Nine-year-old differently-abled boy gets child innovator award

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Jaipur:  A nine-year-old wheelchair-ridden boy, who became the youngest patent holder in the country for his invention of a six-player circular chess, was honoured with Child Innovator Award by a Pune-based charitable trust.

The award and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh was presented to Hridayeshwar Singh Bhati, a class-IV student of Delhi Public School, by Sri Balaji society President A Balasubramanian at a function attended by the Rajasthan Public Works Department (PWD) minister Bharat Singh.

Despite suffering from duchenne muscular dystrophy, a progressive degenerative disorder of muscle tissue which affects only males, Hridayeshwar has set an example by getting a patent for his invention of six-player circular chess for which he has been honoured.

He developed a version of circular chess for two, three, four and six players and got patent for it in March, thus becoming the youngest patent holder in the country and the world's youngest differently-abled person to have patent, his father S S Bhati said.

"Hridayeshwar inspires and motivates everyone and gives a great message of motivation to achieve despite hardship," Mr Balasubramanian said.

The boy said that he conceived the idea for developing such chess board after he came to know that no chess board for more than four people was available.

His father, a math teacher who assisted him in developing the design, said that the boy was now working on an advanced version of his innovation and patent for that design would also be filed soon.

 

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