Seven-year-old Akarsh Chaudhary is taking over the world of e-gaming

Vaishnavi Jaiswal:

The Diana awardee addresses glaring gender gap in STEM

Srijanita Maurya:

Collaborating with youth across the world for animal welfare

Alana Meenakshi Kolagatla:

An eleven-year-old who is ruling the chess world

Manali Datar:

Actress Manali Datar is making waves in the theatre world

Nila Varman:

The Tamil-British girl who bagged BBC award for best student radio presenter

Sanskruti Dalavi is helping crops to grow and water to flow in her drought-stricken village

Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity & Ambiguity

In a nutshell, that is the world today.

In this new chronicle on GLOBAL INDIAN, GI Youth, we discover how Indians are creating cutting edge innovations and disrupting industries with their prowess. Feel the pulse here.

We at Global Indian Youth are excited about your journey.

 

Seven-year-old Akarsh Chaudhary is taking over the world of e-gaming

Vaishnavi Jaiswal:

The Diana awardee addresses glaring gender gap in STEM

Srijanita Maurya:

Collaborating with youth across the world for animal welfare

Alana Meenakshi Kolagatla:

An eleven-year-old who is ruling the chess world

Manali Datar:

Actress Manali Datar is making waves in the theatre world

Nila Varman:

The Tamil-British girl who bagged BBC award for best student radio presenter

Sanskruti Dalavi is helping crops to grow and water to flow in her drought-stricken village

Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity & Ambiguity

In a nutshell, that is the world today.

In this new chronicle on GLOBAL INDIAN, GI Youth, we discover how Indians are creating cutting edge innovations and disrupting industries with their prowess. Feel the pulse here.


We at Global Indian Youth are excited about your journey.

 

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | WRITE FOR US

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GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | FUTURE LEADERS

Ideas, initiatives and projects that are making a difference

Making an impact

The Indian American teen founded the Florida chapter of Bye Bye Plastics Bags, a nonprofit committed to reducing the amount of plastic on the planet. In 3 years, she has mobilised 1000 volunteers to join 175 coastal cleanups across the state.

The 9-year-old who got the Apple CEO’s attention

Dubai-based Indian pre-teen Hana Rafeeq has received an email of appreciation from Tim Cook, the Apple CEO, for an app she developed. She had written to him saying she is the yougnest iOS app developer and apparently, Cook's reply confirms this claim.

Hana | Global Indian
Hana | Global Indian
Youngest iOS developer gets a nod from Tim Cook
Hana, iOS developer

Dubai-based Indian youngster has gained worldwide recognition after a storytelling app she created receiving appreciation from none other than Tim Cook, CEO of Apple.

Targeting cancer treatment

Prathik Naidu an Indian-American from Virginia, bagged seventh place in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2017. He bagged $70,000 for developing a software to identify new therapeutic targets for treating cervical cancer, leukemia and breast cancer.

Huballi
Huballi
Entrepreneur comes up with ‘Made in Hubballi’ pistol

A mechanical engineering graduate from Hubballi has come up with the country's first indigenous pistol. He is among the select few to get invited to the Defence Expo being conducted by the Union government at Gandhinagar in Gujarat in September.

One of the youngest Big Bang UK Scientist

In 2020, Diya Vincent became one of the youngest ever winners of the Big Bang UK Scientist of the Year 2020 for her project on microgreens grown in an indoor aquarium and fertilised with goldfish excrement..

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | THEN & NOW

Ideas, initiatives and projects that are making a difference

From actor to director-producer

From debuting in the surprise hit Slumdog Millionaire, to having an acting career graph with several ups and downs, Dev Patel has come a long way. He turns director and co-producer with Monkey Man, a Netflix production in which he also plays the lead. 

From novel to film

Ponniyin Selvan: I, is the first-ever film adaptation of Tamil writer Kalki Krishnamurthy's 1950s magnum opus - the 2400 page historical-fiction novel. It is all set for its release this month.

WhatsApp steps into film business

Launched as a one-to-one chat app service in 2009, the international instant messaging app has entered the film industry. It announced its first original short film, Naija Odyssey, that is being aired on Prime Video and YouTube.

Riya Sinha
Riya Sinha
A book club that grew into an online platform
Riya Sinha, author

At 11, she authored a book Runawat Twins, and soon started Fuzia, a writing club in 2012 to provide a platform for young girls to share their writings. Today, it has transformed into an independent online space for women to connect and create globally.

