This teen is a budding environmentalist

Green initiative:Sanjna Rao is now working on a medicine collection and disposal drive.— Photo: K. Gopinathan

Green initiative:Sanjna Rao is now working on a medicine collection and disposal drive.— Photo: K. Gopinathan


At 13, Sanjna Rao is already well-versed in methods of power conservation and segregation of medicine and medical wastes.

A student of Sishu Griha Montessori and High School, Thippasandra, Sanjna, along with a few classmates, found out an optimum plan to save power by reducing the brightness and contrast levels of computer monitors.

“It was a simple project that intrigued me. With a group of friends, I took up the awareness initiative. By reducing the contrast and brightness levels of computer screens by 20 to 30 per cent, we save considerable amount of energy and reduce carbon footprint. It also prevents eyestrain,” she said.

This power reduction module has been implemented by corporate companies such as Infosys and Mindtree.

Sanjna said, “It was a tiresome process of taking down power readings and averages till we found out the ideal setting for the monitor. This required me to stay up late and work on this project at a lightning speed. But, it was fun, challenging and interesting. Our power conservation project was selected from among 111 projects for the IRIS (Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science) National Fair, held in New Delhi last year. We also won the Broadcom Masters 2012 India Delegate Award. Our hard work and sacrifice paid off.”

Deep and mysterious

“Science is deep and mysterious. The relevance and applicability of science in our lives is what makes me deeply inclined,” said the young environmentalist who is now working on another interesting project.

“This year, along with my classmates, I’m working on medicine collection and disposal drive. Many people throw away medicines in the dustbin or flush them toilets. We collect medicines and other pharmaceutical products that have passed their expiration date and hand them over to hospitals where they can be disposed of without polluting the environment or water.”

Every time Sanjna is seen by her neighbours and friends, they are reminded not to throw away medicines.

“It is an honour to be noticed for the success of these projects. A few of my classmates are also motivated to work for a green cause,” she adds.

Sanjna credits her family and project guide for her success. “I don’t have a role model from whom I derive inspiration. As, I strongly believe in being one of the kind and have all my efforts for environment protection acknowledged and implemented,” she said.

“Academics are never affected by my projects and awareness initiatives. It’s not all work and no play. I spend time with my friends and enjoy watching comedy movies when I am free,” Sanjna said.





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