Bhubaneswar: State Bank of India, country’s largest lender celebrated the talent of young superstars who are transforming society with their skills and expertise with ‘YONO SBI 20 Under Twenty’ awards. 17 years old Sovesh Mohapatra – a child scientist, author and philanthropist, emerged as the winner of this title.
Sovesh Mohapatra, an extraordinary author, child scientist and philanthropist at a very little age went ahead to bag the ‘YONO SBI 20 Under Twenty’ awards under ‘Art & Literature’– Male category. The young achiever lives by his, own quote “Be the one, who sets limits for others”. His areas of interest have always been different from rest of the crowd. While his friends were fighting for marks, Sovesh was busy exploring the real-life applications of subject knowledge that he grasped in class. At the age of 4 he researched on on power generation, which was a rare thing of his kind. He has also developed a project on domestic water power plant for multiple uses. He has represented India at the International Young Inventor Project Olympiad organized by the Government of Georgia in 2016.
In 2015 Mohapatra received Best Child Scientist, 2015 award by the Department of Science & Technology, GOI for his project. He is also the winner of the poster presentation held by 23rd Children’s Science Congress-2015.
The winners were chosen through public voting that counted to more than 1.7 lakh in 10 diverse categories such as sustainability, performing arts, acting, entrepreneurship or innovation, sports, global Indian, disability champion among others. The nominations were shortlisted by an esteemed jury panel of 8 eminent personalities including bollywood actress Dia Mirza, Sports journalist and author Boria Majumdar, Sashi Sreedharan, MD, Microsoft India, Dilip Asbe, MD & CEO, NPCI, Mallika Dua, Social Media Influencer, among others.