Meet the Young India Fellows 2014-2015

The Young India Fellowship welcomes its 4th batch of young path-breakers, change-makers and visionaries of tomorrow. Each is already an inspired front-runner today...

  • Parushya .

    Parushya .
    Age: 22
    Degree and Institution: Degree and Institution: B. Tech in Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Karnataka

    Parushya believes in bold and innovative initiatives. He desires and strives to use this ideology to bring about changes in the education system. Up to this end, he considers the pinnacle of his efforts came when he founded and devised 'EngiConnect'- A Science Symposium for school students, during the third year of his undergraduate studies. The pilot edition of EngiConnect, being the first of its kind in the region, brought together 80 schools of Dakshina Kannada region. He also worked on various co-curricular workshops as Creative Head of the college chapter of Indian Society for Technical Education.

    Parushya likes chemistry as a subject, and to stay in touch with it, had taught it to Engineering aspirants at Matrix Classes- a small tuition centre near his college. He also has interest in politics and economics and is always eager to have a discussion around these. As his hobby, he works as an amateur graphic designer and also spares time to read, write and learn photography. He also cherishes the kick of adrenaline that one gets during event management

    He wants to have a life full of innovative challenges and creative tasks that have the potential to bring about a change.

    I Believe That: “People, who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do”.
    Steve Jobs

  • Aaditya Agarwal

    Aaditya Agarwal
    Age: 21
    Degree and Institution: B.Tech (Civil Engineering); Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

    A 3rd generation IIT-ian, Aaditya is a Civil Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD).

    An academics enthusiast, arguably nerdy, Aaditya has consistently been at the top of his class. His performance has won him several accolades including the Merit Prize on multiple occasions and the Kehar Singh Memorial Award. He has also been the recipient of the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) Scholarship, Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) Fellowship and the OPJEMS scholarship for excellence awarded by the Jindal Group. 
    A high point in his life came withthe chance to represent his college on a cultural and educational exchange program to France through the Charpak Scholarship offered by the French Embassy. The learning experience afforded by an entirely new culture became the beginning of a journey into self-discovery.

    The desire to allow others a share in his learning encouraged him to be associated with the NGO Avanti Fellows and also be part of the coterie of student mentors at IIT. Further, he became a teaching assistant for a few courses in college to experience what it feels like to be on the other side of the classroom and explore the possibility of life as an academician.
    Aaditya is motivated to work for a better environment and has pursued a yearlong project studying water quality in Himachal Pradesh as well as a project on sustainable construction materials.

    A Karate Black Belt at the age of 9, he had early inculcated in himself a sense of ethical duty and discipline – principles that he actively endorses. In his leisure time he enjoys reading, especially the works by Russian writers and works on Indian polity, and composing poetry.

    I Believe That:
    "Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, 
    Is our destined end orway;
    But to act, that each to-morrow
    Finds us farther than to-day" 
    - H.W.Longfellow

  • Alishya Almeida

    Alishya Almeida
    Age: 22
    Degree and Institution: B.Com in Finance, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, Karnataka

    Alishya grew up in Bahrain and after her schooling, moved to Bangalore to study at Mount Carmel College. While at college, she immersed herself in cultural activities, winning several singing, poetry and short story writing competitions. Her poetry has been published in several online and print international magazines. She was the secretary of the Literary Association and part of the Magazine Committee in her college. Also a member of the prestigious Western Music Association, she participated in several national level singing competitions and shows.

     Alishya has worked at Deloitte in Hyderabad for just under two years in the external audit division for financial services clients. She has also interned at HSBC and Al Jazeera Group in Bahrain. Every now and then she assists start-ups with content writing for their websites.

    In 2013, she launched a nationwide ‘Who needs feminism’ campaign, an experiment to see how society around her addressed the welfare of women and their attitude to the increasing violence against women. Through this campaign, she interacted with around 600 men and women of all ages to understand their views and concerns and to encourage her generation to be vocal about the challenges they face on an everyday basis.

    She believes in taking chances in life because comfort zones are overrated. She loves to travel, swim, write and collects stories of human lives wherever she goes. Always energetic, mischievous and a dreamer, she grew up a strong believer in karma and helping people move past tragedies through music and words.

    I Believe That: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
    Marianne Williamson

  • Raghav Anand

    Raghav Anand
    Age: 22
    Degree and Institution: B.Tech Computer Science & Engineering, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi

    Raghav completed his engineering in Computer Science from IIIT-Delhi, a college that fueled his ambition of connecting the humanities to technology through courses in Psychology, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Econometrics, Animation etc. Born to Kashmiri and Punjabi parents, Raghav is a hybrid in the truest sense of the word. A jack of many trades he is slowly trying to become the king of some.

    His goal in life is to find balance and the sweet spot between humanities and science. Internships at two of the leading portals in India: and where he worked at products centered on users set the ground for his mantra: “people first”. This was followed by a third internship at PreCog, a research lab delving in problems around privacy and security in online social media. Working in a project called MultiOSN, a search portal which extracts and visualizes information from multiple social networks,he was in-charge of the human computer interface of this project and developed prototypes and a user interface for this tool. Dr. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru helped focus his multidisciplinary interests in the field of HCI which combines three of his favorite disciplines: Computers, Psychology and Design.

    He developed an app called ‘Fair Fare’ with a friend to help commuters in Delhi. It gives the right fare, time taken, and an easy way to compare across all modes of transport amongst other useful information. It’s available on Play Store.

    He is intensely passionate about photography, travel, reading, music, food, sports, sketching and everything Harry Potter. An avid traveller he has travelled extensively in India and to delve further into photography, he co-founded the photography society “Tasveer” at IIIT-Delhi- organizing competitions, photo-walks and workshops.

    His profound search for knowledge and incapability of accepting the specialization-seeking industry has led him to join the Young India Fellowship, to strengthen his resolve to help society using ‘Assistive Technology’, firstly targeted at the visually-impaired with whom he has worked at the National Association for the Blind and then the education sector which he feels can benefit exceptionally if technology is applied to it humanely.

    I Believe That: “It is our choices... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”
    J. K. Rowling

  • Ashwini Ashokkumar

    Ashwini Ashokkumar
    Age: 23
    Degree and Institution: B.Tech. in Computer Science Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering

    Ashwini’s project on developing a Video Annotation tool using Text Extraction was nominated as one of the best projects of her year at Amrita School of Engineering. Owing to her ability to logically and algorithmically analyze problems, she was hand-picked by Microsoft where she worked on four different cutting-edge projects in the span of two years. Her stint at BING, in which she developed a framework to process and publish

    extraordinarily large number of images to BING’s new Product Search experience was widely appreciated.
    Ashwini is enchanted by the power of words. She believes words can charm, create magic, give birth to life, and achieve extraordinary feats. Even at Microsoft, she took up roles to fuel her interest in writing. She was a vital part of the team that conceptualized ‘MACHazine‘– the monthly magazine of Microsoft’s Academy of College Hires (MACH); she played multiple roles in the making of every edition. Ashwini was selected and designated a Microsoft Journalist. She also took part in various oratorical events; she was a finalist in Accenture’s public speaking contest.

    Ashwini has deep-rooted interests and lofty ambitions. She believes that it is these fervent dreams that keep her going. She even dares to believe that she can change the world, a little bit at a time.

    I Believe That: “All people dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, for they dream their dreams with open eyes, and make them come true”.

  • Chaarvi Badani

    Chaarvi Badani
    Age: 21
    Degree and Institution: B.A. (Hons.) Economics; Christ University, Bangalore

    Chaarvi Badani is a Gujarati, born in Hyderabad, brought up in Chennai and studying in Bangalore. She is your typical SBCN (South Born Confused Northie) and is most likely to be seen walking peacefully and aimlessly, lost in thought on the streets. 

    Chaarvi studied at Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram in Chennai, where she was the School Pupil Leader, head of many committees and clubs. She graduated from Christ University, Bangalore with B.A. Honours in Economics. Economics has always been the greatest love of her life and will always remain so. The sense and semblance of logic found in Economics is ever astounding and its omnipresence can never be forgotten. With hobbies such as reading, writing, senseless debating and singing in the shower, she aims to change the world. She considers her greatest achievements till date to be completing 3 grades of Music, as certified by Trinity College of London, and organising a cycle rally in school.

    Chaarvi interned with the Observer Research Foundation, a think tank in Chennai, during her second year of college. During the course of this internship she researched the effect of coalition politics on the Centre’s foreign policy, with specific focus on India’s relations with Sri Lanka within the context of Tamil Nadu. She actively reviews books at an online portal called She writes extensively for various journals and editorials in college and also for her own personal satisfaction. 

    Chaarvi believes that happiness is the end goal of everyone’s lives. Everything that is ever done should be done in the pursuit of this happiness. It may be fleeting, momentary or long-lasting, but it is always worth the effort.Aged 21, with the world stretching before her and the power to influence it in her hands, she hopes to travel, observe, change and inspire. She’s sure that Young India Fellowship will help her achieve all of the above. 

  • Akshay Barik

    Akshay Barik
    Degree and Institution: B.A. in Political Science (Hons.), St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata
    Post-Graduation: M.A. in Globalization and Labour, TISS, Mumbai

    Akshay began to show signs of creativity and a flair for the fine arts at the tender age of three. His parents got him enrolled in a centre for drawing and painting, from where he passed out with a First Class in 2005. He is equally passionate about dancing, music, calligraphy and acting, and has been winning accolades and admiration since his schooldays in Apeejay School, Kolkata and was an active member of the school arts, music and dance club.

    In his Class XII examinations he scored the highest in English Elective and was awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

    During his undergraduate studies in Political Science, in St.  Xavier’s College, Kolkata, he actively participated in social service activities conducted by the National Service Scheme and led his team to win the 3rd prize in a business plan competition organized by the  Entrepreneurship Development  Cell. 

    During his tenure at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, he was selected as a delegate for the Münster University International Model United Nations (MUIMUN) 2013, in Münster, Germany.  He was part of a handful out of 200 delegates from over 40 nations to receive a full scholarship. Akshay was also one of the top 500 students from over 40 countries, to be selected as a delegate for the prestigious 2013 Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) Asia Conference.

    His readiness to step out of his comfort zone in order to initiate change got him a place in the 2014 edition of the Summer School Program for Future Leaders in Development, organized and sponsored by the Centre for Development Management, Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur and the Stanford School of Public Policy, and Duke University, USA, with full scholarship.

    His compassion for the suffering of humanity compels him to nurse a hope of fighting for the cause of the deprived ad marginalized so that one day he may become an agent of social change and leave behind a blazing trail of unparalleled leadership. He believes that the Young India Fellowship Programme will help him achieve this dream.

  • Sonal Bobde

    Sonal Bobde
    Age: 23
    Degree and Institution: B.Tech in Metallurgical & Material Engineering; VNIT, Nagpur

    Over her formative years, Sonal has grown up with the belief that, ‘knowledge is that which liberates – Sa VidyaYaVimuktaye,’ as was taught to her in her school days. True to her belief, she loves the process of learning and has developed a large appetite for knowledge to accommodate it. 

    Sonal graduated in 2012 from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur. During her college days she contributed towards organizing the college cultural fest, handling various events down to the last detail - from developing the event concept to finalizing the advertisements. She also spent one summer wayfaring the streets of Ahmedabad and visiting various government organizations, traffic check posts, industrial storage areas, railway godowns etc. while working on a project on ‘Urban Goods Movement’ as an intern at IIM Ahmedabad - an empowering experience that opened up new avenues and enabled the exploration of learning beyond the classroom. After graduation, Sonal moved on to work with Larsen & Toubro Limited. This experience helped her develop herself professionally and polish her team-working skills.

    Creative, opinionated, yet open to the opinion of others, she loves reading to enable herself to satisfy her insatiable thirst for knowledge. She imagines that the Young India Fellowship will give her a holistic insight into the wide plethora of knowledge that exists today and nourish her love for learning.

    I Believe That:
    Today’s world is like a Keynesian beauty contest in the matter of ‘opinion’, where we are devoting our intelligence to anticipating what an average opinion expects the average opinion to be. But the need-of-the-hour is to possess an independent and unadulterated opinion on world matters and to exercise the right of fearlessly voicing it to an audience.

     “If your job is to dance, do your dance. If the divine, cockeyed genius assigned to your case decides to let some sort of wonderment be glimpsed, for just one moment through your efforts, then “Ole!” And if not, do your dance anyhow. And “Ole!” to you, nonetheless. I believe this and I feel that we must teach it. “Ole!” to you, nonetheless, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.” 
    – Elizabeth Gilbert

  • Seema BS

    Seema BS
    Age: 24
    Degree and Institution: Bsc. With combination Physics, mathematics, Computer Science; JSS college, Dharwad, Karnataka
    Post-Graduation: MBA with specialization in Marketing and Systems, Canara Bank School of Management Studies, Bangalore University, Bangalore

    Dreams are the first step to success and it’s therefore that we dream of succeeding in all factors of life. Dreams spur us to look forward to the next moment, the next hour, next day and the next year. Seema is one such dreamer who strongly believes that the sky is her limit.

    Born in a small but vibrant town of Karnataka, obtaining education in four cities each different in culture, climate, language dialects and many other factors not only enabled her to appreciate the differences in life, but developed in her a very strong trait called adaptability. Being a consistent topper academically and being able to take initiatives made her natural leader and she was eventually rewarded with “Best Leader” in school.

