Dhrubajyoti Kakati! A teenage innovator and scientist! While youngsters of his age are more inclined towards teenage activities and nearly indecisive about what they shall do in their future, he has pioneered seven innovations! He has well exploited ideas and technology to everyone’s advantage. Ideating and experimenting since his childhood, he pioneered concepts, directed towards empowering the physically challenged, small farmers, and the common people at large.
25% of India’s population comprises of youngsters. Innovation can bring a big difference to the youngsters’ lives, thereby adding to the economic and technological development of the nation.
Besides being an innovator, 20 year old Dhrubajyoti Kakati is the founder of Haritkona – a bimonthly popular science newspaper, Haritkona TV (first Assamese science YouTube channel), Idea Study and Designing Centre, and KrixomNET, an agricultural startup. He has been a state level debater, winning prizes in state and district level competitions. He has been featured in national Zee Q Channel in a show called Teenovation. He was selected for World Youth Conference held in 2016 in Delhi.
Here is an excerpt of an interview with Dhrubajyoti Kakati, taken by Manoshi Sinha, Editor, My India My Glory.
Manoshi Sinha: When did u start innovating?
Dhrubajyoti Kakati: I started giving shape to my ideas when I was 16. It was the year 2013. I developed a concrete mixer for the small construction sector. It requires no electricity to run. It is operated by a pedal to make a mixture of cement, sand and water. It also serves as a brick making machine.
Manoshi Sinha: Please tell us about your other innovations.
Dhrubajyoti Kakati: I have developed several easy-to-use machines and utility products. These are multi-purpose crutch for the physically challenged, pedal operated grinder, grilling device, umbrella helper box, and low cost seed driller. Development of more innovative products is in the pipeline.
I have designed a special crutch for the physically challenged. This easy-to-use light crutch comes with a seat and a small table. It comes with a water bottle carrier. Users of this crutch can relax anywhere. They can use it as a chair and take rest if they feel tired.
The umbrella helper box is operated by a small (6V) solar plate. It transmits power for charging a mobile phone. Bicyclers in village roads, towns and cities avail double advantage, also using it as a torch on a rainy night. The box that is attached to the umbrella can be easily removed when not in need.
The grilling device can be used to bake chappatis and smoke non-vegetarian delicacies. The pedal operated grinder is an easy-to-use machine for the kitchen. It requires no electricity to run. It can be used to make rice flour, xaandoh (traditional Assamese food), etc.
The low cost seed driller can be used for drilling seeds in a crop field. This machine comes with furrow making, seed drilling and furrow covering system. It is a very suitable machine for small farmers.
Manoshi Sinha: Your educational background.
Dhrubajyoti Kakati: I did my schooling from Sankardev Sishu Niketan, Lakhimpur; Pichala National Academy, Lakhimpur and my HS from North Lakhimpur College. I am currently pursuing B.Sc (2nd yr) in Agriculture from Biswanath College of Agriculture, Sonitpur under Assam Agricultural University.
Manoshi Sinha: Your accomplishments.
Dhrubajyoti Kakati: I have been selected for state level Children Science Congress thrice. I was selected to participate in the National Children Science Congress in 2011 held at Jaipur National University. I participated at the pre-workshop of NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge in 2016.
The Assam News conferred me with Leadership Award in 2016. I was honored with the ‘Top 100 Youth Leader of India 2016’ conferred by Indian Youth Forum. At the All Assam Entrepreneur Meet 2017, I was deemed ‘Student Product Innovator of the year 2017’.
Manoshi Sinha: Have u patented your innovations? Any help from government?
Dhrubajyoti Kakati: Not yet.
Manoshi Sinha: Please tell us about your family
Dhrubajyoti Kakati: My father Luhit Kakati is a teacher. Anju Kakati, my mother, is involved in home chores. My brother Dibyajyoti Kakati completed his graduation in Economics from North Lakhimpur College.
Manoshi Sinha: Your inspirations.
Dhrubajyoti Kakati: My father is my first inspiration. My mother is the activation energy for me. She instills in me the energy for ideating, experimenting and innovating.
I also draw inspiration from APJ Abdul Kalam, Uddhab Kumar Bharali, and Thomas Alva Edison.
Manoshi Sinha: Your hobbies, goal in life and message to the youth gentry.
Dhrubajyoti Kakati: I like acting, drawing, watching TV, especially game-based, playing, reading books, designing, etc.
My aim is to build a bridge between past and future. I wish to dive further into the world of innovation. Entrepreneurship is the future for me.
Every person is perfect for the society. Each should involve in fruitful and unique activities directed towards benefit of mankind. Each should build a bridge between past and future and flow with time.
The government and private organizations should recognize innovators who have creatively applied technology and ideas to benefit all. Dhrubajyoti Kakati needs a platform. His innovations can have a lasting impact on divyangs, farmers, and households. Bulk production is the answer!
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