Innovative minds: Two Jalandhar girls to get award from President

  • Aakanksha N Bhardwaj, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Aug 05, 2016 15:24 IST
Manpreet Kaur (left) and Harjinder Kaur in a jubilant mood in Jalandhar after their ‘innovative’ idea was selected by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research on Thursday. (HT Photo)

September 25 is going to be the most important date for two city girls as they will receive an award from President Pranab Mukherjee for their ‘innovative minds’.

Manpreet Kaur and Harjinder Kaur of Class 12 studying in PAP Government Model Sr Sec School here have been selected by the Council of scientific and industrial research (CSIR) for giving an innovative idea.

Around 20,000 entries with different ideas from all over the country had been received for the programme ‘CSIR innovation award for school children-2016’ organised by the Innovation protection unit of the council. As many as 35 ideas from these 20,000 entries were shortlisted of which one idea was on ‘Preparing herbal bandages and sanitary pads with orange peels’ by the city school.

Those, whose ideas were selected were invited for training on April 25-26 and the duo from the city also got an opportunity to visit the centre along with their guide Monia Jain, a lecturer of chemistry, who inspired the girls to prepare the project.

Monia Jain said, “The training period was a learning experience in itself as we got to meet senior scientists.”

She said, “After training we had to send the final project to the council and in the final 15 ideas got selected of which ours got 4th position.”

Only two students from Punjab have been selected to take award from the President. They will be getting a cash prize of Rs 20,000 along with the award.

Manpreet Kaur and Harjinder Kaur while discussing the idea said that the idea was based on the condition of the girls living in slum areas.

“As they don’t give attention to hygiene, we thought of giving an idea where citrus peels present in abundance as waste could be used as sanitary napkins for girls when mixed with another natural product (the product they refused to disclose till patent).

They said, “Citrus fruits have an amazing quality to absorb liquid and has healing property, if used as bandage or napkins, they will lock blood and blood will not come out.”

Baljinder Singh, district science supervisor, said, it was a proud moment for the district as two girls from Punjab has made it to national level. “I am happy that my district’s girls have shown the capability,” he added.

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