    Encouraged by parents and her own innate passion for learning diverse skills pushed her to pursued varied art forms from classical dance, drama, Yakshagana, Karaga, Veeregase and Monoacting to Debate thereby expanding her talent base. She conducted a Yakshagana workshop. Many accolades came her way because of her competence to be proficient in all the work she undertakes. A few of them being her selection for participating in national level drama fest, serving as secretary of an art ,debate and kannada club, most remarkable of all being the prestigious “Rangadeepthi” award for best drama team. She has also won the State level first prize in Monoacting, Debate and essay.

    A Masters in Management was not only an expression of her inquisitiveness but also expanded her horizon. This made her realize that it is not only important to live for your dreams but also equally important to live for the society and more so, for the country. Along with working at Seema has taken active part in public awareness programs at All India radio and NGO’s. She believes grass root level changes are the best solutions for most problems in our society.

    Till now, every phase of her life has contributed immensely into what she is today and she wants to diversify it with many more such experiences; as such Young India would be the best platform. It’s an outstanding opportunity to meet talented peers and interact with best faculties in world to learn things from different perspectives. For all these reasons she would love to be a family member of YIF.

    I Believe That: “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try”

  • Reetwija Chakraborty

    Reetwija Chakraborty
    Age: 21
    Degree and Institution: B.A. Economics, Xavier’s college, Kolkata

    As a 21 year old Reetwija values her independence the most, the freedom to think freely and in most cases it would seem that she holds a divergent opinion that are quite contrary to popular beliefs. She enjoys occupying herself and listening to controversial debates. Her active participation in a Model United Nations competition organized by a leading school of Kolkata has certainly made her more inquisitive to question further about foreign diplomatic ties. She has a strong personal commitment to lifelong learning, and possesses analytical, critical and interpretative skills. She can critically analyze evidence and construct her own strong and cohesive point of view.

    Also trained in Bharatnatyam since she was 5, Reetwija is dedicated to practicing her dance. She is persistent and determined and able to work well in a team if rehearsing and performing with a group. She tries to receive criticism positively, and focus on learning from her mistakes and strives to prove her performance. Her training in Dhrupad Sangeet for 8 years has also enhanced her qualities as a performer. However her moments of bliss are when she takes her headphones and backpack and goes for long walks to explore every nook and corner of her own city.

    In St. Xavier’s College as a student of Economics she enjoyed writing articles and also serving as a member of the editorial board for the college economics magazine “Eco Echoes”. She also presented a paper titled “Agricultural poverty and food security in India” in the Bengal Economic Association conference. In her third year of college she has served as the Student Secretary of the Xaverian Academy of Dance and Music and therefore has actively organized and headed college fests like Goonj and national fests like Xavotsav and Economic Confluence which has demonstrated her leadership strengths and proven her ability to manage multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced environment with critical deadlines.

     A recipient of the government scholarship INSPIRE for outstanding academic performance, she has also been committed to social endeavors and has served as the Campus Ambassador for the Teach for India initiative. Associated with local NGOs like Sanlaap and companies like HDFC life and IndusInd Bank, she gives her social commitment the utmost priority and believes that exposures like these make us better citizens.

    I Believe That: “Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.”

  • Brahadeeshwar C Chandilya

    Brahadeeshwar C Chandilya
    Age: 22
    Degree and Institution: B.Com (Hons.); Loyola College, Chennai

    He was a curious child. His spurts of frantic dialogue were interspersed with periods of silent observation. He was taken up with anything that took hold of his imagination and sent him into a frenzied transcendence - books, movies, music and, most importantly, people. As a boy, he was a dreamer.

    Soon however, the boy grew up and became a teenager. He was still a dreamer, but not of the same magnitude. Gradually, he was becoming a seeker. He wanted to know everything. He wanted to understand the source of the energy which causes a neutron to vibrate and the reason for the success of different models of economy in different societies. He wanted to know all the factors that had shaped the universe to be what it is and understand the exact manner in which this shaping had been done. He wanted to know the past, see the present and shape the future. 

    As was inevitable, the teenager aged and grew up to become-

    Presently, this narrative shall be put on hold to describe, briefly, this boy's life in more mundane terms:

    "Brahadeeshwar. C. Chandilya, born and raised in Chennai, completed his secondary education at VidyaMandir and proceeded to graduate from Loyola College with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. He went on to take up a job in an audit firm - DeloitteTouche& Tohmatsu - working out of Hyderabad for a period of 16 months. After the aforementioned period, he resigned from the job and came back to Chennai, where he was rejuvenated by a re-entry into the world of performing arts. Subsequently he took up a job as Manager, Sales and Marketing with Zomato Media Pvt. Ltd. ( in Chennai - which is the phase he is in now. 

    He is an actor who has performed in over 75 stage shows (with a multitude of theatre groups in different cities all over India), 10 short films and has done small cameos in feature length films in Tamil and Telugu. He is also a singer who has performed in several concerts. He is a writer, having won the Best ScriptwriterAward at the Dramalog Festivalheld by the Goethe Institute as an Indo-German initiative to promote the arts. He is a prankster, a movie buff, an erstwhile filmmaker, a classic rock junkie, a social commentator and various other things that we shall, in the interest of brevity, classify under the umbrella term 'etc.'”

    Now, coming back to the more interesting story, the juncture we paused at was a crucial phase in his life because- 

    On second thought, let's leave it at that. The unknown holds an allure which is unparalleled.

    I Believe That:
    "I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I want to be." - Douglas Adams

    "Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves - or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth." - Ayn Rand

  • Deepika Chhillar

    Deepika Chhillar
    Age: 24
    Degree and Institution: B. E. (Hons.) in Computer Science, BITS Pilani, Goa
    Post-Graduation: Integrated M. Sc. (Hons.) in Economics, BITS Pilani, Goa

    “Take a Risk, Take a Chance,
     Join the Club, Join the Dance,
     Learn to Fly, Learn to Soar,
     Strive for Joy, Strive for More,
     Be Brave- Just Do,
     Be Brave- Be You!”   

    Growing up as a child of an Army Officer, Deepika has gained exposure to the demographically diverse societies and economic variability of a vast country like India. This inculcated in her a sense of respect for cultural diversity. Frequently changing schools, teachers and friends has made her a friendly, affable and lively person. Mastering the art of adjusting quickly and well to new circumstances held her at good stead in BITS Goa, where she pursued her graduation, and thereafter during her work at Credit Suisse
    Right from the first semester of her undergraduate years, Deepika was an active member of various student bodies, many of which she went on to lead during her senior years. She has been successful in exhibiting her proficiency as a leader, team player and decision maker through her role in the Department of Publicity and Public Relations and as the co-ordinator of the Fine Arts Club at her college, BITS Goa. Besides academia and fine arts, her interests lie in social work. During her college years at BITS, she was actively involved with “NIRMAAN”, an NGO which helps the under privileged and marginalized by imparting vocational skills, entrepreneurial skills and forming Self Help Groups.

    Currently, Deepika is working with the Market Risk Division of Credit Suisse in the capacity of a Business Analyst. Working with an investment bank has taught her professionalism,  camaraderie and invaluable interpersonal skills.

    She believes that there is perfect synergy between her aspirations and what YIF offers. YIF has shaped some of the finest minds and rekindled within them the spark to contribute to the world they live in. She is honoured to be a part of this great institution, and hopes to carry forth that tradition.

    I Believe That: As a child, I read a quote by Oscar Wilde which said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken”. The quote left a big impression upon me, one that was to last a long time. Although being oneself with no reservations has an opportunity cost, nevertheless it makes us follow the road less travelled, ultimately giving us fewer reasons to regret.

  • Ratul Chowdhury

    Ratul Chowdhury
    Age: 24
    Degree and Institution: B.A. (Hons) Political Science, Jadavpur University, West Bengal
    Post-Graduation: M.A. in Political Science with International Relations & PG Diploma in Human Rights & Duties Education (UGC-sponsored), Jadavpur University, West Bengal

    From where ideas germinate, Ratul proceeded further, for ingenuity lies not in ideas alone, but in august endeavors. Ratul intends to pursue his ideas with an effective balance of idealism and pragmatism. Thus began his travails where he sought to confront what disguised themselves as severe impediments, with predominant judgment. As an adjunct to his vanilla course he pursued granular work, having been egged on by his university, which he believes is a microcosm of creativity. Being rather laid back, he enjoys swimming, watching documentaries and playing games on the PS.

    Humility uncovers efficacy. Having received a merit scholarship from the Department of Higher Education, West Bengal Government, for excellent result in Higher Secondary Examination, he graduated in Political Science with the 3rd position in his class. He finished at the top of his class in the post-graduate diploma course in Human Rights conducted by the University Grants Commission. He has held esteemed and highly reckoned cravats as the School Captain for outstanding over-all performance in the Higher Secondary level, elected as Class Representative and Student Representative to the Executive Council of his University. He has also served as Co-Convenor of the Annual Fête, Sanskriti, one of the most coveted creative administrative offices in the extra-academic social circuit of all of Calcutta. However, he singularly perceives success as directly proportional to the amount of impact it creates in the long run.

    Working from the grass-root level, collating specific concerns of the respective stakeholders and bridging the gap between policy-makers and true beneficiaries have always been the prime of Ratul's interest. He interned with CRY for raising awareness on Right to Education. He was also selected as the campus ambassador for Swaniti Initiative and assisted their fellows in their engagement with parliamentarians on issues like labour rights (Barrackpore) and primary healthcare facilities (Kendrapara). He was also a Campaign Leader for Teach for India last year. Ratul explored the culturally rich but economically depraved villages of Midnapore district in Bengal while doing his dissertation research on Rights of the Folk Art Practitioners in post-Globalisation era.
    Ratul has also worked in collaboration with Dreamfly, a U.S based organization which strives to implicate the motive of his ideas transcending borders.He was the on-ground Project Lead in Howrah, West Bengal, India.

     A young dreamer and a self-valedictory executor nonetheless, Ratul, in a rather radical and impersonating term perpetually believes that there are plenty of scattered dots corroborating his dreams in life and he is at YIF to conjoin all of them to figure out the future course of action, in a chronic though hopeful stance.

    I Believe That: "Do not figure big plans at first, but, begin slowly, feel your ground and proceed up and up”
    Swami Vivekananda.

  • Shiv D Sharma

    Shiv D Sharma
    Age: 23
    Degree and Institution: B.Tech. Electrical Engineering, NIT Kurukshetra

    Coming from a family of academicians and engineers, Shiv was always encouraged to nurture his scientific aptitude. He received several accolades for excellence in academics throughout his schooling. Enthusiastic participation and success in varied activities, such as elocution, art, music and dance, made him an ideal candidate to be the school Head Boy. In that role, he coordinated various school functions and educational exchange programs. He underwent a crucial metamorphosis into a more confident, bold, rational and mature individual as he experienced four years of hostel life at college. While maintaining a brilliant academic record, he fully exploited the myriad of extra-curricular opportunities available to him, winning several prizes in events ranging from paper presentations to dramatics. He organized several events in his final year and took charge of event management and coordination.

    After graduating from college, Shiv worked at Alstom India as a graduate trainee in Business Development and Sales division. While he relished the exposure to industry and corporate work culture, his innate right-brain instincts led him to quit this job and take up something different. Shiv, as he himself puts it, is intrigued by the human mind. He loves reading and discussing human behavior and philosophy. He identifies as a feminist and has been active in gender and sexual rights activism through a Delhi-based youth collective. At college, he took the initiative to run a youth empowerment club called “Aspire” that enables students to actively contribute to society and towards their own personal growth. He dreams of living in a society where everyone gets equal opportunities and the freedom to express their individuality regardless of gender, caste, religion, sexual orientation, et al.

    Shiv finds his heart and soul in his honest passion for music and ballad singing. As a theatre enthusiast, he has performed in Forum Theatre sessions, street plays, and singing events at college and beyond. He hopes to come up with a YIF band and theatre group this year and experience this exciting, challenging journey in a lyrical fashion. He is eager to get to know all the fellows at YIF coming from varying backgrounds, and looks forward to working with them for a better society.

    I Believe That: “This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
    William Shakespeare

  • Dhanashree D. Prabhu

    Dhanashree D. Prabhu
    Age: 25
    Degree and Institution: B.Com, Sri Bhagawan Mahaveen Jain College, Bangalore

    Dhanashree, since childhood has had varied ambitions, ranging from wanting to be a scientist or psychiatrist to journalist, lawyer, so on and so forth. Gradually, she realised, it’s not what you want to be, but what you do that defines who you are. Since then, she has been on a journey of self-discovery by doing things and at times, not doing things. She has found herself lucky to have been associated with intelligent, creative and talented people from whom she derives much of her learning.

    Imagination. Enthusiasm. Interest. Hard work. Integrity. Passion. Trust. Hope. Discipline. Empathy. Independence. People. Curiosity. Dream. These are a few words that describe her way of life.

    Dhanashree has pursued academics with a passion and genuine interest. She’s a Chartered Accountant; is in the final lap of completing Company Secretary and is also pursuing LL.B. to understand the law of the land. She has worked in Hiregange & Associates, Bangalore as a Consultant and as an Audit Leader in the niche area of Indirect Taxes.

    Though an introvert at heart, she effortlessly sheds all her inhibitions on stage. She has been a student speaker at the National Convention for CA Students to present a paper on 'Goods and Services Tax' amidst 1500+ delegates. A recent feather in her cap is winning the 9th CS All India Moot Court Competition where she was also adjudged the best speaker.

    Her creative side emerges when she’s with people. She calls her editorial stint with Infomag, a magazine of CAPS foundation (an NGO) and Unmesha, her college magazine as ‘a treasured torture; a dinner relished’.

