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Innovation is his forte

Innovation is his forte

Varun Das

Late President Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam had famously quoted that the greatest brains of the nation could be found in the last benches of classrooms. And this rings true as one meets Lovelash Dutt, a BBA student with a passion for gadgets and innovation. As the frail 20-year-old puts it, for the better part of his school life, he was a back bencher who did not score high percentage and also battled bullying from his peers because he was always lost in his own world of inventions and experiments. But in spite of all odds Lovelash currently has around 10 odd patents for different gadgets that he has created over the past five years.  

"In a system where one's intelligence is gauged through marks and the choice of one's career and course, I used to feel extremely out of place as books and classroom lectures were not giving me the answers that I needed to give a concrete shape to my ideas", says Lovelash.  Hailing from Mundri town in Kaithal district, his affair with gadgets started at a young age when he started tinkering with his toys and electronic gadgets. "In school I would participate in science fairs and exhibitions and would always win top prizes, even though my ultimate score in examination was always average", shares the resilient inventor who went on to join BBA course in Chandigarh University in Mohali, in spite of having an aptitude for robotics and engineering.  

His list of innovations includes a smart cane and a smart watch for visually impaired people and an improvised "stun gun" for women safety. His most notable invention till date, however, is the Smart Bin, which has even garnered him praise from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. 

He is also the inventor of 'Smart Bag', which is also referred to as the tech bag. It is a bag with a GPS and the owner's smartphone starts ringing if he moves 50 metres away from it. It can also be used to charge smartphones and tablets, thanks to the solar panel power bank and the generator. Over the years, he has also won several accolades, including first position in the Indian Skill Zonal Level Competition with a cash prize. He also conducts motivational seminars for school-level students. 

Fired by entrepreneurial spirit, he already has set up Robot King, which is an innovation-based start-up. Currently he is working on a project to develop world's smallest satellite under the aegis of his start-up DDU (Dutt Dua and Universe) - a mini space agency.  However, in spite of all the talk about ‘Start-up India’ and entrepreneurship, young innovators like Lovelash rue the lack of support from educational institutions as well as government departments. "Further research and production of many of my innovations are stuck for lack of funds and academic support, which gets frustrating at times", he adds.   

He is planning to share his design and research on satellite with scientists at NASA, during an upcoming visit there next month and is hoping to get an encouraging response from there.

Though Lovelash is an example of a bright back bencher, yet the question that remains is whether our entrepreneurial eco-system too is plagued with the same ills as our education system? While we talk of battling unemployment, it is imperative to support youth like Lovelash, who can be job creators of future.

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