Monarch on Bollywood film set
King Charles III

King Charles III, who has now ascended the throne of the United Kingdom had visited the sets of the 1981 film, 'Ahista Ahista'. It was the first film of Kunal Kapoor, the son of late Bollywood legend, Shashi Kapoor (image from the film set).

Maanasa Mendu
Maanasa Mendu
Championing clean energy
Maanasa Mendu, scientist

Indian-American Maanasa Mendu was 13 when she won the 'America’s Top Young Scientist' in 2016 for inventing a cost-effective tech to create energy from the leaves of solar light. She is currently studying at Harvard University.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | STARTUPS & ENTREPRENEURS

Helping Indian youth land their dream Sarkari job

Started in 2016 by Anil Nagar and Saurabh Bhansal, the online learning platform Adda247 plugs the gap with respect to access and quality of education. It is now India's leading test prep platform catering to the learning needs of government job aspirants,

Ganesh Kumar Subramaniam
Managing waste
Ganesh Kumar Subramaniam, activist

He is the co-founder of Kabadiwalla Connect, a firm that decentralised waste management solutions and technology for cities in the developing world. The app also helps the residents to connect with the local scrap dealers to dispose of the solid waste.

Offering carbon-neutral baby apparels

Bollywood actress Dia Mirza has invested in a sustainable baby apparel brand Greendigo, forming a strategic relationship with the apparel startup in addition to becoming an ambassador for the brand.

‘Cohesity’ for data management

In June 2013, Indian-origin entrepreneur Mohit Aron founded Cohesity, to bring order to the data management world. With a $1 billion valuation, it was named to the 2022 Forbes Cloud 100 for the fourth year in a row.

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Aryan Chaudhary & Arnav Bajaj
Making teenagers financially literate
Aryan Chaudhary & Arnav Bajaj, founders, Finance4teens

Two class 12 students founded Finance4teens in 2021 to help promote financial literacy among teenagers, after realising that this important skill is not taught in schools. Currently they have 7 chapters across the world including the UK and the US.

Millet Challenge for startups

Announced by finance minister of India, the initiative encourages young minds to offer technological or business solutions to the existing problems in the millets ecosystem. A seed grant of ₹1 crore will be offered to each of the three winners.

Global Indian | YOUTH | CULTURE

IIIT-H initiates cultural heritage conservation

To preserve popular Indian classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kathak, among others researchers at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H), have started recording them in 4D format.

Adhya Shastry
Taking Indian classical dance global

17-year-old Adhya Shastry started learning Bharatanatyam at age nine at the Kalakunj performing arts group in Reading. Recently, she won the BBC Four competition. Trained in contemporary and ballet, Adhya is a member of the National Youth Dance Company.

Ruchika Rashya Bhuyan
Sensitising the world
Ruchika Rashya Bhuyan, author

A LGBTQ+ activist, the teen author deals with mental health and unconventional romance in her latest book Until It Rains Again. Her fiction explores the journey of a 17-year-old at the cusp of adulthood.

Celebration of rich heritage of Indian-Americans

The South Asian Engagement Foundation (SAEF) celebrated 75 years of Indian independence, telling the story of the Indian American community by projecting three compelling animation themes at World Trade Center in New York between 24th -26th September.

Ishita Agarwal
Writing for teens
Ishita Agarwal, author

At 4, she started reading books and by 10, she completed her first novel. But it took her another five years to become a published author. Now she is out with her new book Teen Machine, based on a teenager on the cusp of making a major life decision.

Representing India at global platform
Aashna Hegde, lifestyle influencer

Lifestyle influencer Aashna Hedge walked the runway at New York Fashion Week, setting the stage for increased representation of Indian influencer presenters at global platforms.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | GOOD READS

Top reads curated from the internet

#1
Mahatma Gandhi, the peacemaker – The Hindu
#2
Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie – Karachi to London – The Guardian
#3
Keeping Gandhi alive in the classroom: The Indian Express
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#4
Chess cheating scandal: Why did Carlsen quit the match against Niemann? – Business Standard
Reading Time: 5 mins
#5
Igniting minds the Edtech way: India Today
Reading Time: 6 min
#6
How this engineer changed the economics of locomotives

Mahatma Gandhi, the peacemaker – The Hindu

Mahatma Gandhi was attentive of the fact that world peace is not possible without the spiritual growth of humanity. So far, the 22 years of the 21st century have not been peaceful. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine represents the biggest threat to peace in the world since the end of the Cold War. Many believe that humanity will never attain peace. But we all know that peace is the result of a long process of compassionate dialogue and tireless caring across cultural, religious, and political boundaries...

