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The fundraising amount will be used by Amit Kumar Jha to book his economy class return flight from Kolkata to San Diego (valued at approximately Rs 80,000 as per latest figures).
The funds will be needed by the 30th of July, 2017.

A flame that raised to shallow the darkness in our private engineering institution will always have the demeanor of my peer, a close friend and a source of inspiration named Amit Kumar Jha. Everything started with a blizzard of joint entrance examination when we, originating from the so called “average brains” group stormed into an engineering college for higher education, to earn a degree respected by many and to gather a conscience, important enough to perceive any judgment.

Amit was different from the rest, a true leader with vision and an achiever as always but was a mere victim of financial restrictions.  However, with time we realized that in our institution, representing many other in my state has forgotten the need of spurring the scientific thinking in one’s mind and what they had, was a broken skeleton fixing its elbow where the skull was not even at its place. Following a daily routine and mugging up guide books, I was bored, scared and astonished to see how humans turn into machines and get hungry for a job even in the freshman year. While experiencing a mental paralysis, I realized I had a closely knit group and together we could mature an environment that was needed to save ourselves aka the whole institution.

Under the leadership of Amit, we created the SPIE (The international society for optics and photonics) Techno India Student Chapter to converge the best and bright research minds in one place to deliver quality research, helping the society directly and indirectly with our earnest efforts. Obliging the motto of the chapter, we organized countless optics outreach awareness programs in schools, targeting students hailing from the marginalized sections. 

Amit with the team and Dr. Toyohiko Yatagai, President of SPIE (2014-2015) in our college campus

We spread the motto of free education by tutoring in schools, organizing open to all and free registration seminars and lectures by eminent scientists and professors with affiliations including IISER, BARC, IACS, SINP and ISRO. Although we couldn’t earn any tangible benefits, taking Amit’s words, “the smile and the curiosity in those innocent faces are worth thousand sessions for the sake of education.” Amit was elected as the president of the SPIE Techno India chapter for the 2015-2016 and served the group with his full dedication, following the tagline “connecting minds, advancing light” of SPIE.

Amit and the team after our first successful outreach at Dankuni Shri Ramkrishna Vidyashram

Amit’s intellectual acuity in electronics and photonics, has authorized him to lead all the technical activities concerning our chapter. Using his valuable time, he created various small and large projects including the 3D hologram, the Lissajous figure generator, small optical instruments for demonstrating basic ray optics and wave optics etc. All such models have been used in our outreach programs and exhibition for school students lacking laboratory facilities. Under his leadership, the Foldscope awareness program developed by Prakash Labs, Stanford University ( read our story ) and the open-source litter of light project experienced a significant growth with positive effect in large scale outreach programs.

Amit distributing chocolates at Halishahar Outreach
Amit, distributing chocolates at Halishahar Outreach

Amit showing the foldscope experiment
Amit, showing the Foldscope Experiment

Born into a financially weak but a culturally rich and a supportive family, he has been a proud survivor throughout his childhood. Owing to his keen interest and inquisitiveness, he was able to build his fast robo car at the age of 8 with wasted cans and toy motors. Throughout his school life he has shown commendable interest in STEM field. He has also successfully participated in National Science Olympiad organized by the Science Olympiad foundation(SFO).

As an engineering undergraduate he is not only extraordinary in his curriculum but also bears a unique fascination towards academia, following his research interest in the field of computational mathematics, nonlinear dynamics and its applications in optical waveguides.

Previously he has worked as a project trainee in the prestigious Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, India under Prof A.N. Sekar Iyengar in the Plasma Physics Division. During the period of his internship he was successful in developing solvers that could run a real-time simulation for jerk and kadji equation. Amit was responsible for attaining the objective of realizing a physical model particularly an electronic circuit which imitates a significant scenario of plasma called double headed chaos when subjected to different initial conditions. 

His current research interests lie in design and modelling of integrated optics circuits using the semi-analytical matrix method. He has been associated with this work for the past one and a half year and is working under Dr Rajib Chakraborty and Mr Saikat Majumder. The current research applies the matrix method to two newly proposed structures, namely- photonic spot profile converter for horizontal light coupling and bridge structure for vertical integration on SOI platform. The spot profile converter can have extensive sensing applications, especially for examining living cells using a slot waveguide. The bridge structure, on the other hand finds application in routing optical signals in optical communication industry.

Crossing all difficulties, the above mentioned research could grab the chance of coming out as an undergrad paper. Having co-authored myself, I can state that our paper was accepted as an oral presentation in the largest optical conference in the North America known as SPIE Optics + Photonics, 2017 to be held in San Diego. As mentioned before, Amit’s financial status does not approve him to attend the conference and present his paper. His father being a humble teacher of a school for poor kids earns only Rs. 3000 (46.49$ approx.) per monthHis luck never favored him before and being an atheist he believes in his effort to the fullest but this time, it is impossible for him to self-finance the trip. We being his close friends are trying to pay his registration fees by gathering our pocket money which itself is a whopping amount of $350. Leaving our savings aside, we do not have any other source to pay for his trip at this moment as our institution has not agreed to help us. Therefore, we are helplessly reaching out to you for a cause that matters to us.

I strongly feel that scientific research is a truly global phenomenon, and that by nurturing young minds like Amit by providing them a platform to excel such as this prestigious international conference, can go a long way in uplifting the scientific establishment of India. Thus, it is my humble appeal to all readers, please donate any amount you feel suitable to this noble cause. Your generous help will allow a bright mind, crippled by poverty, live his dream.   
Invitation letter from the conference organizer: SPIE
Invitation letter from the conference organizer: SPIE
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