Family & Kids

Kashmir’s School Student Zufa Iqbal gets innovation award

President Mukherjee presented Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards to the winning children of IGNITE competition organized by National Innovation Foundation (NIF) on 7 November 2016 in Delhi. National Innovation Foundation - gives Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards to students up to class 12 th for their ideas and innovations. 30 students were awarded this year out of the over 55,000 applicants from 458 districts of the country. Zufa Iqbal from Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir and Sheereen Shaikh of Delhi were among the awardees.
Zufa Iqbal from Srinagar with Prez. Mukherjee
Zufa Iqbal's idea, Namda rolling machine: Zufa’s grandfather believed that every person is born for some purpose, and he wanted her to realise the purpose of her life and have faith in the Almighty. “My beloved grandfather wanted me to become a doctor. His only dream was to see me wearing that white coat and serve people,” says Zufa. She claims to be a science fiction lover and loves to write.
Since the introduction of manual technique of Namda (woolen carpet) making, there has not been any technological intervention in this regard. The Namda rolling machine is the first of its kind for automating the process of Namda production. This machine takes almost seven to eight minutes to make a simple Namda. The washing and designing process is also finished within 15-20 minutes. Zufa plans to refine her innovation and commercialise it as a cost- and time-efficient machine.
Sheereen Shaikh's idea, a Tiffin box that reminds one to wash hands: Many times children forget to wash their hands before and after eating food. It obviously affects the personal hygiene and causes possible health hazard. Sheereen developed her idea during a Children Creativity Workshop organised by SRISTI at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, during the Festival of Innovation 2016. Her idea is to get it written on the cover of tiffin box, “wash your hands before you eat food” and on the inside cover, “wash your hands after eating your food”. May be, this is made mandatory to print this line by lunch box manufacturers. Sheereen has always wanted to be an engineer. She enjoys travelling and is interested in dancing and singing.    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2016 on page no. 22

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