Anvitha Kollipara:

Using solar power to light up the lives of rural kids

Praveen Kumar Giri bagged a silver at WorldSkills 2022

Simone Sharma:

Building opportunities for teens through YouthGrowYouth

Saanvi Sita Mylavarapu:

Illinois teen creating awareness on nature through hikes

Nandita Saxena:

The pastry chef bagged a silver at WorldSkills 2022

Kamal Singh:

The Indian ballerino taking centrestage in the UK

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.

 

Anvitha Kollipara:

Using solar power to light up the lives of rural kids

Praveen Kumar Giri bagged a silver at WorldSkills 2022

Simone Sharma:

Building opportunities for teens through YouthGrowYouth

Saanvi Sita Mylavarapu:

Illinois teen creating awareness on nature through hikes

Nandita Saxena:

The pastry chef bagged a silver at WorldSkills 2022

Kamal Singh:

The Indian ballerino taking centrestage in the UK

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

Amazon’s top author

Bellevue poet Sejal Akerkar’s self-published poetry collections, ‘walking down the sensory strip’ and 'optic opening', have made it to the top 100 of Amazon’s Bestseller list in the Women’s Poetry category. Akerkar donates all her royalties to Udayan Care.

Kalash Gupta, coder The IIT-Delhi student defeated 1,00,000 students from 87 countries to become World's Top Coder. He won the biggest coding contest TCS CodeVita Season 10 and took home a grand prize of $10,000.
Kalash Gupta, coder The IIT-Delhi student defeated 1,00,000 students from 87 countries to become World's Top Coder. He won the biggest coding contest TCS CodeVita Season 10 and took home a grand prize of $10,000.
World’s leading coder

Kalash Gupta, coder The IIT-Delhi student defeated 1,00,000 students from 87 countries to become World's Top Coder. He won the biggest coding contest TCS CodeVita Season 10 and took home a grand prize of $10,000.

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The 16-year-old tribal girl Ritika Dhruwa from Chattisgarh left scientists from IIT-Bombay and Satish Dhawan Space Centre impressed with her presentation on vacuum in space, which earned her a ticket for a NASA project.
The 16-year-old tribal girl Ritika Dhruwa from Chattisgarh left scientists from IIT-Bombay and Satish Dhawan Space Centre impressed with her presentation on vacuum in space, which earned her a ticket for a NASA project.
Tribal girl earns a ticket for NASA project

The 16-year-old tribal girl Ritika Dhruwa from Chattisgarh left scientists from IIT-Bombay and Satish Dhawan Space Centre impressed with her presentation on vacuum in space, which earned her a ticket for a NASA project.

Trisha was born and raised in California and now lives in Bengaluru. SHe has been a part of Girl Scouts of America, taught refugees basic tech skills and done school supplies drives in India. She also created a Girl Up chapter in Bengaluru.
Trisha was born and raised in California and now lives in Bengaluru. SHe has been a part of Girl Scouts of America, taught refugees basic tech skills and done school supplies drives in India. She also created a Girl Up chapter in Bengaluru.
Girl Up!

Trisha was born and raised in California and now lives in Bengaluru. SHe has been a part of Girl Scouts of America, taught refugees basic tech skills and done school supplies drives in India. She also created a Girl Up chapter in Bengaluru.

Rushil Khosla, tennis player
Rushil Khosla, tennis player
An ace shuttler

Rushil Khosla recently won the Junior Davis Cup, Asia. The 16-year-old, Class X student, is not only in the top-200 in International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Ranking, but was conferred with the Bal Shakti Puraskar in 2020 by the President of India.

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Bihar boy Praveen Kumar Giri made a mark in water technology by winning a silver medal in the category at WorldSkills 2022 held in Germany. He plans to work towards combating water pollution.
Bihar boy Praveen Kumar Giri made a mark in water technology by winning a silver medal in the category at WorldSkills 2022 held in Germany. He plans to work towards combating water pollution.
Making mark in water technology

Bihar boy Praveen Kumar Giri made a mark in water technology by winning a silver medal in the category at WorldSkills 2022 held in Germany. He plans to work towards combating water pollution.

