Fellows by Category
By creating a large resource base of new ‘role models’ or mentors for underprivileged children, Sriram Ayer is introducing the component of empathy in the existing education system and bridging the gap between a child’s perceived intelligence quotient and hidden emotional quotient. He is thus ushering in a systemic change in the way education is perceived and delivered to low-income groups and...
Kedar Banerjee, one of India's only 600 psychiatrists, is developing a preventive, therapeutic, and rehabilitative approach to the growing problem of drug addiction and mental disorders. He is also demonstrating how to reach those most affectedyoung slum dwellersstarting in North Calcutta.
Professor Susheela Bhan is working through government schools in war-ravaged Kashmir to forge a new nonviolent identity for citizens based on common secular and pluralistic traditions. Her method uses the very institutions and persons most seriously damaged by the conflict to address the confusion and hostility that continue to erode Kashmiri society.
Working through state "remand" homes and citizen groups, Sohini Chakraborty introduces new and much needed techniques to rehabilitate girls and teenagers who have been forced into prostitution.
Ishita Chaudhry is ridding Indian society of the deeply held premise that youth should have little or no say in matters of policy or implementation of ideas that directly impact their lives. Ishita’s organization, The Youth Parliament Foundation (TYPF), strengthens youth-led movements in India by creating opportunities for them to engage with social change and transform an adult-dominated...
Santosh Choubey sees the IT and mobile revolution connecting all of India in the next ten years and wants to ensure that rural youth will be equipped to take the opportunities that come with it. An avid author of books and poetry, he is committed to bridging the skill and IT gap between urban and rural India and creating local opportunities for rural youth.
Saumyadeep Datta is organizing indigenous youth groups to conduct conflict resolution and environmental preservation in the strife-torn northeastern region of India. They are establishing "people's sanctuaries" across the seven states in the Northeast and training ethnic groups to conserve their common forest heritage.
Amlan Ganguly is helping children in slum areas of West Bengal to lead their communities in improving health, sanitation, and hygiene. The children call themselves “area health minders.”
Karan Grover is bringing school students in western India into meaningful contact with their natural environment by way of their architectural heritage. In so doing, he is deepening and spreading urgently needed social commitment to the conservation of both endangered historic buildings and rapidly depleting water supplies.
Alphonso Jemonie has worked with hundreds of young rag pickers, giving them a place to assemble and a place to take classes to prepare them for employment. Having survived as an unskilled, unemployed youth himself, Alphonso wants to show the way for others.
Vineet Khanna (India 1993) is developing a job placement program that includes technical on-the-job training for unskilled, unemployed youth from rural and urban areas.
Hasina Kharbhih created the nationally and internationally acknowledged Meghalaya Model, a comprehensive tracking system that successfully brings together the state government, security agencies, legal groups, media, and citizen organizations to combat the cross-border trafficking of children in the porous Northeastern states of India.