Harshwardhan Zala, the 14-year-old student from Gujarat, is a name we are likely to remember in years to come. The boy has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) worth Rs. 5 Cr. with the state government at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, reported ET.
He has signed a deal with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat, to facilitate production of the drones that help detect and defuse land mines on war fields.
While most children of his age were anxious over the upcoming board exams, this class 10 student (Zala) had been working on his business plan and made three prototypes of the drone. Zala said, “The inspiration struck when I was watching television and learned that a large number of soldiers succumb to injuries sustained due to landmine blasts while defusing them manually.”
He spent not less than Rs 5 lakh on the three prototypes of the drone. While the teen’s parents shelled out approximately Rs 2 lakh for the first two prototypes, he was granted Rs 3 lakh from the state for the third prototype.
Wired to locate and destroy, the drone has been equipped with infrared, RGB sensor and thermal meter along with a 21-megapixel camera with a mechanical shutter that can take high resolution pictures as well. The drone is designed to send out waves that cover 8 sq. mt. area while flying two feet above the surface; the waves detect land mines and communicate their location with a base station.
Besides, the drone also carries a bomb weighing 50 gram that can be used to destroy the landmine.
Zala is now looking at manufacturing the drone and getting it tested by security agencies. He has already registered for a patent and has set up his own company ‘Aerobotics’. The teenager added, “I started making drones on my own and set up an interface with a base station but realised I need to do more. So I fixed payloads that detect landmines. I have several other plans that I want to execute once the patent for this drone is registered.” Better than the best The student of Sarvoday Vidhyamandir in Bapunagar said he has been interested in science and innovation for several years now and has always been encouraged by his parents.