A nine-year-old student of Sat Paul Mittal School, credited with developing a ‘line-following’ robot, is set to be honoured at Independence Day function in Ludhiana on August 15 this year. Aryamann Verma, a Class IV student, is set to be one of the youngest-ever to receive the honour. His ecstatic father, Naveen Verma, said Aryamann developed the robot after just training for a month and a half in the field.
“I own an electronics shop and deal in IT services as well. Probably it is in the genes and we never pressurised him to work on robotics. It was after his interest in compiling the robot parts that we sent him for a workshop but it was only for a month and half. After that he started robotics on his own and it developed as hobby,” Naveen Verma told Ludhiana Newsline. The line-follower robot, developed by Aryamann, works on white surfaces and follows black line drawn on it, be it straight or with curves and turns.
“He wakes up at 5 or 6 in morning and then starts robotics. Before going to school, one hour is spent on this activity daily. Next he is working on improving this robot and developing curved lines measurement in this model,” his father added.
Other than Aryamann, the Ludhiana district administration will be also honouring Vipan Bhatia, who has been treating injured birds for 22 years; Davinder Singh from the CRPF colony for turning a garbage dump into a park; Jaipal Singh from Civil Lines for saving passengers during a bus accident in July 2011 and Shiv Ram Saroya, from Ann Jal Sewa Society for providing free food to attendants at the Civil Hospital over the past four years. The others include Dr Amarpreet Singh Deol, who runs a charitable hospital in Mullanpur; Shital Prakash working to restore the city’s green cover; Arjun Sood, an international roller hockey player from Ludhiana and Pradeep Dhall from the Geeta Mandir in Vikas Nagar for spreading awareness against female foeticide.
Rajinder Sharma from Noble Foundation and Vinay Singal from Nikhil Singh Noble Trust are also on the honorary list for providing free medicines and education to poor children. Harminder Singh from Jagraon for volunteering in various government awareness drives and Ashutosh Sharma for facing robbers and getting them arrested through photographs clicked on mobile phone will also be honoured.