Bengal Girl Alleviates Mask Wearing Pain, Bags National Award

By Anwesha Chakravorty

Observing the struggle of COVID 19 frontline workers in particular and Covid conscious citizen in general, a class XII student, Digantika Bose has invented the ‘ear pressure reduction tool’. An innovation that is going to reduce ear pressure while wearing mask. She also bragged the National Science Competition Award for her invention recently.

Digantika Bose a student of Vidyasagar Smriti Vidyamandir Memari in Purba Burdwan District of West Bengal is always inclined towards innovation and wanted to give the society with quick solutions from day to day problems at a low cost.

The ‘ear pressure reduction tool’ is in the form of a headband, fitting at the back of the head which helps to diminish the pressure on ears while draping the face mask. The band is a facemask extender that simply connects the ear straps and extends them to wrap around the back of one’s head instead. 

Speaking to News Sense Digantika said, “Health workers, police, journalists, sanitisation workers and many others have to wear face masks for long periods of time. This triggers constant pressure and pain behind the ears. I have designed these bands using discarded plastic or flexible board which costs around 2 Rs to 3 Rs. Anyone can craft this tool.

The wonder girl of Bengal has been also awarded with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Ignited Mind Children Creativity and Innovation Awards 2020.

Digantika enjoys to invest her time in mind boggling research works. She is engaged with five other special research works and prototypes related to Covid19.  She has also designed an  ‘Air Providing and Virus Destroying Mask’ for our society to fight against Corona Virus in quite low cost.

It’s a pride to be the father of Digantika. I feel proud and extremely overwhelmed to receive such responses for her works, from poeple. She loves to be engaged with her research works” said Digantika’s father, Sudipta Bose.

Hence it is worth mentioning, that the research works of 17 years old girl from rural bengal is worth praising. Her inventions are toddler steps towards blurring the deadliest corona virus, which India is desperately seeking at this fuming hours of worldwide pandemic.