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The Times Of India
23 Nov 2012
Bhubaneswar, india.

Jyoti Ranjan Sahoo, a Class X student of DAV Public School, Unit–VIII, has been selected for Initiative for Research and Innovation Science (IRIS), a national–level science fare.

Sahoo has invented a device called eyerinator which can be of immense help to people with eye–ailments such as Glaucoma, low vision, semi–blindness, retinitis or pigmentosa. He will showcase his invention at IRIS, organized by Intel and the department of science and technology of the Centre.

Jyoti's invention is helpful for people suffering from diseases like Glaucoma, low vision, semi–blind, retinitis, pigmentosa have a restricted vision with only five degree view. But the eyerinator provides them 85 degree of view, enabling them to have a better vision.

"At IRIS, I will showcase a highly modified form of the eyerinator. After the project was awarded by the National Innovation Foundation, it was also approved by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), L V Prasad Eye Institute and also seven other pioneer institutes. I have also filed for a patent of the device," said Jyoti. A person with only 5 degree view can enhance his/her field of view to up to 85% with the help of the device, he said.

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Sahoo also already received a young scientist award from the President of India on November 14 for his innovative device. Besides, he was also awarded for his invention at the 99th National Science Congress 2012, IGNITE 2012, CBSE regional and national science exhibition.

Principal of the school Bhagyabati Nayak said, "He was the only boy from Odisha to get the young scientist award from the President this year. His device is not only a scientific innovation but also has social impact as it would help many unprivileged persons. He has been an encouragement for younger students to take up innovations."

Meanwhile, two other students, Kripesh Swain and Kumar Biswajeet, of the same school have brought laurels to the school by developing a hand pump that can provide safe drinking water to people in flood ravaged areas. The duo was felicitated by National Innovation Foundation (NIF) at IGNITE–2012 at IIM–Ahmedabad last week, an annual national competition to harness the creative and innovative spirit of school children.

Kripesh said, "The idea hit us when we saw video of flood–ravaged people not getting pure drinking water and affected by various water–borne diseases. The problem aggravates as most of the tube wells get submerged in flood water. In our project, the tube wells can go up the water level and provide pure drinking water."

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