    I Believe That: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
    Albert Einstein

  • Niti Deoliya

    Niti Deoliya
    Age: 20
    Degree and Institution: B. A. (Hons.) in History, Ambedkar University, Delhi

    Niti completed her graduation in History Honors from Ambedkar University, Delhi. A remarkable journey of three years broadened her horizon and allowed her to go beyond regular class room teaching. She began merging her deep interest in History with her creativity and passion for travelling. As Walk Leader in an entrepreneur organization- Delhi Heritage Walks- Niti was able to represent India’s History and Culture globally. The instincts of a travel enthusiast and her willingness to discover new forms of learning were recognized by the University of California when they provided her with the unique opportunity to archive the oral narratives of 1947 partition migrants. Her leadership skills were channelized for Wake Foundation, Taiwan to great success leading to the organization of a day tour and their familiarization with Indian culture and tradition.

    Niti’s commitment and hard work have allowed her to perform brilliantly in academics. Her articles have been published in renowned international e-journals featured on Social Science Research Network and Sci-Edit. Her university further awarded her efforts with scholarships for outstanding performance in all six semesters of her graduation.

    As an athlete Niti enjoys spending time on the field and has remained a proud member of various State and District level Basketball championships.

    I Believe That: I perceive life as an exciting process replete with challenges and hidden opportunities. Thus, I believe that whenever-

    Uncertain seems the path,
    And circumstances become harsh,
    Overcome your fear and understand your worries,
    Embrace challenges and seek opportunities,
    Know no limits and walk beyond boundaries,
    You never know you may in fact hit the door you had earlier never seen.
    Never Give Up and Never End Exploring.

  • Gaurav Dhankar

    Gaurav Dhankar
    Age: 23
    Degree and Institution: B.A. (Hons) in Social work with Specialisation in Rural Development, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

    Meet Gaurav, the son of ex-defence personnel, and a villager who comes from a district called Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan. Adventure reigned supreme in his life, and began with him leaving home at the age of ten to join the Rashtriya Military School. In school he eagerly participated in several sport events and won the gold medal in Basketball at Chail, Shimla. He learnt Skiing at High Altitude Warfare School, Gulmarg (Kashmir), where he finished 2nd in the competition organized by the school. Discipline, perseverance and principles have been deeply inculcated in him through his school education.

    All-round development at school helped Gaurav fearlessly choose a path based on experiences and aspirations. He joined the Tata Institute of Social Sciences to understand social complexities by pursuing B.A. (Hons.) in Social Work with specialisation in Rural Development. He presented papers on different social issues at various academic Institutions. In the year 2012, he had the privilege to present his views at the National seminar held at Christ University, Bangalore.

    Gaurav also worked with Budget Analysis Rajasthan Centre (BARC) and Rural Development Centre (RDC) as an intern. An urge to contribute to the society has always been his driving force. He believes that Education, Social Entrepreneurship and Youth Development can change the face of Rural India.

    I Believe That: “When the blood in your veins returns to the sea, and the earth in your bones returns to the ground, perhaps then you will remember that this land does not belong to you, it is you who belongs to this land.”
    (A Native American saying)

  • Sucharita Dhar

    Sucharita Dhar
    Age: 2
    Degree and Institution: B.A Industrial Relations, Sociology, Economics, St Joseph’s College, Bangalore

    Sucharita Dhar is a Graduate from St. Joseph College, Bangalore. She has done her schooling from Holy Cross School and her Pre University from Christ College, Bangalore.
    A dancer by passion, a motivational speaker by choice, and a believer of empowerment by ideologies is what defines Sucharita.

    Having spent her life living her passion she was able to make herself to the Top 17 dancers selected from India to perform in South Africa in the year 2011 apart from her performance in National and Zonal Levels.

    Sucharita truly believes in the word "Empowerment” which makes her an active member of various NGO's namely U & I, Peace keepers association which has a mission to empower.
    Her passion for community development did not stop there and she was selected by Teach for India for their coveted Profile Campus Leader for St. Joseph College thus giving her learning and leadership abilities new wings.

    Sucharita also co-founded a movement named Powerisu (, a unique movement to train , learn, and implement belief in everyone's life. Being a part of the movement she became a symbolic reflection for woman empowerment, thought process, change and self-belief in eastern India touching thousands of students mind till date.
    She has received “Outstanding Student of the Year” award from St. Joseph’s college.
    She has also been awarded a scholarship for excellence in cultural activities, by Christ University in 2009. For her a leader is not who create followers instead a leader is one who creates more leaders.

    I Believe That: "If you think you can, YOU CAN, if you think you can’t, YOU CAN’T;  either way you are right "
    Henry Ford

  • Kushagr Dixit

    Kushagr Dixit
    Age: 22
    Degree and Institution: B. Com (Hons.), Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, Delhi

    Being the son of an army officer, Kushagr has always been one for the outdoors. He has studied in 9 schools all across the country and has had the chance to experience a lot of what our great nation has to offer, first hand. This has helped him become interactive and adapt to new and diverse surroundings and colleagues. He picked up the game of Lawn Tennis at the age of 11 and became a national level player, winning many tournaments and accolades throughout his juniors’ career. He captained his college tennis team at the University Championships.

    While in school, he was a member of the debate and quizzing teams, and developed a penchant for competing from a very early age. He has represented his school at national level debate competitions and was also a Quarter Finalist at the National Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest.

    Kushagr has always tried to live up to the concept of optimism in life and that has helped him succeed in situations where the possibility of success has often seemed very bleak.

    I Believe That: “It always pays to have a balanced yet positive approach to life. A quote that I hold dear is:
    “Pessimism leads to weakness, Optimism to power” - William James”

  • Lekhya Reddy Gardimalla

    Lekhya Reddy Gardimalla
    Age: 20
    Degree and Institution: Bachelor of Business Management (B.B.M);GayatriVidhyaParishad, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam

    Sensitive and poised, Lekhya Reddy is brimming with the enthusiasm to live life to the fullest. Growing up as the child of an IAS officer she has seen the entire cross section of Indian society, an experience that hassown in her the need to serve the nation. She has had the rare privilege of representing her state at the Republic Day Camp in 2010. Her experiences as an NCC cadet and a volunteer at various non-profit organizations as well as her participation in blood donation and fund raising camps have helped her gain valuable lessons on service to the underprivileged. 

    Lekhya is a trained horse rider, dressage enthusiast, tennis and badminton player, avid reader, and an excellent painter.Her involvement in sports has taught her to sportingly bear losses and value her wins. She has dexterously handled both academics and extra-curricular activities. A consistent topper and an all-rounder, she has won accolades and prizes in many literary and athletic events. A traveler, connoisseur of food, art aficionado and fitness freak, Lekhya loves to connect with different cultures.

    Lekhya’s tryst with the London School of Economics and Political Science while taking a course on corporate and organizational strategy in 2013 motivated her to seek a multidisciplinary course at YIF in a multicultural atmosphere. She believes in developing a multifaceted personality and in constantly endeavouring to surpass oneself.  She hopes to meet a whole host of inspiring YIF fellows and academicians who aim to excel at whatever they do.

    I Believe That:
    "Neither you nor the world knows what you can do until you have tried” - Ralph Waldo Emerson. Nothing is difficult to achieve when you are focused and poised. 
    Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached  –  Swami Vivekananda.
    India needs youths who are focused and goal oriented to contribute to its all-round development. Friends remember -strength lies within, bring it out and conquer the world. Let us make the world a better place to live in.

  • Vipul Gupta

    Vipul Gupta
    Age: 23
    Degree and Institution: B.E. in Electrical Engineering; Delhi College of Engineering (now DTU)

    In an unquenchable curiosity to know a little more
    He peels himself off, layer by layer, to discover his core

    Presently working as an R&D engineer in the medium voltage switchgear domain of Schneider Electric, this electrical engineering graduate from Delhi College of Engineering (now DTU) fosters a keen interest in dielectric simulations and power system economics. 

    Primarily an academic performer, he has two technical papers and a thesis to his credit, apart from the rare distinction of being an All-India CBSE topper in AISSE, 2006 and the Ambala- Chandigarh- Panchkula zone topper as recognized by the DAV Education Board in 2004. 

    Having lived in five culturally distinct states - Haryana, Punjab, Delhi, Karnataka and Gujarat - he harbours a deep sense of self-awareness. A traveller in spirit and an occasional poet in expression, he has always been an active participant in extra-curricular activities. 

    His most cherished memories includewitnessing the Republic Day Parade in 2007 from the Prime Minister’s Box, representing the youth in the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) 2012, note-taking in the B4E Global Summit 2013, providing electricity to a tribal hutment in Kinneri Colony, BR Hills, Mysore (as a CSR volunteer from SEIF), and organizing & mentoring Technovision—the annual technical paper presentation event of the IEEE-DTU student branch.

    I Believe That:
    “My song has put off her adornments
    She has no pride of dress and decoration
    Ornaments would mar our union
    They would come between thee and me
    Their jingling would drown thy whispers
    My poet’s vanity dies in shame before thy sight
    O master poet, I have sat down at thy feet
    Only let me make my life simple and straight
    Like a flute of reed for thee to fill with music”

    ― Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali

  • Rahul Hemrajani

    Rahul Hemrajani
    Age: 24
    Degree and Institution: BBA LLB , Symbiosis Law School, Pune

    Rahul Hemrajani is an advocate enrolled with the Karnataka State Bar Council and a passionate civil rights activist.

    Rahul graduated in Law and Business Administration from Symbiosis Law School, Pune. In his college Rahul was an active participant in various legal competitions especially related to Human Rights and Humanitarian Law   He was a part of the team which came runners-up at the International Law Competition at Minsk, Belarus and was also Runners-up at the National Moot Court Competition organized by University Law College Bangalore. In addition he Winner at the 1st Client Counselling Competition organised by Symbiosis Law School, Pune. 
    Rahul was a
    member of the Rotaract club in his college where he was part of volunteer network for the Pulse Polio Initiative of the Government of India aimed at eliminating polio in India. He also did his bit in organizing the college cultural festival as a member of the Student Council. For his achievements in college, Rahul was awarded the Menda Foundation Merit award for distinction in the study of law.

    After his college, Rahul joined Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan , a tax law firm in Bangalore, where he was part of the litigation team which represented clients before various tax forums.

    Rahul continues to actively participate in civil rights dialogue and hopes to use his education to be a part of the process to ensure that every citizen in the country is guaranteed the highest standard of human rights.

    I Believe That: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • Shiv Issar

    Shiv Issar

    As the son of an officer in the Indian Army, Shiv had a remarkably unique childhood. Having studied in an array of schools across the country, he witnessed a constant change of cultures, languages and environments as he grew up.

    While at college, he undertook a number of initiatives that allowed him to explore various aspects of Business Administration and Management. One of the most notable ones was starting and running an Entrepreneurship Cell that was geared towards assisting students with developing business models and start-up plans, and setting up mentorship sessions with Industry professionals.This project had been inspired by his personal experiences operating a Marketing consultancy firm with a team of students and running an Independent recruitment project for small businesses located in Pune – ventures that he’d set into motion with minimal capital while still in college.

    Shiv was also a member of CII’s Young Indians initiative, Teach for India’s Campus Ambassador programme and AIESEC Pune, with accolades from different quizzes, Model UN Conferences and business plan competitions punctuating his college experience.

    During his brief stint at Siemens Financial Services after graduating, he interned in Asset Financing and Leasing, focusing on the healthcare and automobile industries. There he gained an understanding with regard to marketing and risk-related strategies in International Financial Sales, along withthe more practical aspects of client-relationship management and credit analysis.

    Being an outdoorsman, Shiv engages himself in amateur astronomy and long distance running in his spare time. Having completed several Half Marathons in the past year, he’s hoping to transition to Full Marathons and Ultrarunning in the near future.

    He believes that the exposure he’d get at YIF would enable him to reach his academic and professional goals and place him in a position where he can best utilize his talents.

  • Arihant Jain

    Arihant Jain
    Degree and Institution: B.Tech in Mining Engineering, IIT (BHU), Varanasi

    Born and brought up in a small town in Rajasthan, Arihant is an enthusiastic learner who always searches for novelty in life. His best mentors are experiences from which he has emerged stronger, which have prepared him for future challenges.

    In college, from the first semester itself, he was involved in various student groups. He served as General Secretary of the Mining Society, a role that honed his decision making capabilities. He played a vital role in organizing “International Symposium on Environmental Management and Practices and Mining and Allied Industries”, where his work was appreciated by various leaders of industry and scientific organizations.
    Apart from this, he organized and coordinated various national level events such as ‘Innoventure’ (an intern hunt event), ‘Share and Inspire’ (an event for uplifting the entrepreneurship skills in school and college students) and ‘Mettle’ (Annual fest of mining department, IIT, Varanasi).

    Arihant has been an active member of Kashi Utkarsh, a student organization working in the slums of Varanasi. He is a supporter of non-traditional education for better employment for the marginalized.

    His sincere participation was recognized by his college when they awarded him a ‘certificate of appreciation for technical representation’ from IIT (BHU)-Gymkhana. He has been awarded ‘Sir Saluja All round best student award’ for his tremendous performance in all spheres of college education.

    I Believe That: “We can’t make everyone happy, but we can always decide whom to make happy”.

  • Gorby K Johnson

    Gorby K Johnson
    Age: 23
    Degree and Institution: B. A. in English Literature, Baselius College, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala
    Post-Graduation: M. S. W. in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work, Pondicherry Central University

    Gorby trained at a monastery since childhood, thus gaining access to a world of spiritual reading and Patristic writing. Upon completion of his graduation he got involved with the world of writing. Feeling that he lacked exposure to and hence true understanding of the world around him, he took up social work for his post graduation. The change proved immensely rewarding. During field work placements Varun worked towards creating a rehabilitation module for persons with mental illness in association with Fraternal Life Service Home, Pondicherry. The module was a success, ensuring its continuity in the Organisation’s working principle, and helping clarify many perceptions and prejudices regarding mental illness. With the collaboration of ARM NGO, an action research on the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS Awareness Programs was carried out in the rural areas of Villupuram district, Tamil Nadu.

