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Young Baramulla innovator girl brings laurels


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Srinagar: A class XI student and a young innovator Shahida Bano of a far-off village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district is among three Kashmiri students who have been selected for the prestigious Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Programme in Science under the SAKURA Exchange Programme in Science.

Besides Shahida, two other students, Danish Javed from, Machipora, Kupwara and Mehvish Reyaz from Kulgam, have been selected for the elite programme, officials said.

The Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Programme in Science is a collaborative effort between Japan and various Asian countries. The program promotes international cooperation and cultural exchange in the field of science and technology.

A student of the Government Higher Secondary School Fatehgarh, Shahida, a resident of Sheeri Narvaw Baramulla- was awarded the Inspire National Award and also won the Inventor India Challenge when she was class VIII student in Government Boys Middle School Sheeri Payeen.

Last month Shahida’s guide teacher Reyaz Ahmad Ganai accpamined her at ‘The National Technology Week 2023, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi in which thousands of young innovators across India participated.

Shahida said she was highly grateful to Almighty Allah and her mentor teacher for their support from day one.

The young innovator has come up with a brilliant solution to prevent minors from driving on the Indian roads. Her project, a smart vehicle key, uses a fingerprint sensor to detect the age and license number of the driver.

Shahida said she was inspired to work on the project after witnessing the devastating impact of road accidents caused by minors in her neighbourhood. She says her smart key has the potential to save countless precious lives.

The smart key works by detecting the fingerprint of the driver besides age and license number of the driver through a fingerprint sensor. If the driver is underage or doesn’t have a valid license, the key will not allow the vehicle to start.

This simple, yet effective solution can go a long way in preventing accidents caused by minors who are not legally authorized to drive the vehicles.

Headmaster of Government Middle School Sheeri Payeen Hafiza Bano and Principal Higher Secondary School Fatehgarh Dr. Shameem Ahmad Bhat felt jubilant with her selection for this esteemed program which reflects dedication and hard work of both student and her guide teacher.

The Japan Science Department (JSD) will be hosting Shahida Bano, along with two other talented students from Jammu and Kashmir, during their upcoming visit to Japan. This incredible opportunity will allow them to interact with renowned scientists, engage in cutting-edge research, and experience the rich scientific and cultural heritage of Japan, said District Nodal Officer Baramulla Dr. Parvaiz Ahmad.

He emphasized that such achievements not only bring recognition to the students and their schools but also contribute to the overall development of scientific aptitude in the region.

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