- Abhijit Nath, NET Correspondent, Tripura
Agartala, 08 July 2022: Pride of Tripura – Puhabi Chakraborty, recipient of the highest civilian child award ‘Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar’ interacted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding his developed app ‘AthleteX for Atmanirbhar Bharat’, during the inaugural program of ‘Digital India Week 2022’ on July 04 in Gandhinagar of Gujarat.
She was chosen along with three other girls from other states. Prime Minister Modi awarded him the highest prize for civilian children in January 2022. During his past interaction, Modi Ji advised him to further develop the app to help the common man in addition to Indian athletes.
Demonstrating the developed version of his innovation, Puhabi said, “The name of my project is ‘Athletes for Atmanirbhar’. I am an athlete by myself and have won black belt as an athlete and represent India in many competitions. When I participated in many places, I found that there were many athletes from economically poor backgrounds, they were deprived of resources. I felt bad knowing why they couldn’t give their best performances. That’s why I developed this app.
Puhabi Chakraborti, an athlete turned tech expert at the age of 11 began training karate and kickboxing under Pinaki Chakraborty. She pushed age barriers when she qualified for the black belt in karate and won two gold medals and a bronze medal for India in an international tournament.
In situations where athletes struggle to find external funding, families will often need to support them. These issues pained Puhabi when she observed that many athletes ended their sports careers completely on hiatus. Besides, the heavy mental pressure on an athlete is also one of the factors of the sudden end of his career.
In addition, the diet of athletes varies according to their sport. Puhabi also has a deep empathy for several difficulties regarding the maintenance of good mental and physical health during the athletic journey of athletes. So, she decided to take matters into her own hands and built an AI model collecting real-time data from her classmates. She named it AthleteX for Atmanirbhar Bharat Athlete.
Puhabi developed the “AtheleteX” with the help of Intel AI sofas while participating in the Government of India’s National Program for Public Schools – Responsible AI for Youth. The program lasted nearly a year, during which AI-based student projects were selected from public schools across the country. Initially, Responsible AI started with over fifty thousand participating students. Qualifying in different levels, Puhabi was among the top 20 winners of the program. The 16-year-old, who is currently awaiting her 10th class board exam result, is also doing two internships at California State University and the State University of New York, where she works with the cybersecurity of a dedicated team. under the direction of a professor and a few university and postdoctoral researchers. She also successfully completed a month-long DIY bootcamp training at IIT Delhi in June this year.