Trust the younger generation to show a mirror image of the society and issues while coming up with innovative solutions. At the Policy Research Conclave 2016 titled “Re-visioning” held at Gitanjali Senior School, scores of school students showcased their models to address a range of problems including civic, alternative energy, quality education, and women safety, with the aid of technology. The day-long event saw the participation of students from 20 city schools.
Pondering why the city is plagued with a number of civic issues led a class 12 student of Gitanjali School, RikitShahi to work on the project “Swaraj 2.0”. The student conducted a survey with a sample size of 220 to understand the awareness levels of the public on the grievance mechanisms of the GHMC.
“We interacted with people from seven wards in the city. Surprisingly, 60% of the people did not know how to lodge or track their complaints through mobile app, helpline or GHMC website. If awareness is lacking among the public that is leading to civic problems, then we found that the GHMC has to also work on its website. We found out that there are flaws on the site, especially the location of wards and circle is wrongly displayed while registering complaint.”
Shahi presented a model to improve the user interface of the e-initiatives of the GHMC by adding an escalation matrix and prioritising the problems.
Anish Reddy and A. Anurag, high school students also conducted an online survey for parents and teachers of their school to know if they are aware of the legal consequences of drunk driving. Disappointed that many were not very aware of road safety, they designed a device SDDR that can be attached to a car or bike.
“It took us one week to design and test Sensitized Drunken Driving Reduction device. Once it is installed in a vehicle, the driver has to blow in a equipment. The screen in the car then shows a message if the driver can drive the vehicle or no. If the alcohol level is high, the ignition of the car will automatically switch off,” said Anurag.
A proposal on how to improve the quality of education by specialised aptitude tests for students and counselling for parents was recommended by two girl students, Amritha and Nikhila. Another group of students, presented how solar energy can be used to light up a bulb with just basic materials like distilled water, bottle and a panel.