In a rejoicing news for the entire people of Longding district and the state as a whole, Kr. Maowang Wangham of class v from VKV Niausa bagged the very prestigious national award in Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Competition 2018 for his innovation.
It is a national level competition held every year to churn out original technological ideas and innovations from amongst the childrens up to class 12 or those out of school up to the age of 17yrs., organised by NIF (National Innovation Foundation) to promote creativity and originality among childrens. The name of the winners were announced on 15th Oct. 2018 , on late APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthday, which is celebrated as Children’s Creativity and Innovation Day by NIF.
Over 90,000 entries from 643 districts of all the state and union territories of India were received during the IGNITE 2018 Competition, which ran from 1st Sept. 2017-31st August 2018. Out of those 9000 students, 31 students from 11 states were awarded today for their innovative ideas by Sri Pranab Mukherjee, the former President of India at National Innovation Foundation, India’s Gandhinagar Office. Interestingly Kr Maowang is the youngest recipient of the award this year.
An exhibition showcasing award winning ideas were also held at the venue. Kumar Maowang Wangham, was awarded for his model “LIFE JACKET WITH AN OXYGEN MASK”.
It is reported that the young lad came up with this model after his friend died of drowning in the river sometime back which left a deep scar in his mind.
Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE competition is organised by NIF in association with Central Board of Secondary School (CBSE) and Honey BEE Network. Number of other state Boards/Councils/Department of Educations/Secondary Education/Higher Secondary of Uttrakhand, Tripura, Punjab, Nagaland, Maharastra, Haryana, Manipur, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, State councils/institutes of educations research and Training of Telangana, Andra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnatata and West Bengal Council of Rabindra Open Schooling, Chhatsigarh, Sanskrit Vidhyamandal, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan-Chhatisgarh also actively promoted the IGNITE 2018 Campaign.
NIF, is an autonomous body of department of science and technology, government of India, and has been actively engaged in promoting creativity and innovation in our society. NIF has taken major initiative to serve the knowledge-rich but economically poor people of the country.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Ignite Awards is an effort to focus primarily on the creativity of the children and promote inclusive and compassionate thinking among them.
A proud father of Kr Maowang Wangham, Shri Ngamto Wangham of around 50 ,who escorted the boy to Gujarat for the award function was all gleeful recounting his son's achievement and how his son gave him the once in a lifetime opportunity to attend such a prestigious function.
In his message over phone he appreciated and thanked the duo of Shri Honchun Ngandam, Hon'ble Minister for Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh and Shri Thangwang Wangham local MLA, for sponsoring the to and fro journey expenditures.
"My child, Maowang Wangham, by nature is a very curious boy. Unlike the boys of his age, he never used to preserve the toys that I used to gift him. He used to destroy the whole new toy in a moment and would try to repair the damaged toys thereafter. Sometime he succeeded and sometimes he failed.' He said.
"And his curiosity to do something new and creative, I think has paid off today. I will never forget this moment of glory given to me by my little child." He added.
He also thanked the teachers and school authorities of VKV Niausa, for grooming his child and letting him achieve the recognition he deserves.
Man Bahadur Chetry , one of the teacher of VKV Niausa, his mother Mrs Anyo Wangcha accompanied the child for the award function.