Dacharla Panduranga Rohith, a student of SRM University in Chennai, was recognised by World Records of India, for developing a nano missile. He wanted to hand over the missile to DRDO for the use of Indian Army and local police in fighting terrorism after developing it for launch through a robot. Rohith is the elder son of Dacharla Tirumala Rao and Sridevi, residents of Kammapalem in Ongole. He completed his high school and Intermediate education from Sriviswasanthi Educational Institutions in Vuyyuru of Krishna district and studying final year Computer Science Engineering at SRM University in Chennai. As an active student since childhood, Rohith is said to be interested in the flight technologies and missiles. The interest is increased after he got a chance to serve as a flying cadet in the aero show organised by the Indian Air Force in Vijayawada a few years ago. As the family conditions are not supporting, he obeyed his parents’ decision to study computer science than joining aeronautics but continued his research about the flying machines.
Rohith says, “After watching reports of a number of terrorist and militant attacks in the country, I wanted to make a weapon that comes handy to the armed forces. In situations like Mumbai attack, the military forces cannot enter the buildings and risk the lives of the innocent people in the custody of terrorists. So, I thought of creating a nano robot that can carry about six poisonous missiles and shoot them at the terrorists.” Working on his project, Rohith prepared a missile one cm length, which can fly by burning the red phosphorus, and hit the target of three metres distance.He is now working on the changing the fuel to give more thrust and reduce the weight of the missile so that it can be targeted at longer distances. He said, “The missile works on the basic cannon principle.” The basic prototype of the missile is tested in the presence of Assistant Commissioner of Police Ramapuram in Chennai and the video is submitted to World Records of India for recognition in July 2017. The Bureau of the World Records of India accepted the entry and recognised the prototype as the smallest working missile.