Divya Sijwali:

Teen social entrepreneur employs local cobblers to create shoes from recycled tyres

Seher Taneja:

In pursuit of revolutionising healthcare

Hari Srinivasan:

Berkeley’s first non-speaking graduate with autism

‘Rhodes’ to success:

Canadian prodigy Maya Burhanpurkar heads to Oxford University

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.

 

Divya Sijwali:

Teen social entrepreneur employs local cobblers to create shoes from recycled tyres

‘Rhodes’ to success:

Canadian prodigy Maya Burhanpurkar heads to Oxford University

Hari Srinivasan:

Berkeley’s first non-speaking graduate with autism

Seher Taneja:

In pursuit of revolutionising healthcare

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

Green warrior
Medha Priya, green architect

An architect who works as a Green Building Analyst, Medha Priya aims to make resource-efficient buildings which have a net-zero impact on the environment. Now she is working at the Bureau of Energy Efficiency Programme for Net Zero Energy Buildings.

Serving up Rajasthani food in Vancouver – and empowering South Asian women
Nidhi Tomer Chaudhary, founder, Tatta Chulha

In her second trimester, Nidhi Tomer Chaudhary craved the dal baati choorma and moongdal pakoda from back home. She started Tatta Chulha in Vancouver, where she lives, hiring women from the South Asian community to empower them through financial freedom.

Working on breast cancer awareness
Dheepthi Mohanraj, reseracher

A fellow of the American Junior Academy of Science, the Presidential Scholar 2022 has worked on projects including a method of assessing minimal residual disease in breast cancer patients and detecting mitosis for the prediction of breast cancer prognosis.

Indian origin doctor gets prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship
Premikha, doctor

Twenty-six-year-old Premikha is one of three recipients of the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship, given to outstanding Singaporeans, for her role in securing access to vaccines and therapeutics during Covid-19. She will head to Johns Hopkins University this year.

Kashmiri Tailor’s son wins 70km road race
Adil Altaf, cyclist

A son of a tailor, 18-year-old Adil Altaf created a history of sorts when he bagged Jammu and Kashmir’s first gold medal at the Khelo India Youth Games in Panchkula. He blazed to glory in the boy’s 70km road race.

Champion of the visually impaired students
Rishika Kartik, activist

The Presidential Scholar 2022 awardee, who founded Vision of the Artist's Soul, advocates accessibility for and inclusion of the visually-impaired youth through art - giving them methods of self expression to foster a sense of independence.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | THEN & NOW

Ideas, initiatives and projects that are making a difference

Child prodigy to college dropout to entrepreneur
Praveen Kumar Gorakavi co-founder, The Phi Factory & Microbite

At 13, Praveen devised a calendar for 40,000 years and rendered it in Braille. He also invented a low-cost artificial leg and mechanical brailler. The child prodigy dropped out of a PhD programme to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams at The Phi Factory.

Meet the barber turned billionaire
Ramesh Babu, barber

A barber from Bengaluru after saving enough money bought his first car in 1994. Soon he started to give it out on rent and it helped him to grow his business. Now he is one of the 140 billionaires in India who owns more than 400 luxurious cars.

Breaking stereotypes

Dr Sangita Bandyopadhyay, the first woman director of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), oversees all 5 centres of ISI located in Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Tezpur. In 2022 she was conferred with Padma Shri for her contributions.

Business tycoon’s meteoric growth
Jay Chaudhary, CEO and founder, Zscaler

CEO and founder of Zscaler, Jay Chaudhary hails from a small village in Himachal Pradesh. He founded the cyber security firm in 2007. In 2021 he secured a place among top 10 wealthiest people in India in IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich list 2021.

Encashing on the edtech popularity
Kunal Malik and Maneesh Dhooper, founder, PlanetSpark

Started in 2016 by XLRI graduates, the platform pivoted to online classes in October 2019. PlanetSpark has over 2,000 tutors and 22,000 students now. In FY22, it gained $18 million ARR and hopes to reach $50 million by FY23.

