Kartik, who was born blind has been acknowledged for his exceptional work highlighting universal access to education for all. When he discovered that blind students were unable to pursue science after Grade 10, he appealed and enrolled as India’s first Grade 11 blind science student. He then founded Project STEMAccess that offers hands-on science workshops in India as well as virtual training sessions. Kartik said he is honoured to be part of the programme as he is passionate about universal access to education.
Neha the co-founder of NGO Rubaroo is a youth facilitator and provides space for young people regardless of their socio-economic background, to develop their leadership skills through interactive workshops. Her team provides workshops to schools in India free of charge. She has so far worked with nearly 2000 young people in Hyderabad.
The awards will be presented by British Queen Elizabeth at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace in June 2016,and while the award does not come with any cash incentive, it offers each winner bespoke mentoring and online learning provided by the University of Cambridge.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was established in 2014 by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Trust in recognition of the Queen’s lifetime service to the Commonwealth.