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Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie – Karachi to London – The Guardian

This article first appeared in The Guardian A friendship is charted from girlhood to middle age, in this admirably thorny novel of postcolonial adolescence and contemporary politics. Literary genres age, much as people do. Postcolonial literature – PoCo to friends – was once an angry young outsider leading the charge against empire. Now, much older and having made some money, PoCo seems to have compromised with the world, depicting chic, transnational lives jetting between humid capital cities and the glamorous locales of New York and London. Invariably educated at Oxbridge and the Ivy League, the characters pursue comfortable careers in politics, the media and, almost always, high finance. After a radical youth, it seems, PoCo has put away the placards and started to indulge capitalism. So say many of PoCo’s former admirers. James Wood, glossing the position of those critics, describes the contrast they see between such “smoothly global” literature and “thorny” novels full of “sharp local particularities”, asking why anyone wouldn’t read “Elena Ferrante over Kamila Shamsie”? The Pakistani-born novelist’s new book is an opportunity to examine that contention, since Best of Friends has much the same premise as Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet: a friendship charted from girlhood to middle age, taking in education, puberty, sex, ideological conflicts, personal rivalries, intimate secrets – all transcribed, however, to one of those “global” contexts.

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Keeping Gandhi alive in the classroom: The Indian Express

(The column was first published in The Indian Express on October 1, 2022)

  • As the celebration of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s birth anniversary has become almost like any other ritual — routinised and soulless — a politico-philosophic and pedagogic question confronts me: As teachers/students, is it possible to keep Gandhi alive and vibrant in our classrooms?..

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Chess cheating scandal: Why did Carlsen quit the match against Niemann? – Business Standard

(The article first appeared in the Business Standard on September 21, 2022)

  • Chess world champion Magnus Carlsen stunned everyone when he quit the game after just one move, turned off his webcam and quit against Hans Niemann, a 19-year-old American player. Carlsen and Niemann were competing in an online match at the Julius Baer Generation Cup...

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Igniting minds the Edtech way: India Today

(The column first appeared in India Today on September 20, 2022)

  • Our former President, Dr. Abdul Kalam, wrote his vision of India in his book Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power within India. Education is the fuel that will propel our country to greater prosperity. Unfortunately, we are still far away from universal education, without which, igniting minds is a distant dream, thereby dampening our national journey towards greater prosperity...

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How this engineer changed the economics of locomotives

This article first appeared in The Times of India on September 28, 2022 In August, Ajith Kumar surpassed legendary American inventor George Westinghouse in the number of patents held. 362 vs Westinghouse's 361. Westinghouwe, who died in 1914, invented the air brake system that made railroads safer and transformed the US rail industry. His Westinghouse Air Brake Company is the origin of today's locomotive giant Wabtec, where Kumar is now vice president of technology-innovation. Earlier this month, the company celebrated Kumar's achievement at its Pittsburgh headquarters. Kumar's innovations mostly came as part of the GE Transportation, which Wabtec acquired three years ago. We had a nearly hour-long virtual conversation with Kumar, who spoke from his home in Washington DC, during which he noted that there are still three others from the GE/Westinghouse pantheon with more patents than him - Thomas Edison, Elihu Thomson (whose companies went on to create today's Alstom), and Clyde Farmer...

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GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | WORLD IN NUMBERS

Statistically speaking

83 percent

The percentage of Indian students who believe foreign degrees enhance their prospects of securing better jobs and provide an edge over competition, according to The Leap-Ipsos Strategy Study Abroad Outlook Report.

$ 2 million

The amount grossed by Mani Rathnam's blockbuster film, Ponniyin Selvan over two consecutive days in the USA. It now now holds the record for the Biggest Day 1 opening for a Tamil movie at the world box office. 

400 days

The waiting period fpr student/exchange visitor visas and other non-immigrant visas for the US.