From Youtube to Unicorn club
Alakh Pandey’s meteoric growth

Alakh Pandey’s Edtech company PhysicsWallah is the latest Indian startup to enter the unicorn club and is the first edtech company to hit this milestone this year.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | STARTUPS & ENTREPRENEURS

Democratising startup investing
Krishna Maggo, founder, Sateeq

The 16-year-old's platform Sateeq, enables anyone keen on riding the startup wave to be angel investors with investments as small as ₹5000. Within a month of launching operations, he onboarded 10 companies that raised atleast Pre-Series A fundraising roun

SUGAR cosmetics raised $50 million in series D funding round
Vineeta Singh, founder, SUGAR cosmetics

The Indian beauty brand has raised $50 million in its series D funding round, led by L Catterton. It brings the company one step closer to its plan of going public. 

Taking it easy
Harshita Lalchand and Tushika Lalchand, founders, All is Well

Founded by a mother-daughter duo in Visakhapatnam, the startup aims to erase the social stigma associated with mental health and raise awareness, emphasising that it's okay to go through a tough phase and talk about it and seek help.

KSUM-backed biotech startup secures investment from US company
Zaara Biotech, startup

Biotechnology startup Zaara Biotech, under the Kerala Startup Mission's flagship Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre scheme, has got an undisclosed amount of investment from US-based Transcend International to set up the startup's algal seaw

Helping country breathe easy
Aditya Debey, founder CarbonX

After campaigning against single-use plastic, the 18-year-old launched CarbonX- Direct Air Capture. The company produces devices that remove Co2 from air at minimal running cost and a very low initial investment with zero fossil fuel energy requirement.

Giving artisans a fresh lease of life
Ayan Bhattacharya, founder, Artysan

At age 17, Ayan started Artysan to support artisans and preserve the textile heritage of India. Setting up a business in Class 12 was a mammoth task but he was keen to start an e-commerce site for selling handloom garments.

Global Indian | YOUTH | CULTURE

A musical prodigy
Nishaad Shah, Indian-American musician

New York-based child artist, Nishaad Shah is a budding artist. He was featured as one of the singers in the album A Colorful World, which bagged the honor in the Best Children’s Album category this year.

World’s youngest writer
Abhijita Gupta, writer

Ghaziabad native Abhijita Gupta has become the world's youngest writer. She has been recognised by the International Book of Records. She has already written three books - Happiness All Around, We will Surely Sustain and To begin with…The little things.

Kohn gallery represents Indian artist
Siji Krishnan, artist

Kohn Gallery has announced the representation of Indian artist Siji Krishnan. Krishnan, who lives and works in Kerala, India, will hold her inaugural U.S. solo exhibition with Kohn Gallery in the fall of 2023.

Promoting Bharatnatyam in UAE
Prakriti Suresh, Bharatnatyam dancer

The 13-year-old based in Sharjah is taking Bharatnatyam and Carnatic music to the world. Originally from Trichy, she won the title at the Markazhi Festival held in UAE.

Making waves globally
Kunal Rajan, sound designer

Kunal Rajan is the only Indian sound designer who has been working in mainstream Hollywood as well as Indian movies, while living in Los Angeles. Apart from movies, he has also bagged a Streamy Award for Best Sound Design for the web series, Fear Clinic.

