A Naga youth designs car for elders

April 17th, 2009 - 10:42 pm ICT by ANI  

By Kaikho Paphro

New Delhi, April 17 (ANI): A Naga design student of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) of Delhi has designed a single-seater vehicle for the elderly.

Ringlarei, who is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering and is currently pursuing Master of Design (Industrial Design) in IIT in New Delhi, has designed Ol’Boy, the small car.

Hailing from Manipur’ s Tamenglong district, the 27-year-old Ringlarei Pame has always felt drawn to bikes and cars since his childhood

“Since childhood I have liked beautiful objects, the functional, mechanical things. From there the spark still continues till my graduation. And since childhood I liked cars and bikes. I think it’s a natural progression for me to be in this field,” said Ringlarei Pamei, Master of Design, IIT New Delhi.

With the decision to take up Industrial design for specialisation Ringlarei took the less-trodden path.

“It is my pleasure to have good students from Northeast and other places especially northeast because we feel that there is so much talent, which is untapped, which is not recognized and which if it comes forth can do so much for the country and the region,” Lalit Kumar Das, Head, Instrument Design Development Center IIT, New Delhi.

Ringlarei’s concept car Ol’Boy was declared the best design in an All India Car Design competition.

Ol’Boy has been designed for the elderly to bring back the joy of driving in complete safety, comfort and style besides making them independent whether at leisure or at work.

Ringaleri has also won an award from ‘Nissan’ and got the opportunity to visit the international car manufacturer at Japan and interact with automobile experts.

“This is the first main award that I got from recognized institute like Nissan. So it’s a great feeling, acknowledged by the experts in the field. I am very grateful and excited about it. I got to learn a lot from them actually how world class designers works. I’d like to work in an automobile company as a designer. I’d like to see my designs on the road, that would be the ultimate fulfillment of my wish,” said Ringlarei Pamei.

The department of Instrument Design Development Center, IIT provides interdisciplinary course in design and development of instruments and other industrial and consumer products.

With his special car, Ringlarei has shown how if given due motivation and platform, the students from the northeast can contribute to the development of the region and the country. (ANI)

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