Bhopal: He dropped out of school after class 10, but never let the lack of a degree come in the way of his dreams, earning fame for developing mobile applications. And now Hemant Mehra (26), a resident of Hoshangabad district, has been invited by the organisers of 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF) in Delhi to help motivate others by sharing his life story.
Mehra is one of 14 people from across the country to have been invited at the event, and is the sole participant from Madhya Pradesh.
“In the first week of November, I got a call from Delhi by someone who identified themselves from the trade fair and told me that they wanted to shoot a video of me as it would be featured at the event in Delhi under the Digital India initiative by the Centre,” Mehra told HT.
Initially dismissing it as a prank, he only realised that the caller was genuine when people with camera equipment showed at his village.
“When the people actually came to my place with all the equipment to shoot my video and showed me a letter regarding the event, I realised that this is not a joke and this happening for real,” he said.
Dropping out of school after his father’s death, Mehra has developed around 15 mobile apps, ranging from games to those related to shopping. His apps have been downloaded from people as far away as US, South Africa, France and Israel. HT featured him in its July 12 edition.
The 26-year-old also hopes to one day get financial assistance from the government to start an IT company in the state. “If I get some assistance from the government, I will start an IT company which will not only develop mobile apps but softwares as well. The softwares will be developed to help the students learn as well as agriculture-based softwares to help farmers. We are also working on developing apps on various schemes by both the Central and state governments, like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Ladli Lakshmi and Swachh Bharat,” said Mehra.