Name : Mohammad Shafi Ahanger
District & State : Anantnag, Jammu & Kashmir
Category : Utility
Award : National
Award Function : 9th National Grassroots Innovation Awards
Award Year : 2017
Mohammad Shafi (32), a mobile phone technician and an innovatorhas developed asemi-automatic device for repairing of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) of mobile phones or any other small gadget.
Shafiq was born in a small rural hamlet in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. Since there was no school in the vicinity, his basic education was imparted by his mother in native language till he was eight. Later, his father, a blacksmith by profession, got him enrolled in a government school. But due to severe financial constraints in his home, he had to discontinue after class twelve and start working to supplement family income. He then started a mobile repairing shop. His father mentions that Shafiq has always been bright since childhood and has had a keen interest in electronics and machines however due to their financial conditions, he has not able to convert many of his ideas into practice. Despite all hardships, Shafiq says his family has remained a great pillar of strength for him.