New Delhi, Aug 4: Five girl students from the New Horizon Public School (NHPS), Bengaluru, on Tuesday, Aug 4, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
These students had recently won the first prize in the Technovation Challenge 2015 competition held at San Francisco, the United States.
Inspired by the Prime Minister's Swachh Bharat" initiative, these students have developed a mobile app, which connects buyers and sellers of "waste." [Inspired by PM, Bengaluru schoolgirls develop mobile App; bags $10,000]
The Prime Minister wished the students well for their future endeavours. Though the PMO had fixed the meeting last week, it was rescheduled following the demise of the former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
"I am proud of you. You have made the country proud. You are the true role models of the nation. I wish you all the best for your future endeavours," Modi said, soon after meeting the world-beaters.
The meeting lasted for 10 minutes and the PM was keen to know about the unique features of the mobiole App Sellixo. He is said to have listened with great interest all the App features.
The PM expressed his admiration for conceiving three of his ideas into one, mainly Swachh Bharat, Digital India and Beti Bachao, Beti Padao.
Union Minister Ananth Kumar and MP Prahlad Joshi were present on the occasion.
HRD minister Smriti Irani thrilled to meet the girls
Later, the NHPS team team called on Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani. The minister was thrilled to meet the girls and she appreciated the rare fete achieved by the NHPS 9th standard students.
The minister wanted the girls to be role models for girls in the villages. As brand ambassadors, the minister wanted the team to come out with ideas to inspire other the girls in the country.
"It is a great day for all of us. The students are thrilled to be with the PM. He had several questions. I am extremely delighted that the PM blessed our children," says Dr Mohan Manghnani, Chairman, New Horizon Educational Institutions (NHEI).
Dr Mohan headed the 13-member team including Renuka Manghnani, Executive Director (NHEI), Sandhya Raman, Principal, NHPS and two members from Goldman Sachs.
"We gifted the PM a Ganesha idol and the traditional Mysore peta, which he accepted happily. He blessed the girls and wanted them to work towards nation-development," Sandhya Raman told OneIndia from New Delhi.
The team from Goldman Sachs acted as mentors for the girls to develop the mobile App. The girls -- Sanjana Vasanth, Anupama N, Mahima Mehendale, Swasthi P Rao and Navyashree B - promised the PM to develop a full-fledged mobile application in the next one year.
On July 2, PM Modi had praised the girls for their efforts.
"Congrats to these youngsters. Kudos to their innovative zeal & proud of their efforts to create a Clean India," Modi had tweeted.
(With inputs from Dr Anantha Krishnan M)