BUDGAM: An 18-year-old student from Budgam has been named by the Directorate of School Education, Kashmir (DSEK), as a Brand Ambassador in recognition of his innovative idea of developing a speed breaker-detector system that can help prevent road accidents.
In a function held at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre, Srinagar, on Tuesday, Iqrar Rashid Dev, a Class 12 student, was nominated as Brand ambassador of the Swachhta Hi Sewa campaign.
Iqrar, who hails from Chewdara village in Beerwah sub-division, is studying Science in Government Boys Higher Secondary School Beerwah.
He had developed an “advance speed breaker detector system” for vehicles that can help reduce road accidents and which led to his being selected by DSEK.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Iqrar expressed joy at his selection. “I am really happy at being the only student from the Kashmir valley to have been selected as Brand ambassador,” he said.
“From Day 1, when I took admission in this school, it was my aim to touch skies that I somehow proved today. I won’t stop here, but I am looking for more in coming days,” Iqrar added.
Pertinently, his contributions have already earned him the APJ Abdul Kalam Ignited Minds Award, 2017, from the National Innovation Foundation. He received the award from former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee on December 22 last year.
Sheikh Gulzar Ahmad, his English teacher, said on behalf of BHS School Beerwah, “Iqrar has always been an innovative student. Whenever we used to ask him questions or opinions, he always came up with some innovative response.
“So it is expected that he will go a long way in the educational field and in the innovative field as well. He is indeed a different student and his field of interest is totally different from his peers,” Sheikh added.
He went on to say, “My advice to students is to follow the footsteps, work hard, and think big so that they too may get big changes and reach to higher levels in their life.”
Iqrar’s father, Abdul Rashid Dav, is as elated. “I spend every rupee of my meagre income on my children’s education. I want to see them succeed,” said Rashid, a shawl weaver. “So I was greatly pleased when I heard my son had been chosen for brand ambassador.”