Rashmi Rekha Das

Gone are the days when children with incredible skills couldn’t be noticed in the absence of digital technology. The advent of digital technology has successfully brought to the fore children who have achieved unbelievable feats. 

Of late, Dhenkanal boy Pratik Sethy has earned kudos for inventing a brain controller device for paralysis patients. 

Talking about his invention, Pratik, a Class VI student, said, “Those who are wheelchair-bound and suffering from paralysis find it difficult to walk. They just cannot make the wheelchair run on their own and someone needs to be there with them always to push the wheelchair. My device will help wheelchair-bound paralysis patients to make the wheelchair run without anyone’s help.”

Pratik has used a sensor system in his device which helps control paralysis patients’ brain. Also, his device can measure stress level of paralysis patients. He took two-three months’ time to make this device. He spent Rs 25,000 to come up with this project, sources said.

Besides, he has developed a pocket CPU which will help manage daily work. 

Srinivas Sethy, Pratik’s father, said, “Pratik is also a software developer. He has acquired knowledge on computer courses like Java, Python, Javasript. Seeing his enthusiasm for computer languages, I made him learn different computer languages. He is also presently designing different apps.”

Ramesh Kumar Sahu, his guide, said, “In short, he is a genius. He has developed such a device which will help wheelchair-bound paralysis patients make the wheelchair run without anyone’s help.” 

Sub-collector Jyoti Shankar Sahu, said, “I would like to convey my hearty wishes to Pratik for coming up with such an amazing project for the benefit of paralysis patients. It’s a matter of pride for us that students like Pratik belong to this locality. He will no doubt inspire many students to explore their skills.”   

Pratik’s mother said, “Pratik does everything with enthusiasm. He always shows great interest to know new things. His quest for acquiring knowledge is endless. He is a great follower of APJ Abdul Kalam.” 

Reported by Bidyadhar Baral, OTV