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GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | THEN & NOW

Ideas, initiatives and projects that are making a difference

Shubhangi Swaroop created history in 2017 by becoming the first female pilot in the Indian Navy. Though she studied biotechnology engineering, her desire to serve the country led her to join the naval forces just like her father, a naval commander.
Shubhangi Swaroop created history in 2017 by becoming the first female pilot in the Indian Navy. Though she studied biotechnology engineering, her desire to serve the country led her to join the naval forces just like her father, a naval commander.
From biotechnology to defence forces

Shubhangi Swaroop created history in 2017 by becoming the first female pilot in the Indian Navy. Though she studied biotechnology engineering, her desire to serve the country led her to join the naval forces just like her father, a naval commander.

Nimrat Kaur began her career as a print model. Later, she did theatre and made her film debut with a small role in'One Night with the King' in 2006. Today, the Indian actress is a known face in India and abroad, performing substantial roles in American television.
Nimrat Kaur began her career as a print model. Later, she did theatre and made her film debut with a small role in'One Night with the King' in 2006. Today, the Indian actress is a known face in India and abroad, performing substantial roles in American television.
Working in India and America

Nimrat Kaur began her career as a print model. Later, she did theatre and made her film debut with a small role in 'One Night with the King' in 2006. Today, the Indian actress is a known face in India and abroad performing substantial roles.

Kaushalya Vaghela first arrived in Australia as a student, becoming a scientist and building a corporate career. She went on to join politics, becoming the first India-born elected member of the Victorian state parliament.
Kaushalya Vaghela first arrived in Australia as a student, becoming a scientist and building a corporate career. She went on to join politics, becoming the first India-born elected member of the Victorian state parliament.
Rising through the political ranks

Kaushalya Vaghela first arrived in Australia as a student, becoming a scientist and building a corporate career. She went on to join politics, becoming the first India-born elected member of the Victorian state parliament.

From India to Dubai

After expansion to a campus in Dubai, BITS Pilani has become the first international deemed university. It had earned the deemed university status nearly six decades back in 1964.

17-year-old high-schooler Apoorva Panidapu from San Jose California is referred as the human calculator. She has won several awards for her quick computations, including the 2020 Global Child Prodigy Award.
17-year-old high-schooler Apoorva Panidapu from San Jose California is referred as the human calculator. She has won several awards for her quick computations, including the 2020 Global Child Prodigy Award.
Built a global brand in just a year

Karu, founded by Delhi based Kartik Kumar is just one year old. Kartik built the global fashion brand before he passed out of college. His clothes are now being worn by Kendrik, and Joe Jonas - American artists.

Chinu Kala started Rubans Accessories with a bootstrapped capital of three lakh in a 70 square feet kiosk in Phoenix Mall, Bengaluru. Within a span of seven years, the jewellery brand has recorded a turnover of more than eight crore.
Chinu Kala started Rubans Accessories with a bootstrapped capital of three lakh in a 70 square feet kiosk in Phoenix Mall, Bengaluru. Within a span of seven years, the jewellery brand has recorded a turnover of more than eight crore.
Bootstrapped startup becomes big brand

Chinu Kala started Rubans Accessories with a bootstrapped capital of three lakh in a 70 square feet kiosk in Phoenix Mall, Bengaluru. Within a span of seven years, the jewellery brand has recorded a turnover of more than eight crore.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | STARTUPS & ENTREPRENEURS

Eyeing global expansion

Vivekananda Hallekere’s mobility startup Bounce, which specialises in electric scooters and swappable batteries, is all set to expand its operations in the export market. It has already sent shipments to South Africa, Kuwait, South America, and Sri Lanka.

Harsh Jain and Bhavit Shah started Dream Sports when they were 24. Their initial venture
A victorious comeback

Harsh Jain and Bhavit Shah started Dream Sports when they were 24. Their initial venture "crashed and burned." A decade after its launch it is now valued at $8 billion.

Indian origin entrepreneur Mala Gaonkar’s SurgoCap Partners has made history by making the biggest debut by a woman-led hedge fund. With $1.8 billion turnover the firm offers lower fees for smaller endowments and foundations addressing climate change.
Biggest debut of a woman-led hedge fund

Indian origin entrepreneur Mala Gaonkar’s SurgoCap Partners has made history by making the biggest debut by a woman-led hedge fund. With $1.8 billion turnover the firm offers lower fees for smaller endowments and foundations addressing climate change.

