For encouraging students to be innovative and creative in their thinking through a practical approach and establishing the ‘Indian Science and Technology Campaign’ (ISTC), Aniket Gupta from Delhi has been given The Diana Award, the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts. Aniket, 17, is one among 23 young boys and girls from India who have received this coveted award.
Aniket’s vision ‘practicality is everything’ grew from a realisation that the tendency to cram for exams meant that many students failed when it came to ‘thinking skills and understanding concepts’. Since then, Aniket has supported 19,000 students and 900 teachers with practical initiatives, including a programme combining science with entrepreneurial skills to create innovative, economical, and constructive prototypes with worldwide benefits for big problems.
Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the award is given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.
Aniket’s initiative has been also joined by a volunteer team of 600 university students to develop low-cost practical experiments to explain complex scientific concepts at school level. “We congratulate all our new Diana Award recipients who are changemakers for their generation. We know by receiving this honour they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begin their own journey as active citizens. For over 20 years, The Diana Award has valued and invested in young people encouraging them to continue to make positive change in their communities and lives of others,” said Tessy Ojo, CEO, The Diana Award.