In a bid to make the lives of the visually impaired easier, Anang Tadar, a class-11 student of the New Galaxy Academy, Nirjuli, has developed an innovative device called the G4B (Goggle for the blind).
The device is based on the same principle of echolocation used by bats for navigation.
Illustrative Image of Echo Location
Anang’s invention was adjudged the most innovative award in the recently concluded Regional Level Science Festival at the Regional Science centre in Guwahati and was awarded the Dinanath Pandey Smart Idea Innovation Award.
The National Innovation Foundation (NIF) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), impressed by the feat, are willing to launch the G4B in the market and have asked Anang to create a few prototypes to test on blind people.
Anang met Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu at Itanagar on Friday.
The Arunachal Pradesh government has assured all financial support to him to improve upon his innovation, to make it easier to handle, and to produce it on a large scale.
When asked by The Logical Indian about his motivation behind G4B, Anang said, “The idea of developing G4B came to my mind when I met a blind woman one day while going home by auto. She sat right beside me. My entire journey back home, I was wondering how it feels to be blind. I imagined myself in her place and thought about how it feels to lose one’s sight or to be born blind. That day I noticed everything around me – the electrical pole, signboards, parked cars and people walking. I felt that everything is an obstacle for the blind as they can’t see these things and avoid them while walking. So I thought I would make something to help them move around with ease. The idea of echolocation used by bats came in my mind. Bats don’t use their eyes for navigating around in their environment.”
Talking about his future plans he added, “I want to change the world by changing the technology people are using and developing eco-friendly devices and machines. Also, I want to work for the development of the technology in my state (Arunachal Pradesh). I want people to live in a cleaner environment and use healthier technologies. When I see disabled people, I try to think in what ways can they have a better life. I never aim for getting a degree or a job. But I really want to work in the R&D department of the Indian military. I want to advance our nation’s technology so that India doesn’t stand inferior to other nations. Like APJ Abdul Kalam said, power respects power.”
The Logical Indian community appreciates the innovative work done by Anang which gives a new ray of hope to those who are visually impaired. We wish Anang all the best for his future endeavours and hope more of today’s youth come up with new ideas to help the people of this country.
Even at 76, Pradip Burman, the zestful chairman of Mobius Foundation radiates a contagious enthusiasm when he is talking about sustainability. The environmental crusader, better known to many as the great-grandson of Dabur founder Dr S.K.Burman, has devoted substantial attention towards promoting the concept of sustainability in all aspects of life. He refuses to conform to the convenience and comfort in today’s world which ultimately adds on to the adverse effects of climate change.
Talking to The Logical Indian, Burman emphasised why sustainability as a concept is indispensable for us. “We ought to be aware of what lies ahead of us. Soon we will finish the oil, iron, tin, and coal, and our next generations will be left with nothing. Recycling, banning plastics, stop felling trees for paper… This should become a part of everyone’s lifestyle,” he urges.
Traditional wisdom and modern research
A mechanical engineer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, Burman had always nurtured a keen interest in helping the society, as evident from his graduation project of designing a sonic aid for the visually challenged, which detected obstacles in the way using ultrasonic wave signals.
As an executive for the nature-centric company Dabur, Burman has always opted for natural alternatives to solve his everyday problems like taking Ayurvedic medicine to cure his Arthritis. He later launched the veterinary wing for Dabur – Ayurvet – which provides nature-friendly solutions for animal health care.
A patron of the ancient scientific wisdom of India, Burman always hailed the confluence of “traditional knowledge and modern research”, which he advocated as the Ayurvet motto.
As part of the CSR initiative of Dabur, Pradip Burman founded SUNDESH (Sustainable Development Society) which has been tirelessly working for last 25 years in remote villages for uplifting the rural communities in an environmentally sustainable way.
An advocate of sustainability
Burman believes that sustainability is the indispensable mantra for the world at present. Due to uncontrolled utilisation of the planet’s resources by human beings, the world today stands at a juncture of destabilisation. Today the human race has reached the pinnacle of progress but the advancement is happening in a very unsustainable manner.
Through energy-efficient use of everyday essentials like transport, communication, altered habits of diet, clothing and daily living, some crusaders of sustainability try to reduce their carbon footprint. Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is one of the forerunners toward sustainability goals.
Mobius Foundation aims to change the sustainability dynamics
In 2015, Burman paved the way for the start of Mobius Foundation, focused on sustainability. Named after 18th-century German mathematician August Ferdinand Mobius, the famous Mobius strip has an important philosophical significance. The extraordinary shape symbolises balance and union.
Similar is the essence of Mobius Foundation which wishes to enhance the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” principle to a widespread basis in India, helping generations to come.
Founder Pradip Burman wishes to achieve notable development in education, population stabilisation and renewable energy projects.
A dream school in the making
At Coorg, Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is constructing the World Environment School, Coorg (WESc) where the curriculum will surpass the boundaries of books and classrooms, with a special focus on hands-on learning in close collaboration with the environment. Amidst the pristine natural beauty of Coorg, the school will nurture young minds to grow up into future green leaders. As of now, the school will be open to teenagers, welcoming students from standards 6 to 12.
Needless to say, World Environment School will be the first-of-its-kind not only in India but also in entire South Asia. The school is expected to start from March 2020.
The school promises to nurture the responsible behaviour of citizens of our future.
The Sustainability Conference of 2019
In 2019, the Mobius Foundation has planned an international conference, on the lines of the celebrated earth summits over the past decade. The 2019 International Conference on Sustainability Education (ICSE 2019) aims to bring together environmental activists, practitioners of sustainable development as well as climate change experts to help develop a sustainability-focused curriculum.
It is surmised that the conference will give a platform to innovative concepts of Sustainability Education including an essential change in the existing education system ensuring a wholesome personal development for a student.
The Sustainability crusader
The Mobius founder strongly believes that it is high time to sprout sustainability awareness among a society drowning in consumerism and unknowingly doing irreparable harm to the planet, every second. The best way to achieve this goal is through education which is available to all. At present, the education system is predominantly career-oriented, making the learners a victim of materialism, and thus, their dreams are also outlined in those colours.
Living beyond the limits
When asked about his wish to attain the age of hundred, he strongly asserts that more than becoming a centurion, he wishes his life and work continue to better the society even in his absence. “I have lived my life. I wish that whatever I start before I go, will continue – for the betterment of my country,” says Mr Pradip Burman.
He is also a trustee of the Climate Reality Project – India (affiliated to Mr. Al Gore of the Climate Reality Project Foundation, USA). Climate Reality Project, India, has been actively engaged igniting the spark and spreading the message of climate change amongst educators, policy makers and civil society. The India branch looks after more than 500 trained Climate Leaders, and more than 900 volunteers spread all over the country.
In his journey, Pradip Burman has been a beacon of hope for millions, motivating many to join the movement for sustainability. We wish he continues his tireless efforts for promoting sustainability awareness and inspire generations to come.