Rajanna-Sircilla: Hanmajipet, a tiny village in Vemulawada mandal, the native of renowned Telangana writer and Gyanpeeth awardee Dr C Narayana Reddy, is in the limelight after a student studying in the local government school won an award at the national level.
Marripalli Abhishek, a class VIII student of the local Zilla Parishad High School, won national level prize for building a device which makes filling of paddy in gunny bags easy. It attracted the attention of a number of visitors at the National Level Inspire Science Exhibition held at IIT-Delhi on February 14 and 15.
Abhishek was awarded the third prize besides Rs 10,000 as cash and a laptop. Out of 622 exhibits across the county, 60 were from Telangana. Speaking to Telangana Today, Abhishek, son of a Gulf migrant labourer said he got the idea to develop a filling machine after seeing his mother Rajavva’s struggle to fill paddy in gunny bags at Indira Kranthi Patham paddy purchasing center. Unable to cultivate his small land holding following increase in expenditure, Laxmirajam, father of the boy, migrated to Dubai in search of employment six months ago.
When he got the idea of developing a paddy filling machine, he shared it with his guide Venkatesham, who helped the boy in giving final shape to his concept.
All that the machine requires is two wheels, iron sheet, few iron pipes rods, weighing, stitching machines, and it only costs around Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000. The machine can do the work of three persons.
Besides paddy, the machine can also be used to fill maize and wheat in gunny bags. The boy said that he aims to become an IAS officer.
BK Umarani, headmaster of ZPHS at Hanmajipet, said that they helped the boy to develop the concept when he approached them with his idea and sent the concept to Inspire Science Exhibition well in advance and prepared the boy for national event after getting approval.
Meanwhile, Abhishek had secured first place in the district level event and at the State level in Warnagal.