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Budding innovator

T.SARAVANAN takes a look at a budding scientist's innovations


QUITE OFTEN people throw away the button cells used in wristwatches once the charge is gone. But here is a piece of advice. Hereafter, do not discard them. These button cells can be recharged at least three times and their life can be extended by six months, with the help of equipment discovered by a budding scientist R. Ashok Kumar.

He is in the habit of collecting discarded button cells, recharge them successfully and use them for a longer period. Ashok Kumar has a couple of other interesting electronic support systems as well to his credit. For a person from an obscure place like Nagari, some 20 km away from the Temple City carrying out research was not easy.

Even as a school-going kid, he used to be pre-occupied with dismantling electronic goods and reassembling them. The school syllabus hardly attracted him. So much so that he discontinued his studies and appeared for the S.S.L.C. in private.

Embers burning bright

The embers of inventing something useful for the society kept simmering in him and he joined the Institution of Electronics and Tele Communication Engineering, where he was encouraged in electronic research. His stint at the institute nurtured his talent and soon he found himself in a position where he could think of finding user-friendly equipment that could solve many a problem.

"We are a farming family of six members. But I realised the need for pumping money for my research. I started working on the recharging equipment and took two months to complete it. Its success drove me to newer experiments," says Ashok, revealing his unfailing passion to "make something, which can be of use and lasting value."

Ashok strongly feels that any technology ought to reach the middle class. "Once a new technology or invention is introduced in the market, it is usually beyond the reach of the common man. So I decided to make something utilitarian and keep the price affordable for all."

New invention

At present, he is engrossed in developing a tool, which can give more mileage for two-wheelers. "Once completed my equipment will provide an enviable mileage of 170 km per hour.

But then it is in the process and it will take months for me to finish it," he says with much hope.

But Ashok has already thought of his next project — to increase the storage capacity of ordinary audio cassettes.

"A normal audio cassette stores an average of a dozen songs. But my aim is to increase this capacity by four times!" he divulges.

Surely, it is worth waiting for and try out this budding researcher's potential. Given the right opportunity and environment Ashok can do wonders. He is firmly on his way.

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