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Yash Aradhya, Motorsport racer

Meet Yash Aradhya, a Bengaluru Formula 4 racer and a recipient of the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar

No dream is ever too small and no dream is ever too big for Yash Aradhya, a Formula 4 racer and a Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar awardee. He aspires to be a Formula 1 racer soon 

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How Karnataka's Mitti Cafe served over 6 lakh meals to the homeless during COVID-19 lockdown

Mitti Cafe has plans of expanding to Chenna, Mumbai and Hyderabad. We find out how they have been dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic and more

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20 Jan 2021
Photo: Mitti Cafe
Janhavi Joshi and Nupura Kirloskar| Pic: Bleetech Innovations

How this online platform started by MIT Pune students is using sign language to help deaf kids learn easily

Founded in 2015, Bleetech Innovations is an online platform that provides content in sign language to aid in a deaf person's learning. We find out more

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18 Jan 2021

Stop the B: Here's how this sister duo is fighting one bully at a time with their online platform

Stop the B aims to raise awareness and educate people about bullying (online and offline) and its effects on young minds. We find out more

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16 Jan 2021
The Oswal sisters
Shiv Kampani with his IoT-enabled device | Pic: Shiv

This 16-year-old's IoT-enabled device can call your phone if your home's on fire. Here's how

Sensafe is a smart, IoT enabled device, which can send a call or an SMS to your mobile phone when there's a fire at home. We find out more

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15 Jan 2021

Check out Kerala-based Farmer's Share, a farm where children are taught to live, learn and work for themselves

Set up by Ambrose Kooliyath, the 10-acre land allows adults and young children how to learn and practise every natural skill to support themselves

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13 Jan 2021
Farmer’s Share used to open its doors for school students from many parts of the state
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At nine, Atharva Bhat can solve three Rubik's cubes at the same time 

Nine-year-old Atharva Bhat has attempted a Guinness World Record by solving three Rubik's cube using both hands and feet simultaneously. He learnt the art of solving the cube by watching YouTube

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11 Jan 2021

Here's how Delhi's Transmen Collective is creating safe spaces for every transman in the country

Satvik Sharma and Jamal Siddiqui share their personal stories of transition which led them to set up the Transmen Collective. They speak to us about how there is a need for more safe spaces

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01 Jan 2021
Transmen Collective
Manju Rani (Pic: LPU)

This 21-year-old boxer from Haryana wants to represent India in the 2024 Olympics. Here's her story

Manju has a few accolades to her name and later wishes to represent India in the Olympics 2024. We spoke to her to know more about her boxing journey

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20 Dec 2020

Looking for a 2021 calendar that's all about hope? Check out this one made with the artwork of blind children

The Government School for the Blind in Kottayam has compiled the stunning work of their students into a calendar. We find out how it managed to make a difference

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16 Dec 2020
The 2021 calendars were printed over 10 days
Co-founder Akshay Saxena with students| Pic: Avanti Fellows

Started by IIT Bombay grads a decade ago, this programme is helping kids from low-income families get into IITs, NITs

Akshay Saxena, Co-founder of Avanti Fellows, tells us how they are trying to educate children from low-income families and help them get into India's best colleges

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07 Dec 2020

This 2021 calendar conceptualised by a DU student and a photographer, features six models with disabilities

Titled Oddity: Don’t Bend, Don’t Blend, it aims to create awareness and raise funds to help out NGOs that help people with disabilities

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02 Dec 2020
The calendar will be released on December 3 (Pic: EdexLive/ Vijayalayan)
Pavitra in one of her classes (Pic: Plan India)

This young teacher in Jharkhand has been conducting classes under a tree for government school kids

Pavitra Ichagutu, a 24-year-old teacher from Jharkhand is a fellow of the NGO Plan India. She teaches Hindi, English and Mathematics

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17 Nov 2020

How V-Shesh is helping upskill differently-abled people and making them ready for the job market

