16 year old Akash Manoj, a Hosur student of Ashok Leyland school, was in Delhi on Children’s day as he was President’s Gold Medal Recipient.
This is not his first award from the hands of President of India. He has been awarded the Rashtrapati Navapravarthan Puraskar by former President Pranab Mukherjee. He has also been nominated for Bal Shree Award, 2018. Akash Manoj was invited by him to stay at the Rashtrapati Bhavan for two weeks as an innovation scholar.
It was in 2015 when Akash Manoj’s grandfather collapsed due to a silent heart attack. “He was healthy otherwise, but because he was diabetic and had high blood pressure, he had ischemia. This prompted me to figure out ways to help predict silent heart attacks,” he explained.
A heart attack is characterized by a chest pain, shortness of breath and pain in the left arm. High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol levels increase the risk of heart attacks. “I used all this knowledge and my motivation to build the device,” he added.
Akash Manoj was invited to Tokyo University of Science, Japan for presenting his project at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. His project got endorsed and clinically approved by their experts.
He was given research facilities in India’s premier institutions like IIT Madras, AIIMS to help him develop his innovative project.
Akash Manoj plans to launch the product by mid-2018. He has already signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as well as All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) for commercial production of the device. “The device would be provided at a low cost of Rs. 900 and I would be patenting it soon,” he said.