He is being awarded for his excellence in the field of Scholastics.
Sonit, a student of Class 8, is among the youngest volcanologists and planetary geologists in India. His research on the effects of ionising radiations on the reddening of soil on Mars helped him win the NASA-CIS competition.
Sonit says his interest in geology was sparked at a very young age. “When I was three years old, I would accompany my father to nearby hills, where he would show me how lava helped form rocks in the area. I have since been interested in geology,” Sonit told TOI.
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Sonit also won the One Family One Telescope Competition held by the International Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). He has won national-level gold and bronze medals and two state-level gold medals at the Indian National Science and Engineering Fair (INSEF) for his research on the effects of sound pollution on plants and the discovery of phototropism.
At the age of 11, he was honoured with ‘The Best Scientist Award’ which is usually given to the best practicing scientists by the Rotary Club of Pune.
Meanwhile, Shreenabh Muojesh Agrawal, Kameshwar Jagannath Waghmare, Archit Rahul Pani and Kaamya Karthikeyan are the other children from Maharashtra who have bagged the PMRBSP-2021 honour for their excellence in different fields.