Ayush Samele from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh does not hold a B.Tech degree, nor does he have a diploma in polytechnic. Yet, this 19-year-old is known as the ‘engineer for the poor.’
At school, Ayush was a just a curious little boy who would bombard his teachers with all kinds of queries. But he never made a good student. Unsurprisingly, our outdated education system, which is incapable of tapping a kid’s true potential, wrote him off.
“My interest in science developed when I was in school. I would watch a lot of Discovery channel and had many questions for which I was seeking answers. My teachers would always be telling me that they needed to complete the syllabus before they could answer all my ‘out of syllabus’ questions,” he told the media.
But what with developing such traits when the system is structured on memorizing and mugging up. Discouraged by criticism, the boy attempted to commit suicide when he was 14. The following year, he ran away from home for a few weeks.
Interestingly, it was during this period that he happened to meet the people who would change his life. They belonged to the lowest strata of society and their kids hadn’t even seen a toy.
Once he got back home, he started off by making small toys for those kids. Later, he made electronic items with discarded items. At last, appreciation began trickling in.
That was when Ayush’s elder brother, Sourabh, suggested him that he should upload his works on YouTube.
In the year 2015, Ayush set up a YouTube channel and started uploading DIY videos. The first video he posted was of a DIY miniature crossbow. In no time, his luck took a turn for the better and more and more people started visiting his page. YouTube began paying him too.
From DIY hair dryers to washing machines made from buckets, tin can toasters and portable air conditioners, there was no dearth of variety in his videos.
Today, Ayush's YouTube channel, Sdik Rof-creativity boasts of over 1.40 lakh subscribers. He has developed around 72 different electrical products and posted 128 videos on his channel in the past two years.
Run by solar light, all of his products are durable and cheap. Perhaps that’s the USP of his channel’s popularity.
Ayush’s parents are now proud of their son. But his mother is determined to make him an engineer. So, Ayush is all set to pursue his bachelor’s degree in engineering next year.