Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh, an innovator turned his necessity into an invention by designing a modified kerosene stove using pipes. He arranged pipes so that there is no need for a petrol tank because the fuel is stored in these pipes.
He said the modified stove provides higher thermal efficiency due to the preheating of kerosene which is stored in the stove pipes. In addition, it has less risk of explosion due to the even distribution of pressure in the large pipes.
Belonging at a humble family from Dooru in Anantnag, Sheikhit is father was worker. He spent his life in extreme poverty and lived for a long time in a tin shed. Due to his poor financial situation, he was unable to buy a stove, which gave him the idea of making one himself.
He said, “I couldn’t buy a stove for my house. We used to live in poverty and our condition is not better even now. The stove is an important thing used to residence. Ano idea blocked in my mind and started working on it.
A mechanic by profession, he had knowledge of machinery that helped him make a amended the furnace.
The kerosene in the modified stove is stored in the pipes which are lined as a carrier, resulting in higher thermal efficiency due to the preheating of the kerosene.
He added: “It’s a low cost, high output stove for people like me to afford.”
It was spotted by National Innovation Foundation Cell-JK (NIF Cell-JK), Institute of Technology, University of Kashmir in 2007.
Sheikh was awarded by the National Innovation Foundation-India (an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India) during its 6th Biennial National Grassroots Innovation Awards-2012, at Rashtrapati Bhawan New Delhi. The patent for the modified stove was granted in 2021 under patent number 367101.
He also worked on tea harvesting machine and the moped that can be used on snow.
He said that on snowfall days in winter, narrow lanes and alleys are usually devoid of snow removal because big machines can’t get to them.
“I made a bike that can reach narrow lanes and clear snow there so people don’t have to do it alone,” he said.
Talking about the tea harvesting machine, he said that the tea picking process is done manually, which is a very tedious job.
“With the tea harvesting machine, the work is done in less time, and the production value is also very high,” he added.
As an innovator, he feels that his ideas are wasted due to the lack of equipment to make innovations and the lack of money has made it even more difficult for him.
“Due to unavailability of equipment in the village, I have to travel to other parts of Kashmir and sometimes I don’t even have money to travel.” he said.
He called on the government to come forward and come up with plans for the upliftment of innovators.
“I had to give up a lot of my ideas because of the lack of resources and money. The government should think something about innovators. It is something that takes time, money and effort. If innovators are helped, their ideas can revolutionize the world,” he said.