Monishwaran Maheswaran being felicitated at Taj Vivanta in Guwahati, Assam on Wednesday

Guwahati: Monishwaran Maheswaran, a young innovator from Andhra Pradesh, was recognised as the ‘Wai Wai Glocal Teen Hero India 2019’ at a function held in Guwahati, Assam on Wednesday.

The award ceremony was attended by over 250 personalities from different walks of life, such as diplomats, politicians, entrepreneurs, educators and youth leaders, among others, at Hotel Taj Vivanta in Guwahati.

Maheswaran, a high-school whiz-kid with a keen interest in mathematics and computer science, successfully invented a system-based machine that helps virtually impaired individuals to navigate the surroundings.

The teen prodigy is helping the unprivileged kids of the nation by providing them with books and other study materials under an initiative entitled, ‘Do it for Knowledge’. Another noble initiative, ‘Run’, focuses on helping children suffering from cancer.

Excelling in several Olympiads, Maheswaran is also a TEDx speaker, guest lecturing on Quantum Computing. He also went to Harvard University to work under Prof Oliver Knill of Mathematical Sciences.

Maheswaran was declared winner from among the top six finalists in the competition, the other five being Garvita Gulhati (19 years, environmentalist, Andhra Pradesh), Kaushal Gohil (19 years, youth activist, Gujarat), Rupam Ghosh (18 years, entrepreneur, West Bengal), Kunal Chandiramani (15 years, entrepreneur, Madhya Pradesh) and Lakshya Chhabra (19 years, entrepreneur, Delhi).

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A four-member jury panel comprising Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO, Nepal Tourism Board, Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury, dean, Pearl Academy; Prof Rajendra Prasad Gupta, member, Central Advisory Board, India; Mathew Matham, secretary, CYDA; shortlisted the final six based on their achievements, initiations or contributions in any field outside their respective curriculum in school or college.

The finalists were then individually interviewed on the basis of attitude, vision and aptitude by the panel of judges.

Exclusive in its kind, ‘Glocal Teen Hero’ (GTH) seeks to recognise teenagers across the globe for initiating and successfully achieving outstanding activities to create a ripple effect in society. GTH also motivates and encourages young minds to step out of the comfort zone and engage them in creative entrepreneurial thinking by imparting national recognition and empowerment.

The global initiative that was successfully organised four times in neighbouring Nepal since 2015, has received over 137 applications in its maiden initiative in India.

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