BAGLUNG, Jan 20: His investigative creations started from the time when he was a student of class two fiddling with a cassette. After many researches, a flying car is going to be his next invention. Kushal K C, a resident of Baglung, Binamare-7, made a fan from a motor boat that he created out of a cassette. That was his first invention. He has already built a motor boat, a dynamo, a photo projector, a micro projector, a robot hand and a hovercraft. After building a helicopter and a solar car, his skill began to be noticed much widely.
His skill of looking for and researching new things has refined over time. Anything related to research and new findings excites him and he has been inventing one thing or the another at every level of his education.
A recent class 12 graduate from NASA International College in Kathmandu, he believes that science is principle, research and use. A student of science, Kushal is now concentrating on building a car which will roll on the road, fly and even float on water.
This car will be based on the model of a hovercraft. When the air fan pulls the air, the pressure from the air will enable the car to fly at least 12 inches from the ground and its ability to float on water is also believed. The air throwing motor, battery and tin sheets have already been installed. “I’ve tested it many times,” he says, “I will continue till I’m successful.” He is hopeful that it will be a success because he has managed to build a solar car and an air car based on various principles before.
There are four wheels in this car, and two engines will be attached to it. “One of them will be used when it’s on the road, and the other will come in handy during flying,” he said, adding, “I’ve attached wires in both of them. My car is based on the Bernoulli’s principle.” Aluminum and fiber glass have also been used in the car which has a cockpit for the driver.
Kushal believes that practicing principals in a practical way results in new inventions. For his latest endeavor, the Education Department has helped him with capital of Rs 200,000. Initially, it was quite a challenge for him to take his work forward. Many authorities had extended their help in the past. This car will need a paragliding and a Pulsar bike’s engines and he is looking for financial support as the cost amounts up to Rs 1 million. “I’ve asked many authorities for help,” he says, “This will be successful just like my previous projects.”
Dipak Limbu, a science teacher at NASA International College has been monitoring his project and finds that Kushal has an extraordinary skill. “His expertise in mechanical parts at this age is really at a high level,” says Limbu. He is pretty sure that Kushal’s present work will be successfully tested. “The body structure of the car is ready,” said Limbu, who had come from Kathmandu to take a look at the car in Baglung, “He is now trying to collect funds as the car needs some designs to enable it to fly as well as roll on land.”
Kuhsal was very curious, active and creative since his childhood. Though not very interested in studies, new things always brought out his inquisitive side. “Even when I was younger I was always more interested in new subject matters, researching it and trying it out than in my studies,” he speaks of his childhood. He wants to be a rising child scientist. Currently pursuing Bachelor’s in Science from Tri Chandra Campus, Kushal plans to study Aeronautical Engineering in the future.
After building a helicopter, he was worried about air pollution and the rising temperature worldwide and hence, he built a solar car. “It is due to the increasing urbanization and the use of diesel and petrol that air pollution is increasing,” he said, “I thought it was an excellent option to control the worldwide problem of rising temperature by using vehicles that run on solar energy. That is what motivated me.”
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He has won more than half a dozen national level awards till date. “I’m always worried about how to get more knowledge and how to use it,” he stated, adding, “We can be successful when we realize our potential and continue what we’re doing.” His advice to young children is, “Find your skill, do things you are interested in and continue doing it. Continue trying even if you fail once, and you’re sure to be successful.”
Kushal was born in an ordinary family in Baglung. He passed his SLC examinations from Amrit Adarsh Higher Secondary School in Baglung and his parents, Bhim and Rudra K C, have a small business in Baglung bazaar. Kushal’s school principal had only praises for his days as a school student. Principal Mahesh Chandra Pradhan said, “Along with his interest in new things, he was also clever in many other activities. It was in class 10 that he built the solar car and grabbed the limelight.”