Gurugram: Smells like teen spirit as two kids wow with innovations

Gurugram: Smells like teen spirit as two kids wow with innovations


GURUGRAM/NOIDA: At a time when most teenagers are swamped by school books, making it difficult to find time to pursue extracurricular activities, two teenagers have stood out for showing initiative and undertaking projects that aim to make lives a little easier for the marginal sections of the society. While one is a 17-year-old student from Gurugram whose app is helping farmers get loans, the other is a 15-year-old girl from Ghaziabad who has made a low-cost and effective toothbrush.
For this, the two teenagers – Karan Soin, a student of Class XII of The Shri Ram School in Gurugram, and Dhruvi Gupta, a Class IX student of Amity International School in Vasundhara – have jointly bagged the second position in the prestigious CSIR Innovation Award for School Children 2020. The two students received a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each earlier this week. No first prize was announced by CSIR this year.
Gupta, who has designed a herbal paper toothbrush using butter paper, told TOI, “There are many people who can’t afford a toothbrush, which is a necessity. I came up with the idea two years ago when I was traveling in a train and lost my toothbrush. I wondered if we could have paper soap why can’t we have paper toothbrushes and since then I was obsessed with the idea.”
She added that she was ready with a biodegradable version of the product much earlier but came up with the prototype recently. “Priced at 50 paise for a strip, I used ingredients such as clove and neem to make it,” she added.
Soin has developed a mobile application called ‘Sudhaar’ through which farmers and women can access institutional credit easily and apply for loans. The student, who has a passion for coding, said he got the idea to make the app during a social outreach programme that was organised by his school.
He then approached some student volunteers and his teachers with the concept and surveyed about 75 villages.
“In March 2019, when I visited these villages, I found that in the absence of a proper credit system, farmers end up taking money from unreliable lenders on unfavourable terms and land in debts. We get to read stories on farmer suicides due to crop loss and hefty loans. That’s when I decided to come up with an easy-to-use technology through which they would be able to get small loans,” the student said, adding that over the next few months he designed and developed Sudhaar for farmers and small business owners.
With inputs from Abhijay Jha in Ghaziabad



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