Chennai students innovate with biometric voting machine

The students of PCKG Government Higher Secondary School in Kodambakkam, who came up with the device, are to meet the President of India on Children’s Day

How can the process of voting be made simpler, more accessible and transparent? These are the questions that a team of students from PCKG Government Higher Secondary School in Kodambakkam sought to find answers for: and they came up with a biometric voting machine. And now, they have been invited to meet the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, on Children’s Day in New Delhi.

“Despite our country having a huge population, our voter turnouts are much lower than in other countries. Through the Biometric voter machine which we have designed, people only need to go through a fingerprint or a retinal scan. The machine can then procure their corresponding Aadhaar data, based on which, they will be shown the candidates for their constituency,” explained Pradeep Kumar, a class 10 student of the school.

He, along with M.V. Jebin of Class 12 and N. Sudarshan, Sushil Raj Singh and A. Vishal from class 12 worked on this smart voting system, which they say, will lead to a more accessible and fair election process.

From the team of 5, Sudarshan, Sushil and Vishal have already flown to Delhi and will be participating in a Children’s Day event with the President on Thursday. Their team project was chosen from among 200 student projects from across the country and will be among eight teams, which will showcase their innovations.

The students said that through this system, a voter needn’t go to the specific booth that he has been assigned to, but can vote from any machine since their biometric credentials will be linked to their Aadhaar data. “Our next step is to develop a software which can be used in ATM machines where people can cast their votes through a fingerprint or retinal scan. Since there is a biometric verification, people can’t cast duplicate votes,” they explained.

The biometric voting machine is among the many projects that students in the school have been encouraged to work on, in the Atal Tinkering Lab which has been set up in the school under NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).

K. Vijayalakshmi, a Maths teacher, said the school was working with the Learning Links Foundation and encouraging children to work on project ideas beyond their classroom lessons. “The school’s projects have been recognised by the Atal Innovation Mission from among schools across the country several times,” Ms Vijayalakshmi said. She and science teacher Vasanthi Devapriya have helped the team.

Stating that the school recognised the need to encourage students to innovate, K. Tamilarasi, the headmistress of the school said that students of classes 6 to 12 had at least one science and mathematics period every week set aside for time in the lab on their school campus. “Hands on experiments and innovations are important for students to imbibe concepts well,” she said.

Source: The Hindu


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