Food brand Yoga Bar to merge with ITC
Food brand Yoga Bar to merge with ITC

ITC Limited has announced to acquire D2C health food brand Yoga Bar, a health snack company based in Bengaluru. It will acquire hundred percent of Sproutlife Foods Private Limited founded by Anindita and Suhasini Sampath Kumar over a period of four years.

As the work-from-home and online class culture proliferated after the pandemic, the demand for multifunctional furniture skyrocketed. Wakefit founders Ankit and Chaitanya are catering to this and have raised $40 million from investors.
Fulfilling post pandemic demands

As the work-from-home and online class culture proliferated after the pandemic, the demand for multifunctional furniture skyrocketed. Wakefit founders Ankit and Chaitanya are catering to this and have raised $40 million from investors.

Ganesh Balkrishnan, founder, Flatheads
Ganesh Balkrishnan, founder, Flatheads

Company's inventory sold out in 2 days post Shark Tank episode Fans were so impressed with Ganesh Balakrishnan's zeal towards turning his loss-making venture Flatheads into a profitable one that the company's inventory was sold out two days after the epis

Global Indian | YOUTH | CULTURE

The dancer, singer and actor, Avantika Vandanapu has taken the world by storm with her Hollywood debut Spin. The 16-year-old is the first South Asian to lead a Disney channel film, and is currently working on a new series, A Crown of Wishes.
Shining bright

The dancer, singer and actor, Avantika Vandanapu has taken the world by storm with her Hollywood debut Spin. The 16-year-old is the first South Asian to lead a Disney channel film, and is currently working on a new series, A Crown of Wishes.

The Expressions Summit 2023

World Forum for Art & Culture, an Art of Living initiative, recently organised The Expressions Summit. The avant-garde festival saw participation by 108 legends of Indian classical art forms, including Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.

Neil Nayyar from Elk Grove played 107 instruments from around the world in his debut album Breaking Barriers, that is set to be released soon. The teenager is also focusing on promoting his children's book Passion to Exploration of 107 Sound Machines.
Breaking barriers with music

Neil Nayyar from Elk Grove played 107 instruments from around the world in his debut album Breaking Barriers, that is set to be released soon. The teenager is also focusing on promoting his children's book Passion to Exploration of 107 Sound Machines.

‘Sangam’ at Le Bon Marché

Artist Subodh Gupta’s exhibition 'Sangam' is on display until February 19 at Le Bon Marché, an upscale, Parisian departmental store. The multi-disciplinary artist specialises in sculptures, installations, paintings, photography, and more. 

Karan Brar was only 11 when he landed his first role in a Hollywood film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the Washington DC-born is one of the youngest Indian American actors making waves in Hollywood.
Making waves in Hollywood

Karan Brar was only 11 when he landed his first role in a Hollywood film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the Washington DC-born is one of the youngest Indian American actors making waves in Hollywood.

Against the Tide
Against the Tide

Against the Tide, directed by Sarvnik Kaur, is India's lone entry to Sundance this year. Set in Mumbai, it is the story of two Koli fishermen.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | GOOD READS

Top reads curated from the internet

#1
Pro kabaddi, kho-kho leagues chase IPL viewership. India rediscovering regional sports
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#2
Stop Proving Yourself To Everyone Else
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Life in a Foreign University: From not getting admission in IIM to studying at ESCP Paris, this is Anchit Barnwal’s story
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RRR maker SS Rajamouli is the first name among ‘Grand Masters’?
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Modi’s defence of movies is key for Vishwaguru goal. Content is the new internationalism
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#6
Don’t ban ChatGPT in schools. Teach with it
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Pro kabaddi, kho-kho leagues chase IPL viewership. India rediscovering regional sports

This Article FIrst Appeared In The Print On Jan 27, 2023 Collecting scrap along with his father was a routine exercise for Ramji Kashyap until a year ago. He was keen on playing kho-kho but his parents advised him to look for a conventional job, to support the family of nine in Maharashtra’s Solapur district. His heart was stuck on the sport. Cut to September 2022, Kashyap was adjudged ‘player of the tournament’ in the inaugural season of Ultimate Kho Kho or UKK as it is known as—‘India’s first-ever professional kho kho League’. Kashyap is not the only player finding his feet in the game. And kho-kho is not the only sport to receive massive adulation among sports enthusiasts in a cricket-crazy nation. Nine years ago, Kabbadi paved the way for indigenous sport in India, and now kho-kho is carrying the baton ahead. The latest season of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) raked in 222 million viewers, according to viewership data from the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India — 17.5 per cent more than the 2021 season. Kho-kho, which ventured as a league only in 2022, also clocked in a massive audience of 184 million across various platforms. In comparison, Indian Premier League, country’s most successful professional league, garnered 370 million in 2022 season, according to BARC. Clearly, India is steadily rediscovering its traditional sporting roots.