We speak to P Rajasekharan, founder of Chennai-based V-Shesh, which has taken to upskilling differently-abled people online

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15 Nov 2020
P Rajasekharan and Shashaank Awasthi, Founders, V-Shesh | Pics: V-Shesh
Manjamma Jogathi along with other youngsters who have learnt the art from her

Why you should read about transgender folk artist Manjamma Jogathi's life in this Kannada book

Manjamma Jogathi, a transgender and popular folk artist speaks about her life story being turned into a book and the need of queer literature in Kannada languages

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15 Nov 2020

This Mumbai foundation is improving English language proficiency among govt school children, teachers. Here's how

Pehlay Akshar's primary focus is to help children learn creatively through creating safe learning spaces and equip them with skills for the future. We find out more

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13 Nov 2020
Pic: Pehlay Aksar Foundation
A tyre elephant at an Anthill Playground | Pics: Anthill Creations

These IIT Kharagpur alums have built hundreds of playgrounds across India. This is Anthill's incredible story

We speak to Pooja Rai, founder and CEO of Anthill Creations, on what inspired her to upcycle waste to build playgrounds for kids all across the country

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11 Nov 2020

Around 50 per cent students attend classes in a week after schools reopened in Andhra Pradesh  

In terms of teachers' attendance, the lowest attendance percentage was of aided school teachers (37.95 per cent) followed by private school teachers (72.63 per cent)

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09 Nov 2020
Image for representation (Pic: Express)
Frida Kahlo dolls| Pic: Smriti Lamech

Here's why these Kalpana Chawla, Maya Angelou rag dolls from Kodai are a hit with the kids

Ragdolls modelled on feminist icons such as Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo and more. Sound interesting? Smriti Lamech tells us how she came up with the idea and how they are made 

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09 Nov 2020

Why Igloopupa will bring out the responsible traveler in you

Igloopupa was set up with the noble vision of promoting and encouraging sustainable tourism practices by working closely with local communities across the country

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09 Nov 2020
Aparna Vinod set the ball rolling on June 1, 2018
Pic: Crowdfunding campaign

This IAS officer in Arunachal is running crowdfunding campaigns to help kids study at Delhi University

Devansh Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Changlang is helping kids like Longsam pursue their higher education in colleges under Delhi University

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05 Nov 2020

How this device developed by Chennai start-up Earth Fokus will help save 95% of wastewater

IIT-Madras incubated start-up Earth Fokus has created adaptors that can easily be attached to your taps for you to become a bit more environment-friendly. We find out how

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03 Nov 2020
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Tableware made of recycled ceramic waste | Pic: Earth Tatva

How this NID student's recycled material 'grog' will reduce the mining of natural resources — and create cool tableware

NID student Shashank Nimkar was awarded the James Dyson India Award 2020 for coming up with a method to recycle post-industrial fired ceramic waste to create new products. We find out how

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02 Nov 2020

How this Puducherry Special School helped parents become co-therapists, manage their kids using WhatsApp, home hacks during pandemic

Without schools, parents of kids with special needs felt lost. But this school helped bring the parents together and come up with innovative ways to educate their children

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28 Oct 2020
A parent with their child
Kaveri D who won four gold medals in Economics in Mysore University

This police constable from Chamrajnagar is Mysore University's Economics topper. This is her inspiring story 

Kaveri scored 91 per cent in Economics subject alone and her total percentage for three years of degree is 83. Currently working as a police constable, she is preparing for Sub-Inspector Exams 

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23 Oct 2020

Here's how this 16-year-old is teaching underprivileged kids in Bihar's villages from New Jersey

Despite being in a different time zone, Arushi Aggarwal is teaching kids in Bihar's villages virtually on weekends. We find out how

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23 Oct 2020
Arushi Aggarwal
Raghav began his work in June

This 17-year-old Punjabi student's 'lockdown' app will connect you with organic farmers and fresh produce directly

Raghav Vashisht has set up Organic Farmers Connect, a platform that aims to connect local farmers directly with people who need the products

