Wind-powered cooler opens door to Japan for teenager

  • Debashish Sarkar Debashish Sarkar Debashish Sarkar Debashish Sarkar Debashish Sarkar Debashish Sarkar Debashish Sarkar, Hindustan Times, JAMSHEDPUR
  • Updated: Feb 17, 2015 22:41 IST

A teenaged girl has come up with a wind-powered rural cooler.

Nishu Kumari, who comes of a poor family that lives in a nondescript Banatanagar slum in Adityapur, about 7 km from Jamshedpur, will leave for Japan on May 9, under Sakura Education Exchange programme to explain her project.

“We’ve sent her proposal and she has been selected among the candidates who will go to Japan under Sakura Eduction Exchange programme. She was selected on the basis of this rural cooler powered by wind energy wining the regional round (seven states) of the Inspire Award-2013 competition by science and technology department of government of India,” Hari Shankar Ram, Seraikela-Kharswan district education officer (DEO), told HT.

Nishu Kumari, who took the board examinations on Monday, says she wants to do something for the power-starved slums and villages.

She says, “Power is hardly there in our slum or villages, so that made me think of doing something. I then came up with this cooler that runs on wind-power generated through a fan installed on a bamboo pole on the roof. My aim is to become a scientist and make my parents and country proud.”

Her father Akhilsh Prasad works in Omni Auto on a monthly salary of `5,000 and both his daughter and son are studying in government schools. Nishu won the INSPIRE Award top prize in Kuluptanga in 2013.

In a letter, Inder Jit Singh, joint secretary of science and technology department of the Central Government said, “The Japanese government has invited two groups of 30 students each studying in Class 10, 11 and 12 for one week. We’ve chosen the two groups from the winners of the National Level Exhibition and Project Competitions held so far.”

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