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Fuelled by a dream, he takes on adversity

K. Santhosh

A digital petroleum gas converter developed by Anu wins him national award

Photo: K.K. Najeeb

Innovative: Anu with the digital petroleum gas converter. -

Thrissur: After college hours, he works in a local electrical shop till night to support his family and studies.

C.J. Anu’s story is truly inspirational.

He lost the support of his father when he was very young.

He and his mother moved to his aunt’s house. Adversities did not snuff out his interest in studies. Brimming with ideas for scientific inventions, he was keen to study electronics.

While attending a diploma course in a polytechnic, he got placement in PepsiCo through campus recruitment.

“While working there, I got acquainted with modern equipment and technology, including industrial sensors and various computer programmes. It urged me to learn more. I left the job. I am now doing an electronics course in the government-run Maharaja’s Technical Institute in Thrissur,” he says.

A digital petroleum gas converter developed by him was adjudged the best project at the 10th National Convention of the Indian Society for Technical Education, held at Andhra Pradesh recently. Engineering colleges and polytechnics from different parts of the country presented about 180 projects.

Mr. Anu’s college mates Jovin C. Varghese, Tito Kurien and Saran Gopal helped him present the project in Andhra Pradesh.

“The entire project was conceived and executed by Mr. Anu. The college played the role of a facilitator,” says V.A. Shamsudeen, Principal of Maharaja’s Technical Institute.

The equipment developed by Mr. Anu converts petrol, diesel or kerosene to gas in a cost-effective manner. Varying pressure is applied for the conversion.

The equipment checks backfiring and uses embedded programming, radio frequency communication and fire safety sensors.

The LCD screen in the equipment indicates the status of internal processing. The sensors detect the fire and switches off the machine with an alarm signal.

“This equipment can be used in vehicles and industrial furnaces,” says Mr. Anu.

He has plans for a few more inventions, including a remote-controlled programme to set off fireworks at Thrissur Pooram.

“I would have written the entrance examination and joined an engineering college if someone had given me the right advice when I was in school,” he said.

Teachers in Maharaja’s Technical Institute are all praise for him. “His determination is phenomenal and humility exemplary. I am sure he will go places,” says A.K. Chandrakantha, head of the Department of Electronics of the college.

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