Most of the kids at the age of 10 or more can name at least 20 movie actors with ease, but they can hardly name 3 Indian scientists if asked. The scenario is indeed piteous for the country, however, the question being raised is- why our country is very poor in the area of science? Well, there might be a variety of reasons. A major reason is overlooking the contributions of our scientists and researchers.
There have been several scientists across the world who made a real case for themselves as the best brains in the field of science. However, Indian scientists never cease to amaze us with interesting discoveries as they think beyond human imagination. This is the reason why they are praised for being smart in their approach. Sadly, their hard work and achievements go unnoticed.
The story of Prathap NM is one that needs to be told to inspire the youths of the nation. Hailing from Mandya, Karnataka, he makes drones using e-waste to help people in need. He is setting a great example for the young generation to follow suit.
He started repairing with drones when he was only 14 years old, and by the age of 16, he had built his first drone that could fly and capture pictures. Prathap is a BSc grad from JSS College of Arts and Commerce in Mysore. He developed a penchant for building drones and has by built over 600 drones. He is also referred to as the ‘Drone Scientist’.
In addition, he has also finished six sensational projects including Telegraphy in Border Security, Drones for traffic management, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs for rescue operations and auto-piloted drones. The best part is that he has also worked on cryptography in drone networking in order to save them from getting hacked and taken out of control.
When Karnataka was suffering from massive flash floods, it was Prathap NM’s drones that helped in disaster management by offering medicine and food to people in need.
This Indian brain Prathap clearly knows how to utilise e-waste to better effect. He primarily focusses on minimising the generation of e-waste on the planet. What he does is that he tries to utilise components from broken drones like motors, batteries, capacitors and other important electronics where he looks for those vital parts that can be reused.
It is worth mentioning here that Prathap has been invited to over 87 nations to show his creations to the entire world. He has also been awarded the Albert Einstein Innovation Gold Medal International Drone Expo 2018 which was held in Hanover in Germany.
He also received a gold and silver medal and $10,000 in the International Robotics Exhibition that took place in Tokyo in 2017. Impressed by his impeccable knowledge, he was asked to give lectures at IIT Bombay, and IISc to explain the application of drone technology.
Currently, he is working on a project with India’s DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) for drone application in critical national projects.