02 February 2020
Balasore: Young innovator Biplab Kumar Ghosh broke the glass ceiling when he designed a machine that helps in cultivation, not in one or two but in six different ways.
A resident of Madhupura village in Basta block of Balasore district and a student Class VII of Madhupur Upendra Nath Nodal Upper Primary School, Biplab was moved by the hard labour that his farmer father put in every paddy season.
And staying true to his name, which means self-reliant, young Biplab started working on a machine that could do the multiple steps involved in cultivation. Striving hard at his goal, he came up with a solar powered-machine that could do six jobs which include ploughing, transplantation, manuring, and watering. It was built at the minimal cost of Rs 10,000.
“My parents have been my biggest inspiration. My teachers gave me the much-needed guidance and my friends were a huge support in this process,” says a beaming Biplab.
He adds, “I wish to be an Agriculture Scientist when I grow up and make many more such devices which will help farmers in decreasing their labour costs with an increase in production.”
Biplab’s innovation soon got attention and was recognized not just at state-level but also at the national level. He was selected for the INSPIRE Awards - MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspirations and Knowledge). He will soon leave for Japan where he will get to present his make before the world.
Not just this, Biplab also got an invitation from the President Ram Nath Kovind to join the latter in his Republic Day high-tea function where the President is said to have lauded the young innovator.