11 December 2019
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday congratulated a student prodigy from Berhampur who was part of SIRIUS Deep Technology Learning and Innovation Programme 2019 at Sochi in Russia.
P Biswanath Patra, a Class XI student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Berhampur was one of the 25 Indian students who participated at the eight-day project oriented educational program hosted by Russia’s SIRIUS from 28 November to 8 December 2019, in accordance with Memorandum of Understanding signed between NITI Aayog's Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and SIRIUS last year.
Son of P Satyanarayan Patra from Kolidaspur village in Purushottampur block of Ganjam district, Biswanath, had attended the program under the topic ‘Clean Energy’ briefed Russian President Vladimir Putin about his team's project, Plutonium Sphere.
The plutonium sphere is a nuclear battery which can generate electricity in any place of the world. It has been built on the lines of nuclear reactors and the prototype can produce 10 volts output with 2 Amps current. It can be used for industrial purposes by increase in size and radius and produce electricity at any place in the world with use of plutonium.
After the interaction, Putin said that India and Russia have been friends in the field of nuclear energy and appreciated that students like Biswanath are showing interest in this field.
Biswanath's team comprised of 10 students, including five from India and five from Russia. They were guided by a professor from Moscow, who is a physicist specialising in nuclear energy. There were around eight teams participating in the event, but only two teams got the chance to present their project to Putin.
While Biswanath aims to be an entrepreneur, he has planned to get a job and save sufficient money for his startups which includes one based on water management and another on logistics.