Prashant Ranganathan, an Indian, on 20 May 2017 won the world’s largest pre-college science competition 'The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) 2017' in the United States. Prashant Ranganathan hails from Jamshedpur city of Jharkhand, India.
Ranganathan received the award in the Environmental Engineering category for his project ‘Biodegradation of Chlorpyrifos using native bacteria’. His project will help farmers in biodegrading the pesticide which is plaguing the country.
Four Indian-Americans also received Intel ISEF Awards in various categories. Pratik Naidu from Virginia bagged an award in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Adam Nayak from Oregon won in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Karthik Yegnesh from Pennsylvania won in Mathematics and Rahul Subramaniam from Connecticut won in the Microbiology category.
In all, more than 1700 students from across the world participated in the week-long event.
How Prashant Ranganathan's project would be helpful?
In almost all the states of India like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar and Jharkhand, there is extensive farming. Using excessive amounts of pesticides is affecting the health and the environment around them.
In such scenario, Prashant's innovation for fighting against pesticide and getting rid of its side effects through biodegradable use could be of great help.
About Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF)
• Created and run by Society for Science & the Public (SSP), ISEF has been honoring young researchers since 1950.
• Now sponsored by Intel, ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.
• ISEF this year brought together students from 78 countries, regions and territories.
When: 20 May 2017