14-year-old prize winner devices system to keep eye on government employees
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 18: A unique thought about a democratised system that can monitor the attendance of officials in government offices earned 14-year-old Manas Manohar the first prize in a state-level coding competition, with a cash purse of Rs 2 lakh.
'PiAttendance' is a kind of "electronic" punching device placed in a government office that allows a user to view the attendance details at the office from their personal computers. The device marks the attendance of every employee with the smart swiping card given to them.
During the launch of Raspberry Pi distribution last February, implementing agencies, Kerala Startup Mission and the IT @ School initiative, conducted the competition alongside the training sessions in all the district centres for students in programming using the Raspberry Pi kits.
Manas Manohar has won one of the Raspberry Pi kits distributed in the pilot phase when he was a class eight student at Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Higher Secondary Shool in Kannur. Along with the in-depth training he got from teachers, the little expert practiced coding SQL and PHP programming languages and database management system referring the Internet.
Former Executive Vice Chairman of Infosys Shri Kris Gopalakrishnan, who had made the competition announcement in the pilot phase, congratulated Manas for his exceptional creativity and passion for coding. "I was surprised to see the level of innovation and creativity behind certain entries. I hope the winners will share the experience with their classmates," said Shri Gopalakrishnan.
Along with the PiAttendence project, video documentation on the Tubular rail project by Fathima Salem of GVHSS Kallara and the Smart Home project by Abdul Samaj of GHSS Panangadi were exhibited at the venue. Automatic Climate control, Automatic Wheel Chair and Obstacle Avoiding Robot were also among the winning projects.
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