to reach my school due to distance from my home and the idea struck me to develop a solar powered bike with little resources available around me”, said Avneet.
The teenager said that his solar powered bike which can touch a maximum speed of 20kms/h is less than a TaTa Nano car.
He said that the whole idea behind such innovation was to create low cost model utilities for people less privileged using solar energy.
Earlier, Avneet has created eco-friendly coolers, solar spray pumps and solar toys.
Sangeet Kumar, his mentor and science teacher at government school said that Avneet has been regular to school level competitions at state and district level.
“He earns accolades with his science projects wherever he goes and was recently offered to visit Japan for participating in a technology competition”, Kumar said.
“In 2015, the then Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma lauded the efforts of Avneet and announced to give Rs. 51,000 as motivation money”, he said.