India’s Prashant Ranganathan wins Intel International Science Award 2017 in US

On May 22, An Indian boy has won the world’s largest pre-college science competition The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in the US in the environmental engineering category for his project on bio degradation of pesticides.Prashant Ranganathan, a 12th grader from Jamshedpur, along with over 20 high school students from various parts of India, participated in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. “My project will actually help farmers in biodegrading the pesticide which is plaguing the country,” Prashant told a news agency after he was declared a winner in the environmental engineering category at this years’ the awards ceremony concluded at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles. Indian-American Pratik Naidu from Virginia bagged an award in the category of computational biology an bioinformatics.Four Indian-Americans received top awards in various categories. In all, more than 1700 students from across the world participated in the week-long event which concluded here yesterday. Student of Carmel Junior College, Prashant’s project ‘Biodegradation of Chlorpyrifos using native bacteria’In almost all the states, like Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, Haryana and Bihar and Jharkhand, there’s extensive farming. Using excessive amounts of pesticides, is affecting the health and the environment around.While the topmost Gordon E Moore Award of USD 75,000 went to Ivo Zell, 18, of Germany for designing and constructing a remote-control prototype of a new “flying wing”, almost participants of the Indian delegation returned from the annual competition with one award or the other.

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