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Stop Proving Yourself To Everyone Else

This Article First Appeared In The Daily Guardian On Jan 12, 2023

  • We live in a world that tells us we need to constantly prove ourselves. We need to be the best at what we do; we need to have the perfect body, the perfect partner, the perfect life. And if we don’t have all of those things, we feel like failures. It’s time to break free from that way of thinking. It’s time to start living for yourself...
 

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Life in a Foreign University: From not getting admission in IIM to studying at ESCP Paris, this is Anchit Barnwal’s story

This Article First Appeared In Indian Express On Jan 23, 2023 I had decided to follow what most engineers do — work for a couple of years, gain experience, pursue MBA from a renowned business school and then settle for a fat salary job. However, my score for Common Admission Test 2019 was not enough to get me a call from the IIMs. I was disheartened, however, least did I know that I will study management in one of the oldest B school in the world. I am Anchit Kumar Barnwal and this is my story. I received a call from MDI Gurgaon for their PGDM in International Business. I had never planned to study abroad, however, as a part of the programme, there was one year of international immersion with ESCP Business School. I was in the Paris campus of ESCP. ESCP has six campuses across Europe — Paris, Berlin, Turin, Madrid, London and Warsaw.

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RRR maker SS Rajamouli is the first name among ‘Grand Masters’?

This Article First Appeared In Firstpost On Jan 27, 2023 Are we making the same mistake that we often do when the West recognizes and acknowledges one of our talents? We begin to value the talent more than we did earlier. It happened with Satyajit Ray and Mira Nair. Their maiden effort Pather Panchali and Salaam Bombay! were recognized by Western critics before their Indian counterparts reluctantly did the same. Applause Entertainment, known to do pathbreaking work since its inception, has now announced an ongoing docu-series entitled Grand Masters. The first to feature in the series is the newsy globetrotter SS Rajamouli who has definitely taken the song-and-dance tradition of Indian cinema to the West with RRR. The firangis love the anti-colonial bacchanalia. The let’s-show-the-colonists-the-middle-finger mood has caught on. Let’s Naatu Naatu!

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Modi’s defence of movies is key for Vishwaguru goal. Content is the new internationalism

This Article First Appeared In The Print On Jan 22, 2023 The most significant thing that PM Narendra Modi said last week came at the BJP National Executive in New Delhi when he cautioned party leaders to stop making unnecessarily controversial comments about movies. This is significant, coming just weeks after the Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone movie Pathaan has been pilloried by the party leaders and some ministers too. What may have swung the mood is RRR song Natu Natu winning the Golden Globe award in London. It’s an important course-correction to begin 2023 with, the year when India’s G20 leadership will showcase its Vishwaguru ambitions. And part of the Vishwaguru sprawl has always been culture – even when we were an economic weakling and a strategic non-player. Movies were an enduring part of India’s cultural diplomacy.

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Don’t ban ChatGPT in schools. Teach with it

This Article First Appeared In Indianexpress On Jan 20, 2023 Recently, I gave a talk to a group of K-12 teachers and public school administrators in New York. The topic was artificial intelligence, and how schools would need to adapt to prepare students for a future filled with all kinds of capable AI tools. But it turned out that my audience cared about only one AI tool: ChatGPT, the buzzy chatbot developed by OpenAI that is capable of writing cogent essays, solving science and math problems and producing working computer code. ChatGPT is new — it was released in late November — but it has already sent many educators into a panic. Students are using it to write their assignments, passing off AI-generated essays and problem sets as their own. Teachers and school administrators have been scrambling to catch students using the tool to cheat, and they are fretting about the havoc ChatGPT could wreak on their lesson plans. (Some publications have declared, perhaps a bit prematurely, that ChatGPT has killed homework altogether.)

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GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | WORLD IN NUMBERS

Statistically speaking

Rs 1.2 crore

The estimated amount raised by Indian diaspora in the USA to help the family of Kurnool's Jahnavi Kandula, who died after being hit by a police vehicle in Seattle recently.

