Satara Boy Wins Gold at 9th National INSPIRE Awards

THE LITTLE TOWN of Wai in the Satara district is buzzing with preparations for a festive welcome, including a flexible banner and sweets.

The celebrations are for their city’s young innovator, Yash Dnyneshwar Shinde, 16, who won a gold medal at the 9th INSPIRE Awards in Delhi on Friday. Among the 6.53 lakh students from all over the country, who participated and showcased their innovative ideas, Shinde stood out for its innovation in versatile catering equipment.

The INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) program is a flagship program of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and INSPIRE – MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspirations and Knowledge) annual awards, a collaboration with National Innovation Foundation – India (NIF) seeks to motivate and promote new innovative ideas among students in the age bracket of 10 to 15 years old and studying in grades 6 to 10.

Schools register their students, where the best shortlisted students receive Rs 10,000 in their bank accounts to continue working on their ideas. The selection takes place at the district and state levels before the names are sent to the national level.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Shinde, son of a farming couple, said, “It was during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that the idea came to me. Several people were participating in food distribution campaigns or serving food at small food outlets. But you see, when people put plates and bowls on the table, they do it with their hands free. Covid-19 was at its peak and using hands seemed risky. Therefore, I decided to come up with an idea where the plates and the bowl can be arranged on the table without any human intervention,” Shinde said.

Under the guidance of his science teacher, Prasad Jagnath Yadav from Parkhandi High School, Shinde has also added the features of plates collected after meals are finished and table cleaning is also done. “The idea was to have contactless equipment that could be used to serve food to many people at the same time. When Yash discussed this idea with us, we recorded it in 2020 and was funded by NIF Gujarat Inspire Award Manak. Due to the pandemic, selections at the district and state levels were conducted online. We were selected for the National Exhibition in Delhi and we couldn’t be happier that Yash won gold,” said Yadav.

Shinde, who aspires to become an engineer, said he often finds himself watching science and technology programs on television. “I love watching and learning about technology and robotics through TV programs and I feel like that’s my calling. This is my first gold medal and it’s motivating for me. I couldn’t be more thrilled for myself…I want to become an engineer like my elder sister who is studying in Pune and help come up with more innovative ideas and inventions,” said the young innovator.

Back home, Yash’s father, Dnyneshwar Shinde, said he was very proud of his son and his achievement. “We are farmers here in Wai and we are proud of Yash’s success. We are preparing a flexible banner to accommodate it,”

A city car honored for its innovation in terms of convertible chest of drawers

Meanwhile, Riya Rajkumar Gaikwad, a ninth-grader from Tal-Khed district of Pune, is among nine students from Maharashtra state, who were honored by Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State ( independent charge) Science and technology at the 9th edition of the INSPIRE Prize.

A student of Shree Bhamchandra Madhyamik Vidyalaya, Gaikwad, under the guidance of her guide and mother Sable Rohini Nanasaheb, worked on her innovative idea for a convertible dresser. “It was when my sister, Ruchita, who was three years old, had trouble going to the bathroom. She was afraid of falling and I saw my mother struggle too. I decided to do something about it and got the idea of ​​the problems toddlers face,” Gaikwad said.

Gaikwad worked on the prototype at home, with his sister being the best person to try it out. “The idea Riya came up with was unique and so we entered it into INSPIRE. Our toilets are designed primarily for adults and although some homes may have toilets for small children, this may not be We worked on a design, where the toilet clip attachment seat part can be placed on any public toilet and used by young children, adults and the elderly,” said Nanasaheb, who teaches science to Shree Bhamchandra Madhyamik Vidyalaya.

Nanasaheb describes that the idea was demonstrated by his two daughters and the jury was very impressed. “While the innovative idea was Riya’s, it was my Ruchita, now five years old, who demonstrated in her own way how comfortable and safe the seat is for someone like her…it’ is because of the novelty of the idea that Riya was honored at the exhibition,”

“My mother was very happy when she was informed by the NIF authorities inside the exhibit that my innovation had been selected from among nine others in the state, out of a total list of 60. Our ideas will be patented under our name by the NIF,” said Riya, who wants to keep coming up with more interesting ideas.

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