     Gorby has volunteered with organisations working for Tribal development, child care and geriatrics. His close relations with many NGOs and Trusts provided experiences that have granted resilience to his vision. This allowed him the opportunity offered by the State Government of Kerala to work as a resource person in Adolescence Mental Health Programme in Schools as well as to serve as a project consultant for Orphanage Association of Kerala after his post graduation.
    Gorky emerged out of Graduate College as a Batch Topper in 2011 and with First rank in Master of Social Work-2013 from Pondicherry University.

    I Believe That: Quality is never an accident. And there is always a god in small things.

  • Apoorva Kamat

    Apoorva Kamat
    Degree and Institution: Christ University

    A Konkani girl born and brought up in Delhi, Apoorva grew up with multiple cultural influences. A Bharatnatyam dancer and a Hindustani classical singer during her school days, art has been an integral part of her routine. At Springdales School, she was encouraged to excel in the arts and represented her school in many competitions. She was also the ‘Art Captain’ in school.

    Apoorva believes her involvement in classical dance and music has brought her closer to other forms of art, which never stops amazing her. She is unable to get through a day without a doodle or some impulsive strokes on a canvas. She believes that her witty and articulate comic strips can brighten anybody’s dull day!

    In college, Apoorva spent her spare time learning psychosocial rehabilitation and holds a Diploma in Life skills, Sexuality and Reproductive Health. She is also a certified Peer Educator.

    As part of her Diploma, Apoorva started Project Oorja in 2012, which aimed at training adolescents and young adults in life skills and help them make informed decisions regarding daily life challenges.

    At age 20, Apoorva chose to walk the road less travelled and pursued Gandhi Fellowship to explore the villages of India and begin a journey of self exploration. During the two years of this leadership program, she worked in the tribal belt of Rajasthan to create a sustainable change in the primary education system in the tribal community. Acting as a catalyst in school development and headmaster leadership development, Apoorva has taken workshops on CCE and pedagogical practices in schools and District Institution of Educational Training. She developed a library with the help of the community and created an interactive workbook for headmasters of govt. schools.

    I Believe That: “Don’t think! Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”
    Ray Bradbury

  • Lav Kanoi

    Lav Kanoi
    Age: 25
    Degree and Institution: B.A. in English, Department of English, Jadavpur University, West Bengal
    Post-Graduation: M.A. in English, Department of English, Jadavpur University, West Bengal

    Lav went to school in Kolkata where they tried to educate him, and he didn't learn a thing -- not within the classroom, anyway. In other spaces, however, Lav was overpowered by a variegated and eclectic thirst for knowledge. But it was at the Department of English, Jadavpur University that he learnt to read and engaged intensely with languages, music, politics, sport, theatre, and with ideas. He was awarded with the title of “Best All-Round Post-Graduate of Jadavpur University for the year 2011-12. Lav worked for a year and a half at the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University. His responsibilities at this position included archiving, research, teaching, translation & transcription, and, among other things, providing generally for tea. He has since had a sneak peek of a different world while working with a retail & real-estate consultancy in Bangalore. Lav has also worked with FERRY, a non-profit NGO that offers vocational training to rural youth in Bengal. 
    On a different note, Lav is interested in music and in theatre. He has performed professionally on stage. He loves language, and has published translations from Bengali to Hindi and from Latin to English. At the Young India Fellowship, he hopes to experience the richness of life and learn about things he knows nothing of. This, he believes, will make him a more capable human being. Lav is confident that the training he receives here will enable him to contribute meaningfully to the world in his own small and sincere way.

  • Anurit Kanti

    Anurit Kanti
    Age: 20
    Degree and Institution: B.Sc. in Economics, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai

    Anurit Kanti has a keen interest in Conflict Management, International Relations and Geopolitical Economics. This is complemented by his past involvement and experience in international conferences, which he hopes one day will have greater ramifications for his career.

    Serving as the Vice Captain in the Student Council of Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Anurit participated in an array of activities like Paigaam, an Indo-Pak Peace Conference, of which he was the Head Facilitator. Trying to find solutions to an age-old animosity and hoping to unite aspirations of youth across borders, Anurit furthered his interest in Indo-Pak relations by representing Paigaam at the Round Square Conference for Leadership and Internationalism Aspect, and then going on to participate in and organise several Model United Nations conferences after having been Charge d’Affaires of the DAIMUN Secretariat, during his International Baccalaureate years.

    Participating actively in his college's fest culture, his stint as Contingent Leader for the St. Xavier’s Economic Fest, Econundrum, earned his college the top place at the festival. At his college’s Economics and Management Fest, Anurit was appointed Head of Marketing in his first year, and became the Vice Chairperson of the festival the next year, where he not only helped plan, design, implement and execute the events, but also took charge of Public Relations. Anurit’s interpersonal skills have led him to be the Compère at several seminars and college programs, and his keen interest in film-making has led him to edit and shoot several videos throughout his academic life, earning him the Creativity Award at his Graduation Ceremony.

    He aims to be a ‘tri-sector athlete’, having undertaken internships in the private sector (CNBC TV 18), the public sector (Reserve Bank of India) and the social sector (Teen Wing Leader of India Redefined). He has authored research papers on Carbon Trading, the Contingent Valuation Method, Improvement of Grievance Mechanisms in Banks etc. He has also worked for NGOs such as CCDT and EVE-Light a Life Foundation.

    Through his stay at YIF, Anurit wishes to find his role within the vibrant youth of an emerging superpower, to help hone his interest in geopolitics and craft a path of socio-economic alleviation for the entire world.

    I Believe That: “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • Gurleen Kaur

    Gurleen Kaur
    Age: 22
    Degree and Institution: B. Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar

    Gurleen was an early achiever, winning a bronze medal at the National Aerospace Olympiad for the ‘Best Presentation’ award, ‘Best Painter’ and ‘Most Efficient Team Leader’ in 2009.

    She also won the ‘Best Painter’ award in O.P. Mujal Open State Level Competition in 2009.
    Her volunteering skills were recognized at the Intervarsity Youth Festival in 2011 and 2012, when they gave her the title of ‘Best Volunteer’.

    She won a prize for a paper on “Nanosensors and their applications” presented at a National Techfest held at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana in 2012. In 2012, she published a review titled “Microcantilever Sensors for detection of pesticide content in the water table of Malwa region in Punjab” in the International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer Engineering & Technology. 

    These publications helped her secure a place in the Summer Internship Program 2013 under Dr. D B Pathak in the CSE Department at IIT Bombay. Following this, in 2014, she won a
    Research Fellowship Award’14 for a 6 months research project at IIT Bombay.
    She also holds a certificate in French with distinction and was adjudged third in the university.

    I Believe That: “Mahi ve Mahi ve arz karan, mainu v aasman fitrat de
    wadda main ho k jhukya rahvan , dola ve dola ve himmat de”
    (Oh my beloved God listen to my prayer, Give me ethereal wisdom
    No matter how big I become, Give me strength that I remain humble)

  • Peeyush Khare

    Peeyush Khare
    Age: 23
    Degree and Institution: B. Tech, Vellore Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu
    Post-Graduation: M. Sc. in Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, U. S. A.

    Peeyush harbours an ambition to pioneer the development of indigenous cutting edge technologies in India. During his stay as an undergraduate student at VIT Vellore, Peeyush as part of a two member team designed a novel and economical rain simulator for Indian farmers to counter failed monsoons. Their research was published in the European Geophysical Union, General Assembly 2011, Vienna, Austria, and they went on to win full funding from ‘Villgro Possible’ to fabricate their design. The experimental outcomes were presented at the International Conference on Sustainable Development 2011, Malaysia where it received widespread acclamation especially from the African community. It was further published in peer-reviewed international journals. The duo was invited to give a scientific talk at the ‘Young Innovators Programme 2012’ held at IIT Madras and discuss its marketing strategy. Entitling their project  ‘Varun- A unique rain simulator’, the two have applied for a Government of India patent for their design. For his contributions to undergraduate research, VIT Vellore awarded Peeyush with a ‘Certificate of Distinguished Research Achievements’.

    Peeyush’s list of achievements remains extraordinary. The winner of the University Annual Merit Scholarships in all four years of his undergraduate studies,  he went on to win the Industrial Endowment Award at VIT Vellore and was also listed among the top 10 best outgoing students of VIT Vellore in the batch of 2012. Impressed by his work, Virginia Tech, USA offered him full funding to join their Master of Science in Civil Engineering program in August 2012.

    During his graduate studies, Peeyush gave a presentation at the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Expo 2013 held in Washington DC on reducing the carbon footprint of off-road construction equipment. His research also focused on pathogenic bioaerosol dispersion wherein he developed mathematical models for virus resuspension from floor dust during human movement in a room. Peeyush spent a part of summer 2013 conducting fully funded research at the National Center for Atmospheric Sciences, University of Leeds, UK and Christian Medical College, India. It was followed by a talk on fluid dynamics of bioaerosol dispersion at the Virginia Tech’s Fluid Mechanics Symposium 2013. Peeyush’s research went on to win full scholarship from the American Meteorological Society in January 2014 enabling him to attend their 94th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia which discussed state of the art scientific approaches to environmental modeling.

    I Believe That: Those who impose a limit on their imagination, impose a limit on their capabilities.

  • K Kundan Krishna

    K Kundan Krishna
    Age: 21
    Degree and Institution: B.E in Electronics and Communication; Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal

    Kundan’s school life comprised of eight schools across three scattered regions in the country – Hyderabad, Tripura, and Delhi - each place providing him with new ideas and better perspectives on the different cultures and livelihoods they housed. He also had the rare privilege of interacting with administrators from a young age, which helped him understand the challenges in Governance and Development. 

    In college Kundan was a part of AIESEC and facilitated student exchange programmes. Being the Media Head and board member of IE E&C, the official student chapter for E&C, he successfully organised National Level Fests and events like Cybermatrix, Solderman and Techrace. He was also a part of the sponsorship team and helped in the success of ALACRITY – the Technical fest of IE E&C. His work on “Intelligence Enabled Trafficlight controller system” was widely appreciated. He greatly cherished teaching children through School Contact Programmes and gained a rich insight into corporate life through his internships with LG and HCL.He also enjoyed participating in Walkathons and Anti-drug campaigns to raise awareness among students.

    Kundan is a sports enthusiast and enjoys playing Cricket, Basketball and Badminton. One of his proudest moments came when he was selected by Steve Waugh to play against a visiting Australian Team. At the age of 14 he attended the National Camp on “Entrepreneurship Stimulation” held at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Ahmadabad, where he got a chance to understand the role of entrepreneurship and the difficulties it faces in India. 

    He got involved in social work right from school where he taught the underprivileged kids in a parallel school – UMANG. He won the “Excellence Prize” for Academics in school for two consecutive years 2006-2007, 2007-2008. From being elected the house captain (class 5) to Vice-Captain (cricket), he enjoyed taking up challenges. He unwinds by watching TV shows and cooking.

    I Believe That:
    “Tundi-e- Baad-E-Mukhalif se naghabra, aeUqaab,
    Yeh to chaltihaitujheunchaudanekeliye”

    Translation: “You shouldn’t get frightened of these furious, violent winds, Oh Eagle! They blow only to enable you to fly higher.”

  • Abhilasha Kumar

    Abhilasha Kumar
    Age: 22
    Degree and Institution: Integrated M.Tech in Mathematics & Computing; IIT Delhi

    As a collector of experiences, Abhilasha began to pen stories of her own when she was merely ten. She nurtured the childish dream of becoming a writer throughout her school life, but her academic brilliance eventually led her towards science. Thus Abhilasha set out on her greatest journey at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, where she is currently pursuing an Integrated Masters in Mathematics & Computing. 

    Situated amidst some of the brightest minds in the country, Abhilasha thrived in an environment that encouraged intellectual curiosity. Somewhere across her wide range of experiences at IIT, during which she was an active member of the Board for Student Publications and the college festivals Tryst and Literati, Abhilasha stumbled upon literature and never looked back. As she devoured the works of Virginia Woolf, James Joyce and Sylvia Plath, she was mesmerised by their ideas about knowledge and art. The writer within her suddenly awoke and she embarked on her own pursuit of life through the medium of words. In the process, she won numerous creative writing competitions across India and co-authored a fiction anthology titled Seven Deadly Sins. She was also extensively published in Hindustan Times and was considered the most prolific writer of her batch in IIT. In 2011, Abhilasha received the Award for Significant Contribution to Writing by the President of the Board for Student Publications at IIT Delhi.  

    Abhilasha’s tendency of asking the big and often frustrating questions has also led her to explore ideas in mathematics, philosophy and art history. With a strong belief in learning from experience, she has constantly tried to explore different avenues and push her boundaries as a person, be it as part of the editorial team of HT or working in several upcoming entrepreneurial ventures. Curious and adventurous by instinct, she is also very passionate about food, films and people. Coffee and conversations are two of her most favourite things in the world and she is often on the look-out for her next muse. Going forward, Abhilasha hopes that the Young India Fellowship will inspire her to think bigger, dream bigger and eventually live bigger! 

    I Believe That:
    ‘Get busy living, or get busy dying!’ – The Shawshank Redemption

    In the words of Virginia Woolf, ‘A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.’ I have neither, but I most certainly want both. 