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22 Oct 2020

How this Sahitya Akademi Award-winning poet and Govt School Headmaster in rural Karnataka has transformed the face of a tiny school

Veeranna Madiwalar, a Headmaster and a Sahitya Akademi Award-winning poet, speaks about how he has transformed a government school on nothing but sheer grit and Facebook activism

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19 Oct 2020
Veeranna Madiwalar along with students at his school
Collecting books for the library

How these two law students are helping youth in UP's remote villages to prepare for government exams

Jatin Lalit, a law student at Galgotias University, Noida, speaks to us about their in setting up a community library in UP's Cheruia village

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07 Oct 2020

LPU student Gourav Singhal bags NSS Award for drumming up support for Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Swachh Bharat Missions

Gourav has also conducted over 150 yoga and spirituality camps in Rohtak and Jhajjar districts of Haryana. We find out more about his contributions to society

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07 Oct 2020
Gourav Singhal
Hope has focused on building a home and family atmosphere

Hope Community Village in Alappuzha is one of India's first group foster homes

Set up in 1995, Hope Community Village offers a family environment for young children without following any of the ordinary institutionalising processes

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07 Oct 2020

Why these two women podcasters from Delhi are talking about being fat and the stigma society paints you with

Do you wake up every morning hating the way you look? Then you need to listen to Pallavi and Ameya's podcast Fat So?

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07 Oct 2020
Pallavi and Ameya say that they are trying to go a 'little deeper, a little more into the mental and emotional parts of fatphobia (Pics: Suraaj Ajithakumar)
Ananya Kamboj

This 15-year-old from Punjab has covered the FIFA World Cup and spoken at the UN. This is how she did it

Ananya Kamboj believes that education, sports and childhood character development go hand-in-hand. We find out more

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05 Oct 2020

Meet Yakub Koyyur, a Karnataka Government School Teacher whose Maths lab is powering the dreams of rural students
 

Visual models can make the difference between mugging up the answer to a problem and understanding how it actually works. Yakub Koyyur, who has set up a revolutionary Maths Lab in a government school

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04 Oct 2020
Yakub Koyyur at his school campus
Anil Sahasrabudhe (Pic: TNIE)

Dr Anil Sahasrabudhe: The education system stifles the innovator in us, NEP will change that

Critical thinking and ability to analyse is the way to go for young India, said the AICTE Chairman. Parents too need to change their perspective, he added

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02 Oct 2020

Here's how this 17-year-old from Noida started a school to teach underprivileged kids for free

Armaan started a small school and educational centre in Noida to specifically cater to the poor sections of the society. We find out more

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23 Sep 2020
Armaan with the kids
Photo courtesy: Munmun Dhalaria

Filmmaker Munmun Dhalaria's documentaries are a peek into the Himalayan communities' response to COVID-19

We spoke to documentary filmmaker Munmun Dhalaria to know more about the projects she has been working on during the pandemic

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12 Sep 2020

This 24-year-old's MTech student's book Lockdown Discovery may be the pick-me-up we all need

It took Rahul 16 days to finish writing the book finishing an average of 10 pages a day. Lockdown Diaries hod no marketing whatsoever but has sold quite a few copies within 15 days of its publication

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09 Sep 2020
It took Rahul 16 days to finish writing the book, as he was finishing an average of 10 pages a day (Pic: Sourced)
Saurabh Gadhavi

Despite losing a hand, meet the Gujarat prodigy who has mastered all the percussion instruments out there!
 

Saurabh Gadhavi is a specially-abled drummer. The absence of his left hand has not stopped him from fulfilling his dreams in music. We speak to him to find out more

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09 Sep 2020

Here's how this 12-year-old from Ludhiana is using Minecraft to make learning, teaching fun in schools

Namya, a Class VIII student at the Sat Paul Mittal School in Ludhiana, has been leveraging technology to make learning as well as teaching fun. We find out more

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08 Sep 2020
Namya Joshi with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella