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Student bags National Child Award

Staff Reporter

In recognition of “his exceptional ability”

Photo: T. Singaravelou

YOUNG PRODIGY: M. Abhilash, who won the National Child Award, with his certificate and medal. —

PUDUCHERRY: The love for science and interest in innovative scientific experiments has brought several accolades for 15-year-old M. Abhilash, the latest being the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement 2009 from the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development.

The award comes in recognition of “his exceptional ability in the field of academics, arts and sports”. He received the silver medal in the presence of Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath in New Delhi on November 14 on the occasion of Children’s Day celebrations.

“The experience was definitely good. I have a lot interest in science and like to do scientific experiments,” he remarked.

But winning laurels is not new for him. A student of Class X at Petit Seminaire Higher Secondary School, Abhilash won the second prize at the national science seminar held at Kolkata in 2008 for his work on “Water crisis on earth – problems and remedies”.

His scientific innovation of a simple no-cost device to remove storage pest from food grains has indeed taken him to places. This fetched him gold medals at the IRIS National Science Fair 2006 sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology.

But this was not all. Abhilash also won the “Youngest Innovator Award” in the International Exhibition for Young Inventors 2007 held at Pragathi Maidan, New Delhi. He received a gold medal and citation sponsored by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, Geneva.

“I used a plastic bottle for the project. An X-ray sheet, in a shape of a funnel, was inserted and fixed with tape at the conical end of the bottle. A number of holes should be put on the upper side of the bottle. The bottle could be kept into a bag of food grains. In this way, the insects in the food grains will be attracted to the oxygen inside the bottle and enter through the holes. The pests will be caught inside the bottle as the X-ray sheet will prevent it from crawling back,” said Abhilash, who also loves Mathematics and reading books.

Classical dance, instrumental music and tennis are his other forte. Besides, he has been short listed to participate in the student exchange programme at Bright Green Youth Conference in Denmark this year as part of the United Nations Climate Change conference. “My aim is to create a weather control machine. I want to become a scientist in the field of chemistry,” he added.

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