5 inspiring Indians among top 50 finalists for Global Student Prize 2023

5 inspiring Indians among top 50 finalists for Global Student Prize 2023

Five students from India have made it to the top 50 shortlist for the $100,000 Chegg.org Global Student Prize 2023, selected from 3,851 applications from across 122 countries.

The annual award goes to one exceptional student who has made a real impact on learning, the lives of their peers and on society beyond. 

In the running from India this year are:

  • Namya Joshi, a 16-year-old student at Sat Paul Mittal School, Ludhiana, Punjab

  • Vinisha Umashankar, a 16-year-old student at SKP Vanitha International School, Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu

  • Gladson Vaghela, a 25-year-old medical student at Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society Medical College, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

  • Padmaksh Khandelwal, a 17-year-old computer science student at Sir Padampat Singhania School, Kota, Rajasthan

  • Ravinder Bishnoi, a 20-year-old information technology student at Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, Mohali, Punjab

Heather Hatlo Porter, Head of Chegg.org and Chief Communications Officer of Chegg, said: “Chegg not only celebrates your achievements but also the endless possibilities that exist when young minds are driven by a passion for change.

“The top 50 Global Student Prize finalists deserve the opportunity to have their stories told and have their voices heard. Their dreams, wisdom, and inventive spirit will illuminate a more hopeful future for everyone.”

Namya Joshi, acclaimed as “Top Tech Savvy Student in India” and a global teacher at the age of 16, got hooked on Minecraft, realising that it can also be used as an education tool. She went on to create a virtual library of lessons in Minecraft, now numbering around 500 which are available on her YouTube channel and website.

Vinisha Umashankar is an artist, TEDx speaker, innovator, and environmentalist whose favourite subjects in school are math and science. Her innovation journey inventing the award-winning "Solar Ironing Cart" and a power-saving "Smart Ceiling Fan" began when she was 12 years old, and she has since participated in many science and innovation competitions, winning international, national, and state awards.

Gladson Vaghela is a medical student advocate for healthcare equity and accessibility for all, participating in healthcare outreach programs in underserved communities. he has helped produce a global mental healthcare service providers’ database for more than 150 countries worldwide and has also been serving as a Youth Advisor to YuWaah (Generation Unlimited) at UNICEF India.


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Padmaksh Khandelwal works on student suicide prevention and also as an anti-poaching activist who launched the current homeschooling model of the Mogya Education Program for children through the support of NGO Tiger Watch.

Ravinder Bishnoi used his cyber cafe visits to learn about robotics, electronics, design, and other engineering areas and over the past decade has created many devices, developed robots, exoskeletons, portable water and air filters to help needy people.

The Varkey Foundation partnered with Chegg.org to launch the annual Global Student Prize in 2021 as a sister award to its annual $1 million Global Teacher Prize. The intention was to create a new platform that shines a light on the efforts of extraordinary students everywhere. The prize is open to all students who are at least 16 years old and enrolled in an academic institution or training and skills program. Part-time students as well as students enrolled in online courses are also eligible for the prize.


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