A 14-year-old boy from Gujarat just created a buzz at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit. The 14-year-old boy just signed a Rs 5 crore memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state government for the production of a drone designed by him. A 14-year-old boy whose name is Harshwardhan Zala signed a deal with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat for producing drones that can not only detect but can also defuse land mines on war fields.
Well, it will be worth noting that Harshwardhan Zala who is a class 10 student had made some business plans and already made three prototypes of the drone. At the age of 14, most children still struggle to pass board exams. When asked about his project, Harshwardhan Zala said that he started to work on the drones that can detect and defuse landmine in 2016 and already created a business plan too, the inspiration struck when I was watching television and learned that a large number of soldiers succumb to injuries sustained due to landmine blasts while defusing them manually.
Harshwardhan Zala’s parents have already spent approximately Rs 2 Lakh (2933.084 USD) for the first two prototypes for his drones. Now he was granted Rs 3 lakh (4399.63 USD) for the third prototype from the state. He said, The drone has been equipped with infrared, RGB sensor and thermal meter along with a 21-megapixel camera with a mechanical shutter that can take high-resolution pictures as well.
The drone that he designed can send out waves that can cover up to eight square meter area while flying two feet above from surface. The waves can detect landmines and can tell the location with a base station. He said that, The drone also carries a bomb weighing 50 gram that can be used to destroy the landmine. I started making drones on my own and set up an interface with a base station but realized I need to do more. So I fixed payloads that detect landmines. I have several other plans that I want to execute once the patent for this drone is registered.”
Well, the desire to get his product patented and produced was fueled when he visited the headquarters of Google, Inc. where he shared a project idea with other investors. This was part of an all-expenses paid trip to the US that was part of a prize I won during an innovation event at LD College of Engineering. Now, I need to inform these investors about the MoU and I am sure they will be ready to invest in my company.