Odisha Boy To Receive National Award From President

Berhampur: A boy from Odisha has been selected for the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement.

Shubhendu Kumar Sahu, a Class VIII student of Somapur Project Upper Primary School in Ganjam districts Hinjili, will receive the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement from President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan on this Children’s Day.

Sahu had taken part in several extra-curricular activities and received a number of awards at both state and national-level competitions.

While one of his science projects, Gift for Farmers, made it to the zonal-level science exhibition held in Kolkata, he had also ranked first at the state-level creative writing competition organized in Bhubaneswar last year. He also showcased his talent in many drawing competitions and debates.

Developed by Sahu, Gift for Farmers, is an innovative device which helps in sowing, tilling the soil, the sprinkling of pesticides, cutting and processing of the paddy crops.

“I am feeling proud since receiving the news on Monday afternoon,” Shubhendu said. His father also shared his joy. “We are very much happy for such a rare achievement of our son,” said Subhendu’s father, Shantanu Kumar Sahu.

The National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement recognizes children, in the age group of 4 to 15 years, with exceptional abilities and who have achieved outstanding status in various fields including academics, arts, culture and sports. One gold medal and 35 silver medals are given to the children every year for their outstanding achievement.

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