Sopore: High school students at Kreeri HSS in Baramulla have created the revolutionary Apple Grader in an amazing demonstration of ingenuity and social effect.
The apple grading procedure is expected to be revolutionised by this inexpensive and portable device, which will also empower nearby farmers and guarantee fair prices for their goods.
This invention, which won recognition during National Technology Week and placed in the top 10 of the renowned Youth IDEAthon 2022 competition, is expected to revolutionise the way apple producers in Sopore do business.
Local growers have long faced a competitive disadvantage due to the expensive and difficult process of apple grading.
Shakir Ahmad, Adnan Mushtaq, and Furqan Rashid, a bright trio, identified this difficulty and, with the help of Javed Ahmad from Higher Secondary School Kreeri Baramulla and Surendra Bansode from the Pi Jam Foundation, set out to find a creative solution.
The outcome is the Apple Grader, a portable device that effectively cleans and grades apples, giving farmers a much-needed tool to evaluate and market their harvest on their own.
What sets the Apple Grader apart is the students’ use of contextual design thinking and the resources provided by the Pi Jam Foundation and ATL Lab.
After attending a capacity-building program facilitated by NITI Aayog and ATL, Javed Ahmad applied his newfound knowledge to guide his students towards participating in the Youth IDEAthon 2022 competition.
Against all odds, three teams from government schools in the Baramulla region, including the talented trio, made it to the top 100 entries from across the country. Their exceptional achievement showcases the power of nurturing young minds and promoting design thinking in education.
The journey to success didn’t stop there. The students and their teacher Javed Ahmad, along with Surendra Bansode from Pi Jam Foundation, worked tirelessly to enhance the Apple Grader’s design and presentation.
Their dedication and collaboration resulted in an outstanding performance at the competition, securing them a spot among the top 10 projects nationwide. As a reward, they were granted a significant incubation fund of Rs 1 lakh to further develop their project, providing a remarkable boost to their entrepreneurial aspirations.