Abhilash M is in class X and is credited with developing low-cost devices to remove pests from stored foodgrains and generate power from waste water.
“For both, I used waste plastic bottles,” he told HT after receiving the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement in Delhi on Saturday.
For his foodgrain pest receiver, he secured the Youngest Innovator award at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva in 2008.
“Pests in grains move towards oxygen sources. Working on this principle, I inserted a plastic bottle with holes and a mechanism to trap the pests. It worked,” he said. He developed the device when he was in class VI.
A total of 25 children were awarded for their achievements on Children’s Day, the celebration of birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
Among the awardees was 14-year-old Khangjrakpam Arjun, of Manipur, who became the youngest Indian mountaineer to climb a peak. Because of his extraordinary skill and endurance, special dispensation was given to the under-age Arjun to allow him to climb Mt. Banderpunch (White Peak) at a height of 6102 metre (20,340 feet).
Akash Mohan Saxena was just nine years old (now 12) when he developed a robot with broken toys and a remote control.
A.M. Anand from Karnataka won the award as a student as well as a teacher. A mathematics wizard, Anand has been asked by several institutions to deliver lectures to much older students. Although he is yet to appear for the Secondary School Certificate Examination, he teaches maths to postgraduate students.
Shruti Parthasarathy (11), from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is the youngest certified scuba diver in India.