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Two young Indian receive Queen’s Young Leader Award in UK

Two young Indian social entrepreneurs Neha Swain and Kartik Sawhney

London, June 27 (UITV)- Two young Indian social entrepreneurs, Neha Swain and Kartik Sawhney were awarded the Queen’s Young Leader Awards for the year 2016, which is given by Queen Elizabeth II herself. This award recognizes the achievements of the young individuals from the Commonwealth who use their skills to promote and advancement of their communities.

Open to the citizens of Commonwealth between the age of 18 and 29, this award is unique combination of training, mentoring and networking, including a one-week residential programme in the UK.

Neha Swain, 28, worked as a youth facilitator for five years before she co-founded an NGO named Rubaroo, with aims to provide inclusive space for young people, irrespective of their socio-economic background to develop their leadership skills through interactive workshops. Her team also provides workshops in schools which cannot afford such programmes free of charge and has so far worked with more than 2000 young people in Hyderabad, India.

Kartik Sawhney, 21, was not stopped by his physical handicap from initiating a project whose success now is expected to help millions of people across India to access the world of science with ease. Born blind, he took up a scholarship at Stanford University in 2013 where he founded Project STEMAccess which offers hands-on science workshops in India, as well as virtual training sessions.

He is working on a portal that will allow students to convert textbooks into their desired accessible format.

Receiving encouragement and support from the Commonwealth and the Queen herself, these young social entrepreneurs are expected to continue their social crusades and benefit many more with their work.