Sikanto, now a Class 12 student, was in the ninth grade in Jai Gurudev Sanstha School (which provides free education to underprivileged children), when he first observed how his batchmates (the boys), struggled to pick up and dump waste, swept by the girls as part of their early morning duties.
While some would slyly sneak their way out of the task, others would pinch their noses in disgust and continue to pick the waste unenthusiastically with their bare hands.
It was at that time that Sikanto came up with the idea of creating a manual waste lifting and dumping device as an innovative alternative to not only help his friends clean up the school premises better, but also make the task at hand something they looked forward to, every day.
When Sikanto discussed his idea and the problem of funds with his teachers, they encouraged him to apply for the Inspire Awards by the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. The authorities were impressed by the young innovator’s design, selected his entry and awarded Rs 5,000 to him to build a model.
Spending over a month and a half, Sikanto built his first model out of wood. Scraping together parts of old furniture, discarded bicycle chains and brakes, he created the preliminary model of his mobile garbage collection machine.
Sikanto has also customised the cart with space for sanitation workers to keep their brooms, a water bottle and any other material they carry or come across on the field.
In March 2017, Sikanto even exhibited the model at the week-long Festival of Innovation held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Sikanto dreams of becoming an engineer and innovate many more solution-based machines. Nonetheless, he continues to worry about his family’s financial condition and if they’d be able to help him attain his dream.
Reference: The Better India