  • Anandita Ashok Kumar

    Anandita Ashok Kumar
    Degree and Institution: B. Com, R. A. Podar College of Commerce & Economics, Matunga, Mumbai
    Post-Graduation: Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

    A traveller at heart, you will find Anandita nestled in some corner of the country relishing the cuisine, interacting with the locals, capturing them on celluloid and thoroughly enjoying the adventure ride of her life. Little wonder then that her friends affectionately call her ‘the wandering soul’. Her initiation into Bharatnatyam at a young age has made her appreciate the nuances of nature and the life it supports. She truly believes that life is sustained by creativity and however difficult one’s life can get; creation reassures one of positive change. The confluence of rich Indian traditions has always fascinated her and keeps her on her toes, quite literally. She was part of the Jagriti Yatra 2013, an ambitious train journey navigating the lengths and breaths of the country to interact with social and business entrepreneurs.

    Her academic exploits include a merit position in classes X and XII. She has led various literary and performing arts events during her school and college days. She is also a recipient of ‘Principals’ Award and Lights of Podar’ for efficiently juggling extracurricular activities and academics right through the college years.

    When she isn’t studying or working, she organises educational events at the Udaan Welfare Foundation to create awareness among under-privileged and orphaned girls.

    What she holds dear is her fund raising experience of Sannimittam, an Indian classical dance & music event which she was a part of both as a performer and organizer.

    A commerce graduate and a chartered accountant by qualification, she has worked within the corporate sector for over two years. In her spare time she loves to hone her photography skills. And while her wacky culinary experiments might have cost a few glass bowls to shatter, the final outcome more often than not is lip smacking (or so she hopes!).

  • Ashwini Ashok Kumar

    Ashwini Ashok Kumar
    Age: 23
    Degree and Institution: B.Tech. in Computer Science Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering

    Ashwini’s project on developing a Video Annotation tool using Text Extraction was nominated as one of the best projects of her year at Amrita School of Engineering. Owing to her ability to logically and algorithmically analyze problems, she was hand-picked by Microsoft where she worked on four different cutting-edge projects over a span of two years. During her stint with BING, she developed a framework to process and publish an extraordinarily large number of images for BING’s new Product Search, a project that garnered wide appreciation.

    Ashwini is enchanted by the power of words. She believes words can work magic, give life and much more. She primarily writes for her website–, which she sees as a world of characters that speaks for all that she stands for. Even at Microsoft, she took up roles to fodder this interest. She was a vital part of the team that conceptualized ‘MACHazine’ - the monthly magazine of Microsoft’s Academy of College Hires(MACH) - and played multiple roles behind the scenes of every edition. Ashwini was picked to be and given the designation of a Microsoft Journalist. She also took part in various oratorical events; she was a finalist in Accenture’s public speaking contest.

    Ashwini has deep-rooted interests and lofty ambitions. She believes that it is these fervent dreams that keep her going. She even dares tobelieve she can change the worlda little bit. 

    I Believe That: “All people dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, for they dream their dreams with open eyes, and make them come true” - T.E. Lawrence

  • Bhushan Kumar

    Bhushan Kumar
    Age: 24
    Degree and Institution: B.Com, St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore University

    Bhushan is a versatile true-blue Bangalorean, donning several hats - ranging from that of a teacher and traveller to a consultant and dreamer. A philomath by nature, he can aptly be described as ‘cautiously optimistic’. Much like the pulse of Bangalore, he finds serenity in solitude and greenery, though his stream of consciousness gets triggered when surrounded by people. He would often be seen either clutching onto a radio-set listening to old Hindi melodies, or debating with his peers on an array of topics, or simply star-gazing!

    By profession, Bhushan is a Chartered Accountant (ICAI), having worked at Ernst & Young and Himatsingka Seide Ltd. before joining the Fellowship. During the course of his work, he travelled extensively and interacted with hundreds of colleagues across the world. He has worked, inter alia, on mergers and acquisitions, process improvements, policy reviews and implementations.

    Very fond of penning down his thoughts, he attempts to bring out emotions and observations through subtle imagery and metaphorical resonance in his writing. In this regard, he has been fairly successful at several literary contests at school and at the under-graduate level. His love for Mathematics also culminated in winning many accolades throughout his tenure as a student. However, he considers his biggest achievement to be that of overcoming the fear of standing up for the truth, and to ask hard-hitting questions, undaunted by consequences.

    Orison Marden wrote: “Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamt of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.” At YIF, Bhushan intends to stoke his potential to the highest limits.

    I Believe That: “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    Leonardo da Vinci

  • Bhushan Kumar Kumar

    Bhushan Kumar Kumar
    Age: 24
    Degree and Institution: B.Com, St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore University

    Bhushan is a versatile true-blue Bangalorean, donning several hats - ranging from that of a teacher and traveller to a consultant and dreamer. A philomath by nature, he can aptly be described as ‘cautiously optimistic’. Much like the pulse of Bangalore, he finds serenity in solitude and greenery, though his stream of consciousness gets triggered when surrounded by people. He would often be seen either clutching onto a radio-set listening to old Hindi melodies, or debating with his peers on an array of topics, or simply star-gazing!

    By profession, Bhushan is a Chartered Accountant (ICAI), having worked at Ernst & Young and Himatsingka Seide Ltd. before joining the Fellowship. During the course of his work, he travelled extensively and interacted with hundreds of colleagues across the world. He has worked, inter alia, on mergers and acquisitions, process improvements, policy reviews and implementations.

    Very fond of penning down his thoughts, he attempts to bring out emotions and observations through subtle imagery and metaphorical resonance in his writing. In this regard, he has been fairly successful at several literary contests at school and at the under-graduate level. His love for Mathematics also culminated in winning many accolades throughout his tenure as a student. However, he considers his biggest achievement to be that of overcoming the fear of standing up for the truth, and to ask hard-hitting questions, undaunted by consequences.

    Orison Marden wrote: “Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamt of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.” At YIF, Bhushan intends to stoke his potential to the highest limits.

    I Believe That: “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    Leonardo da Vinci

  • Nitish Kumar

    Nitish Kumar
    Age: 25
    Degree and Institution: B. Tech in Production and Industrial Engineering, IIT Roorkee

    Born to a family which migrated to the city from a small village, Nitish grew up seeing the everyday struggle of his parents, working hard to make both ends meet. Even though his family had to take debts and loans for his education, they made sure that he got to study in one of the best convent schools in the city which not only gave him a strong intellectual base but also taught him to be a person of strong values and ethics.

    He got into IIT Roorkee to pursue his B. Tech in Production & Industrial Engineering. At college, he was deeply influenced by “Fortune at the Bottom of Pyramid” by C.K. Prahalad, which talked about how companies can make profits and at the same time, they can solve the poverty riddle by designing low cost products/services for low income communities. His strong interest in mathematics got him interested in supply chain optimization and he pursued this, going on to do a research internship in Germany. He received the ‘Institute medal’ in his final year for the best Engineering project from his branch.

    After college, he joined Deloitte US, where he worked on providing business technology solutions to different corporate clients. Though working in business environment helped him improve his professional and communication skills, he wanted to do something where he could see direct and tangible social impact. Therefore, he joined a social sector consultancy-Samhita, in Mumbai, where he worked on different projects to facilitate partnerships between companies, government bodies and social organizations for the purpose of addressing development issues in the country.

    Nitish is an avid reader of socio-political historical accounts and biographies. He is a music lover and loves to play chess and table tennis in his free time.

    I Believe That: “Self-control is why humanity prevails”.
    -A good friend

  • Aditi Anna Kuriakose

    Aditi Anna Kuriakose
    Age: 20
    Degree and Institution: B.A. in English, Stella Maris College, Chennai

    From a scowling, ready-to-cry-at-a-moment’s-notice baby, to a dreamt up concoction of a Disney girl living up the Faraway Tree, Aditi Anna Kuriakose has always believed in extraordinary things. However, she did grow out of that phase, giving way for several other qualities to develop and voila!

    Cue to a conscientious young adult with an insatiable appetite for the unknown- whose belief in the extraordinary still holds strong.

    She likes reading, writing (she has occasionally written for The Hindu), and public speaking for which she has won awards at school. She enjoys working with people and putting things together. She occupied herself with much of the same as the secretary of the Event Management Club in her second year and subsequently, as the student body President. Along with fellow union members, she worked towards sensitising the youth to the needs of differently able-d people. She has also judged literary events at the school level. 

    Convent schooled all her life, she is stepping out of the protected realm of her hometown for the first time to do the Young India Fellowship. She tries to make life more interesting by being dramatic about several things. On that note, she has been involved with production aspects of theatre at the city level since her college days.

    One day, she would like to be described in the words of Charles Bukowski, “She’s mad but she’s magic, there’s no lie in her fire.” 

    She looks forward to a challenging year at the Young India Fellowship that strengthens her belief that she can make extraordinary things happen.

    I Believe That: “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”

  • Akshay Lakhi

    Akshay Lakhi
    Degree and Institution: B.Tech in Computer Science, VJTI, Mumbai

    Akshay Lakhi, left acting, his passion, to concentrate on the all-important “board exams”, and managed to get into VJTI. It was during his second year at VJTI that Lakhi discovered his love for writing, while filling out a simple form. This interest soon grew into a full-fledged passion and a tool to record the deliberations of this ‘thinking human’. A manifestation of this can be found at:

    His sense of dissatisfaction with the theoretical approach of teaching engineering led him to participate and emerge 2nd in ‘The Consultant’, a competition at VJTI's Technovanza. Intrigued by the world of consultancy, he took up an internship at Acumen Business Consulting. Amidst generating reports, creating website content and absorbing the environment, Lakhi came to appreciate the “Doctors to Business” role of consultants.

    Riding high on the spirit of this amazing internship experience, he spent the December of 2012 at the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIMA. While working for the incubator, he came to realize and appreciate a lesson taught in Startup 101 – it’s not the ideas, but the team and their execution that makes startups successful. This ‘execution’ bug pushed him to get his hands dirty as he programmed his way through his first, very basic Android app called Magical Flavors.

    Honing his Java and SQL skills the white-collar way at JP Morgan Chase, he sometimes found solace in figuring out the chops and smashes in table tennis.

    I Believe That: “The whole world would’ve been an idea, if not for implementation.”

  • Tarunima Mago

    Tarunima Mago
    Age: 22
    Degree and Institution: B. Tech in Biotechnology, University School of Biotechnology, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi
    Post-Graduation: M. B. A Dual Degree in Business and Accounting, University School of Management Studies, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi

    A spirit of inquiry took hold of Tarunima when, at the age of 5, she received a yellow colored book titled “Children’s book of questions and answers” on her birthday. This can be seen in the choices that she made in her life, whether it was to study B.Tech in Biotechnology or to supplement it with a managerial outlook in the following dual degree course she pursued. She found her life expanded through the books she read and her views shaped through her writing. After winning a consolation prize in the story writing competition organized by “Katha Asia International Utsav”, she got one of her stories published in a short story anthology by Rupa publications. She also maintains a blog where she writes poetry and opinion pieces and has held the post of editor for her college magazine “Aloha”. The multifaceted world of literature, sciences and management has become a major part of her existence.

    With a mind always bubbling with ideas, Tarunima has won multiple prizes in various Business plan competitions across India.  She was one of the five students selected from all over India in 2013 to take part in the international model WTO at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and at St. Gallen University, Switzerland. She developed her leadership skills by leading a team of students in a state level “Anti-ragging and Antidrug campaign” under the student driven NGO, “Leaders for Tomorrow” and through the organization of various events in her college.

    Tarunima believes that the purpose of life is to reach a level of complete self awareness. At YIF she wishes to learn, unlearn, inspire, get inspired and continue on her path of finding personal meaning in order to do something worthwhile with her life.

    I Believe That: “Activity of mind…is the only thing that keeps one’s life going”- Virginia Woolf

  • Jasim Hamid Malik

    Jasim Hamid Malik
    Age: 23
    Degree and Institution: Integrated Masters in Business Administration (Marketing & IT), The Business School, University of Kashmir

    Jasim is a writer and poet at heart, but his keen interest in business administration took him to The Business School, University of Kashmir from where he graduated.  Taking this shift in his stride, he used his management skills to help organize and market the university’s annual youth festival for three consecutive years. He was also the secretary of various cultural and literary clubs.

    He volunteered with Deep Foundation, which encourages people to set up agro units in frontier Handwara region of Jammu and Kashmir and has set up two libraries with them under a UNESCO project in Kashmir. Currently he works with Uplift Kashmir; a not for profit which caters to health needs of the poor in Kashmir and is setting up a health care facility for the needy in Pulwama District.

    He also works part time as a voice over professional for Doordarshan Srinagar’s station for various programs.
    His poetry is a reflection of untoward incidents in Kashmir. His works have appeared in ‘Muse India’ and ‘Kashmir Dispatch’.
    In 2012, he was a part of ‘Global March to Jerusalem’ and travelled through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Lebanon advocating global peace and religious co-existence in the context of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. The delegation was felicitated by the Gandhi Peace Foundation upon its return.
    An optimist, he believes that education is the liberating force bestowed upon mankind. He wants to see Kashmir return to peace with strong fruitful relations with the world.
    His other interests are biking, photography and camping.

    I Believe That: “Defeat, my Defeat, my deathless courage,
                         You and I shall laugh together with the storm,
                         And together we shall dig graves for all that die in us,
                         And we shall stand in the sun with a will,
                         And we shall be dangerous.”
    Defeat, The Madman, Kahlil Gibran

  • Raunak Mittal

    Raunak Mittal
    Age: 24
    Degree and Institution: B.E. in Computer Science; BIT Bhilai/Swami Vivekananda University

    Raunak has been a meritorious student from the start,his excellent academic record landing him a scholarship from the government of India, Ministry of HRD. However the scope of his interests broadenedwith time and he started grappling with dance, music, theatre, filming short movies, and more. He was awarded for his short clay animation movie at an Environment and Energy National Festival, and won stints at Fly Kingfisher and the Institute of Engineers filming advertisements. He has also represented his school at the Ramakrishna Mission in a writing extravaganza at the age of 14.

