UP girl finds place amongst top 20 for her AI based projects ‘Mitti ko jano, fasal pehchano’
Nandini Kushwaha, the 14-year old girl from the Lalitpur district in Uttar Pradesh has set a unique example of an ‘Atmanirbhar’ (self-reliant) woman representing digital India. The 14-year-old girl has found a place among the top 20 in the country, and only one from UP, in the artificial intelligence-based innovative ( AI Based projects) exhibition and award ceremony held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on Tuesday.
Nandini, a resident of the Patha village under Mahroni tehsil of Lalitpur district, is a student of Class 9 of the Government Girls Inter College (GGIC).
Nandini Kushwaha’s way of devising a smart data-based AI tool that identifies the most suitable crop for soil by analyzing the various nutritional components present in it has won her the accolade.
The project has been envisioned under the national programme for government schools, named ‘Responsible AI for youth‘. It has been conceived and designed jointly by the national e-governance division, the ministry of electronics and information technology, the Government of India, and Intel India.
Elaborating her project, Nandini said, “It is a smart data-based AI tool that identifies the most suitable crop for soil by analyzing the various nutritional components present in it. This model can be deployed as a physical soil detection tool that will help farmers to understand their soil accurately and make informed decisions.”
She explained, “With the help of my AI project, data is retrieved from the soil for its content of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, temperature, humidity content, PH value, and rainfall. Based on these data, we can predict the right choice of crop for getting optimal production. I have seen all the farmers, including my father, face this challenge of low crop production for years.”
During the COVID-19 lockdown, the specially devised website under project ‘Responsible AI for youth’ was launched. She was inspired by her mathematics teacher Prakash Bhushan Mishra.
Nandani took online classes through her mobile phone and showed her talent. Later, she was gifted a laptop by Intel India, which further pushed her motivation.
Seeing the day-to-day problems related to skewed crop production because of poor soil quality, Nandini based her project on the issue and named it ‘Mitti ko jano, fasal pehchano’.
Chief development officer (CDO) Lalitpur, Anil Kumar Pandey said, “It is a very inspiring story for all the students of the district as well as the state. We will not only felicitate her once she comes here but will set her example to motivate other students also.”
Her father, Jamuna Prasad Kushwaha, a farmer, meanwhile, has no idea as to what his daughter has achieved. “I know she has got a big award and I am thankful to God for this,” he said.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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