BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Nov 07: The Innovation Hub at Regiol Science Centre paves the way for the invention of a ‘foot-operated tea-making table for differently-abled’ by two students of Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Silpukhuri — Kaustav Moni Malakar and Sabuj Saikia. The duo has been nomited to receive the Ignite Award from the President of India in December this year.
Speaking to this reporter, Innovator Kaustav Moni Malakar said, “We had an idea to develop the foot-operated tea-making table. It got its shape while we were doing research on our project in Innovation Hub.”
“We were asked to make a demo of our project, which was later approved by the authorities. We were provided with all necessary equipments and raw materials needed for making the machine. However, we’re yet to give the finishing touches to our project. We hope to complete it by the end of this month,” Kaustav added.
Kaustav said that the objective of the table is an altertive way of earning livelihood for differently-abled. With the help of this machine, differently-abled persons can engage themselves into tea making and selling to eke out their living.
Education officer Ramendra Medhi said, “Innovation Hub is a platform for creative students who have ideas. They need some guidance to give their ideas definite shapes. We provide all kinds of raw materials, tools and equipments which are required by members of Innovation Hub to make their projects. Along with that we also provide platforms to showcase their talent and enhance their knowledge by conducting innovation festival and innovation fairs.”
“We have mentors to guide young members in their projects. However, we also invite specialized scientists and professors for guiding students. Recently we’ve also started a workshop on robotics, electronics and 3D printers for students.” Medhi added.
Medhi also said that they have already received a number of success stories from members of Innovation Hub and are looking forward for many more.