97 percent

Of all phones sold in India are made in India.

13 startups

The number of Bengaluru-based startups that have been included in LinkedIn Top 25 startups' list. CRED, upGrad, and Groww were named as the top three startups on the list.

1,17,965 sponsored study visas

Were issued by UK to Indian students in one year, till June 2022, an increase of 215%.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | DID YOU KNOW?

Fun facts about India and Global Indians

Indian actress Alia Bhatt made it to the prestigious TIME 100 Impact Award list. The actress, who is also an entrepreneur, is the only Indian to be a part of the list this year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 5G services in India on Saturday at the India Mobile Congress in New Delhi.

Deakin University has announced setting up of hubs in three Indian universities (OP Jindal Global University, Symbiosis International University and Chitkara University) for dual degrees, to boost learning opportunities for students in the country.

The Oval and the iconic Lord's in UK will host the World Test Championship (WTC) Final in 2023 and 2025 respectively, the game's governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced.

23-year-old Vatsal Nahata, a Yale University graduate, landed a dream job at the World Bank after sending 600 cold emails and making 80 calls. His LinkedIn post has gone viral for inspiring people to not give up.

Swedish defence giant Saab, which is registering SAAB FFV India, will make its state-of-the-art Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon systems in partnership with Indian sub-suppliers and in keeping with Make-In-India requirements.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | QUOTES

Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian physicist

The true laboratory is the mind, where behind illusions we uncover the laws of truth.

Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India

With developments in technology and telecom, India will lead the industry 4.0 revolution. This is not the decade of India but the century of India.

MF Hussain artist

Mostly people are ignorant, what is the language of painting. You know they’re ignorant. It is so difficult to make them aware, but time will teach them.

Nelson Mandela former President of South Africa

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others.

Uday Kotak MD Kotak Mahindra Bank

Proud moment for India to pip the United Kingdon, our colonial ruler, as the fifth largest economy.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | GIRLS IN STEM

Indian-origin prof named emerging leader in health & medicine

Indian origin scientist Swathi Arur, professor and deputy chair of Genetics at The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Centre has been named one of the 2022 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars by the Naitonal Academy of Medicine, USA.

The first Indian woman in the Royal Society

Gagandeep Kang, a clinician scientist and professor of gastrointestinal sciences at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, became the first Indian woman scientist in London's Royal Society in 2019.

Winner of Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians

Professor Neena Gupta, a mathematician and faculty member of the Indian Statistical Institute became the fourth Indian to win Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians in 2021.

Nuclear way

Amity University's Chalamalla Ikshitha has been chosen for Erasmus Mundus SARENA Scholarship 2022, and is the only Indian student this year to achieve the feat. She'll be pursuing master's in Nuclear Reactor Operation & Safety Programme in Europe.

Vaishnavi Jaiswal, social entrepreneur

She has founded 'The Salubrious Organisation' to address gender gap in STEM education. The Diana awardee has been organising awareness drives and donation campaigns for students of marginalised communities.

Digantika Bose, innovator

The Class 11 student from West Bengal came up with the idea of a ‘wonder mask’ that can be a potential game-changer in controlling the spread of Covid-19 virus. It was in just 7 days that she designed the mask.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | TELL ME WHY

Fun facts about India and Global Indians

Hibi Eden, Ernakulam MP receive Guinness World Records certificate? He has been spearheading the ‘Cup of Life’ campaign which created history with distribution of one lakh and one menstrual cups free in a span of 24 hours.

A Delhi cab driver is trending? A clip of him singing was shared by the Delhi police on their Twitter profile saying, "Love Music? Sing! Don't blow horn at a traffic signal."

Wipro fired its 300 employees? It sacked them for 'moonlighting' and choosing to work directly with rivals while being on Wipro payrolls.

MotoGP is trending? The temple of two-wheel racing is coming to India in 2023, and the fans cannot keep calm. The Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida is the most likely candidate to host MotoGP in India.

Vande Bharat train is in the news? The semi-high speed train broke the record of the bullet train during its trial run between Mumbai and Ahmedabad by clocking the speed of 100km/hr in 52 seconds.

Haji Ali Dargah is in news? The iconic religious place in Mumbai will install India's tallest flagpost for hoisting national flag. It will surpass Cairo's 201.9 metre flag pole after the project is completed.