India winner to receive young leadership award from Her Majesty The Queen

Published on : Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Queen’s Young Leaders AwardIt is today announced that a young person from India is one of 60 young people from across the Commonwealth who are being recognised as exceptional leaders in their community. These 60 young people will receive a prestigious  Award.

The Award, which will be presented in London by Her Majesty The Queen in 2016, and is part of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.

This year’s Award winners, aged between 18 and 29 and who come from all over the Commonwealth, are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including; education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.
21 year old Kartik Sawhney from India has been acknowledged for his exceptional work highlighting universal access to education for all. 28 year old Neha Swain from India has been selected in recognition of her work as a youth facilitator and as co-founder of NGO Rubaroo.

Kartik Sawhney said: “I am so honoured to be part of the Queen’s Young Leaders programme. I am passionate about universal access to education. After discovering that blind students were unable to pursue science after grade 10, I appealed, and enrolled as India’s first grade 11 blind science student. I faced similar challenges when trying to enter engineering colleges, so in 2013 I took up a scholarship at Stanford University in the US. I founded Project STEMAccess, which offers hands-on science workshops in India, as well as virtual training sessions.”

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Over the next three years the Programme will support thousands of young people to achieve their goals.

Dr Astrid Bonfield, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said: “Once again 60 incredible young people from around the Commonwealth have shown strength, leadership, empathy and drive. Some of our winners are just embarking on their leadership journey and others are more established. Either way, we recognise not only what these amazing young people have achieved, but also their potential in changing people’s lives for the better in the countries and communities in which they live.”

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