    Raunak has worked with the Chhattisgarh District administration and other institutions such as Gayatri Vidya Peeth to rehabilitate children in Naxalite-affected areas. Professionally he worked for two years as a software developer in the mobility division of iON, a TCS initiative, where he was commended for his commitment and team work which helped roll out the project in record time. 

    Raunak has an urge to become an entrepreneur and has intensified this desire over the years. This led him to try his hand at establishing a Music Bands' merchandise company called HighLabs. Being a part of the Jagriti Yatra in 2013 added to his motivation, the train journey over8000 Km in India undertaken by highly enthused people giving him a further push towards creating enterprise and making a positive impact.

    I Believe That:
    Raunak truly believes in living to learn and in never letting fear stop one from pursuing what one believes in, and this is what has brought him to the Young India Fellowship.

    He is of the view that the right team is required to achieve anything, and finds himself greatly inspired by the following extract from the poem 'IF' by Rudyard Kipling :

    “If you can make one heap of all your winnings 
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!”

  • Shantanu Nagar

    Shantanu Nagar
    Age: 23
    Degree and Institution: B.Tech, Sardar Vallabhai National Institute of Technology, Surat

    Shantanu, who comes from a family of academicians, completed his engineering from NIT Surat and he considers the four years of his engineering as the greatest learning phase of his life.
    A Co-Chairman of the Society of Automotive Engineers at SVNIT, Shantanu was also a senior member of the team which designed and developed an All-Terrain Vehicle named ‘Eklavya’ which represented NIT Surat at the National level ATV championship called “MINI BAJA 2011” conducted by the Society Of Automotive Engineers, India (SAE India) at Pithampur, Indore. His prolific stint as a Convener of the cultural festival of NIT Surat ‘Sparsh’ and as a Marketing Head of ‘Autumnfest’(annual technical festival) really helped him to hone and develop his leadership skills.

    While in college, his desire to learn more and more led him to intern at three different places, which included a project with Larsen and Toubro-Chiyoda on ‘Piping engineering and design’, DRDO & HAL on ‘Helicopter transmission and rotor systems’ and IIM Ahmedabad where he worked on ‘The case studies of Mumbai suburban railways with key initiatives of MRVC’ under the former Indian Railway Chair, Professor G Raghuram. His remembrance of his experience at IIM Ahmedabad still inspires and fascinates him.  He was also a key member of the group of four which designed an innovative ‘Four wheel steering system’ for automobiles during their final year at college.

    Post College, Shantanu worked with Tata Motors for 2 years. His multifarious stints as a ‘’Manager-Customer Support’ for Goa and Tamil Nadu gave him great insights about the corporate culture and various business strategies. TATA MOTORS gave him an opportunity to witness 6 different cities, exposing him to different cultures and also exposed him to plant and field roles (Pune and Sanand Plant). His biggest sense of achievement came during this period, when he trekked 12,500 feet along with his co-workers to reach Dayara Top, under a program conducted by Tata Steel Adventure Foundation chaired by Bachendri Pal.

    Shantanu gives credits to his parents for his multifaceted personality and believes that this foundation was laid during his school days in Bhavans, Baroda. He captained his school chess team for 2 consecutive years for all state level tournaments and was also a part of the school table tennis team. A National level debater during school days, a talented stage actor, an ardent quizzer, he also plays the Tabla and has successfully cleared 2 exams of Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya, Miraj. He is an active volunteer at Art of Living, and wants to make a significant contribution towards the society, through technological advancements and social service. He believes that YIF will be a great asset to his life, and is excited about the wide range of courses offered here. He hopes that YIF will help him to achieve his aspirations.

    I Believe That: "Dream is not what you see in sleep, Dream is the thing that does not let you sleep"
    APJ Abdul Kalam

  • Sachit Narain

    Sachit Narain
    Age: 22
    Degree and Institution: BBA in Accounting and Finance, Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies, Pune

    We are led to believe that capitalism and socialism are two worlds apart. "But is it too much to ask for both?" is a question frequently asked by Sachit. A believer in the balance of things, he strongly feels that social development can be achieved hand in hand with a venture whose goal is profitability. Armed with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree specializing in Accountancy and Finance, he has worked with the sharks of Dalal Street, the IT mogul of India, and an international NGO working tirelessly for the development of women and children in rural areas.

    Sachit has the ability to learn things quickly and adapt readily to any situation along with a thirst to gain knowledge which first began when his father gifted him "The Book of How" when he was a child. While working as a HNI Relationship Manager at Edelweiss, a Fortune 500 company, he gained insight on the various functions of the different financial instruments that are traded in multiple markets. He also learned Investment advisory and portfolio management for clients with varying risk appetites. Within the first month of starting his work, he generated a brokerage of Rs. 2.89 lakhs for the company awarding him the highest revenue generator for the month of May 2013 across India.

    Being an introvert in his earlier days, Sachit lagged behind in his extracurricular activities, and you would often see him with a book in his hand or behind the screen of his computer. Now, he is slowly growing into an adrenaline junky, and with the slightest mention of scuba diving, wilderness trekking, mountain climbing or river rafting, you would find him eagerly waiting to join your party.

    If you were to describe Sachit in short, you could say that he is a person who knows that perfection is impossible, however is still determined to stay on his path to achieve it.

    I Believe That: "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." George Bernard Shaw

  • Srinath Narasimhan

    Srinath Narasimhan
    Degree and Institution: B. E. in Computer Science, Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore University

    Srinath is an ambivert - he is happy to be lost in the world of books but can also passionately take center stage while playing Cricket, Table Tennis or Soccer. He can withdraw into his bed to solve the Rubik’s cube or spend time taking cooking lessons from his mom.

    As a kid, being an ambivert was a handicap, "neither fitting in here nor there". He soon realized, however, that it would be his biggest strength, coming to his aid during moments when he felt he was mediocre and doomed to fail. Growing up as a kid who fared poorly in all his exams, he was thought to be a "lost cause" in the mind of every Indian parent who met him. Deep down though, he was just a nervous kid who couldn't cope with the pressure of exams and school tests. Sitting alone with his math book one day, he realized he could solve many of the difficult math problems he couldn't imagine doing at an exam. He soon realized that he could do much better by simply working on his stress levels. After years of conscientiously working on killing his stress and nervousness, his work paid off - he topped his school examinations, continued to apply this lesson through his engineering degree and emerged as one of the University toppers.

    He also applied the lesson to his hobbies - to become more level-headed, he took to public speaking. At first, he was nervous and stuttered, but with careful thought and practice he managed to break into the league of top orators across South India and Sri Lanka. He continues to apply this lesson in confidence at work and it has paid off handsomely - he is one of the youngest consultants to make the "Wall of Fame" that hosts the cream of the workforce.

    I Believe That: To sum up his belief, he turns to his two favorite quotes–"“ Whatever comes our way, whatever battle we have raging inside us, we have a choice, choice makes us who we are and we can always do what is right” and my choice has always been “Stay Hungry. Say Foolish”."

  • Prama Neeraja

    Prama Neeraja
    Age: 23
    Degree and Institution: B. Tech Mechanical Engineering, SASTRA University,Thanjavur
    Post-Graduation: Diploma in Broadcast & Digital Journalism, NDTV Media Institute, Delhi

    Neeraja is currently working as Communication Associate with Quest Alliance, a NGO based out of Bangalore working in areas of youth capacity building & skill development and school dropout prevention. She is also a freelance editorial intern with the webzine - The Alternative, a new media platform for sustainable living that strives to make social good an everyday conversation.

    She was awarded the Indian Academy of Sciences fellowship during her undergraduate years and was recognized as one of the best speakers during mock parliaments at the National Workshop of Nuclear Energy Awareness.  Her association with the education sector started when she volunteered as an English teacher with Make a Difference (MAD), a youth powered NGO working with children at risk to help create a positive learning ecosystem. During her post graduate diploma, her projects predominantly focused on stories that were connected with social sector. Her volunteering experience at MAD has left a huge impact on her.

    Having travelled and lived in many places between Delhi to Chennai, she cherishes travelling and believes every journey gave her a chance to learn and unlearn, meet new people and learn different languages & cultures
    “My life so far has been full of surprises, a roller-coaster ride, as the quote below reads challenging me every single moment and indeed it is in this stride that I see myself pursuing yet another interesting challenge – Young India Fellowship and I hope it consumes me and makes every moment a brilliant learning experience.”

    I Believe That: “Life is beautiful, as long as it consumes you. When it is rushing through you, destroying you, life is gorgeous, glorious. It’s when you burn a slow fire and save fuel that life’s not worth having.”
    D. H Lawrence

  • Ragini Pillai

    Ragini Pillai
    Age: 20
    Degree and Institution: B.A Corporate Economics; Women’s Christian College, Chennai

    Ragini has always been a dreamer, it could even be called her greatest asset, for chasing her dreams keeps her focused, determined, relentless and driven. A Corporate Economics graduate from Women’s Christian College, Chennai, she has grasped every opportunity that swayed her way. Insistent on exploring every avenue, college has been a melting pot of diverse experiences for her. She was an elected member of the editorial board of Sunflower-WCC’s official annual magazine, the president of the dramatics club, one of the organizers of WCC’s first Model United Nations, a member of the Fusion Dance troupe and a teaching faculty at ‘Make A Difference’. In addition, she interned with Kare - an NGO that helps in the development of children with mental disabilities - and Accel Frontline Ltd. One of her greatest learning experiences was being an organizer for a summer camp conducted by Chinmaya Mission for more than 700 children - the sheer scale of coordination and logistics involved helped her hone a broader perspective.

    Ragini’s love for economics dates back to the 9th grade – when from her first taste of the subject she realised it was something she felt truly passionate about. Having received the prestigious ChitraRengarajan award for excellence in ISC Economics, she realised she had found her true calling. Ragini is certain that her affair with the subject has only just begun.

    In a nutshell, YIF is her golden ticket to learn and explore possibilities outside the tried and tested routes; but more importantly it is an opportunity to create more of those incalculable precious moments.

    I Believe That: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” 

  • Varun Pillai

    Varun Pillai
    Age: 24
    Degree and Institution: B. A. (Hons.) in Economics, Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, Delhi
    Post-Graduation: M. Sc. in Economics, Symbiosis School of Economics, Pune

    Varun believes in the philosophy which claims life is a never ending journey of experiences, the sum-total of which causes our learning curve to expand outward. As important it is to learn, it is also essential to “un-learn” and “de-construct” knowledge. He considers his life to be a great tutorial of people and places. Having lived in multiple cities such as Mumbai, Thrissur, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune and Ottawa and having travelled across the length and breadth of India, he has developed an acute sense of awareness of the needs and challenges facing the people.

    Varun graduated in Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, and proceeded to work as an Investment Banking analyst with UBS. It did not take him long to realize that this was not where his true calling lay. Instead he branched out, opting to work in the slums of Mumbai (Akanksha Foundation) and the in villages of Bangladesh (Grameen Bank). According to him, the best learning comes through experiences, for “the taste of the pudding is truly in the eating”.

    Varun has long been inspired to lead, serving as the head-boy of his school and as Co-coordinator, Yamuna;  Senior Executive, Students Union; and Creative Head, Fine Arts at SRCC. He also fulfilled the roles of Class Representative, Member of the Placement Cell and Academic and Student Council at the Symbiosis School of Economics during his Post-graduation. In recognition of his efforts Varun was selected as one of 30 students from Maharashtra and Goa to be sent for the Ontario-Maharashtra Goa Exchange Programme to Carleton University, Canada. He further received the Symbiosis School of Economics, “Director’s Discretion” for most proficient student. He also interned with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, working on challenges for urban governance and planning due to spatial transformations.

    Owing to a deep penchant for understanding real life economics, Varun aspires to be at the helm of active public policy framing. He is further an avid reader, cricket enthusiast and foodie and loves cooking, travelling and painting.

    I Believe That: I believe that life is too short to stand and stare,
    We become what we want, if we dare…

    Taking inspiration from the words of Theodore Roosevelt:

    “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs,
    Even though checkered by failure......
    Than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much,
    Because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

  • Jayavelan Pramoth

    Jayavelan Pramoth
    Age: 24
    Degree and Institution: Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), Birla Institute of Technology

    Prior to joining the YIF, Pramoth was working in the Research and Development sector, with the aim of making cars lighter and stronger. Like his father, he graduated, a Mechanical Engineer. His most memorable moments from college were with the Society of Automobile Engineering Club, where he helped construct two Buggies.
    After college he got the opportunity to work with a Conglomerate, headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico. He was part of a select group of people, handpicked to be part of a Talent Development Program. As part of the program, he had the opportunity to work in Mexico, USA and India and to rotate in sales, operations, finance and human resources

    Pramoth sees a lot of parallels between India's culture and value system and Latin America's: The program gave him the opportunity to meet some very interesting people from various cultures, exposure to liberal ideas, and helped him a more inclusive attitude. He is fluent in Spanish, English and Tamil, and can maintain a conversation in Hindi.

    He enjoys running, reading and cooking, and feels lucky to have inherited his mother’s culinary expertise and talent.

    I Believe That: “It’s hard to accept the truth, but life is a cycle, and there are ups and downs. The key is to be graceful in both. Savour every moment and live life in the present.When the wind is blowing, run. Run faster.”

