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Jayaganesh K.

Jayaganesh K.  

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Sudoku does not puzzle Jayaganesh K. Nor do some hard computing questions. VAISHALI R. VENKAT meets the precocious school student from Velachery

Just like most other school students, Jayaganesh K is into Sudoku. The only difference is that he does not break his head trying to solve Sudokus. A class XII student of D.AV. Public School, Velachery, he has designed a C++ programming which can help anyone crack a Sudoku at its five levels, under one second.

He is now figuring out how to develop android-based mobile application to find Sudoku solutions. He is also planning a similar application for the Rubik’s cube.

There are many more plans, some of them jaw-dropping. “I will invent a robot that can burst crackers, read textbooks and tells tales, usurping the place story-telling grandmas. I will also use my knowledge to create hundred per cent fraud-proof websites for the government services and banks”.

Jayaganesh, who has been greatly interested in mathematics, physics and computers, has added several feathers to his cap: KVPY Scholarship, a prestigious scholarship for higher secondary students in the country from the Indian Institute of Science, garnering the 62 rank in the country; the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) scholarship from NCERT; Whe he was in Class X1, he took the Regional Math Olympiad exams, National Standard examination in physics and the national standard examination in astronomy.

G. Kalyanasundaram, Jayaganesh’s father, says, “At a young age, he got interested in maths and physics. He even presented a paper on ‘Volta Dynamics’ at the Google Science Fair in 2011 and on ‘Creating comfort zone by time allocation’ at the Association of Math Teachers of India (AMTI) annual conference.”

The two papers underline his passion for maths, physics and computer, say his friends. Jayaganesh’s deep involvement in C++, algorithms and coding skills took him to the National Informatics Olympiad and to the International Olympiad of Informatics Training Camp.

His mother K. Banu is proud to share that he was one of the top 25 students selected to represent the country at International Informatics Olympiad (IOI).

However, he got only the 5 place in the list selected for representing the country in ‘IOI 2014’, missing the mark by just one point as only four were selected for the event held at Taiwan.

With extreme support and cooperation from his friends and family, Minoo Agarwal, principal, the vice-principal and subject teachers, Jayaganesh, however, took such setbacks in his stride; and, not to forget, his grandparents R. Gurumurthy and G. Lalitha.

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