1st time in India

Amazon has launched its own dedicated air cargo service in Hyderabad to speed up deliveries. Amazon Air is a first in India and is the company’s third fleet outside America and Europe.

5 Indian-American

Teenagers were among the 40 finalists of Regeneron Science Talent Search - a prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors in the US, who will compete for more than $1.8 million in awards.

Rs 70 crore nett

The amount collected by Pathaan on January 26. The film's two-day collection exceeds Rs 120 crore.

43 percent

Of STEM graduates in India are women, a significantly higher share than many other developed nations such as the US, Canada and UK, according to World Bank Data.

21 unnamed islands

In Andaman & Nicobar have now been named after 21 awardees of the Param Vir Chakra by PM Narendra Modi.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | DID YOU KNOW?

Fun facts about India and Global Indians

Bollywood singer Alka Yagnik has become the most streamed artist on YouTube, beating biggies like Taylor Swift, BTS, Beyonce and countless others. According to a report by the Guinness Book of World Records, Yagnik’s songs had 15.3 billion streams with an

The iconic Mughal Gardens at the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s House) in Delhi have been re-named. The collective identity of all gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan will be known as Amrit Udyan.

Serum Institute of India launched India's first indigenously made cervical cancer vaccine CERVAVAC.

Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Pathaan has registered the biggest-ever opening for a Hindi film in India and worldwide and also set a record on Day 2.

NASA astronaut, Anil Menon, is likely to become the first person of Indian-origin to land on moon. Born to Indian and Ukrainian immigrants, Anil is currently undergoing two years of initial astronaut training as a NASA astronaut candidate.

Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope located in Pune detected a radio signal originating from atomic hydrogen in a distant galaxy, which is 9 billion light years away.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | QUOTES

Sunil Chhetri, Indian football player

There's no magic pill to success; the secret is doing the monotonous, boring stuff.

Jay Shetty life coach

Salt is so humble that when something goes wrong, it takes the blame, and when everything goes right, it doesn’t take credit.

Sundar Pichai CEO, Google

Focus on education is a big strength. I want to see young people focus on creativity and take more risks.

Swami Paramahamsa Yogananda

The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.

Sadhguru Indian yoga guru

Youth is a time of tremendous energy. You should look at the possibilities, not the problems.

Franklin D Roosevelt American politician

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | GIRLS IN STEM

Awarded by leading scientific journal

Maitreyee Wairagkar, a scholar at University of California became the first Indian to win the Inspiring Woman in Science award by leading scientific journal ‘Nature’ in partnership with Estee Lauder, the American multinational cosmetics company.

Young Investor network

Bengalurean Dr Mahima Swami, currently at the University of Dundee's School of Life Sciences has been chosen to join the prestigious European Molecular Biology Organisation Young Investor network.

The Right Green

Mumbai girl Aadya Joshi founded The Right Green, a BioPower Index, with information about 15,000 plant-insect feeding relationships. It enables gardeners, landscapers and civic authorities to grow plants that support the local biodiversity.

Marketing STEM in Australia

Astha Singh, a marketing professional, has initiated and implemented several STEM-focused marketing campaigns across Australia and is dedicated to increasing diversity in the field.

Human calculator

17-year-old high-schooler Apoorva Panidapu from San Jose California is referred as the human calculator. She has won several awards for her quick computations, including the 2020 Global Child Prodigy Award.

Almeda County Women’s Hall of Fame

Indian-origin Rashim Mogha has got inducted into Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in science, technology, and engineering category for her contributions at Alameda County in California.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | TELL ME WHY

Fun facts about India and Global Indians

Manjare village in Maharastra is in the news? Scientists have found a rare, low-altitude basalt plateau there, an important discovery they believe could hold the clues to how plant species globally survive climate change.

The industrialist tweeted a video of himself buying fruit from a local vendor using the RBI's new digital rupee.

Odanthurai village considered an influencer village? In a country where villages are still struggling with inadequate power supply, the self-powered smart village has set an example by producing its own green power.

Guyanese President Mohamed Irfaan Ali is coming to India? He has been invited as the chief guest at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention being organised at Indore.

Sardar Vallabhai Patel is trending? This is the 144th birth anniversary of the 'Iron Man of India' and leaders across the country are paying homage.

Industrialist Gautam Adani is planning to launch the ‘super app’. He wants to connect Adani airport passengers with other Adani Group services through it.