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Two young innovators share their success stories with Pune students

They were part of Youngistaanis-Innovator’s Conclave organised to celebrate the 13th founder's day  of Orchid School

pune Updated: Aug 05, 2017 16:35 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
Jui Dharwadkar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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(R to L) Rajiv Bajaj, Harshanvardhan Zala, Akash Manoj at the Youngistaanis- Innovators Conclave organised on the 13th Founders day of The Orchid School, Pune.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

Students of the Orchid School, Pune were left truly inspired with the recent innovations by two young boys namely Harshwardhan Zala and Akash Manoj. A 14-year-old Harshwardhan Zala from Gujarat has successfully designed a drone, which can detect and diffuse landmines on war fields while 15-year-old Akash Manoj, who hails from Tamil Nadu, has made a device to predict silent heart attacks.

Both of them were in the city on Friday to be part of the Youngistaanis-Innovator’s Conclave organised to celebrate the 13th founder's day of the Orchid School. Also present on the occasion were Rajiv Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj Auto and Lakshmi Kumar, founder director of the Orchid School, Pune among others.Harshwardhan and Akash have become well known figures today with their ground breaking innovations.

Speaking on the occasion, Harshwardhan Zala said, "Once, I saw a video about landmines and felt the need to find a way to detect and diffuse landmines in war fields. I kept on researching for two years and finally came up with the drone."

Zala said that he took tuitions for engineering students and guided them with their projects as a way to fund his research.Zala had recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Gujarat government.

Akash Manoj, who has come up with a device for predicting silent heart attack said, "When I was 13-years-old, my grandfather succumbed to a silent heart attack. Since then, I started researching on finding a way to predict silent heart attacks."

Akash has developed a band like device which can be worn like a wrist watch. It releases a small positive electrical impulse which will attract negatively charged protein released by the heart and signal a heart attack.

Speaking about the current status of development, Akash said, "I have a global patent for this device in 6 countries including India after signing a MoU with AIIMS, New Delhi and the Union ministry of health and family welfare for its commercial production.

On the occasion, Bajaj shared his joy of meeting these young innovators."The manner in which we look at innovation is through three I's namely invention, innovation and improvement. Invention is rare, but it can lift man's life to a different orbit followed by innovation, which can help solve problems. Also, improvement is what everyone must strive for in all possible ways,” he said. He further stated that in order to make invention, innovation and improvement, what we need is focus, fearlessness, friends and fun."

First Published: Aug 05, 2017 16:34 IST