  • Pallavi Prasad

    Pallavi Prasad
    Age: 20
    Degree and Institution: B.A English; Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University

    Pallavi Prasad, a 20 year old graduate in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi, is best described as a Jack of All Trades, here to master one.  Working as a Senior Editor at India Opines, an online media platform, one can often find Pallavi reading voraciously and writing strongly worded opinions about anything and everything. Her passion for journalism, foregrounded by a love for reading, led to her selection by the International Olympic Committee as one of the two girls to represent Asia in the Young Reporters' Programme for the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games - where she will undergo intensive training in written, photographic, television, radio and new media reporting of sport throughout the Youth Olympic Games under professional trainers and seasoned journalists. Apart from her interest in literature and journalism, Pallavi enjoys learning about History and Modern Philosophy. 

    Having participated in, organised, reported and judged several Model United Nations Conferences, Pallavi now works as a freelance trainer for schools looking to expand their education programs for a more holistic development, where she trains students in the nuances of public speaking, academic research, MUN Conferences and print journalism. She has worked on several occasions in association with the United Nations Youth Association Network and the American Embassy. Her connection with the American Consulate took her all the way on a fully funded trip to represent India at the Second Annual Silk Way Model United Nations Conference in Kazakhstan, where she was awarded the Best Delegate award. She has dabbled in Jazz Dance, trained in Hindustani Classical Music, picked up the violin,learnt French, and has even played cricket for her alma mater - Delhi Public School - at the IPSC Tournament for Girls’ Cricket as the opening batsman and wicketkeeper. If she were asked to describe herself in terms of her capability and interests, she claims she would be found somewhere in the overlapped oval between artistic and managerial skills. 

    With a goal to reinvigorate advertising for campaigns in the social sector, Pallavi believes that at YIF she will receive the holistic perspective required to investigate any social issue in depth from all angles; however, this goal is simply a means to her end goal- to make a very strong difference in the lives of people around her.

    I Believe That: “I figure, if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one.”- Martha Jane Canary

  • Rajashree R

    Rajashree R
    Age: 20
    Degree and Institution: B. A. (Hons.) in History, Miranda House, University of Delhi

    Being born and brought up in Kerala, Rajashree started her training in the performing art forms of Mohiniyattom, Bharatanatyam and Carnatic Music from a very young age. That made her an active participant in as well as an organizer of almost all the cultural activities held in school. After the tenth standard, despite all external pressure to opt for the science stream- which generically accompanies good exam results, she decided to go to Kalakshetra, Chennai, considered one amongst the best dance schools in India. There she managed to gain an understanding of the strict routine that a performer must maintain.

    While in college, she continued with her training in Bharatanatyam. As a core committee member of the SPIC MACAY Society, which works towards the promotion of art and culture amongst the youth, she organised many dance and music performances by world class artists in college. Her burgeoning interest in her academic discipline, History, also received recognition when in her final year she was elected the student president of the history society.

  • Rishabh Raghavan

    Rishabh Raghavan
    Age: 23
    Degree and Institution: B. A. in Media and Communication, Manipal Institute of Communication, Karnataka
    Post-Graduation: Cyclists for Life, Odd Job Central

    Rishabh grew up wanting to be something different every day. At the age of seven, working at the zoo was what he felt best cut out for. Some countable years later he confidently zeroed in on the career of a mahout. Somewhere further along the line photography and film crept into his life and made themselves at home.

    Bangalore born Rishabh graduated from Manipal Institute of Communication with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communication and obtained an entry into the world of film making. A year and two jobs later he mustered up the courage to work on projects of his own. Simultaneously he began working with a team of cyclists who had entered the retail setup to decentralize the concept of cycling. The opportunity of working with such a brilliant team helped Rishabh carve out his niche, allowing him to work on films, pursue his love for cycling and understand a retail setup all at once. His work with films took multiple steps forward and now he is raring to enter the field of visual anthropology.

    Photography and film have led Rishabh to many places. A photograph from his work in Nepal has been exhibited in the Open Shutter Gallery in Colorado. He worked on a photo-story about Ishamudin Khan, a tribal Indian magician who is currently working on creating a space for traditional performance arts in the country. His most recent work is a short documentary about a gratis cardiac health care facility in Raipur, Chattisgarh.

    Rishabh prides himself on being able to extract joy from fleeting moments. People, places and eccentricities fascinate him. He delights in travelling extensively, often through unconventional means, and in deliberately taking up any kind of odd job in his quest to explore slices of reality, and so fuel his reveries.

    I Believe That: I believe in extracting joy from fleeting moments. People, places and eccentricities fascinate me. I delight in travelling extensively, often through unconventional means, and in deliberately taking up any kind of odd job in the quest to explore slices of reality, and so fuel my reveries.

  • Surya Raman

    Surya Raman
    Age: 22
    Degree and Institution: B.E. (Hons) Electronics and Instrumentation,Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani

    Surya was born in Mylapore, an area considered the cultural and artistic hub of Chennai. He attended Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary school, also situated in Mylapore. His childhood memories include playing the Tavil (a traditional percussion instrument) and practicing the abacus with which he became proficient enough to win prizes at the National level UCMAS competition.

    Growing up he became more and more intrigued by science, physics and math being his favorites and he decided to pursue science in school. He took part in various Olympiads and his distinctions include procuring All India Rank 41 at the 10th National Science Olympiad 2007 and being placed in the state wise top 1% at the NSEP (National Standard Examination in Physics) 2008. He also won 1st place in ADZAP (a product advertising event) at cultural festivals across schools during the period 2007-2008.

    And soon, Surya who had scarcely been out of Mylapore went on to attend BITS Pilani. He was amazed at the cultural diversity present and decided to make the most of his opportunity by absorbing and learning from his peers.

    He became a member of the Election Commission and was actively responsible for conducting free and fair elections for posts in the Students Council within an electorate having a strength of approximately 3500 students. He inculcated a keen interest in theatre and as a member of the English Drama Club, acted in several plays and also directed a play during his final semester. He won the First place in 'Spotlight', a thespian improvisation event during Oasis 2011.

    He subsequently graduated with a degree in Electronics and Instrumentation and went on to work as an ASIC hardware engineer in Juniper Networks India Pvt. Ltd. situated in Bangalore. He hopes to widen his horizons, face new challenges and continue his journey of learning and self-realization at the YIF. 

    I Believe That: "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music"
    Friedrich Nietzche

  • Nandita Ramanathan

    Nandita Ramanathan
    Age: 23
    Degree and Institution: Accounting, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK

    Ever since middle school, Nandita has charted an unusual path of learning for herself. At school, she worked to develop skills outside the academia. She chose to join Toastmasters very early to develop her communication skills and became comfortable addressing large audiences. She also developed the ability to interact comfortably with people of all ages and nationalities. This enabled here to aspire for leadership positions both within the school and outside. She completed high school as a full scholarship student and head girl of a cohort of 9000. During this time, she was also president of a gavel club (Toastmasters for teenagers).

    One of her notable achievements in this period was the prestigious Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Award for Excellence. The criteria: outstanding academic performance, commitment to the environment and world citizenship.

    After high school, she consciously decided to work full time and simultaneously enrolled for an internationally recognized professional accounting qualification offered by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). In a short span of 23 months, she passed all the fourteen papers in the first attempt, a record of sorts.
    While working at KPMG, she was nominated twice for the prestigious Young Accountant of the Year Award at the Middle East Accountancy and Finance Awards hosted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

    Of late, she increasingly spends her time nurturing a latent passion for writing. She recently produced her first short play, “Closet Happy”, at Short + Sweet Dubai which earned her a ‘Best Newcomer - Female’ award for her writing and directorial debut.

    She hopes to continue pursuing her interests in public speaking, photography, travel and writing at YIF.

    I Believe That: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
    Mary Oliver

  • Simran Rana

    Simran Rana
    Age: 23
    Degree and Institution: B.A. Psychology, Sophia College for Women, Mumbai

    Simran may come across as a quiet and soft spoken person when you first meet her but is quite exuberant and whimsical beyond the first introduction. She is always enthusiastic about trying new things and has a thirst for all things adventurous. In school, she went trekking to the Himalayas on two occasions, learned ascending and rappelling on the Sahaydri range, went parasailing, paragliding and bungee jumping. Along with excelling in academics, she represented her school in football, basketball and the state athletics meet. She also received a certificate of merit from the Central Board of Secondary Education for being among the 0.1% of successful students in tenth standard.

    Her interest in the human psyche led her to take up Psychology as the subject of her graduation. With the encouragement given to independent assignments, she was drawn to academic writing. She presented a paper titled, ‘Aung San Suu Kyi’s altruistic behaviour’ at Sophia’s National Psychology Conference and ‘Fort’s Hospitality Industry’ at Sophia’s International Economic Conference. These presentations gave her the confidence to write and present a paper at the National Undergraduate Research Conference at Manipal Centre of Philosophical and Humanities Conference in January 2014. Her paper took a feminist approach on the lack of toilets for women in Mumbai titled ‘Flushed Out: Lack of public toilets for women in Mumbai’.

    She enjoys baking, dabbling with photography and going for a run by the sea. Her love for travelling led her to participate in Jagriti Yatra 2013, where she travelled across the length and breadth of India meeting entrepreneurs and change makers.

    I Believe That: “When someone is trying very hard to get something, they don't. And when they're running away from something as hard as they can, it usually catches up with them.”
    Haruki Murakami

  • Ajay Singh Rathore

    Ajay Singh Rathore
    Age: 24
    Degree and Institution: Engineering, LNM Institute of Information Technology, Jaipur

    Ajay comes from western corner of India, Barmer. After completing engineering, he joined Amdocs, Pune as a Subject Matter Expert.

    Since childhood he’s had a passive interest in literature, which amplified while taking humanities courses during college days. Amid all wires, capacitors and algorithms, he found solace in writing poetry. To satiate this seething urge, he began his journey with writing scripts for drama, acting in them, participating in debate competitions inside and outside the institution, essay and poetry writing, and won several accolades along the way.

    These initiatives allowed him to assume positions of responsibility such as coordinator of events in institution’s fest, member of Literary Committee and later on become its head, which eventually made him Chief Editor of the annual magazine. During his tenure as committee head, he felt a need to promote literature amongst the engineers and to increase participation he started a hostel debating club called “Tark” and thereby launched the first newsletter of the institution.

    After graduating he missed all the fun literary activities, and to fill that void he decided to compile all his Hindi poems and publish them. He dedicated his book to his love for “Chai” and named it “Chai Ki Thadi Se”.
    Being an engineer and a poet, Ajay believes that art and science cannot be separated, for at the highest levels they coalesce. He is interested in political debates, reading the work of Indian English authors and Urdu poetry. At YIF, he aims to broaden his perspective and develop the leader inside him.

    I Believe That: “You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

  • Anindita Ravikumar

    Anindita Ravikumar
    Age: 21
    Degree and Institution: B.Tech in Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Karnataka

    Even since she was a child, Anindita has always been one to constantly ask questions. What, why, when, how, where, are words that you’ll commonly hear spouting from her mouth. Her deepest desire is to learn as much as she can from every sphere of life, and use that knowledge to create something that will have a positive impact on the world, which is why she chose the Young India Fellowship.

    During her undergraduate college days, she explored several activities, from being a placement co-coordinator, avid quizzer, and cartoonist, to an aspiring writer, stage designer, student tutor, classical dancer, and newsletter and magazine editor. She was the joint convenor of the Literary Stage and Debating Society, and the Creative Committee, Incident, of NITK.

    She was awarded the Indian Academy of Sciences Summer Research Fellowship 2013, as a part of which she interned at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore and worked on anti-reflective coating for solar cells. She also worked as a content writing intern for a bike magazine, called Bike India, and had to spend an entire summer first learning, and then writing about bikes.

    I Believe That: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
    Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

  • Amitesh Rawat

    Amitesh Rawat
    Age: 20
    Degree and Institution: B. A. (Hons.) in Economics, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, Delhi

    Amitesh is a 20 year old economist who loves doing a pirouette while discussing the IS LM framework. He studied at eight different schools across the country, a necessity given his defense background. While studying commerce at school he developed an interest in the discipline that dealt with rationally managing individuals, groups and organisational resources, viz. Economics. Thus as life and his own inclination would have it, he went on to pursue his BA (Hons) Economics at Sri Venkateswara College, an experience he enjoyed immensely.  Post his undergraduate degree he worked with Mckinsey & Co.

    During his educational career Amitesh was awarded the Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA) Scholarship and Indian Air Force Benevolent Association (IAFBA) Scholarship for two consecutive years, both granted for excellence in academics, the latter being one of the most acclaimed scholarships in the armed forces . His other achievements include being awarded Best Dancer at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, receiving the title of Mr. Nexus at Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi during a personality pageant hosting participants from different colleges across Delhi, and being 1st runner up for the title of Mr. Delhi Times.

    Amitesh considers those accomplishments to be ‘significant’ which contribute to unraveling his potential and which help him evolve into someone he is proud to be. By that definition his adolescent years (13-16), would remain his crowning glory. Within that period he understood multi-tasking, removed the word mediocrity from his dictionary and formulated the first principle by which he continued to live his life- ‘hard work always pays’.

  • Gutta Rohith

    Gutta Rohith
    Age: 23
    Degree and Institution: B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering;Velagapudi Ramakrishna Siddhartha Engineering College, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
    Post-Graduation: Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar

    Gutta Rohith did his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from AcharyaNagarjuna University and Post-Graduation in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. A full leap from his previous educational background, he opted to go for Rural Management to pursue the challenge of Rural Rejuvenation.

