Fellows by Category

Organization: Calcutta Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology

Indrani Chakravarty is designing the first institute in India to combine research with practical work and care for the elderly. The project not only will provide necessary services to the elderly in Calcutta, but also could eventually draw necessary attention to the plight of the eighty million elderly in all of India.

Organization: Awaaz-e-Niswaan

Hasina Khan, an Indian Muslim who overcame her family's conservative views on women in society, has formed a powerful coalition to fight the discrimination against women that is perpetuated by Muslim Personal Law.

Organization: Planet Read, Bookbox, SLS

Brij Kothari has leveraged the ubiquitous presence of television in rural India and the billion-strong Indian population’s voracious appetite for film songs to infuse reading practice into entertainment. By creating a technological tool devoid of any major infrastructural inputs and hence easily replicable, Brij has demonstrated a model that can spread globally.

Organization: SAHAS

Dr. Vibha Marfatia is working to create a network of peer educators to dispel myths about male sexuality and encourage responsible decision-making. Targeting migrant workers in India's diamond cutting and polishing industry, Vibha's program discourages risky sexual behavior as a way to control the spread of sexually transmitted diseases like HIV/AIDS.

The traditional approach to tackle the problem of gender based discrimination has been to support women directly through various strategies of women’s empowerment, but Will believes that this strategy is incomplete as it fails to systematically engage adolescent boys and men, who he sees to be as critical stakeholders in the process of change.

Organization: LeapForWord

With little or no access to quality English education, the rural youth demographic in India is barred from equal opportunities in higher education and professional employment. In the absence of skilled teachers in schools, combined with an English-illiterate environment, rural students are unable to read, write or comprehend basic English, leading to a high drop-out rate from schools and...

Organization: JanaSahyog-An Urban Resource Centre

Y.J. Rajendra educates and empowers slum dwellers in South India about how they can improve their living conditions, by developing skills in communication, organization, and use of media. He facilitates their struggle to join forces and lobby for change.

J.M. Sampath is setting out to make psychology increasingly a part of the average Indian's skills. Since modern values depend on people being able to empathize with and thereby understand the impact they will be having upon others, popularizing psychology may well be critical to strengthening society's values.

Organization: Doorstep School

Beena Lashkari is exposing slum children of ages three to eighteen to formal education and helping them stay in school. From doorstep schools to schools-on-wheels to evening schools, Beena finds creative ways to make these students' first encounter with education successful.

Organization: Save Life Foundation

Piyush Tewari is creating a volunteer-based citizen emergency response system to road accidents that is geared toward saving lives. By creating an enabling legal environment, Piyush is breaking down citizens’ prejudices and apathy to enable them to proactively save lives; and works with police and hospitals to form an effective “chain of survival.” 

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