Rahman named ambassador of Indo-UK culture platform

Music maestro A R Rahman has been named the ambassador of the British Council's 'India-UK Together Season of Culture', which aims to boost collaboration among emerging artists.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | GOOD READS

Top reads curated from the internet

#1
The Contrarian – Founding Fuel
#2
Disha Nawani and Vivek Kumar write: After Covid, schools must be rebuilt prioritising students’ needs – The Indian Express
Reading Time: 8 mins
#3
Indian scientists are digging into fish ears to mine climate data – Scroll.in
Reading Time: 8 mins
#4
View: The world is looking at India to show the way in EdTech – The Economic Times
Reading Time: 8 mins
#5
New India needs free and quality higher education – The Hindu
Reading Time: 7 mins
#6
What does the 2020 Galwan clash say about India and China?: Hindustan Times
Reading Time: 5 min

The Contrarian – Founding Fuel

(This article first appeared in Founding Fuel on June 18, 2022)
  • Sridhar Vembu built Zoho by questioning the conventional wisdom. For the longest time, no one took much notice. But now people are curious about what makes him—and Zoho—tick..

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Disha Nawani and Vivek Kumar write: After Covid, schools must be rebuilt prioritising students’ needs – The Indian Express

(This article first appeared in The Indian Express on June 21, 2022)

  • A deep learning crisis has set in during the Covid pandemic. The National Achievement Survey (NAS) has captured a fall of nine percentage points between 2017 and 2021 in the performance of students in subjects ranging from maths to social science (IE, May 25). Since the absence of a formal, structured learning environment is being identified as the primary cause of this crisis, the learning loss seems to be more applicable to those children who do not have educational support at home and are constrained in other ways as well...

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Indian scientists are digging into fish ears to mine climate data – Scroll.in

(This article first appeared in Scroll.in on June 14, 2022)

  • High-resolution data from fish ear bones (otoliths), such as sea surface temperature over a period of time, can strengthen climate models...

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View: The world is looking at India to show the way in EdTech – The Economic Times

(This article first appeared in The Economic Times  on June 14, 2022)

  • On a Tuesday afternoon in 2006, after a weekly meeting of the World Bank board of directors in Washington, a few fellow executive directors from Africa and Latin America walked back with me to my office to discuss an important matter -- whether I could help them get a few good teachers from India to teach mathematics and sciences in their countries...

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New India needs free and quality higher education – The Hindu

(This article first appeared in The Hindu  on June 15, 2022)

  • At a time when the demand for quality education and research in leading universities in India and advanced nations is on the rise, the staggering tuition fees demanded by universities of repute, besides deterring the meritorious from pursuing their degrees from world-class universities...

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What does the 2020 Galwan clash say about India and China?: Hindustan Times

(This article first appeared in the Hindustan Times on June 15, 2022)

  • Before June 15, 2020, it was a standard operating procedure of the Chinese Army to first transgress across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh as evident in 2013 Depsang intrusions in Daulet Beg Oldi and then engage the Indian side in a never-ending diplomatic-military dialogue to resolve the boundary aggravation. In the meantime, the PLA would rapidly build the military infrastructure to feed the transgression and the land would be either be declared a buffer zone or be lost forever to the Indian side...

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GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | WORLD IN NUMBERS

Statistically speaking

$900 million

The valuation of Zepto, a 10-minute delivery service startup by two Stanford dropout teenagers - Kaivalya Vohra and Aadit Palicha.

$7.5 billion

The total amoung of funding raised in tech venture capital investment in 2022 in Bengaluru alone.

300 narrowbody jets

The number of narrowbody jets that Air India is considering ordering, in what could be one of the largest orders in commercial aviation history.

200 planes

Will be added to the Air India fleet in the next four or five years, to regain its international passenger market share under the Tatas.

19th rank

India jumped 28 spots to be ranked 19th among 100 countries in the list of top 100 startup hubs of the world in 2021, according to a report by StartupBlink.

80% increase

The percentage of growth in the number of India's billionaires over the next 10 years. India is also poised to be one of the fastest growing wealth makers over the next decade, according to a report by Henley & Partners.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | DID YOU KNOW?

Fun facts about India and Global Indians

23-year-old Jehan Daruvala is the only India participant in the ongoing FIA Formula 2 series, vastly considered by many to be the penultimate step before reaching Formula 1.

