Ravinder Bishnoi, shortlisted from nearly 4,000 applications from across 122 countries, is the Indian in the running for this year’s $100,000 Chegg.org Global Student Prize – conferred upon an exceptional student who makes a real impact on learning and society at large.
The 20-year-old information technology student from Chandigarh Engineering College in Mohali, Punjab, is among 10 top finalists announced this week. He is credited with creating and patented many useful devices including the patented "Vehicle Horn Control Assembly", which helps to reduce noise pollution caused by unnecessary honking, particularly near hospitals, schools and residential areas. Bishnoi has also created the patented “Assembly for Retraction of Side Stand”, which is designed to prevent the common and serious problem of forgetting to retract the side stand of a two-wheelers.
Heather Hatlo Porter, Head of Chegg.org and Chief Communications Officer of edtech firm Chegg, said: “I am delighted and honoured to congratulate Ravinder Bishnoi on becoming a top 10 finalist. Your commitment, creativity, and resilience is truly inspiring.
“This honour is not only a reflection of your remarkable achievements but also a testament to the brighter future you are actively shaping for all of us day by day. The Global Student Prize is a platform for incredible students all over the world to share their stories, connect with each other, and reach influencers in education and beyond.”
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Bishnoi, who had no direct access to smartphones or the internet in 2012-2013, visited a cyber cafe to learn about robotics, electronics, design, and other engineering fields. He went on to develop robots, exoskeletons, portable water and air filters, and other devices to help people in need. The talented student is also helping others like him to safeguard their ideas by providing lectures on Intellectual Property (IP) rights and helping them file patents.
Earlier this year, Bishnoi represented his startup KieKie Private Limited at the G20 summit for the Startup 20 Engagement Group in Gangtok, Sikkim, showcasing his entrepreneurial journey and innovations. He also met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during National Technology Week and his startup has received funding for product development and pilot testing from the government of India’s innovation, entrepreneurship and startup program Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), set up by the NITI Aayog.
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Bishnoi will compete with fellow students from Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, Ghana, Malaysia, Romania and the US as the Global Student Prize Academy picks the winner from the top 10 finalists, to be announced later this year.