Three Indians Shortlisted For $100,000 Global Student Prize


The prize, partnered by UK-headquartered Varkey Basis, is open to all college students who’re a minimum of 16 years outdated and enrolled in an instructional establishment or coaching and expertise program. Half-time college students, in addition to college students enrolled in on-line programs, are additionally eligible for the prize.

“Since its launch final yr, the International Scholar Prize has given unbelievable college students everywhere in the world an opportunity to share their tales, join with one another, and attain influencers in training and past,” stated Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Chegg.

Anagha Rajesh, a 20-year-old scholar on the Birla Institute of Expertise and Science in Goa, Oshin Puri, a 22-year-old scholar at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh, and Shreya Hegde, a 19 -year-old highschool graduate from Bangalore are amongst this yr’s prime 50 within the operating for the prize by Chegg.org – the non-profit arm of training know-how firm Chegg.

“Now, greater than ever, college students like Anagha, Oshin, and Shreya should have their tales informed and have their voices heard. In spite of everything, we have to harness their desires, their insights, and their creativity to deal with the daunting and pressing challenges dealing with our world,” stated Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Chegg.

The 2022 finalists have been chosen for making an influence throughout numerous areas. Anagha Rajesh, a researcher, storyteller and group builder, has been chosen for work on a number of initiatives starting from vitamin to nuclear tech, from psychological well being advocacy to entrepreneurship.

“That is really a recognition of the hassle that my household has poured into giving me the absolute best alternatives for private progress. I plan to take advantage of this platform to make personalised psychological well being sources accessible to increasingly younger folks with the assistance of my group at Yours Mindfully,” stated Rajesh, Founder and CEO of youth-led psychological well being non-profit Yours Mindfully .

Oshin Puri is an award-winning physician-scientist in coaching and has made a number of optimistic contributions in the direction of society via his volunteer work and public well being initiatives and as Chief Editor of the ‘Journal of Asian Medical College students Affiliation’.

“It is a privilege to get a possibility to work with my fellow younger change-makers and break the stigma round psychological well being, particularly for the worldwide scholar group,” stated Puri.

The third Indian finalist, Shreya Hegde, was simply 17 when admitted to the MIT Entrepreneurship Program, doing authentic analysis in gravitational waves, paleobiology, and laptop graphics and obtained stipends/full scholarships for all the things. She spent a few years in donation drives, conducting surveys, and educating college students in Indian villages English, math, and mentored them on initiatives.

“Each youngster has the suitable to high quality training, and thru this platform, I can join with others to achieve much more underprivileged youngsters,” stated Hegde.

The highest 10 finalists of this yr’s International Scholar Prize are anticipated to be introduced in August this yr and the winner will probably be chosen from amongst them by the International Scholar Prize Academy, made up of outstanding people.

“As time runs out to realize the Sustainable Growth Objectives, it’s extra vital than ever to prioritize training so we will face the longer term with confidence,” stated Sunny Varkey, Founding father of the Varkey Basis.

College students within the operating are assessed on their educational achievement, influence on their friends, how they make a distinction of their group and past, how they overcome the chances to realize, how they reveal creativity and innovation, and the way they function as international residents.

Final yr’s winner was Jeremiah Thoronka, a 21-year-old scholar from Sierra Leone, who launched a start-up known as Optim Vitality that transforms vibrations from autos and pedestrian footfall on roads into an electrical present.

* With inputs from PTI

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