In June 2022, Sonia Raman scripted history by becoming the first Indian-origin woman to be appointed as a coach in the NBA. A lawyer by qualification, she was head coach of the women's basketball team at MIT.

Twenty minutes of yoga before studying can enhance concentration. Intense yoga encourages better circulation of the blood from the body to the brain, which enables active cell growth for cognition and learning.

'Lions of Lenasia', a new book by South African historian and political activist Ismail Vadi documents the role of Indian youth in the anti-apartheid struggle of the 1980s, largely through student activism in Lenasia.

In India, a huge number of population uses railways every day. Around 12,617 trains run carrying more than 23 million people every day.

The Indian gaming industry recently overtook the US in terms of user base that exceeded 300 million. Mobile phones dominate the Indian gaming industry, with phone-based gaming apps accounting for 86 percent of total gaming apps in 2021.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | QUOTES

Ruskin Bond, Indian author

Happiness is a mysterious thing, to be found somewhere between too little and too much.

Ernest Hemingway, American novelist

Courage is grace under pressure.

Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon

If you absolutely can't tolerate critics, then don't do anything new or interesting.

Vladimir Lenin, former premier of the Soviet Union

Learning is never done without errors and defeat.

Sam Altman, American entrepreneur

Young people willing to push super hard to make something happen are among the most powerful forces in the world.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | GIRLS IN STEM

Smiti has the ‘Advantage’

Smiti Bhatt Deora co-founded the HRTech startup Advantage Club, with her husband Sourabh in 2014. The company provides an AI-enabled platform for driving employee engagement. Smiti is an alumnus of UCLA and has a master's degree in computer science. 

Pranita P Sarangi, Associate Professor

Dr Pranita P Sarangi is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences and Bio-Engineering. Cellular and molecular immunology, immunopathology, and immuno-oncology are some of her areas of interest.

Reaching for the stars

This Bengaluru school girl's innovative, space-based projects have helped her win the prestigious NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest for three consecutive years since 2016.

Kamala Sohonie, biochemist

Denied admission in IISC by Physicist C V Raman because he didn’t think women are competent enough, Sohonie became India’s first woman biochemist in 1939 and cofounded Consumer Guidance Society of India, a watchdog to detect malpractices in food. 

IBM STEM for Girls

IBM Corp is collaborating with the Department of School Education, Nagaland to introduce ‘IBM STEM for Girls’ programme in more than 250 secondary and higher secondary schools across 15 districts of the north-eastern state.

Sandhya Kumar, Florida

Florida-based Sandhya is one of the brightest STEM career aspirants among the US Presidential Scholars 2022. She has a treasure trove of awards and honors in science, including Honorable Mention Life Science Award.

GLOBAL INDIAN | YOUTH | TELL ME WHY

Fun facts about India and Global Indians

Anand Mahindra is trending? The Mahindra Group Chairman has rubbed a few netizens the wrong way by saying he was saddened by the violence around the government's Agneepath scheme and he would happily hire the "eminently employable" Agniveers.

The 44th Chess Olympiad is trending? PM Modi launched the first-ever torch relay for the mega chess event that will be held in Mahabalipuram starting July 28. The PM talked about the Indian origin of chess and how it spread across the world.

Why is Microsoft shutting down the Internet Explorer? According to Microsoft, the incremental improvements to Internet Explorer couldn't match the general improvements to the web at large, so they had to start with a clean slate.

Why is Father Earl K Fernandes in the news? The Indian American was recently ordained as the 13th Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. He is the first person of color in that role and the Catholic Church’s first bishop of Indian origin.

Amit Jatia is considered the brain behind McDonalds phenomenal growth in India? It was his strategy to introduce Aloo Tikki burger for ₹20 which proved to be an instant hit.

Amit Jatia is considered the brain behind McDonalds phenomenal growth in India? It was his strategy to introduce aloo tikki burger for ₹20 which proved to be an instant hit.