Mangaluru: The only Indian delegate to represent India at I-FEST2 (International Festival of Engineering, Science and Technology) held in Tunisia makes the country proud again by bagging gold. Aneesha Nayak, the class 10 genius of Sudana School, Puttur was selected to display her revolutionary bio-science model at I-FEST2 after winning a bronze medal in an international Olympiad in Houston a few months ago.
Her project on “Hydrophobicity of Colocasia as Wall Protector” was spoken about on national and international platforms and on Wednesday, January 11 and declared the best among 55 other projects exhibited in I-FEST2. This is the second time that Aneesha held up the Indian flag at an international science Olympiad for this project.
Speaking to News Karnataka after striking gold, Aneesha Nayak expressed her happiness in being the first Indian to represent and win gold at the same event. “I was really anxious at first about my project making it to the top. The idea of hydrophobicity of Colocasia leaves was alien to the world until my project came to the fore. Judges and visitors at the event showered praises on my project as they said it was highly unique and revolutionary. I indeed felt like the happiest and most successful person in the world when my name was called out by the organisers as the winner of I-FEST2 gold medal”, she said out of heartfelt glee.
Thanking the folks back in her town, Aneesha said, "I owe my success to my mother who encouraged me in what I chose to do. It would have been impossible to reach this height without the sacrifice of my mother, aunt and uncle." Breaking an emotional note, she said, "Considering my mother's financial condition, I am highly indebted to her for sacrificing every bit of money she had conjured up for my trip to Tunisia and earlier trip to Houston."
“I'm grateful to the Almighty for having given us the strength to fight all odds and strive towards the goal. All the effort has definitely paid off. My daughter deserves this achievement in all its glory. She has paved the way for young Indians to participate at I-Fest in future. My special gratitude goes to Mantra Surf Club, my friends, brother, sister-in-law and contributors who made this happen through their support and good wishes”, Aneesha’s mother Shaila Bhakta said.