Bhubaneswar School Girl Wins IGNITE Award for Innovation That Can Curb Air Pollution

Priyanka Panda received the 2016 IGNITE award from the President for an innovation that makes motorists aware of their contribution to air pollution.

A World Health Organization (WHO) report on global health risks states that outdoor air pollution is among the top ten risks faced by humans that causes approximately seven million premature deaths a year. At a time like this it is essential for every vehicle owner to be conscious of fuel wastage and other irresponsible practices that could cause air pollution.

A school student named Priyanka Panda from Bhubaneswar received the 2016 IGNITE award from the President on November 6, for an innovation that makes motorists aware of the ways in which they contribute to air pollution.


IGNITE is a national competition of original technological  innovations. These awards are given to children younger than 17 years.

Priyanka, who is inspired by Late President APJ Kalam, told PTI, “Most of the time, while travelling, people do not care to turn off the car’s engine when at red light or short halts. This releases harmful pollutants in the air and wastes fuel. So, I thought of ways in which this could be prevented.”

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Her innovation uses a monitor that is set up next to the odometer. This monitor displays a warning message and alerts the driver if he/she is wasting fuel and contributing to air pollution. Priyanka hopes to share this idea with several vehicle manufacturers.

To know more about the IGNITE awards and shortlisted entrees, click here. 

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