Kozhikode: Right from her school days, Megha has been engaging with the question of improving current prospects in waste management and disposal. This passion on organic waste management has led Megha Mohan, a native of Kozhikode, to win a silver medal at the International Innovation and Invention Expo (INEX 2022) held in Goa which saw participation from over 30 countries.
Megha has also become the only student from the state to have received the opportunity to participate in INEX. She had excelled in the Indian Young Inventors and Innovators Challenge before arriving in Goa.
Megha began studying organic waste management in 2018 as a tenth standard student at Govt. Ganapath Girls Higher Secondary School Chalappuram along with her friend TK Amritha. The team was guided by physical science teacher KK Nisha, and was able to compete in the National Young Scientist Congress at the state level. Later on, Megha engaged in further studies in 2021 under the guidance of her mother Dr Shreeja, a botany teacher, along with the help of biotechnology professors from college.
Megha has prepared a new model for a multiple pipe compost unit as well as a portable compost unit. This cost-effective, easy-maintenance model was designed after surveys conducted at various households across the city to understand the issues and possibilities of composting. After studying the soil profile near compost units, Megha was able to determine the benefits of composting in producing organic manure.
Megha is the daughter of A. Mohandas and Dr K Shreeja. She is currently a second year student of Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) at Amrita School of Engineering, Kollam.
Megha plans to continue her research and come up with better waste management strategies with the help of new and improved technology.