Name : Nimisha Katyayan
District & State : Ranchi, Jharkhand
Award : Class 11th – 12th
Award Function : IGNITE 2015 Awards
Award Year : 2015
Considering how the elderly, children and the disabled find it uncomfortable to board the train with their luggage, students Ram and Nimisha have suggested the idea of a drawbridge door for trains. Conventionally, the railway station platforms are much lower in height than the train bogie’s stairs. The students have suggested that the drawbridge door, when opened onto the railway platforms, act like a ramp, thus making it easy for passengers to walk aboard the train with their luggage.
Last year, Nimisha was travelling by train with her grandmother, who had a lot of difficulty boarding the train due to her old age. This situation inspired Nimisha to think of a drawbridge door that would open like a ramp on stations and make travel by train easier for the elderly.
“My grandmother is no more but she would have been so happy and proud of my innovation and my achievement,” says Nimisha, whose brother inspires her the most. Her father is the personal secretary of a Member of Parliament while her other is a homemaker.
Nimisha aspires to become a civil servant when she grows up. “Becoming a civil servant would serve as an ideal platform for me to serve the nation,” she says. Chemistry is her favourite subject and in her free time, she likes to dance, read and listen to music.
Her approach to life is based on Albert Einstein’s quote: Imagination is more important than knowledge.