Nine-year-old Aaryan Balaji has set high goals for himself, literally. Aaryan, who became the youngest child to climb to the Everest base camp in 2012, wants to scale the world’s tallest peak in 2017. He is one of the 20 children President Pranab Mukherjee will felicitate on Friday with national child awards.
Among the others who will get the awards are a five-year-old magician who does shows to spread awareness about disability and a Class IX student who designed a jacket that would keep a biker cool in the summer heat.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Aaryan, son of an officer in the Navy, spoke of the tough training he undergoes to realise his ambition.
“I walk 10-15 km every day and cycle for 5-10 km. At the base camp, I saw how people train to reach the top. I also climbed Kalapatthar which is nearly 5554 metres high. I have also scaled Mount Kilimanjaro,” he said.
Aaryan has also represented India in the World Unicycle Championship in Canada and has been featured in several advertisements and films.
For 5-year-old Satvik, who grew up watching the anguish of his specially-abled uncle, magic is a medium to spread the message that those like his uncle need care and compassion.
Asked what his magic shows are about, he replied: “Mental retardation”. Satvik’s family is now busy preparing for a new
show based on Swacch Bharat theme, said his father Suresh Nayak.
Fifteen-year-old Masirabi Hanif Patel of Bhusawal will be awarded for coming up with an ‘AC’ for bikers.
“(During summer) I saw my father very uncomfortable on his two wheeler while those in cars stayed cool. I started thinking why can’t there be an AC in a two-wheeler. So I designed a jacket that keeps a biker cool,” she said.
The Class IX student has earlier received an award for innovation from former President A P J Abdul Kalam.
Each awardee will get a silver medal, a certificate and a cheque of Rs 10,000. Four institutions and three individuals are also being given national awards for child welfare and three others will get the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva award.