    Gutta Rohith served as president of the debating club during his time studying engineering and his team emerged as one of the winners at a state level debating competition. His major area of interest is Politics, Societal Studies and Social Activism.He contributes articles on various socio-political issues across various social networking platforms. 

    His main area of interest lies in various developmental alternatives, especially agricultural alternatives and local economy. He has been working on various issues including the promotion of agrarian alternatives and promoting market activities based in the local economy. As a member of the Social Responsibility Cell during his Post-Graduation, he was one of the people who initiated a unique programme creating Crowd Funding to assist the education of underprivileged children.

    Gutta Rohith believes in the Gandhian philosophy concerning economy and in Jayaprakash Narayan’s philosophy of Total Revolution,aspiring to be a Humanist championing the approaches of Right, Equality and Justice. During his time at YIF he hopes to understand and learn various aspects of Social and Market functionality through which he can achieve these goals.

    I Believe That: “An egalitarian society cannot be achieved through distributive or re-distributive justice but only through social justice and a communitarian approach”

  • Rimjhim Roy

    Rimjhim Roy
    Age: 21
    Degree and Institution: B.A. History, Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi

    Rimjhim did her Bachelor’s in History from the prestigious Lady Shri Ram College for Women in Delhi. While in college she put the LSR College Magazine on an international forum as its Editor-in-Chief. She also volunteered with the Child Development Program as part of the National Service Scheme and in the process led six underprivileged students to a different life path.

    She has interned with University Express, Child, The Telegraph and Jindal South West where she was recognized by the Chairperson, JSW for exceptional work. She uses her favourite quote when she needs to get over prejudices, question stereotypes and tackle challenges.

    I Believe That: "From this hour I ordain myself loos'd of limits and imaginary lines"
    Walt Whitman

  • Priyanka Roychoudhury

    Priyanka Roychoudhury
    Age: 21
    Degree and Institution: B.A. in Economics, Lady Shri Ram college for women, Delhi

    Priyanka grew up in the township of Duliajan located in upper Assam. Away from the stir of the metropolitan life, she grew up with books as her favourite companion and tea gardens as her backyard which nurtured her love for nature. She proved herself at the academic front consistently and was the North East regional topper in the CBSE commerce stream in 2011. However her interests cover a wide array of fields including classical dance, freestyle dance, debating, art and craft, writing prose, tennis, playing the violin, travelling and being involved in community service. She is eager to learn new things at every step of her life.

    Coming to Delhi for her undergraduate studies was her first stint at experiencing living in a new city. Zealous enough to seize every opportunity coming her way, Priyanka got her first big chance to prove herself when she was selected to represent India at the 3rd Annual Girls 20 Summit in Mexico City in 2012. This global platform gave her the opportunity to put forward her views on the dismal gender discrimination in India and violence against women in front of the First Lady of Mexico. After that there was no looking back. In college, she actively involved herself in community service by volunteering and eventually being a Member of the Union of the pro-active NSS (National Service Scheme) - LSR chapter . She was responsible for coordinating the activities between 20 NGOs and around 650 student volunteers from her college. She was awarded the Lok Kalyan award in college for her dedicated service during the 3 years.

    Her love for the subject of Economics drove her to actively involve herself in her department fests. She served as the coordinator of a department club wherein she organized visits to organizations like the United Nations office, World Bank office and Reserve Bank of India. Priyanka was proud to represent her department as part of a delegation in the discussion session with the Chairman of PMEAC, Mr C.Rangarajan.

    An avid reader of fiction, pet lover and amateur blogger, Priyanka doesn’t cease to dream big. She aspires to bring about a change particularly in her home state by increasing awareness of opportunities available to the north east people of India. She also hopes to fulfill her dream to travel the world and gain knowledge about different cultures and cuisines. She believes that YIF will help her to network with like- minded individuals and interact with eminent scholars which will expand her horizon beyond the traditional Indian education system.

    I Believe That: “If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.”
    Christopher McCandless

  • Kartik S. Menon

    Kartik S. Menon
    Age: 21
    Degree and Institution: Bachelor in Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar

    An uncompromising rationalist and a hardcore football enthusiast are probably the terms that best describe Kartik. Born to Keralite parents in Gujarat and brought up in Punjab, he has had a strong influence of all three cultures on his upbringing.

    Kartik completed his schooling from Spring Dale Senior School where he was the President of the School Literary Society and also a member of the core group of the Student Council. He represented Spring Dale as a delegate at numerous prestigious summits, most notably, the International  Convention for Student Quality Control Circles (ISCQCC) and the Community Development and Leadership Summit, both attended by a select set of delegates from over 20 nations. He has also been felicitated by the University of New South Wales for being the state topper in the annual International Assessment for Indian Schools (IAIS) as well as the CBSE for a podium finish in the prestigious National Heritage India Quiz, something which he holds quite close to his heart.

    His background in the Social Sciences has led him to believe that nothing can be studied or comprehended in water tight compartments, and a holistic view towards an issue is the only way ahead. This is amply demonstrated by the papers which he has written which cover a wide plethora of areas like the ‘Moral Legitimacy of Capital Punishment’, ‘Mullaperiyar Dam Issue’, ‘Inter-linking of rivers’, ‘Suez Crisis, African Americans’ and the ‘Economic, Political and Cultural effects of the Great Economic Depression of 1929’. He has also conducted a host of surveys in rural Punjab for CNN IBN and the Hindu as well as for Pratham as part of their Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). Kartik has also established a Self Help Group for housewives in his area based on the Kudumbasree model of Kerala, which focuses on channelling the latent potential of women into profitable ventures.

    I Believe That:  “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”
    Nido Qubein

  • Nanditha Sankar

    Nanditha Sankar
    Age: 21
    Degree and Institution: B.Tech in Electronics and Communication; Govt. Engineering College, Barton Hill, Trivandrum

    It has always been a juxtaposition of the age-old against the modern in the life of Nanditha Sankar. Hailing from the temple town of Thiruvananthapuram, life in along-standing ‘agraharam’ drove home to her the idea of togetherness.

    At school, she grew out of being a demure, shy kid to becoming a national level quizzer. Being a part of the only team comprised of girls among 300 odd boys transformed her from seeing herself as an odd exception to seeing herself as a proud one. Her stint in quizzing led her on to a rewarding association with HelpAge India wherein she got the chance to tour the state of Kerala, visit old-age homes, orphanages and spread smiles. After passing out of school with a fair share of accolades which included being the national topper in History and Civics in the ICSE exams , she went on to pursue her B.Tech in Electronics and Communication from Govt. Engineering College, Barton Hill, Trivandrum. 

    It was in college that she decided to overcome her fear of the stage and explore hitherto unchartered areas. She became a prominent presence at college fests, making a mark at debates, mock presses and management events. Assisting in theorganization of her college techno-cultural fete only helped improve her confidence. 

    There had always been a latent interest in the world of letters but it took an internship with India’s largest online platform for the youth -Youth Ki Awaaz - to bring out the writer in her. During her stint as a journalist, inspired by winning a Best Journalist award, she helped make a mark by penning down one of the most viewed stories of 2013 - on gender discrimination in a prominent educational institution. 

    An avid lover of etymology and Indian mythology, Nanditha wishes to become an Imagineer. She prizes her Amar Chitra Kathas as some of her biggest treasuresand wishes to explore the more obscure stories in Indian Mythology one day.With an intense desire to travel, fueled by having lived in the same city for all the 21 years of her life, she comes to YIF with this Tolkien quotation in mind:

    “The Road goes ever on and on
    Down from the door where it began.
    Now far ahead the Road has gone,
    And I must follow, if I can,
    Pursuing it with eager feet,
    Until it joins some larger way
    Where many paths and errands meet.
    And whither then? I cannot say”

  • Tarika Seth

    Tarika Seth
    Age: 21
    Degree and Institution: B.A. Sociology, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi

    Tarika was brought up in Guwahati, Kolkata and Delhi and is most likely to be found on stage, whether acting, directing, focusing lights or making sets. She used to be a shy child but once exposed to theatre and expression there was no going back.

    During school in Kolkata, she worked with a NGO called Future Hope teaching dramatic skills and expressions for a year and a half to a group of 50 underprivileged children ranging from the age of 5 to 14 to produce, direct, script and design an annual play.

    She also worked with The Action Players who are the only semiprofessional drama company of deaf adults in India and performed five ticketed plays with a mix of mime, Indian sign language, narration, movement and dance.

    In college, she was on the Dramatics society union and performed in many theatre festivals including the prestigious Delhi Ibsen festival and the Ateliers festival and even performed in the National School of Drama. She has performed for the Delhi government during One Billion Rising and in her final year directed a play for the Max Mueller Festival and won an award for Outstanding Performance in Dramatics. Along with all her extra-curricular activities she managed a first division in college.

    Tarika is a huge animal lover and has many street dogs she looks after and is known to bring home strays. She hopes to open up a shelter someday. Some of her other interests are anime and manga (she considers herself an Otaku), football, drawing, reading, listening to music, baking, collecting jewelry, video games and travelling, especially impromptu trips with her closest friends. She strongly believes in the line from Kung Fu Panda (Disney is another love), “Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery, today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” She hopes that she can make the best use of her present with the help of the Young India Fellowship.

    I Believe That: “You're entirely bonkers, but I’ll tell you a secret, all the best people are.”
    Alice in Wonderland

  • Krithika Shankaran

    Krithika Shankaran
    Age: 22
    Degree and Institution: B. E. in Industrial Biotechnology, Sastra University, Tamil Nadu
    Post-Graduation: M. Tech (Integrated) in Industrial Biotechnology, Sastra University, Tamil Nadu

    Facing a cross roads in her career, Krithika believes that the only way forward lies in finding the perfect equilibrium between Biomedical Research and Pharmaceutical Management. 

    With a background in engineering and an integrated master’s in Industrial Biotechnology from SASTRA University, alongside parallel internships at Central Leather Research Institute and ORCHID Chemicals, her research papers on Molecular Docking and Metal Nanoparticles led her to a Research Internship at the Harvard MIT Health Sciences and Technology( Harvard MIT HST) to work on 3D Cell culture and Regenerative Medicine, the purpose of which was to engineer a human liver tissue.  

    Krithika has participated in paper and poster presentations at conferences such as The Third World Congress of Biotechnology, International Conference on Green Energy and Technology (ICGET) and at a technical idea acceptance at the International Conference on Biosensors and Bioelectronics.

    She was given occasion to introspect during the course of various responsibilities she had had the opportunity to uphold, including Editorship at an esteemed publication, the post of Interact Club Treasurer and NGO work that attempted to train underprivileged kids for their careers by helping them balance their Intelligence and Emotional Quotient.  

    Krithika majored in Sanskrit and Hindi aside from engineering, and holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in them respectively. She is now looking forward to exploring the creative bent of her personality through this fellowship, and hopes it’ll help her carve out the first step towards her goal.

    I Believe That: “I don’t get inspired unless I inspire myself to get inspired”. I am my own inspiration, for I feel that the only overt mantra that can decode the deepest secrets of the universe and beyond is oneself.

  • Suvina Singal

    Suvina Singal
    Age: 21
    Degree and Institution: BA (honours) Economics; Shri Ram College of Commerce

    Over the 21 years of her existence, SuvinaSingal has tried to pursue numerous interests seriously, such as swimming, skating, cooking, writing haikus, contemporary jazz, magic, origami, playing the ukulele, math and yoga, to name just a few. She is proud to say that she can do a little bit of everything.

    While studying Economics at the Shri Ram College of Commerce, Suvina was involved in theatre and was the editor of two college magazines. She has performed at college level theatre festivals across India, and also performed at the prestigious Old World Theatre Festival.
    Over the past 5 years, she has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS, sustainable development, youth unemployment and gender in Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. 

    Her experience with developmental projects at the grass root level, along with studying development and political economy as a part of her coursework has led to her interest in studying the factors underlying social inequalities and how social reality is constructed. Owing to her undergraduate studies in economics, she is also keen on analysing the social repercussions of economic development and globalization. She is excited about the YIF, which would serve to provide her with the interdisciplinary perspective she believes is crucial to understand the world around her.

    In her spare time, Suvina likes to discover new music, films, books and photographers. She also enjoys photography, has a tiny antique camera collection and has recently started to experiment with film. As a person who lives to find adventure, gain new experiences and meet interesting people, she spends a considerable amount of time day dreaming about becoming a full time traveller.

    I Believe That:
    “It is not for me to judge another man's life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone.” 
    ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

  • Ameek Singh

    Ameek Singh
    Degree and Institution: B. Tech in Engineering, IIT Bombay, Mumbai

    Ameek considers himself a keen student of experiences, which according to him is the only true way to finding one’s passions and weaknesses. While studying at IIT Bombay, he made this his guiding principle and tried to broaden his horizon as much as possible. He was a member of the core organising team of Mood Indigo - Asia’s largest college festival - and led a team of about 50 students. He worked hard to bring a lot of changes in the way that the events were structured and his team was eventually rewarded with a rating of 4.5/5 by the IIT-Bombay newsletter. Later, he was also a part of an entrepreneurial venture which aimed at organising the retail laundry market in India. After completing his B.Tech, he took up a job in a major data analytics company where he discovered a passion for data science as a field and has worked on a lot of varied and interesting projects in the past one year.

    His interests range from following TV series and music to trekking and photography. He likes to cook on weekends and follows the game of football very ardently. He is also interested in politics and policy, in tackling development issues from a social perspective and believes that education is the only entry point to start a sustainable positive cycle of development and growth.

    I Believe That: “I feel genuinely lucky to hand on heart to say I love what I do. And I may never be a rich man but if I live long enough, I'll certainly have a tale or two for the nephews. And I dig the thought of that.” – Mickey Smith