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The Times of India | TNN | Jun 1, 2016 |

Udupi: Armaan, a BTech student of Manipal Institute of Technology, has been recognized for breaking Guinness World Record for creating world’s longest selfie stick. Armaan attempted to break the world record by demonstrating his selfie stick measuring 10.39 metres on the MIT ground on April 11. He received confirmation certificate through courier on Monday. On Tuesday, a team from Guinness World Records handed over a certificate recognising his achievement to him in the presence of college authorities.  Armaan broke the record set by actor-comedian and filmmaker Ben Stiller. Stiller demonstrated his 8.56-metre-long selfie stick during the premier of Zoolander 2 in London.  Armaan said, “I am happy to get the confirmation from Guinness World Records’ team. I was confident of getting the record. When a month after submission of necessary documents I did not get any reply from them, I got tensed. On Monday, when my parents confirmed the receipt of the certificate, I felt blessed.”

The BTech student has no intention to stop at this record-making effort as he is planning to build a 12-metre long selfie stick with better technology within two months. Though Arman is an electronics engineering student, his passion and interest is in automobile engineering, and this paved way for him to be part of Formula Manipal team of Manipal University. He aims to design, conceptualize, fabricate, test and race a single seater, open-wheel formula 1-style race car.  The Formula Manipal team will participate in Formula Student – a student engineering competition – at Czech Republic and Germany in August 2016. The Formula Student competition also gives participants the opportunity to connect with potential employers in the automobile and allied industries.  Armaan’s parents, Mohammed Sujrinji and Rahana Sulthan, said, “It is not just a proud moment for us but for the whole nation. We are happy that our son has made India proud. Armaan is a smart child. He is in love with vehicles since his childhood. He used to disassemble vehicles part by part and then assemble them. After growing up, he has become an expert in assembling the vehicles.”  Armaan has two siblings, one passed second PUC with 96% marks and another one is in fifth standard.- Courtesy


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